Calendar for 2013
Come join us for our first event of 2013
A talk by Linda Greenberg on The
Vicar of Wakefield, followed by a talk about Fitzwilliam
Darcy in honor of the 200th
Anniversary of Pride & Prejudice
Saturday March 16, 2013
Our spring meeting will feature a talk by our own Linda Greenberg,
who will speak on her PhD thesis on Goldsmith's "Vicar
of Wakefield", which, she argues, is a source of and inspiration for
the clerical hero, and so was an influence on Jane Austen in the
creation of her many clerics. A short overview of the novel
will be presented at the meeting, but if you have a chance, give it
a look before the meeting: it's a quick and fun read.
1 pm – 4 pm
Presidio Public Library
3150 Sacramento Street, near Baker St.,
San Francisco, CA
Then, in honor of the 200th anniversary of "Pride & Prejudice", the membership will be given an opportunity to discuss that most-fascinating of Austen heroes, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. Does Darcy deserve the adoration he has received from a besotted public? After all, he was amazingly nasty to poor Lizzy at the ball. And he doesn't actually say much in the novel. The discussion will be introduced by a short overview of the critical literature on Darcy, designed to provoke a heated discussion! It has been said that we all deserve our own Jane Austen; similarly, we all have in mind our own Mr. Darcy. Come and share your Darcy with us!
This event is free of cost and all are welcome. Address questions to email@example.com.
Saturday March 31, 2012
65 Beverly Street, San Francisco, CA
A presentation & book-signing, Noon to 4:00pm
Temple United Methodist Church
near Junipero Serra Blvd & 19th Avenue
within a half-mile of San Francisco State University
Our jane-ite year starts out with a bang! This meeting will be
devoted to a most special presentation by a local-girl-makes-good,
Sandy Lerner, aka Ava Farmer. Sandy, a graduate of Cal
State-Fresno (BA, political science), Claremont Graduate School
(MA, econometrics), and Stanford University (MS, statistics and
computer science), went on, along with now ex-husband Len Bosack,
to design the computer router upon which they co-founded Cisco
After leaving Cisco, Ms Lerner bought Chawton House, home of Jane Austen’s brother Edward, which, despite the fears of the local villagers, she lovingly restored. Sandy, most appropriately, devoted it to the housing of the Chawton House Library, a center devoted to early English women’s writing. Her wide-ranging interests also include the founding of “Urban Decay Cosmetics” (motto: “if pink makes you puke”); currently, she is running the 800 acre Ayrshire Farm in Virginia, promoting the benefits of locally produced, humanely-raised meats and organic produce. Ms. Lerner has received several honorary doctorates, from Washington and Jefferson College, Goucher College, University of Southhampton (England) and Shenandoah University.
Along with Anna Quindlen and Cornel West, she will be a keynote speaker at this year’s AGM in New York City, speaking on the importance of money in the novels – both wealth and poverty. Of greatest interest to our group, however, will be her remarks on her recently published novel Second Impressions (written under the nom de plume “Ava Farmer”). The result of twenty-six years of research, it promises to be the first historically-accurate sequel to Pride & Prejudice. Ms. Lerner will not only read from the novel and sign copies (some will be available for purchase), but will also discuss the process of researching and writing this lovingly-crafted sequel, and she will be open to questions about her other ventures.
This presentation is free and open to the public. The event will include tea and light refreshments.
Presentation & Book-Signing Flyer
Saturday June 16, 2012
From Byron to Box Hill -
Pleasures Domestic & Continental
330 Ravenswood Avenue, Menlo Park, CA
Summer Meeting and Picnic, Noon to 4 PM
Between El Camino Real & Middlefield Road
Our summer meeting will be held at Trinity Church in Menlo Park
in the same delightful space where we held last summer’s meeting,
where, like Fanny Price, we can “sit in the shade on a fine day,
and look upon verdure,… the most perfect refreshment.” This
meeting will feature a too-long absent friend of JASNA Norcal,
Steve Arkin, Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the English
Department of San Francisco State University. After a few years in
Minnesota, Steve is returning to the Bay Area, although currently
he is spending a few months in London and Geneva. This will surely
inform his presentation on "Jane Austen and the Radicals: Domestic
Arrangements in the Time of Napoleon", in which he will discuss
the circle that gathered around Shelley in Geneva, contrasting the
domesticity in Austen with its radical alternatives in the lives
of Mary Wollstonecraft and Claire Clairmont, and will consider
some of the issues that were alive in Britain through the
This will be followed by a Regency picnic, organized and presented by Anne Krause, who will offer a few words on “Culinary Novelties for Regency Foodies”.
