Jane Austen Society of North America, Southwest (JASNA-SW)

JASNA-SW Events & More

Coming Up
Register now for our Spring Meeting, In the Garden with Fanny Price, held at the UCLA Faculty Center on Saturday, May 31. On the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mansfield Park, the meeting will focus on two of the novel's major themes: the improvement of the estate and the troubling issues of slavery. We have confirmed four wonderful speakers so far: Kim Wilson, the author of In the Garden with Jane Austen, Anne Mellor, Distinguished Research Professor of English at UCLA, Dr. John Halperin, and Phil Rundel of UCLA who will describe the UCLA Botanical Garden that attendees may tour. Click on the meeting title above to register now.
The 2017 AGM Jane Austen in Paradise will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Huntington Beach. We will need a lot of volunteers over the next three years to assist with AGM planning and hosting. Stay tuned for numerous volunteer opportunities!
The 2014 University of North Carolina Jane Austen Summer Program (JASP) on Sense and Sensibility will be held June 12-15 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. This 4-day residential symposium includes expert speakers, a film screening, discussion groups, a Regency ball, an English tea, and exhibits. The discussions will focus on Sense and Sensibility in its historical context as well as its many afterlives in fiction and film. For more information, to see photos from last summer, or to register, go to the JASP website, janeaustensummer.org.
Events Gone By
On Saturday, Dec 7, at USC we considered the P & P characters we love to hate: Mr. Collins, Lady Catherine de Bourgh, George Wickham, Lydia Bennett, the Bingley sisters, and even Charlotte Lucas (do we hate her, pity her, or admire her practical scheming?).
More than 20 JASNA Southwest members attended the 35th JASNA Annual General Meeting from September 27-29 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minneapolis was a delightful, welcoming city. The theme of the AGM was "Pride and Prejudice, Timeless." The plenary speakers were Joan Ray, Janine Barchas and John Mullan. They, along with a plentitude of breakout speakers, including our own Lynda Hall, filled us with brilliant ideas and sparkling thoughts. The AGM was a great success! In other exciting news, JASNA Southwest's own Claire Bellanti was elected Vice President/President-Elect (congratulations, Claire!) and the Board accepted our proposal to host the 2017 AGM. Click on the title above for pictures.
JASNA Southwest presented Dr. Michael Suk-Young Chwe, UCLA associate professor of political science and author of the recently released Jane Austen, Game Theorist, at our latest half-day Fall program. Dr. Chwe talked to us about Jane Austen's remarkable insights into strategic thinking, with examples taken from her novels, at the Pasadena Public Library, September 7, from 9:30 - 11:30am. Click on the title above for more information and photos.
During the UCLA Summer Session, English 91C: Introduction to Fiction: the Novels of Jane Austen was offered as an online course, taught by Professor Anne Mellor. The class ran from August 5-September 13 and was taught entirely online. You may view the full course syllabus, which contains some descriptive information or find more information, a short biography for Professor Mellor, and a video demo clip here.
The UCLA Library invites you to Pride, Prejudice, and Strategic Thinking: A Conversation between Michael Chwe and Anne Mellor, 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, 2013 in the Charles E. Young Research Library Main Conference Room. Michael Suk-Young Chwe, UCLA associate professor of political science and author of the recently released Jane Austen, Game Theorist and Anne K. Mellor, UCLA Distinguished Professor of English and an expert in British literature and cultural history, will engage in a wide-ranging discussion about strategic thinking, nineteenth-century British society, and human behavior. Admission is free but space is limited. RSVP by May 24 to 310-825-6925 or rsvp@library.ucla.edu. Click on the title above for directions and parking information.
Susannah Fullerton, Author and President of JASNA Australia, presented a lecture for the Royal Oak Foundation at 6:00 pm on May 20 at the UCLA Faculty Center. Her talk, Happily Ever After: Celebrating Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, explored the style in which the novel was written - the irony, the use of "free indirect speech," and how Austen structures the novel. Fullerton's presentation also included an examination of how the novel has been interpreted through film and inspired prequels, sequels, and other adaptations.
For the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice, we enjoyed a fabulous program in partnership with Chapman University. For Chapman, Andrew Davies hosted a two-night viewing of his iconic P & P mini-series that introduced all of us to Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy on Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th to which we were all invited. Mr. Davies then spoke to us about the series at our Spring Meeting on April 27th along with presentations from Rand Boyd, Pamela Ezell, and four young scholars from Chapman's English Department. Click on the title above for more information and photos.
JASNA Southwest again hosted a booth at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books held April 20-21 at USC. Over 1000 people visited the booth during the two day event. JASNA Southwest thanks all of the hard working volunteers for making the booth a success, notably Emily Bergman for coordinating the event and Paula Dacker for managing the book sales. Click on the title above to see a photo of them in the booth.
Over 150 people laughed with Jane Austen at the JASNA Southwest Winter Meeting, featuring Audrey Bilger talking about Jane Austen's use of subversive comedy, Tim Erwin showing us the importance of the visual in Northanger Abbey through the works of humorous 18th century cartoonists, and Jane Austen Unscripted entertaining us with improvisational comedy. NOTE: Those who could not hear Tim Erwin's paper may read it through a link on the home page.
The LA Theatre Works recorded a radio performance of Pride and Prejudice with Jane Carr for later broadcast, with a discounted price for JASNA members.
Click here for a New York Times article about the meeting.
JASNA Southwest sponsored a half-day program at the Pasadena City Library on Jane Austen vs. The Victorians. This is the first in what we hope will be a series of smaller programs between our two major meetings each year. Click the title above for photos.
Click on the title above to see a full report and photos from our 2012 Spring Meeting, a seaside holiday with Jane Austen at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica.
JASNA Southwest's booth at the LA Times Festival of Books was a great hit! We had even more visitors, distributed even more JASNA-SW information, and sold even more books from Vroman's than we did last year. Click the title above for a photo montage.
On Saturday, 3 December 2011, we learned about Regency women's health issues at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Click on the title above to see a full report on the meeting, with photos.
Our first-ever super-regional weekend at the Huntington Gardens & Library and the Westin Pasadena was a spectacular success. Click on the title above for a photo recap.
Our first-ever JASNA-SW booth at the Festival was a resounding success. Please click on the title above for photos.
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JASNA members were treated to a sneak preview of the film about Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire. Click on the title above to see a trailer of the movie.
"Silver Forks, Golden Memories, and Library Treasures." Featured talk: Ed Copeland on Silver Fork Novels.
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Domestic Entertainments in Jane Austen's Time
Diana Birchall and People take us on a nostalgic journey.
In Memoriam

