Happy Birthday, Jane Austen

Please join us at the annual Jane Austen birthday luncheon of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Rochester Region on Saturday December 14, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Rochester’s Chatterbox Club.  Reservations are required; please print out and mail in this registration form.  Luncheon cost is $27.00.

We are pleased to hear a talk at our birthday luncheon by Nicola Minott-Ahl, who will ask us to re-consider Lydia Bennet’s actions.  Are they “silly” or “strategic”?

ImageNicola Minott-Ahl is Associate Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature and is on the Steering Committee of the Media and Society Program at Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. She teaches and writes on nineteenth century British Literature and her interests include the Gothic, historical fiction, architecture and novels, and film adaptation of Nineteenth century novels. She has published articles on William Thackeray, the architectural novel in France and England, and in the fields of Film and Adaptation Studies. Her article “Does Jane Austen Write Screenplays? Mansfield Park and the Dilemma of Jane Austen in Film” appeared in the Quarterly Review of Film and Video last April and a book, The Architectural Novel: How William Ainsworth, Victor Hugo, and Alexandre Dumas Constructed the National Identities of 19th Century England and France is under revision and forthcoming from Sussex Academic Press.

Our luncheon precedes the actual anniversary of Austen’s birth (December 16, 1775) by two two days.  Please join us in this toast from Rudyard Kipling’s “The Janeites”:

Jane lies in Winchester, blessed be her shade!
Praise the Lord for making her, and her for all she made.
And, while the stones of Winchester – or Milsom Street – remain,
Glory, Love, and Honour unto England’s Jane!

Do you think Kipling’s tribute is sincere? Ironic? Strategic?  Surely we will never find ourselves at a loss for discussions on Jane Austen.

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