JASNA-Vermont has quarterly meetings, usually at Champlain College in Burlington Vermont. We invite speakers from all over to enlighten us about Jane Austen: her works, her life, her times. If you are interested in being on our mailing list, or finding out more about our group [we encourage you to join the national organization, JASNA], please contact us [jasnavermont [at] gmail [dot] com].
We also have a JASNA-Vermont Reading Group that meets every other month in member homes. We re-read Jane Austen as often as we can!, but we also read books about her, books about Regency England’s social life and customs, writers she influenced and writers she was influenced by.
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JASNA-Vermont quarterly schedule for this year: Schedule of events 2013-2014
JASNA-Vermont Reading Group schedule
Nearby JASNA Region schedules: JASNA-Massachusetts, JASNA-Montreal and JASNA-New York Capital Region
- JASNA AGM schedule
JASNA-Vermont – chronological listing of past events from 2008 – present
Our Next Meeting!
December 8, 2013
You are Cordially Invited to JASNA-Vermont’s December Meeting
~ The Annual Jane Austen Birthday Tea! ~
In celebration of the Bicentenary of Pride & Prejudice (1813)
“Dear Jane: How Do I Choose the Right Spouse? Or,
Why Does Mr. Darcy Get the Girl?”
Pride and Prejudice – “In earnest contemplation” – HM Brock (Dent 1898) –
from the University of Adelaide ebook collection
It is a truth acknowledged by Austen that a single woman in possession of little fortune must be in want of a husband, but upon what does she base her choice? With a look at the ongoing debate of the times between Reason [Age of Enlightenment] and Emotion [Romanticism], all further complicated by the protofeminist view of women as rational creatures versus the conservative conduct book ideals for women, we shall discover in Austen’s tale why Mr. Darcy is so right for Elizabeth and how she comes to know this…
Sunday, 8 December 2013, 2 – 5 p.m.
Champlain College, Hauke Conference Center, 375 Maple St Burlington VT
$25. / person ~ $5. / student ~ $30. / at the door
RSVPs required! ~ Register by 27 Nov 2013
Please join us for an Afternoon of Tea, P&P Films and Quizzes!
*We are honored to again welcome Rebecca McLaughlin, a life member of JASNA, now a Lecturer in the Department of English at UVM, where she frequently teaches an online ‘Austen: Page & Film’ course.
~ Dates for your Diary in 2013~2014
December 8, 2013, 2 – 5 pm
The Annual Jane Austen Birthday Tea!!
UVM’s Rebecca McLaughlin
“‘Dear Jane: How Do I Choose the Right Spouse?’ ~ Or, Why Does Mr. Darcy Get the Girl?”
with lots of film clips and quizzes!
Place: Champlain College
$25. / person / registration required
June 8, 2014, 2 – 4 pm
“‘Of Rears and Vices I Saw Enough’ ~
The Royal Navy in Mansfield Park and Persuasion”
and A. Marie Sprayberry
on “Sex, Power, and Other People’s Money:
The Prince Regent and His Impact on Jane Austen’s Life and Work.”
July or August 2014 – TBA
JASNA-Vermont Reading Group
Sept. 11, 2013: Deb’s house – Persuasion
Oct. 9, 2013: hosted by Theresa and Marie – at Theresa’s home in Essex Junction – 7pm – details to follow – we will discuss aspects of Regency England – you can read any of the following:
- Carolly Erickson. Our Tempestuous Day: A History of Regency England. Morrow, 1986.
- Murray, Venetia. An Elegant Madness: High Society in Regency England. Viking, 1998.
- Kloester, Jennifer. Georgette Heyer’s Regency World. Heinemann, 2005 / Arrow, 2008.
- Roy and Leslie Adkins. Eavesdropping on Jane Austen’s England (Viking, 2013: US title is Jane Austen’s England) – this is a new book and still only in hardcover.
Bring questions or comments on any topic you have read about that sheds new light on Austen’s novels for you – for instance: the Gordon Riots and Northanger Abbey; the slave trade and Mansfield Park; the militia in P&P; entails and inheritance law in P&P and S&S; the Prince Regent and Emma, etc…
Dec. 4, 2013: at Nancy s (Essex Junction); George Eliot. Adam Bede.
Feb. 12, 2014: where? – About the Navy – Patrick O’Brian Post-Captain – his tribute to JA [for background: read the first book Master and Commander or watch the movie! – music is fabulous!] – the June JASNA meeting will be on the Royal Navy.
