The Janeite Social Calendar

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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!

Jul
18
Sun
2021
The Lady’s Magazine and the Making of Jane Austen @ Virtual Presentation via Zoom
Jul 18 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

The Lady’s Magazine and the Making of Jane Austen – A Virtual Presentation by Jennie Batchelor

In this virtual presentation, professor and author Jennie Batchelor will illuminate the influence of the first modern women’s magazine on the life and work of Jane Austen. Jennie started her career as the first Chawton House Library Postdoctoral Fellow just as the renovation of the Great House was being completed. She is now a professor of eighteenth-century studies at the University of Kent. Jennie has written widely on women’s writing, eighteenth-century dress, and early women’s magazines. Her most recent book, Jane Austen Embroidery (2020), was co-devised with Alison Larkin. She has appeared on the New Statesman’s Hidden Histories podcast and BBC Radio 4, and she was interviewed for Lucy Worsley’s Jane Austen: Behind Closed Doors. Jennie is also Patron of the Kent branch of the Jane Austen Society.

Jennie is speaking to us as part of a subscription series offered through the North American Friends of Chawton House. She has waived her usual honorarium to raise awareness for Chawton House. Her talk connects to the two-pronged mission of Chawton House to preserve both a historic Austen family site and the unique legacy of early women writers whose works are housed in the Library.

Please note: To ensure that our afternoon runs smoothly and securely, this event is an online presentation via Zoom. Registration is required through EventBrite. Click the green “Tickets” button in the upper right corner of this page to reserve your free virtual ticket (using your email address). A few days prior to the event, instructions for the Zoom meeting will be emailed to the address you used to register for the event.

Sep
26
Sun
2021
What Jane Heard @ Virtual Presentation via Zoom
Sep 26 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

What Jane Heard: A Virtual Presentation by Rose Nester

“There are few people in England, I suppose, who have more true enjoyment of music than myself, or a better natural taste.”—Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Pride and Prejudice

Long before it could be recorded, music was most often heard and enjoyed in small group settings, and playing and singing with some proficiency were considered two important skills for women in Jane Austen’s era. Like many of the characters in her novels, Austen played the pianoforte; attended concerts and dances; and collected sheet music from both English and foreign contemporary composers. In the virtual presentation “What Jane Heard,” Rose Nester will explore the instruments, the types of music played and sung, and even the influence of social class in music during Jane Austen’s time.

Please note: To ensure that our afternoon runs smoothly and securely, this event is an online presentation via Zoom. Registration is required through EventBrite. Click the green “Tickets” button in the upper right corner of this page to reserve your free virtual ticket (using your email address). A few days prior to the event, instructions for the Zoom meeting will be emailed to the address you used to register for the event.

Oct
23
Sat
2021
Ayesha At Last: Remixing Pride and Prejudice @ Virtual Presentation via Zoom
Oct 23 @ 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Ayesha At Last: Remixing Pride and Prejudice – A Virtual Presentation by Uzma Jalaluddin

Uzma Jalaluddin, author of Ayesha At Last, will talk about her writerly motivations in pursuing a Pride and Prejudice retelling and what it means to reimagine classic texts from a different cultural viewpoint—and the love that South Asian culture has for all things Austen. This debut novel is a modern Asian and Muslim remix of the story of Darcy and Elizabeth. Uzma’s Lizzie is a teacher, wears a hijab, and is “irritatingly attracted to someone who looks down on her choices and dresses like he belongs in the seventh century.” Ayesha At Last has been optioned for film by Pascal Pictures, featured on Good Morning America, and was named one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2019. Her second novel is scheduled for publication in spring 2021.

Uzma is speaking with us as part of a subscription series offered through the North American Friends of Chawton House. She has waived her usual honorarium to raise awareness for Chawton House. Her presentation connects to the two-pronged mission of Chawton House to preserve both a historic Austen family site and the unique legacy of early women writers whose works are housed in the Library.

Please note: To ensure that our afternoon runs smoothly and securely, this event is an online presentation via Zoom. Registration is required through EventBrite. Click the green “Tickets” button in the upper right corner of this page to reserve your free virtual ticket (using your email address). A few days prior to the event, instructions for the Zoom meeting will be emailed to the address you used to register for the event.

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