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Austen In Boston: A Jane Austen Book Club

Articles by local JASNA members:

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

Here's an interview in which William Deresiewicz discusses his memoir, A Jane Austen Education.

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Regional Co-Coordinators: Jill Crowley and Carolyn Jack
Webmaster: Carolyn Jack
Treasurer: Marianne Redmond
Members of the Steering Committee: Marcia Folsom, Angela Jack, Julie DeWitt, Elizabeth Philipps, Isa Schaff, Amy Wertheim, Nancy Yee


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.

Meeting fee is $5 members, $10 non-members. Non-members may attend up to five events before joining JASNA.


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.

2017 - 2018 Season

September 17, 2017

Sarah Emsley

Beautiful Cassy: Jane Austen's Niece in Nova Scotia

Sarah taught at the Expository Writing Program at Harvard University, but has now returned to her native Nova Scotia to write. She is an active blogger. She is the author of Jane Austen's Philosophy of the Virtues (2005) and editor of Jane Austen and the North Atlantic (2006). Her article "Nothing against Her, but Her Husband & Her Conscience": Jane Austen's Lady Susan in Edith Wharton's Old New York was published in Persuasions V. 33, No 1, Winter 2012.

Jane Austen's niece Cassy, daughter of Charles and Fanny, was baptized at St. Paul's Church in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1809. Sarah will speak about the baptism and the time the family spent in Halifax between 1809 and 1811.

November 5, 2017

Marcia Folsom
Chair and Professor of Humanities
Wheelock College, Boston, Massachusetts

Emma: Knowing Her Mind

Austen explores Emma's mind using the free indirect discourse developed in Mansfield Park, presenting Emma's brain as mobile, telepathic, and quick. Emma's mind sometimes registers uneasy awareness of alternatives to her chosen behavior. Although the narrator knows Emma's mind, Emma must experience shocks to her consciousness to know it herself.

Local member Stephanie Diehl, a student at Bridgewater State, will present her winning essay on Education in Emma from the 2016 JASNA AGM.

December 3, 2017

Jane's Birthday Celebration

Musical Program by Laura Jepperson on the viola da gamba, and Catherine Liddell on the lute, accompanied by a singer To Be Announced.

Catered by Vintage Tea and Cakes

March 11, 2018

Peter Graham
Clifford Cutchins Professor of English
Virginia Tech

Peter Graham is the author of Jane Austen and Charles Darwin: Naturalists and Novelists, and Born to Diverge: An Evolutionary Perspective on Sibling Personality Development in Austen's Novels.

May 20, 2018

Claire Bellanti

JASNA President

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