May 21, 2014: where? – The Letters [finally!] – 4th edition, ed. Deirdre Le Faye. Oxford, 2011.
July 9, 2014: with Daphne and Dona (Hinesburg) – Mansfield Park [to prepare for the Montreal AGM]
August: planning meeting – let’s go to a restaurant for Tea!
For more information on any of the above: Email: JASNAVermont [at] gmail [dot] com
See our Past Events 2008-2013 below!
JASNA-Massachusetts Region ~ http://jasnama.org/
September 15, 2013
“I understand you perfectly”: Modern writers’ and one reader’s interpretation of Pride and Prejudice
November 17, 2013
Watching Pride and Prejudice, Watching Ourselves: Examining Our Multiple Adaptations of Austen’s Novel
December 15, 2013
Celebrating Austen’s Birthday: Pride and Prejudice in Film: Darcy’s Proposals
March 9, 2014
Stuart Bennett, rare book dealer, author of The Perfect Visit (with Jane Austen)
May 4, 2014
“Scrambling” into an Austen Education
JASNA-Capital Region of New York Schedule 2013-14:
June 30 – July 1, 2013
Annual Retreat – Persuasion
Wiawaka Holiday House, Lake George
August 25, 2013
Discussion of The Watsons. 2pm, Details TBA
September 22, 2013
David Shapard – “Images from Jane Austen’s World”
2 pm, Colonie Town Library
October 27, 2013
Tour of “Celebrating 200 Years of Literature in English” Exhibit
2 pm, Schaffer Library, Union College
December 15, 2013
Jane Austen’s Birthday Celebration
1pm. Details TBA
JASNA AGM SCHEDULE: www.jasna.org
2014 Annual General Meeting, Oct. 10-12, Montréal, Québec, Canada
Theme: Mansfield Park in Montréal: Contexts, Conventions and Controversies
2015 Annual General Meeting, Oct. 9-11, Louisville, KY USA
Theme: Living in Jane Austen’s World
2016 Annual General Meeting, Oct. 21-23, Washington, D.C. USA
Theme: Emma at 200: “No One But Herself”
2017 Annual General Meeting, Oct. 6-8, Southern California USA
Theme: Jane Austen in Paradise
JASNA-Vermont Past Events, 2008-2013
30 March 2008: 2-4 pm
Professor Robyn Warhol-Down (UVM)
“‘I Quit Such Odious Subjects’ – Jane Austen’s Narrative Refusals”
Champlain College, Hauke Center
Lively discussion to follow; light refreshments.
22 June 2008: 2-4 pm
Northanger Abbey ~ Dramatic Readings and Discussion
& JASNA ~ A Short History (roundtable discussion)
Champlain College, Hauke Family Campus Center
We open with a roundtable discussion of JASNA’s beginnings. Lorraine Hanaway and Mildred Darrow both joined JASNA in its earliest years; Lorraine also served as president (1984-88). JASNA-VT members will then dramatize three scenes from Northanger Abbey and general discussion follows. We end with our Northanger Abbey QUIZ (see link at bottom). This meeting will be very informal. Light refreshments, and lots of time to meet, greet and talk. Free and open to the public.
September 14: 2-4 pm
This exciting talk will feature frequent tour leader and Vermont Humanities Council speaker John Turner of Montpelier; John has led many groups to England in search of authors Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy. JASNA-Vermont’s co-RC Deb Barnum illustrates, with evocative photographs, all the places every Janeite will enjoy visiting – if only in words and pictures. Free and open to the public. Read his talk (at his website).
December 7: 2-5 pm
Annual Jane Austen Birthday Tea
with The Burlington Country Dancers and “Impropriety”
(come prepared to participate!)
Champlain College, Hauke Family Campus Center
Cost: JASNA members & Students: $5.00 / person
General admission, in advance: $10.00; at the door $12.00
Join JASNA-Vermont for its first offical “Jane Austen Birthday Tea”! There is much to celebrate: Jane’s 233rd birthday, JASNA-Vermont soon turns one, the holiday season will be upon us all, and – best of all – the wonderful Burlington Country Dancers will be showcased. Dancers will demonstrate many dances Our Jane knew well, and they welcome participants… To get a sample, visit their Website: www.peter.burrage.net/dance (or join them for a session [see more info below]). An interesting ‘description’ of what English Country Dancing is can be found here.
