Upcoming Meeting: Janine Barchas - "Mismarketing Jane Austen to Lure Teen Readers"

Please join us for our December meeting
Sunday, December 13, 2020
1:30 PM


Starting in the 1880s, the cover art and marketing tactics chosen to package inexpensive reprints of Jane Austen’s novels for teen readers have committed all manner of fashion errors and misrepresentations—from tepid to tacky and from wrong to worse.  Extending the argument made in The Lost Books of Jane Austen about the impact of cheap reprints upon Austen’s global reputation, Professor Janine Barchas takes on more than a century of Austen editions aimed at teens.  Her richly illustrated talk will reveal how mainstream publishers have shapeshifted Austen in accordance with changing views of what might appeal to a young-adult audience.  Prepare to feel amused and irate in equal measure.

Dr. Janine Barchas is the Louann and Larry Temple Centennial Professor of English Literature at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of Matters of Fact in Jane Austen: History, Location, and Celebrity (2012), and The Lost Books of Jane Austen (2019). She co-curated the 2016 Will & Jane exhibit at The Folger Library, which many AGM attendees visited during the Washington DC AGM that year. She is the creator of What Jane Saw (www.whatjanesaw.org), a digital reconstruction of two museum exhibits attended by Austen. She has written for a variety of publications and has spoken at numerous JASNA events, and was a plenary speaker at the 2019 JASNA AGM in Colonial Williamsburg. Janine is also the President of the North American Friends of Chawton House (NAFCH).  

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2020 Virtual AGM Wrap

Please join us for our next meeting
Sunday, November 15, 2020
1:30 PM


Join us on Zoom for our annual AGM Wrap on November 15 at 1:30, but with a twist. In the spirit of 2020, we'll keep you guessing a bit, but you can expect 1 lively speaker...or 2... from this year's AGM, with plenty of Q&A. As always, we want a discussion from all the members who attended, hearing your thoughts on this year's AGM. Our wrap-up will be followed by a discussion with ideas for 2021 planning for the year's theme of "Jane Austen and the Arts" and a possible book club.

Watch your emails for an invitation to this ZOOM meeting a few days prior to the date.

'Your most obedient, humble servant, The Author'

Please join us for our next meeting
Sunday, September 20, 2020
1:30 PM

'Your most obedient, humble servant,
The Author'

We would love to see you in our next Zoom meeting. Join us and enjoy one last chance to chat with fellow ONC members about Austen’s juvenilia before the AGM. Outgoing RC Charla Coatoam will guide the discussion. Remember that Austen’s juvenilia is available to read free on our website.

Would you like to brush up on great topics to discuss before the meeting? Charla’s suggested (but not required) reading list includes the following articles: 

  1. Christine Alexander and Annette Upfal’s article “Are We Ready for New Directions? Jane Austen’s The History of England & Cassandra’s Portraits” (JASNA Persuasions On-Line Vol. 30 No. 2 (Spring 2010)
  1. Peter Sabor on “Brotherly and Sisterly Dedications in Jane Austen’s Juvenilia.” (Downloadable pdf from Persuasions No. 31.)
  1. History of England – British Library

ONC Members - watch your emails for an invitation to this ZOOM meeting
a few days prior to the date.

Non-ONC members - contact us to register.