The Janeite Social Calendar

If you feel that “There is a monsterous deal of stupid quizzing, & common-place nonsense talked, but scarcely any wit”, then we encourage to attend any or all of these events on Jane’s social calendar for “It is such a happiness when good people get together — and they always do.”

From lectures, teas, dances, and Jane’s Birthday there is something to attend yourself in the realm of a Janeite.  Any do not fret should find yourself required to go alone because “from the whole she deduced this useful lesson, that to go previously engaged to a ball, does not necessarily increase either the dignity or enjoyment of a young lady.”

Memories are to be made and friends are to be had, “But remember that the pain of parting from friends will be felt by everybody at times, whatever be their education or state.

See you there!

Apr
25
Wed
2018
ENGL 2210.02: Literature into Film: Jane Austen, Cult Classic @ Webster University
Apr 25 @ 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Instructed by: Dr. Sheila Hwang, JASNA-St. Louis Member.

Why are we still interested in Jane Austen, 200 years later?  How do people in the 20th and 21st century use the idea of Jane Austen, and to what end?  What makes Jane Austen a cult classic?  In this introductory course, we will explore the world of Jane Austen and the wide array of 20th/21st-century adaptations of her works.  We analyze Austen’s original literary texts, and will then compare, contrast, and evaluate film, tv, and video adaptations, as well as literary, game, and other adaptations.  Some highlights of the course will include a dark tale about manipulative and seductive Lady Susan; a fun, gothic parody Northanger Abbey; and a classic love story, Pride and PrejudiceCost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

May
2
Wed
2018
ENGL 2210.02: Literature into Film: Jane Austen, Cult Classic @ Webster University
May 2 @ 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Instructed by: Dr. Sheila Hwang, JASNA-St. Louis Member.

Why are we still interested in Jane Austen, 200 years later?  How do people in the 20th and 21st century use the idea of Jane Austen, and to what end?  What makes Jane Austen a cult classic?  In this introductory course, we will explore the world of Jane Austen and the wide array of 20th/21st-century adaptations of her works.  We analyze Austen’s original literary texts, and will then compare, contrast, and evaluate film, tv, and video adaptations, as well as literary, game, and other adaptations.  Some highlights of the course will include a dark tale about manipulative and seductive Lady Susan; a fun, gothic parody Northanger Abbey; and a classic love story, Pride and PrejudiceCost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

May
9
Wed
2018
ENGL 2210.02: Literature into Film: Jane Austen, Cult Classic @ Webster University
May 9 @ 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Instructed by: Dr. Sheila Hwang, JASNA-St. Louis Member.

Why are we still interested in Jane Austen, 200 years later?  How do people in the 20th and 21st century use the idea of Jane Austen, and to what end?  What makes Jane Austen a cult classic?  In this introductory course, we will explore the world of Jane Austen and the wide array of 20th/21st-century adaptations of her works.  We analyze Austen’s original literary texts, and will then compare, contrast, and evaluate film, tv, and video adaptations, as well as literary, game, and other adaptations.  Some highlights of the course will include a dark tale about manipulative and seductive Lady Susan; a fun, gothic parody Northanger Abbey; and a classic love story, Pride and PrejudiceCost: $300 ($150 for 60 years of age of older)

Jun
2
Sat
2018
JASNA–St. Louis’ Annual Summer Luncheon: Readings from Persuasion
Jun 2 @ 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Member event, for JASNA members and their guests—reservations required.


To mark the bicentenary of Austen’s novel Persuasion, participants, after lunch, will read and discuss their favorite passages from the novel.

Sep
23
Sun
2018
“Realism and Romance: Critical Transformations of Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth in Two Film Adaptations of Jane Austen’s Persuasion” @ University City Public Library
Sep 23 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

This event is free and open to the public


Presenter: John Greenfield, Ph.D

John will contrast two films based on Persuasion, Austen’s “autumnal” novel: Roger Michell’s 1995 version with Ciáran Hinds and Amanda Root as Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot and the 2007 Masterpiece Theater production with Rupert Penry-Jones and Sally Hawkins in the main roles. Michell’s film places more emphasis on the sociohistorical aspects of the novel’s setting during the Napoleonic wars, including the rise of the professional navy officer class, while the 2007 production places the film firmly in the regency romance genre of Austen’s films and emphasizes the psychology of Anne Elliot. The films can be seen as complementary, John believes, each emphasizing valid but different aspects of Austen’s novel.

JASNA–St. Louis member John Greenfield earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Indiana University. He has taught at McKendree University in Lebanon, Ill., for 33 years and was awarded Professor Emeritus status in May 2017. At McKendree, John was a long-standing director of the Honors Program, faculty advisor to the Literary Interest Society and the Sigma Tau Delta honor society for English majors, and a recipient of the United Methodist Exemplary Teacher Award. He continues to produce scholarly papers, earning second place recently in the prestigious Keats-Shelley Essay Contest.

Dec
8
Sat
2018
JASNA St. Louis’ Annual Austen Birthday Luncheon “Speculation, Courtship, and Love in Mansfield Park” @ The Gatesworth
Dec 8 @ 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Member event, for JASNA members and their guests—reservations required


Presenter: Sheila Hwang, Ph.D

Careful readers of Jane Austen’s novels have noticed that characters sometimes play various card games in the course of Austen’s novels, but they have not always realized that Austen uses these games thematically. Through Sheila, we will learn to play Speculation, a fun, fast-paced card game featured in Mansfield Park. Then we will examine the relationship between the rules of the game and the rules of love and courtship, finding examples in Austen’s novels, in her life, and in our own.

JASNA–St. Louis member Sheila Hwang is Associate Professor and Chair of English at Webster University in St. Louis and a JASNA life member. Sheila earned a B.A. in English literature from UCLA, and both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She was a 2016 NEH Summer Scholar at the Newberry Library in Chicago, where she advanced her current research on the history of cartography, the rhetoric of maps, and their relationship to narrative shifts in 18th-century British travel literature. In September 2018, Sheila will be a plenary speaker for the Annual General Meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America in Kansas City. There, she will speak about how the resort towns of Bath and Lyme Regis should be considered characters in Jane Austen’s final complete novel, Persuasion.

4 Responses to The Janeite Social Calendar

  1. Jennie says:

    I am interested in more information about your meetings and events.

    • Rose Marie Nester says:

      Has Jim answered your questions?
      Please also look at the news notes for more information.
      We meet four times per year. Our schedule for the remaining 2013 is a public meeting on Sept. 14 and a members birthday celebration on Dec. 14. We announce the new calendar on that date.

  2. Dawn Tucker says:

    May I visit the leadership lecture?

    • Rose Nester says:

      Hello Dawn,

      The meeting is open to the public and is from 2-4 at the University City Library. The address is on our website.

      All are welcome. Please come!

      Thank you,

      Rose Nester
      co-coordinator JASNA-St. Louis

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