1 March 2009: 2-4 p.m.
Mary Ellen Bertolini (Middlebury College)
“The Grace to Deserve: Weighing Merit in Jane Austen’s Persuasion“
Place: Champlain College, Hauke Family Campus Center (Maple Street), Burlington
Following Waterloo, rich naval officers vied with impoverished aritocrats for position and importance. Against this political drama, Jane Austen unfolds her story of 27-year-old Anne Elliot, who pines for Frederick Wentworth, the Naval Captain she rejected eight years before. Wentworth’s final words in the novel, “I must learn to brook being happier than I deserve” are no coincidence, for the idea of deserving, of earning one’s blessings, is at the very core of Persuasion, Austen’s last completed novel.
jasna-mar09 –> for our flyer
7 June 2009: 2-4 p.m.
Jane Austen’s descriptions of her characters’ clothing are sparingly–yet tellingly–applied; her letters address fashion in a more practical way. What fashions and fabrics did Austen and her contemporaries wear? Although our visual understanding of their clothing is often shaped by films, increased access to extant gowns and fashion plates lets us explore historical reality. Those interested in the “felt life” of fashion history can now create and wear accurate reproductions, allowing us to experience not only what history looks like, but what it feels like. Or, to put it another way, we can answer such burning questions as, Can one really dance comfortably in a corset?Download (pdf), print, post our flyer! june09
27 September 2009: 2-5 p.m.
Prof. Joan Klingel Ray (University of Colorado)
“Jane Austen for Smarties”
Place: Champlain College, Hauke Family Campus Center (375 Maple St.), Burlington
Three-term president (2000-06) of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA), Prof. JOAN KLINGEL RAY presents the illustrated talk “Jane Austen for Smarties.” Under-appreciated Victorian commentators discerned aspects of Austen’s writing which were ignored by the reading public until the latter-half of the 20th century. Prof. Ray discusses just what 21st-century Austen Smarties need to know. A companion lecture expanding on her popular book, Jane Austen for Dummies (Wiley, 2006). flyer: Sept09
6 December 2009: 2-5 pm
Annual Jane Austen Birthday Tea!
Prof. Philip Baruth * (University of Vermont)
“Badly Done Indeed: In Which Austen’s Mr. Knightley is Revealed to be a Whimsical and Emotional Teen Basket-Case”
~ English Afternoon Tea ~
~ Classical Harpist Rebecca Kauffman ~
~ Gift Emporium with Local Artisan Crafts & Austen related Books ~
March 21, 2010, 2-4pm
Ingrid Graff (Independent Scholar)
“Learning to Love a Hyacinth: Emotional Growth in Northanger Abbey”
June 6, 2010, 2-4pm
A Box Hill Picnic celebrating Jane Austen’s Emma will feature Kelly McDonald* on “Austen / Adams: Journeys with Jane & Abigail” on the letter-writing culture of the 18th / 19th century.
* Kelly McDonald is an Independent Scholar and a Co-Founder of the JASNA Vermont Region.
September 26, 2010, 2 – 4 pm
With JASNA President Marsha Huff
Join us for this illustrated lecture pairing paintings by Vermeer with scenes from Austen’s novels. Event is part of the Burlington Book Festival, sponsored by JASNA-Vermont and Bygone Books,
hosted by Champlain College
December 5, 2010
~The Annual Jane Austen Birthday Tea!~ with
Dr. Elaine Bander*
‘Doubting Mr. Darcy’
Dr. Peter Sabor**
‘Austen’s Letter Writers in
Sense & Sensibility and Pride & Prejudice’
**~ Traditional English Afternoon Tea ~
We are honored to welcome our Canadian neighbors and noted Austen scholars:
*Dr. Elaine Bander has recently retired from teaching English at Dawson College, Montreal
**Dr. Peter Sabor is the Canada Research Chair in 18th-Century Studies and Director of the
Burney Centre at McGill University.
27 March 2011, 2 – 4 p.m.
~Jane Austen’s London in Fact & Fiction ~
Suzanne Boden* & Deborah Barnum**
Jane Austen and London! ~ Why did she go & How did she get there? ~ Where did she stay & What did she do? ~ Was it a ‘Scene of Dissipation & Vice’ or a place of lively ‘Amusement’ filled with Shopping, the Theatre, Art Galleries & Menageries? ~ And her fiction? ~ How does Mr. Darcy know where to find Lydia and Wickham? And Why does nearly everyone in Sense & Sensibility go to Town? To find out all this & more absolutely essential Austen biographical & geographical trivia, please…
Join Us for a Visual Tour of Regency London!
