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
Here's an interview in which William Deresiewicz discusses his memoir, A Jane Austen Education.
JASNA Massachusetts Region email
Click here to review the meetings that were held during:
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.
NOTE: New Location!
The following 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
November 5, 2017
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
Endicott House, 80 Haven Street, Dedham, MA
Register early for this special event!
We will gather at the elegant Endicott House, 80 Haven Street, Dedham, MA to celebrate Jane Austen's birthday with music and afternoon tea.
We will begin at 2pm with a Musical Program by Laura Jeppesen on the viola da gamba, Catherine Liddell on the lute, and tenor Jason McStoots. Music that Jane Austen would have known and loved!
After the music, we will partake of a sumptuous buffet of tea cakes, finger sandwiches, and dessert, with tea and coffee.
The price for this event will be $30 for JASNA (national) members, who may each bring one guest at the member price. Non-members may register after November 15 for the price of $40.
The deadline for registration is Monday, November 27. Don't delay! Please mail your check (payable to JASNA Massachusetts) to Marianne Redmond, 198 Rock Island Rd, Quincy, MA 02169. You can bring your check to the meeting November 5! Don't miss out on this sure-to-be-memorable event.
Driving directions: Get on Route 128/I95. Take exit 16A in Westwood. You will find yourself on High St (Route 109) going into Dedham. Turn left on Westfield St which almost immediately turns into Haven St (1.3 miles). Take a left turn for Endicott House.
Don't have a car? Contact Julie DeWitt about carpooling from Brookline.
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.