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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.

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Bylaws (PDF)

Upcoming JASNA Annual General Meetings


JASNA Massachusetts Region email

Regional Co-Coordinators: Jill Crowley and Carolyn Jack
Webmaster: Carolyn Jack
Treasurer: Marianne Redmond
Members of the Steering Committee: Marcia Folsom, Angela Jack, Eva Murphy, 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.


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.

Next Season: 2016 - 2017

The JASNA Massachusetts Steering Committee has finalized the list of speakers
for next season. We know everyone will be as excited as we are:

September 18, 2016Peter Sabor, Canada Research Chair in 18th-Century Studies and Director of the Frances Burney Centre at McGill University, whose topic is "Jane Austen and the Common Reader: Responses to Emma in 1816"

November 13, 2016

Ingrid Graff, topic TBA

December 4, 2016Lidia Chang and Jane Austen's birthday party

Lidia Chang is a historical flute specialist who is a featured performer at the upcoming 2016 JASNA AGM in Washington, D. C. She will share her insights into the role of music in the lives of young ladies in Jane Austen's novels.

March 12, 2017

Timothy Peltason, Wellesley College, topic TBA

May 21, 2017

Joan Vredenburgh, Roger Williams University, topic TBA

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