Suzanne & Deb will share their mutual love of London! ~ *Suzanne Boden is the well-traveled proprietress of The Governor’s House in Hyde Park, where she regularly holds Jane Austen Weekends: http://www.onehundredmain.com/ ;
**Deb Barnum is the owner of Bygone Books, a shop of fine used & collectible books, the Regional Coordinator for the Vermont Region of JASNA, author of the JASNA-Vermont blog, and compiler of the annual Jane Austen Bibliography.
[Image: Blackfriars Bridge, 1802. The City of London. London: The Times, circa 1928, facing p. 192]
Sunday, 5 June 2011
~The Musical World of Jane Austen ~
Dr. William Tortolano
Dr. Tortolano is Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at Saint Michael’s College and an internationally-known expert on Gregorian Chant. A forty-seven year faculty member at the college, he leads a busy “non-retirement” life as educator, concert organist, church musician, editor, author and director of Gregorian Chant workshops. He will be presenting a short lecture on the music of Jane Austen’s world,
followed by an organ recital of works she would have known and heard:
Froberger, Pachelbel, Handel, Mozart, Purcell, Gluck and more…
Vermont College of Fine Arts Chapel*
36 College St. Montpelier, VT
- * We heartily thank the Vermont College of Fine Arts for their generosity in offering us the use of their Chapel with its lovely 1884 pipe organ for this event!
September 25, 2011, 2-4 pm
“‘in proportion to their family and income’:
Houses in Jane Austen’s Life and Fiction”
with JASNA President Iris Lutz
Place: Hauke Center, ChamplainCollege
Part of the Burlington Book Festival
Sponsored by Bygone Books & JASNA-Vermont
Hosted by Champlain College
Sunday December 4, 2011 ~ 2-5 pm
~ The Annual Jane Austen Birthday Tea! ~
In celebration of the Bicentenary of Sense & Sensibility (1811)
A Second Chance for ‘Sense & Sensibility’: Marianne as Heroine
Is S & S not your favorite Austen novel? ~
Using the composition history of Sense & Sensibility, Austen’s biography, S&S film adaptations, and the novel text, McLaughlin argues that Marianne is the true Heroine of Austen’s first novel!
~ Traditional English Afternoon Tea ~
~ Regency Period or Afternoon Tea finery encouraged! ~
*We are honored to welcome Rebecca McLaughlin, a life member of JASNA [she wrote her MA thesis on Jane Austen in 2000], and now a Lecturer in the Department of English at UVM, where she frequently teaches an online ‘Austen: Page & Film’ course.
15 April 2012
~ How to Love ‘Sanditon’ ~
A celebration of Jane Austen’s last unfinished work: Many readers find it difficult to “love” Sanditon. Critics and readers alike can find it alternately boring, bitter and uproariously wild, either likening it to her juvenilia or seeing only the morose shadow of her impending death. Join us as UVM Professor Eric Lindstrom helps us relate to and learn to love this text, even though it does not offer the typical Austen marriage plot.
*We are honored to welcome Eric Lindstrom, an Assistant Professor at the University of Vermont where he teaches courses primarily on Romantic Literature and Critical Theory. He is the author of Romantic Fiat (2011), and is currently working on a study of Austen’s canny relation to philosophical developments since her time, tentatively titled “Jane Austen and Other Minds.”
June 3, 2012
You are Cordially Invited to JASNA-Vermont’s June Meeting
~ ‘Why Jane Austen?’ ~
What do we want from Jane Austen? ~ Why do we want it? ~
and What do we get from the movies, the fan fiction, and the Novels?
*We are honored to welcome Professor Rachel Brownstein, author of Becoming a Heroine (1982), Tragic Muse: Rachel of the Comedie-Francaise (1993), and Why Jane Austen? (2011). Films, feminism, and popular fetishes are among the subjects of her new work, an engaging treasure-filled meditation on Jane Austen as writer, woman, social commentator, and 21st-century icon. But most of all it is about reading, which Brownstein has been encouraging people to do, at Brooklyn College and the Graduate School of CUNY, for several decades.
