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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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JASNA Massachusetts Region email

Regional Co-Coordinators: Julie DeWitt and Marcia Folsom
Treasurer: Kara Schaff Dean
Secretary: Jill Crowley
Webmaster: Carolyn Jack
Members of the Steering Committee: Elizabeth Philipps, Isa Schaff, Rita Watts, Amy Wertheim


If you really love Jane Austen, consider joining JASNA (The Jane Austen Society of North America). We welcome all who enjoy Jane Austen's works. The JASNA Massachusetts Region includes all JASNA members who are residents of Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. 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 light refreshments. We'd be very pleased to have you join us at our next meeting.

We are pleased to announce the results of the December 2021 region election.

Regional Co-Coordinators: Julie DeWitt and Marcia Folsom

Secretary Jill Crowley

Treasurer Kara Dean

Our thanks and appreciation to the new officers, for giving their time and energy to JASNA Massachusetts!

2022 - 2023 Season

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all of our upcoming events will be virtual events. We hope to meet again in person when conditions improve.

We will be using Zoom. You will need a computer, tablet, or smart phone with a camera and microphone to attend, although it is possible to call in to the Zoom meeting by telephone for audio only.

We will be sending email invitations to the Zoom meetings, which will include a link to the registration page. You will receive a link to the meeting when you register. If you do not already have the Zoom application installed, you will be given instructions to do so. It is very easy and runs on most devices.

The meetings will be for JASNA members and prospective members only, so please do not share the link with non-members.

Save The Dates!

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

Gretchen Gerzina is a Professor of English and the Paul Murray Kendall Chair in Biography at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. In 2017 she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2019 to the American Antiquarian Society.

Among her many published books are Britain's Black Past, Mr. and Mrs. Prince, and Frances Hodgson Burnett. She has appeared extensively on both British and American radio and is currently working on a book about early black women who married British men. She enjoys a broad popularity as a speaker, especially with JASNA regions.

Sunday, November 6, 2022

Annette LeClair

Annette LeClair is a Librarian Emerita at Union College in Schenectady, NY, where she served as Director of Collection and Technical Services. She has master's degrees in English from the University of Virginia and in librarianship from the University of North Carolina. Before joining the faculty at Union College, she held positions at Dickinson College and the University of North Carolina, and she taught a number of graduate courses as an adjunct instructor at the University of Albany.

LeClair has published, served as a consultant, developed exhibits, and presented papers on a wide range of professional and literary topics. She has delivered programs on Jane Austen at a variety of JASNA AGMs and regional meetings, and her work on Austen's legacy, readership, and cultural milieu has been published in Persuasions, Persuasions On-Line, and MLA's Approaches to Teaching Austen's Emma.

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Jane Austen's Birthday Celebration!

speaker to be announced

Sunday, May 12, 2023

speaker to be announced

Sunday, May 7, 2023

Margaret Case

Margaret (Meg) Case is Chair of English Literature at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, where she teaches general education, literary theory, and British literature.

Her recent scholarship focuses on Jane Austen. She has presented at the Jane Austen Society of North America and at the Sanditon conference at Trinity College, Cambridge, UK (2017). Her essay in MLA Approaches to Teaching Austen’s Persuasion was published in 2021.

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