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.”
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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.