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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.

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Upcoming JASNA Annual General Meetings


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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.

For the 2015-2016 season, we are pleased to be able to waive the meeting fee. Those who are not members of JASNA may attend up to five meetings before joining JASNA by paying annual dues at

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.

We are very happy to present an excellent group of speakers this year. Additional details about their talks will be posted as they become available.

Next Meeting:

September 20, 2015

Nancy Yee
JASNA Massachusetts Regional Coordinator Emeritus
Professor Emeritus at Fitchburg State University (ret)

Catching Them in the Act:
Henry Crawford, Mary Crawford, and King Henry VIII

Why does Austen bring Shakespeare's King Henry VIII into Mansfield Park? Nancy will look specifically at Mary (Anne Bullen?) and Henry (the VIII?) Crawford.
Nancy presented this talk at the 2014 JASNA AGM in Montreal.

November 8, 2015

Sheryl Bonar Craig
JASNA Newsletter Editor and frequent speaker at JASNA events

Sheryl is an English Instructor at Central Missouri State University. She has published several journal articles on the English Novel, and she has published a short article, "My Kingdom for a Horse," on the website of the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, England.

December 13, 2015

Jane Austen's birthday party
(We're planning something special!)

March 13, 2016

Lynn Festa
Plenary speaker at the 2014 JASNA AGM in Montreal

Lynn Festa is associate professor of English at Rutgers University, and the author of Sentimental Figures of Empire in Eighteenth-Century Britain and France and the co-editor of The Postcolonial Enlightenment: Eighteenth-Century Colonialism and Postcolonial Theory. She has written articles on an array of eighteenth-century topics, ranging from wig-wearing and the trade in human hair to the use of women’s cosmetics to signify national differences, from the Parliamentary taxation of dogs to the history of human rights and the Enlightenment origins of humanitarian sensibility. She is currently writing a book about the relationships between persons and things, humans and animals, in eighteenth-century Britain.

May 15, 2016

Stephanie Barron
acclaimed author of Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor,
plus eleven sequels, a mystery series with Jane Austen as the detective!

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