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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

December 4, 2016

Lidia Chang and Jane Austen's birthday party

In Jane Austen's novels, musical life is frequently alluded to; however, these references are often so brief, or so tailored to the nineteenth-century reader, that modern readers often miss their important social implications. Why does Mary Crawford play the harp? Why does Lady Middleton give up the pianoforte "in celebration" of her marriage? What does it signify that Mary Bennett studies "thorough bass"? The scarcity of clarifying details Austen gives has perhaps allowed us to overlook these references as mere minutiae, when, on the contrary, it is exactly this scarcity that indicates Austen took for granted the pervasiveness and importance of music in the everyday life of her characters. By investigating the soundscape in which Jane Austen's characters exist (indeed, the sound world in which Austen herself lived), Lydia will demonstrate the various social functions that domestic musicking served in Georgian England and shed light on aspects of Austen's own musical life.

A versatile musician and well-rounded scholar, Lidia Chang double-majored in Flute Performance and Music History at the University of Massachusetts. She went on to earn a Master's in Historical Performance on the Baroque flute at McGill's Schulich School of Music, and has recently completed a Master's in Historical Musicology at the University of Massachusetts. Lidia has the pleasure of performing internationally as a soloist and with a number of period instrument ensembles including Ensemble Ad Libitum, Arcadia Players, and Ensemble Musica Humana, of which she is a founding member. Recently she has released two albums of Regency era dance music (Twelve Cotillions by Giovanni Gallini, 1770 and Country Dances by Thomas Skillern, 1781), which can be heard on the BBC's recent adaptation of Poldark. As a scholar, Lidia's primary focus is on the intersection of literature, gender, aesthetics, and music performance practices in the "long" 18th century. She has presented her research to great acclaim at the Jane Austen Society of North America's annual and regional meetings, and at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Lidia is currently pursuing a PhD in Historical Musicology at the City University of New York.

Join us to celebrate Jane Austen's 241st birthday!

Vintage Tea and Cakes will once again provide a delightful and elegant afternoon tea, with scones, finger sandwiches, cakes and delicious tea , all served on vintage china. Please send your check (payable to JASNA Massachusetts) for $25 per person to Marianne Redmond, 198 Rock Island Rd, Quincy, MA 02169. Payment is due by Monday, November 28. Bring your friends!

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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