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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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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. 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.

Please note that JASNA national membership does not include membership in the Massachusetts Region. JASNA Massachusetts dues are collected annually (September to August) in lieu of contributions at the door. To renew or start an annual membership, please return a check payable to JASNA-Mass for $15 (regular) or $7.50 (student) to Marianne Redmond, 198 Rock Island Road, Quincy, MA 02169.

All are welcome to pay their dues at the door. Those who are not members of JASNA Massachusetts can simply pay $5.00 for each lecture they attend.

We'd be very pleased to have you join us at our next meeting.

Of Interest To Our Members

A Jane Austen concert will be given at the Longy School of Music of Bard College, just outside of Harvard Square. . The location is Edward Pickman Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge.

Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 8 pm
Opera Workshop Concert
Jane's History of England
Libretto by Jane Austen
Music by John Morrison
Directed by Carol Mastrodomenico
and Libor Dudas

The concert is free and tickets are not required!

Upcoming Meetings

Join us this fall as we continue our celebration of the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice.

The following events will all be held on Sunday at Wheelock College, Brookline Campus, 43 Hawes Street, Brookline, MA.

2pm, September 15, 2013

Isa Schaff, "I understand you perfectly":
Modern writers' and one reader's interpretation of Pride and Prejudice.

Isa Schaff is the Archivist/Historian at Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA. Isa has been a reader of Jane Austen since she borrowed her sister's copy of Pride and Prejudice, many years ago. As a member of JASNA since 1985, she is grateful for a place where her love for Austen can be shared with likeminded people. Always intrigued by the number of authors who relate to Jane Austen in their writing, Isa's presentation explores how Pride and Prejudice has been seen, through a modern lens, since the early '90s.

Isa is the Avery Fund speaker for this season.

Can you guess the names of these writers who were influenced by Jane Austen?

2pm, November 17, 2013

Cheryl Nixon, Watching Pride and Prejudice, Watching Ourselves:
Examining Our Multiple Adaptations of Austen's Novel

Cheryl Nixon is an Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is the author of many published works, on such subjects as the history of law, 18th century literature, and orphans.

2pm, December 15, 2013

Celebrating Jane Austen's Birthday
Pride and Prejudice in Film:
Darcy's Proposals

Once again, we will make merry and enjoy a special repast of sandwiches, birthday cake, and the traditional toast to Jane. Syllabub is also on the bill of fare!
There will be a charge of $15 for this special event.

2pm, March 9, 2014

Stuart Bennett, Imagining Jane Austen

Stuart Bennett is a rare book dealer in Belmont, Massachusetts , formerly a Christie's auctioneer and more recently past president of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America. His debut novel, The Perfect Visit (2011) tells the story of a time-travelling librarian and a graduate student aiming to recover lost books and manuscripts, among them Jane Austen's. His new novel, Lord Moira's Echo, draws on previously-unpublished archives involving the Austen family and tells a story in which Jane is a central character. The historical background of this novel will appear as Lord Moira and the Austens in the forthcoming 2014 issue of Persuasions.

2pm, May 4, 2014

Sheila Cordner, "Scrambling" into an Austen Education

Sheila Cordner has a B.A. from Smith College, an M.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from Boston University. She currently teaches Humanities at Boston University's interdisciplinary College of General Studies.

She is completing a book titled Educational Outliers: Exclusion as Innovation in Nineteenth-Century British Literature, which traces a genealogy of literary resistance to dominant pedagogies in nineteenth-century Britain. She has forthcoming essays in Victorian Review and in Reading and the Victorians (Ashgate).

Sheila's presentation will explore Austen's education and will trace the influence of her brothers' satires of Oxford pedagogy in The Loiterer - the college magazine they founded and published from 1789 to 1790 - on Austen's own unconventional depictions of learning. The talk will focus on Austen's History of England as well as her novels such as Mansfield Park and Emma, which challenge the norms for women's education in her day.

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JASNA's Annual General Meeting (AGM) takes place in the fall of each year in a different city in the United States or Canada. The AGM attracts about six hundred participants, bringing together scholars and lay readers of Austen to explore her life and works from multiple perspectives.

Future AGM's

Montréal, Québec, Canada, Oct. 10-12, 2014
Theme: Mansfield Park in Montréal: Contexts, Conventions and Controversies

The Montréal region also has a Facebook Page!, on which they endorsed our own Marcia McClintock's essay in the most recent issue of Persuasions.

Louisville, KY USA, Oct. 9-11, 2015
Theme: Living in Jane Austen's World

Washington, D.C. USA, Oct. 21-23, 2016
Theme: Emma at 200: No One But Herself

Southern California USA, Oct. 6-8, 2017
Jane Austen In Paradise

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