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2014 JASNA Southwest Spring Meeting

In The Garden with Fanny Price

Saturday, May 31, 2014
9:00am Registration
10:00am - 4:00 pm Program

UCLA Faculty Center
480 Charles E Young Drive East
Los Angeles CA 90024

Our Spring Meeting will celebrate Mansfield Park on the 200th anniversary of its publication. The meeting will be held at the UCLA Faculty Center and will focus on two of the novel's major themes: the improvement of the estate and the troubling issues of slavery.

The program features a special keynote address from Kim Wilson, author of In the Garden with Jane Austen, a book capturing the essence and beauty of the traditional English garden that Austen herself would have known and visited. In addition, Dr. Anne Mellor presents Fanny Price and Slavery, a discussion on the controversial topic of slavery in 19th century England. Distinguished UCLA Professor of Biology, Dr. Philip Rundel, gives us An Introduction to the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden and Claremont Graduate University's Dr. John Halperin presents Mansfield Park as Autobiography.

After lunch, you have your choice of two activities, a walking tour of the beautiful UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden or students of Chapman University's Dr. Lynda Hall discussing their submissions to this year's JASNA Essay Contest on the intriguing topic "The Role of Silence in Mansfield Park."

As Fanny Price observes, "To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment." Please join us on Saturday, May 31 at the UCLA Faculty Center to celebrate 200 years of Jane's Mansfield Park and experience the joys of a Spring Garden.

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Claire Bellanti is the new JASNA Vice President/​President-Elect

At the JASNA AGM in Minneapolis on Sept 27-29, JASNA Southwest member Claire Bellanti was elected as JASNA Vice President/​President-Elect. Congratulations Claire!

President-Elect Claire Bellanti

Why You Should Join JASNA-SW (it's only $15)

In addition to discounted admission to our already affordable Spring and Winter Events, your $15 membership:

* allows our Region to contribute to the restoration of Jane Austen's house and church at Chawton.

* provides food and drink to our holiday season reading group teas.

* allows us to keep our biannual meetings affordable. For example, our last two meetings cost 30% and 55% more, respectively, than what they brought in. Therefore, your $15 membership helped cover the cost of bringing in speakers, the food, and the venues.

* helps cover miscellaneous costs, such as printing and mailing out our newsletters and web hosting for this site.

In addition, members are the first to hear about special screenings and other Austen-related events. Some of these events are open to JASNA-SW members only.

Membership in JASNA-SW is only $15 per year. Please consider joining today. Click on the Join JASNA-SW tab above.

All roads lead to Austen. (photo by Diana Birchall)

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Welcome to the Jane Austen Society of North America, Southwest (JASNA-SW), a region of the Jane Austen Society of North America.
JASNA-SW is a non-profit organization with a diverse membership: From admirers to aficionados, students to scholars, book purists to film fans, what brings us together is our love of Jane Austen. Through local reading groups and events that are both entertaining and informative, we celebrate ­the work and life of Jane Austen, the world of her books, and her influence in popular culture.

My idea of good company ... is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company. --Jane Austen


The Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) is the parent organization for our regional group.

Members of JASNA receive an excellent journal, Persuasions, and are eligible to attend the three-day Annual General Meeting. JASNA has many entertaining and informative activities for members and supports our local organization in a variety of ways.

For more information about the Jane Austen Society of North America, our annual meetings, and how to join the Society, visit JASNA's national website, jasna.org.

Upcoming JASNA Annual General Meetings
  • September 27-29, 2013 Minneapolis MN. Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice ... Timeless
  • October 10-12, 2014 Montreal Quebec Canada. Mansfield Park in Montreal: Contexts, Conventions and Controversies
  • October 9-11, 2015 Louisville KY. Living in Jane Austen's World
  • October 9-11, 2016 Washington DC. Emma at 200: "No One But Herself"