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.  Anyway, do not fret should you 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!

The Gothic Context of Northanger Abbey @ University City Public Library
Sep 22 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

This Program Event is open to the Public

The Gothic Context of Northanger Abbey

Presenters: John Greenfield, PhD and Anastasia Bierman

Dr. Greenfield and Anastasia Bierman will give a short power point presentation (15-20 minutes) on the origins, background, and popularity of the Gothic genre in late eighteenth-century England. The rest of the time will be devoted to a discussion of Ann Radcliff’s popular and influential gothic novel, The Mysteries of Udolpho, giving some attention to how Austen’s Northanger Abbey plays off of the Gothic genre in general and The Mysteries of Udolpho in particular.  It is recommended that attendees read The Mysteries of Udolpho


John Greenfield earned his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Indiana University. He has taught at McKendree University for thirty-three years and was awarded Professor Emeritus status in May of 2017.  He has edited several reference books, published articles, and presented papers on various literary topics.

Anastasia Bierman is an Instructor of English at St. Charles Community College and has a Master’s in English Literature from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jane Austen Festival
Dec 6 – Dec 8 all-day

JASNA-St. Louis is pleased to announce, together with The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis & Webster University

Jane Austen Festival

December 6 – 8, 2019


Planned events include:

  • Pride and Prejudice performances at The Rep
  • Panel discussion with the Playwright and Rep Artistic Director
  • Repertory Theatre backstage tours
  • Various speakers including Cathy Reilly and Susan Allen Ford (courtesy of JASNA)
  • Regency Ball
  • Tea and costume design presentation (commemorative Jane Austen Birthday celebration event)
  • Regency art tours at the Saint Louis Art Museum
  • “Tea Treats” baking class presented by the London Tea Room
  •  And more!
In addition, JASNA STL has reserved 25 tickets to The Rep’s production of Pride & Prejudice on December 7, 2019 at 4:00 pm. The Rep will be offering all JASNA Metro-STL members a 20% discount!  Tickets are available on a “first come, first served” basis for $49.20 per ticket.  Please contact Alison Roberts ( for more information.  Payment for tickets will be collected at our next meeting on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at the University City Library.  Please make your check payable to “Jane Austen Society of America, Inc.”  If you are unable to attend the September meeting, please email Alison to reserve your tickets. 

More information to follow!

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