May 22, 2021
We watched "Being Mr. Wickham," a performance by Adrian Lukis, who played Wikckham in the 1995 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice which told the story of Mr. Wickham's history encompassing his childhood, the events of Pride and Prejudice and his later life. We enjoyed the show, adn afterwards discussed villains in Austen's novels generally, including the question of whether any of them are redeemeable. In keeping with the topic, our fanfiction bookclub read More Than He Seems: Reinventing Pride and Prejudice's George Wickham which was a fun, if farfetched, vindication of Wickham.
March 20, 2021
John Case, an Oxford Graduate and lecturer in English Literature and Language presented Clergymen in Jane Austen, The Good, the Dim, the Gluttonous, the Vain, the Witty, and the Down-to-Earth.
The presentation was a lot of fun and led to some interesting discussion and insights with Mr. Case. In case you're wondering:
The Good - Edmund Bertram (I would argue Edward Ferrars would fit here as well)
The Dim - Mr. Collins
The Gluttonous - Dr. Grant
The Vain - Mr. Elton
The Witty - Mr. Tilney
The Down-To-Earth - Mr. Morland (Catherine's Dad, though I would argue that Edward Ferrars also fits here)
JASNA member, Brenda Cox created a blog post of her thoughts following the presentation, you can read it here: Jane Austen's Clergymen by Brenda Cox
February 6, 2021
We had a zoom meeting in which Vikki Silverman gave an interesting and insightful presentation about Jane Austen as a feminist for her time with examples from all six novels.
December 12, 2020
Virtual annual Jane Austen birthday tea party.
November 21, 2020
We had a virtual meeting to discuss servants in the Regency era and Jane Austen's novels and to review this year's virtual Annual General Meeting.
September 26, 2020
We had another virtual meeting to discuss Jane Austen's juvenilia in anticipation of this year's Annual General Meeting.
August 15, 2020
We welcomed three new members to our meeting and had a great time trimming Regency Era hats! We also watched this video of John Mullan talking about Austen's heroines.
June 6, 2020
We had another Zoom meeting and discussed modernizations of Jane Austen's works.
May 2, 2020 We had another Zoom meeting and discussed illness in Jane Austen's works.
March 28, 2020
We had our inaugural Virtual Meeting via Zoom. It was great seeing everyone and having a chance to catch up.
February 29, 2020
At home meeting with JASNA President Liz Philosophos Cooper in which she gave her talk: Jane Austen: Working Woman “I must keep to my own style and go on in my own Way.” Jane Austen was a working woman and determined professional writer. This illustrated talk will explore Austen’s involvement in the business of publishing novels during a time of rampant financial instability. The Austen family were active participants in both war and finance and these two sectors intertwined in the story of Jane Austen’s writing and publishing.
February 26, 2020
We attended an advanced screening of the new Emma film.