Pride and Prejudice & Zombies, in theaters February 5

Love and Friendship, in theaters possibly in April

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JASNA Massachusetts Facebook Page

Jane Austen Society of North America

The Republic of Pemberley

Jane Austen Centre, Bath, England

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.

Click here to review the meetings that were held during:

Bylaws (PDF)

Upcoming JASNA Annual General Meetings


Regional Co-Coordinator: Jill Crowley
Regional Co-Coordinator: Carolyn Jack
Webmaster: Carolyn Jack
Treasurer: Marianne Redmond
Members of the Steering Committee: Marcia Folsom, Angela Jack, Eva Murphy, 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.

For the 2015-2016 season, we are pleased to be able to waive the meeting fee for JASNA members. Guests pay $5. Those who are not members of JASNA may attend up to five meetings before joining JASNA by paying annual dues at

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

Sense and Sensibility Off Broadway

This is an Off-Broadway remount of the critically-acclaimed Bedlam production. It was a New York Times Critics' Pick, a Time Out New York Critics' Pick, and received rave reviews across the board.
Tickets are on sale now for performances through March 6. They are offering $49 tickets for JASNA members! Contact Jill Crowley for the discount code. It is running at The Gym at Judson on Thompson Street (Washington Square Park South). More information is available at


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.

Next Meeting:

March 13, 2016

Lynn Festa

Austen and the Sentimental Value of Things

Lynn Festa was the Plenary speaker at the 2014 JASNA AGM in Montreal. Her topic was "The Noise in Mansfield Park" and the audience loved it!.

She is is associate professor of English at Rutgers University, and the author of Sentimental Figures of Empire in Eighteenth-Century Britain and France and the co-editor of The Postcolonial Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Colonialism and Postcolonial Theory. She has written articles on an array of eighteenth-century topics, ranging from wig-wearing and the trade in human hair to the use of women's cosmetics to signify national differences, from the Parliamentary taxation of dogs to the history of human rights and the Enlightenment origins of humanitarian sensibility. She is currently writing a book about the relationships between persons and things, humans and animals, in eighteenth-century Britain.

May 15, 2016

Stephanie Barron

Stephanie Barron is the acclaimed author of Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor,
plus eleven sequels, a mystery series with Jane Austen as the detective! These books are not only well-written, they also are remarkable for the extensive research that is evident in the details of the real Jane Austen's daily life. She has also written the Merry Folger mystery series (set in Nantucket) under her real name, Francine Mathews, plus a number of stand-alone novels. The most recent, Too Bad To Die, is a tense and enthralling World War II thriller: British Naval Intelligence officer Ian Fleming races to foil a Nazi plot to assassinate FDR, Churchill and Stalin.

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