Next Meeting: Jane Austen's Birthday - Letter Writing Workshop!

Letter Writing in Austen’s Time
Jane Austen's Birthday, and a Celebration of Emma's 200th
Sunday December 13, 2015 - 1:15PM to 4:00PM
Mayfield Library

Many scholars believe Austen’s first drafts of Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice were originally written as epistolary novels. From scenes of Miss Caroline Bingley offering to mend Mr Darcy’s pen to Jane Fairfax’s long walks after visiting the post office in Highbury, letters form an important part of Austen’s novels. Who can forget “Be not alarmed, madam…” or “You pierce my soul…”?

For our December meeting, guest Lecturer Melissa Mary Alexander has kindly accepted our invitation to travel to our Region from Cincinnati. She will give us a short historical talk about letter-writing in Austen’s novels and then conduct a letter-writing workshop. Each participant will receive a kit of “parchment” and a real quill pen. No worries, we will also have plenty of ball-point pens so that we less nimble-fingered will have a finished product to take home with us at the end of the meeting.
Melissa Mary Alexander is a member of the Greater Louisville region of JASNA and a graduate student at the University of Cincinnati where she is studying for her Master’s in history. During her undergraduate coursework in English, she focused on 18th and 19th century British literature, leading her to academic studies of various facets of Austen’s works on multiple occasions. Her senior thesis, “Women of Feeling: Understanding Austen’s Marginalized Heroines” was recently published in the Xavier Journal of Undergraduate Student Research. Melissa is also highly engaged in the living history community, which has led her to research topics such as clothing, food, beverages, and letter-writing of Austen's time. She recently presented her breakout session, "A Very Fine Dish: Culinary Class Distinctions in Jane Austen's England" at the Greater Louisville AGM. She looks forward to delving further into material culture history at the University of Cincinnati and in her future studies.
We will be ordering materials for this event, so we’ll need a count. Please RSVP to the contact information provided below by Monday December 4th so we can make sure we have enough supplies for everyone!

We will also celebrate Jane Austen’s 240th and Emma’s 200th birthday with birthday cake and a birthday toast at the December meeting. Come and enjoy!

2015 AGM Recap

Living in Jane Austen’s World
A Re-Cap of the 2015 JASNA Annual General Meeting
Sunday November 8, 2015 - 1:15PM to 4:00PM

Join us to share member experiences, photos, notes, and lectures from the 2015 AGM in Louisville. For photos, follow Sharon Lathan's facebook album below:

Variety of images from the 2015 JASNA AGM in Louisville, Kentucky, from October 8 to 11 at the Galt House Hotel. Theme: "Living in Jane Austen's World."

Meeting: Lady Susan, Missing Masterpiece by Jane Austen

Lady Susan, Missing Masterpiece by Jane Austen 
An Award-Winning Documentary
Sunday September 20, 2015 - 1:15PM to 4:00PM

Beloved English novelist Jane Austen treasured her manuscript of Lady Susan, though it was forgotten by all and almost never saw the light of day. What was she thinking when she wrote a clever novel of adultery, cruelty and betrayal that might have seriously damaged her own reputation? Why do scholars today dismiss Lady Susan as a minor work of little interest? And what does the tale reveal about the Author that everyone is so anxious to keep quiet? This award-winning documentary explores the strange literary destiny and merit of Jane Austen’s most controversial work.
Writer/Director/Producer: Michelle Lambeau
Cast: Joan Klingel Ray, Ph.D, Martha Stoddard Holmes, Ph.D, Linda Damita.
Awarded Best Director of a Documentary Short: Costa Rica International Documentary Film Festival, 2014

We will watch this short film, complete with movie popcorn, and have a lively discussion about this “not quite in the canon” epistolary novel. Attendees are welcome to read favorite excerpts from the novel. And, we have a short dramatization from JASNA’s script bank for those who want to exhibit thespian talent! All this will prepare us for next year, when lovely, manipulative, dangerous to know Lady Susan Vernon meets the big screen: In 2016, a feature film called Love and Friendship, based on Lady Susan, starring Kate Beckinsale, Chloe Sevigny, Xavier Samuel and Stephen Fry, will be released. It’s a great time to read (or reread) this short novel. Or, just come to our September meeting and learn all about it! This meeting is open to the public. Please feel free to invite your friends!