Upcoming meeting: Persuasion with Dr. JoAnne Podis

Join us for our first meeting of 2018!

Celebrating the 200th Anniversary
of Persuasion with Dr. JoAnne Podis

Date: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Solon Library Meeting Room (Portz Parkway, off Rt 91)
Free and Open to the Public

“But I hate to hear you talking so like a fine gentleman, and as if women were all fine ladies, instead of rational creatures. We none of us expect to be in smooth water all our days.”—Persuasion, Ch. 8. Happy New Year! 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s last completed novel Persuasion.. Considered by critics to be Austen’s most “mature” novel, the story of Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth still resonates deeply with many of Austen’s readers. Indeed, the letter Wentworth slips to his beloved Anne near the end of the novel remains one of the most often quoted passages of all Austen’s novels.
To kick off the bicentennial celebrations of this wonderful novel, Ohio North Coast region member Dr. JoAnne Podis, Professor Emerita at Ursuline College, will give a talk about class differences, money, and high society in the Regency era. In her talk Persuading the Reader: Society and Self in Persuasion, Professor Podis will discuss Austen’s exploration of themes related to identity formation and the ways in which social contexts, including family relationships, shape and constrain it. She will also consider her use of satire to expose the casual cruelty of which human beings are perfectly capable.
Charla, one our Program Committee members, has also informed me that although Sir Walter Elliot knows that as the expert on all of these topics he
really should be the one to address us, he is unfortunately unable to join us as he will be leaving for a grand tour in March. We will just have to muddle along without him!

Looking for some new reading material?

 Jane Austen Books will be bringing a selection of discounted books to the March meeting. Proceeds from the sale of these books will go towards our region’s Treasury to help fund future region events.
If you would like to bring a light snack to share, please contact myself or Mary Daubenspeck (fisherbodyjohne@aol.com) to coordinate. I look forward to seeing you there!

Proposal for a Region Reading Group

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book!”—Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Thank you to those who voiced their interest in beginning a reading group. We will continue to discuss this idea at the March meeting. If you have ideas or suggestions for a reading group, please bring those to share.

Other Jane Austen News

Mark your calendars for our Spring 2018 meetings:

Sunday, April 15, 2018 from 1:00-4:00 PM at the Solon Public LibrarySummer luncheon: June 2018 (details forthcoming)


JASNA-ONC is delighted to announce that Jane Austen herself will be visiting our region on September 9, 2018! The wonderful Debra Miller (Greater Chicago RC) will bring our beloved Jane to life for an afternoon with “Just Jane: A Visit With Jane Austen.” More details, including location and time, are forthcoming. Deb will also be performing at Mentor Public Library as Louisa May Alcott on September 10 as part of MPL’s Louisa May Alcott week for those who are interested.

Other Jane Austen News

Gillian Dow, Executive Director of Chawton House and Kim Simpson, Chawton House Postdoctoral Fellow have teamed up to create a free online course titled Jane Austen: Myth, Reality and Global Celebrity. This is a great opportunity to connect with Janeites from around the world!

Great Lakes Theater will be staging a production of Pride and Prejudice running October 5-November 4, 2018 at Playhouse Square’s Hanna Theatre in downtown Cleveland. If there is enough interest, we may reserve group tickets for this production.

Lakeside Chatauqua (near Put-in-Bay, OH) is hosting a “Jane at 200” lecture series July 11-12, 2018 featuring Juliette Wells, Elizabeth Conolly Todd Distinguished Professor of English at Goucher College.

The 2018 JASNA AGM Persuasion: 200 Years of Constancy and Hope will take place in Kansas City, Missouri from September 28-30, 2018. Online registration begins in May 2018, so make sure to register early if you plan to attend!

The Call for Papers 2019 JASNA AGM 200 Years of Northanger Abbey: Real, Solemn History has been released for those who are interested in submitting a paper.

Are there any Jane Austen related events taking place near you? If so, please contact us and we will include these events in future newsletters.

Join us for our December meeting!
Celebrating Jane Austen’s 242nd Birthday
Featuring dance caller Carol Kopp and a special toast for Jane 
Date: Sunday, December 17, 2017
Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Solon Library Meeting Room (Portz Parkway, off Rt 91)
Free and Open to the Public

Jane Austen's Birthday Ball featuring dance caller Carol Kopp

“There were more Dancers than the Room could conveniently hold,
which is enough to constitute a good Ball at anytime.”

Letter to Cassandra Austen, January 9, 1799.

It’s time to celebrate Jane Austen’s 242nd birthday! In true Regency fashion, we will host a ball of our own to mark the occasion. If you’ve always wanted to learn to dance (or just prefer to watch), this is a great opportunity to practice with our favorite English Country Dance expert and dance caller Carol Kopp and the Toad in the Hole musicians. We have also asked her to bring some of her friends, who hopefully won’t mind if we step on their toes a bit. If you plan to dance, wear comfortable attire and shoes. You are welcome to wear your gown if you choose, but fancy dress is not required. If you do not intend to dance, we will have a table for card games (with instructions) that feature in Austen’s novels and other Austen-esque activities. We will have birthday cake and sparkling (non-alcoholic) beverages for a special toast to Jane. If you would like to bring a light snack to share, please contact myself or Mary Daubenspeck (fisherbodyjohne@aol.com) to coordinate. I look forward to seeing you there!