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2012 Winter Meeting: Serious Laughter - The Importance of Satire and Humor in Jane Austen's Time
2012 JASNA-Southwest Winter Meeting
Saturday, December 1
9:00 am ~ 3:30 pm
The Los Angeles Athletic Club
During the Bennett sisters’ sojourn at Netherfield, the officious Miss Bingley confides to Elizabeth that she could not possibly tease or laugh at Mr. Darcy: “‘Teaze calmness of temper and presence of mind! No, no —I feel he may defy us there. And as to laughter, we will not expose ourselves, if you please, by attempting to laugh without a subject.’” Elizabeth’s response is characteristic: “‘Mr. Darcy is not to be laughed at!’ cried Elizabeth. ‘That is an uncommon advantage, and uncommon I hope it will continue, for it would be a great loss to me to have many such acquaintance. I dearly love a laugh’”.
Like her heroine in Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen dearly loved a laugh. But in her literary quiver, humor was an arrow with which she deftly pierced pomposity, ignorance, and the social callousness of her day. “Serious Laughter: The Importance of Humor and Satire in Jane Austen’s Time” will bring us together to examine the culture of laughter and ridicule, verbal and visual, in the eighteenth century.
9:00am Registration, Breakfast Breads, Coffee & Tea, Conversation & Shopping
Jane Austen 2013 calendars, Marcee Chipman's lovely capes, and various books and sundries will be available for purchase in our own Regency Emporium.
9:45 am Announcements and Election of Officers
The Nominating Committee proposes the following slate of candidates for the Board:
President and Regional Coordinator - Nancy Gallagher
Past President - Mimi Dudley
Program Chair / Membership Chair - Carla Washburn
Program Co-Chair - Lynda Hall
Treasurer - Claire Bellanti
Secretary - Cheryl Cole
Publicity - Jaye Scholl Bohlen
Electronic Communications Coordinator - Terry Ryan
Newsletter and Social Media Editor - Deanna Heikkinen
Member at Large - Kathleen Peck
Member at Large - Carol Krause
Member at Large - Jan Fahey
Member at Large - Sonya Samuels
Note: The board also benefits from the advice and efforts of those in the following appointed positions:
Board Advisor - Diana Birchall
Chair, Education Outreach Committee - Rebecca Weersing
Co-Chair, LA Times Book Festival - Emily Bergman
Assistant, LA Times Book Festival - Paula Dacker
10:00 am Visual Raillery: Seeing and Being Seen in Northanger Abbey
Timothy Erwin, Professor and Cultural Studies Chair at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, will discuss how Catherine Morland, Jane Austen’s heroine of Northanger Abbey, finds herself amid the urban scene in Bath, and becomes a participant in the visual culture of the period, artfully reflected in the work of such Regency satirists as Matthew Darly, James Gillray, Isaac Cruikshank, and Thomas Rowlandson.
11:15 am Jane Austen’s Enlightenment Feminist Humor
Audrey Bilger, Professor of Literature at Claremont McKenna College and author of Laughing Feminism: Subversive Comedy in Fanny Burney, Maria Edgeworth, and Jane Austen, will illustrate how Austen took part in--and refined--a tradition of enlightenment feminist humor. By drawing on satire and comedy, Austen and other authors of the period made serious points about the gender politics of the eighteenth century, and thereby advanced the rights of women.
12:30 pm Luncheon and Birthday Toast
During our congenial lunchfest, you will be invited to try your hand at charades. Then Diana Birchall will lead us in the traditional mulled wine toast to “L’amiable Jane” and Syrie James will share a preview of her latest novel, The Missing Manuscript of Jane Austen.
CALIFORNIA BABY GREEN SALAD WITH CHAMPAGNE VINAIGRETTE
Your choice of
PECAN TART WITH MAPLE SYRUP AND KENTUCKY BOURBON
2:15pm "Jane Austen Unscripted"
Following lunch, the highly acclaimed cast of the Impro Theatre will regale us with an impromptu version of “Jane Austen Unscripted,” a witty and informed improvisation based on the comedic situations and characters in Austen’s novels. Those who have seen Impro Theatre’s performances before know that each hilarious performance is original to the moment and the suggestions of the audience.
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PLEASE NOTE: The registration deadline has been extended to Wednesday, November 28. Because JASNA must prepay for all meals, though, we still can't grant refunds for cancellations made after November 26.
Unforeseen schedule changes will be posted in the events section of our website, jasnasw.org.
Questions regarding the schedule or event venue may be directed to Carla Washburn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 818.414.2680.
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Main Phone: (213) 625-2211
From 110 Freeway-North & South:
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