Some of Our
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
Click here to review the meetings that were held during:
Upcoming JASNA Annual General Meetings
JASNA Massachusetts Region email
Regional Co-Coordinators: Jill Crowley and Carolyn Jack
Webmaster: Carolyn Jack
Treasurer: Angela Jack
Secretary: Julie DeWitt
Members of the Steering Committee: Marcia Folsom, Elizabeth Philipps, Isa Schaff, Amy Wertheim, Nancy Yee, Marianne Redmond
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.
NOTE: New Location!
The spring 2018 events will be held on Sunday afternoon at 2pm at Wheelock College, Boston Campus, in the Larsen Alumni Room (3rd floor) in the Activities East Building, 180 The Riverway, Boston MA. On the MBTA's green line, the Riverside (D line) trains stop at Longwood or Fenway. Click here for driving directions.
2017 - 2018 Season
March 11, 2018
Clifford Cutchins Professor of English
Marrying Mr. Right Enough
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.
Peter Graham is the Avery Award speaker for the 2016-2017 season.
May 20, 2018
You Can Get a Parasol at Whitby's: Circulating Libraries in Jane Austen's Time
This is an illustrated talk about an 18th century social institution that was
central to Jane Austen in her own life and in her fiction, the Circulating Library. Bellanti provides a brief history of the circulating library, the
development of the novel, publishing in the period, and the interactions between women and the novel. The talk includes citations from Austen's
novels and letters to explain the importance of the circulating library and other forms of sharing books in Regency England.
Claire Bellanti is the President of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA). She holds an MA (European History) from UNLV and an MBA from UCLA. Retired from a 35 year career
as a library professional at UCLA, she specialized in public services and preservation storage facilities. In addition to lectures and articles in the area of her professional
interests, Ms. Bellanti has lectured and written on the Sadleir Collection of 19th Century Literature, 19th Century Silver Fork novels, and publishing Jane Austen in the
19th Century, using materials located in the UCLA Library Special Collections Department. A member of JASNA since 1987, she has actively participated in local
JASNA activities and served as JASNA's Vice-President for Regions from 2010-2013. Although it can be difficult fitting more in alongside Jane Austen,
her other interests include 19th European literature and history (with an emphasis on Great Britain and Russia), quilting, knitting, and gardening.