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Jane Austen - Literature Review

Alexandra Mullen has reviewed some of the vast array of literary books about Jane Austen in her article Associations of Thought in the Hudson Review. "...a remarkable percentage of writers on Austen are terrific: clear, passionate, informative, insightful, and very often good writers to boot."

Jane Austen: Myth, Reality and Global Celebrity

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Recent Meeting 2018 March 17
Jane Austen (almost) in Halifax

Judith and Deirdre treated us to a discussion about influence of Halifax on Jane Austen. While Jane never visited Halifax, two of her brothers, Charles and Francis, were stationed in the City during their time in the Royal Navy. She followed their careers with great interest.
She drew on their experiences when she wrote her two naval novels, Mansfield Park (1814) and Persuasion (1818). Two of the more obvious influences are in Captain Wentworth's character in Persuasion and the amber cross given to Fanny by William in Mansfield Park, mirroring the topaz and amber crosses bought by Charles for Jane and Cassandra.
We were given a visual and audio sample of the tours during the Jane Austen Society's Conference in Halifax in June 2017. It was incredible to see the gorgeous architecture and furnishings in the buildings that Jane's brothers likely visited while in Halifax. Sarah Emsley, one of the conference presenters has designed a walking tour of Austen-related sites for visitors to the beautiful city of Halifax.

Following the presentation we were invited to divide into groups and debate several questions inspired by the conference presenter and popular Austen scholar, John Mullan. Greatly entertaining! A massive thank you to Deirdre and Judith for their entertaining and interactive presentation.

Jane Austen's Manuscripts

Thanks to the website, Open Culture, we know and can see that Jane Austen used pins to edit her manuscripts. Two links lead to manuscripts from her unfinished novel, The Watsons. All Austen's manuscripts can be viewed in facsimile on the site, Jane Austen's Fiction Manuscripts.

Regular Meetings

JasnaCalgary is a region of the Jane Austen Society of North America. We are all interested in everything Jane, from love of her novels to scholarly pursuits. Five times a year we meet to enjoy talks, workshops, teas, and galas. Attend a meeting and if you have fun, join in! Membership is $15.00 annually to cover our tea and cakes and other expenses.

Our meetings are 2:00 - 4:00, held at Sunalta Community Association, 1627 10 Ave SW, a location that is wheelchair accessible.
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Only a few special events require pre-paid tickets, such as the annual Tea celebrating Jane Austen's birthday and our bi-annual Gala.

On the Family page, members can access additional information with a password.

Site last updated on 2018 April 24

Review by Alexandra Mullen
Course from Future Learn on the Theatre page
Recent meeting update

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