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How I Came to See Fanny Price's Light

The Privilege of My Own Profession: The Living Legacy of Austen in the Classroom

Inherited and Living Variables: The Choices of Sisters and Brothers in Mansfield Park

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This is an open invitation to deepen your pleasure in and enrich your enjoyment of Jane Austen: If you really love Jane Austen, consider joining JASNA (The Jane Austen Society of North America) and JASNA Massachusetts, a local Region of JASNA. We welcome all who enjoy Jane Austen's works. Our JASNA Massachusetts Region is one of the many Regions of the national organization of JASNA, and includes all JASNA members who are residents of New Hampshire and Rhode Island as well as Massachusetts. We have many Austen scholars among our membership as well as those who simply enjoy reading Austen and sharing their pleasure with others.

We hold five events during our membership year: four regular meetings (September, November, March and May), plus a celebration of Jane Austen's birthday in December. These events usually consist of a talk or lecture lasting about an hour, followed by discussion and refreshments. We'd be very pleased to have you join us at our next meeting.


The following events will all be held on Sunday afternoon at 2pm at Wheelock College, Brookline Campus, 43 Hawes Street, Brookline, MA. On the MBTA's green line, the Riverside (D line) train stop at Longwood, or the Cleveland Circle (C line) train stop at Hawes St. are conveniently close. Click here for driving directions.

2016 - 2017 Season

September 18, 2016

Peter Sabor
, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, is Professor of English and Canada Research Chair at McGill University, Montreal, where he is also Director of the Burney Centre. He is a past president of the Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and of the Northeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, an elected member of the International Association of University Professors of English, and a Life Member of JASNA. He was coordinator of the 1998 AGM in Quebec City and has been a speaker at several JASNA conferences. His publications on Jane Austen include an edition of her early writings, Juvenilia (Cambridge University Press, 2006), Manuscript Works, co-edited with Linda Bree and Janet Todd (Broadview, 2013), and The Cambridge Companion to Emma (Cambridge University Press, 2015). During a sabbatical year, 2015-16, he held three visiting fellowships: at Chawton House Library; at the Houghton Library, Harvard, as the Donald and Mary Hyde Fellow; and at Magdalen College, Oxford. He has been married to Marie for thirty-five years and wedded to Jane even longer; his two loves have remained close friends.

"Jane Austen and the Common Reader: Responses to Emma in 1816": Emma attracted more contemporary reviews than any other of Jane Austen's novels. One of these critiques, by Walter Scott, showed considerable insight into Austen's art, and the author herself acknowledged its merits. While Scott's and the other published reviews have often been discussed, much less attention has been paid to responses to Emma by private individuals: "the common reader," in Dr. Johnson's famous phrase. These responses include the forty-one that Austen herself recorded in her "Opinions of Emma," as well as many others unknown to her. Johnson praised what he termed "the common sense of readers, uncorrupted by literary prejudices." This talk will consider whether readers of Emma in 1816 showed the kind of common sense that Johnson admired, or whether they were simply befuddled.

November 13, 2016

Ingrid Graff

topic TBA

December 4, 2016

Lidia Chang and Jane Austen's birthday party

Lidia Chang is a historical flute specialist who is a featured performer at the upcoming 2016 JASNA AGM in Washington, D. C. She will share her insights into the role of music in the lives of young ladies in Jane Austen's novels.

March 12, 2017

Timothy Peltason

"Jane Austen and the Wrong Man"

Tim Peltason is Professor of English and Class of 1949 Professor in Ethics at Wellesley College, where he has taught since 1977. He teaches nineteenth century English and American literature, twentieth century American literature, and Shakespeare. He has written essays on many different topics in Victorian literature and is most recently the author of essays on Oscar Wilde, on Mark Twain's Huck Finn, and on "Mind and Mindlessness in Jane Austen," published in 2015 in The Hudson Review. His talk on "Jane Austen and the Wrong Man" will be an occasion to test-drive another Austen essay topic.

May 21, 2017

Joan Vredenburgh
, The Naval Academy Preparatory School (NAPS) in Newport, Rhode Island.

"Jane Austen and the Military"

Dr. Vredenburgh will be examining the attitudes Regency society had about the Army, Navy, and Marines and how Austen uses them in her novels. Her article, "Of Sailors and Soldiers," which was published in Jane Austen's Regency World in January 2014, examines the attitudes of Regency England towards the military and discusses why Jane Austen's society preferred the navy to the army.

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