September 23, 2012, 1 – 5 pm
*Former JASNA President Elsa Solender ~ ‘Channeling Jane Austen’ on her Jane Austen in Love: An Entertainment*
Rare bookseller Stuart Bennett ~ ‘Imagining Jane Austen’ ~ on his The Perfect Visit
and *Regency Fashionista Hope Greenberg on ‘Dressing Jane Austen’
Place: An event of the Burlington Book Festival, at Champlain College
December 2, 2012
the Vermont Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America celebratedJane Austen’s Birthday with our Annual Afternoon Tea! We are honored to welcome Sandy Lerner, a.k.a. Ava Farmer, as she speaks on:
“Writing Second Impressions”
the first Historically and Socially accurate sequel to Pride and Prejudice, wherein we are made
privy to the afterlives of many of our most favorite Austen characters!
Sandy Lerner, co-founder of Cisco Systems; founder of Urban Decay Cosmetics; founder of the Ayrshire Farm in Virginia; and, most dear to us, is also the founder and moving force behind the Chawton House Library. She is now Chairman of Trustees, Chawton House Library and the Centre for the Study of Early English Women’s Writing, a place for research and camaraderie for scholars from all over the world. What better place than the former home of Jane Austen’s brother Edward Austen-Knight to study Austen and her literary antecedents and contemporaries!
Lerner’s book Second Impressions, written under the nom de plume of Ava Farmer, is set 10 years after the action in Pride and Prejudice, and explores the changes to the Darcy family’s lives, to Europe post-Napoleon, and to life in late Regency England, all a homage to Jane Austen, written in her “stile”, and with a fascinating yet credible plot. So let’s step into Lerner’s world to discover such things as: What do Darcy and Elizabeth do all day at Pemberley? Is Lady Catherine a welcome and constant visitor? Are the Wickhams reformed? And what becomes of England’s most eligible female Georgiana Darcy? And Anne de Bourgh? And dare we ask about Mr. and Mrs. Collins?!
Second Impressions will be available for purchase and signing, all proceeds to benefit Chawton House Library.
During the Tea we shall engage in Playing Word Games with Jane Austen, a most suitable and refined entertainment for a wintry afternoon!
Click here: Dec Tea 2012 Reservation form
June 2, 2013, 2 – 4 pm
“Trickle-Down Economics in Pride and Prejudice; Or, Why ‘Mr. Darcy Improves upon Acquaintance’!”
with Sheryl Craig*
What Jane Austen’s first readers did not need to be told was that a man named Fitzwilliam Darcy had to be a moderate Whig, one who supported Tory Prime Minister William Pitt’s tax and Poor Law reform proposals, and that Darcy’s home county, Derbyshire, paid high wages, provided generous welfare benefits, and funded the best system of poor houses in England. Thus, Darcy, and moderate Whigs like him, were worthy of both Elizabeth Bennet’s and the reader’s esteem and served as role models to be emulated throughout Georgian Britain and, as it turns out, throughout time.
* Sheryl Craig has published articles in Jane Austen’s Regency World, Persuasions, Persuasions On-Line, and The Explicator. She has also written film reviews for the Jane Austen Centre in Bath. Sheryl was JASNA’s International Visitor in 2008, is the editor of JASNA News, and was JASNA’s Traveling Lecturer for the Central region in 2012. She has a Ph.D. in Nineteenth-century British literature from the University of Kansas, has taught at the University of Central Missouri for over twenty years, and is a life member of JASNA.
Workhouse at St. James’s Parish – from The Microcosm of London, 1810, [wikipedia commons]
September 22, 2013
‘My Own Darling Child’ ~ 200 Years of Publishing and Collecting Pride and Prejudice
with Deborah Barnum*
When Jane Austen sold the copyright to her Pride and Prejudice, she little knew that 200 years later, millions of copies would have been sold and people would endlessly gather all over the world to discuss her and her most popular novel. Join us for a visual journey through the 1813 publication process and the various printings, publishers, editors, and illustrators of the past 200 years that are of collectible interest – and see how in recent years she has become such an icon of popular culture.
[Deb Barnum in front of 10 Henrietta St, London]
*Deborah Barnum is a former law librarian, now owner of Bygone Books, a closed shop of fine and collectible books in Burlington, Vermont. She is the Regional Coordinator for the Vermont JASNA Region and blogs at “Jane Austen in Vermont.” She is a life member of JASNA, and since 2009 has compiled the “Jane Austen Bibliography” for Persuasions.
Local & Regional Events of Interest:
Burlington Country Dancers: at the Elley-Long Music Center. A full schedule and more informatio is available here.