Summer Meeting & Picnic Flyer
Saturday September 15, 2012, 12 Noon to 4 PM
Lady Bertram: Lover or Loafer?: An Exploration of Lady
Bertams' Ennui as Sexuality by Professor Beard
Live Oak Park Community Center, Fireside Room, 1301 Shattuck Avenue,
(near Rose Street, north of Campus)
“A Fall Day with Jane Austen”:
Sitting on the sofa with Lady Bertram and reading a letter by
Austen, with clues to the British Abolition Movement.
Our first talk will be by Professor Pauline Beard, chair of the English Department at Pacific University, Oregon, and JASNA Travelling Scholar. She will speak on, "Sex and Debility in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park: Lady Bertram, Loafer or Lover?". The presentation examines the debility in the aristocratic Lady Bertram and her sexuality, in terms of cultural studies of Regency attitudes which suggest that “stimulation was a source of disorder” and that “stimulation led to debility”. The theory applied to the women in Mansfield Park and some of the other novels opens up whole new areas of discussion.
After our usual Regency tea, the second presentation will be by our own Joyes Burris, who will speak on, "Was Jane Austen in Love with Mr. Clarkson, the Abolitionist?". In a letter of February 1813 Jane Austen wrote that she was "in love with the author [Charles Pasley] as I ever was with Clarkson or Buchanan, or even the two Mr. Smiths". In her talk, Joyes Burris will discuss the persons and works identified in this letter, with emphasis on Thomas Clarkson, abolitionist. A close reading of this letter will shed light on the abolition movement in Britain.
This is offered gratis to the public, & all are invited, although contributions to the Regency Tea will be gratefully accepted. Address questions to Anne Krause, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall Meeting Flyer
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Litquake 2012: Austen à Go-Go: The Enduring Appeal of
Hotel Rex, 562 Sutter Street, San Francisco
$10. Buy tickets online at http://litquake.org/calendar-of-events/austen-a-go-go-the-enduring-appeal-of-jane-austen
Why does Jane Austen, almost 200 years after her death, continue
to inspire us? Biographies, movies, newly annotated versions of
her novels, meetings of the Jane Austen Society of North America’s
nearly 4,000 members…we clearly can’t get enough of her. Join
Litquake as it welcomes a panel of authors inspired by all things
Austen-related, and be ready for some surprises. Tea will be
Moderated by D.A.Miller, with Karen Joy Fowler, Sandy
Lerner, Kirke Mechem, & Elizabeth Newark
D. A. Miller is a
literary critic and film scholar. He is John F. Hotchkis Professor
of English at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is
also affiliated with the Department of Film and Media.
Miller’s work has been enormously influential in a wide range of
fields in literary and cultural studies. He is the author of
several books including Jane
Austen, or The Secret of Style (Princeton, 2005).
Sandy Lerner is author of Second Impressions, a sequel to Pride and Prejudice. Originally a Silicon Valley pioneer (the co-founder of Cisco Systems), she also founded Chawton House Library in England, and advocates for organic farming. This spring JASNA Norcal had the privilege of a reading by Ms Lerner from her superbly-researched sequel, and all those who attended agree that she is one of the most fascinating speakers we have ever had!Karen Joy Fowler is the bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club, as well as science fiction, short stories, and historical fiction. Her latest collection is What I Didn’t See: Stories. She lives in Santa Cruz. Her talk at a JASNA Birthday Gala was a great hit.
Composer Kirke Mechem has written more than 250 works - including an opera of Pride and Prejudice. His first opera, Tartuffe, has had 400 performances. He has been called “the dean of American choral composers.” A couple of years ago a recital from his opera P&P was hosted by JASNA Norcal; the arias performed were exquisite and worthy of Austen. His talk on the process of composing P&P proved him to have the wit and charm needed by such an endeavor.
London-born Elizabeth Newark has written seven children’s books, poetry, essays on Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, and a sequel to Pride and Prejudice. She is a member of the Jane Austen Society. Elizabeth Newark is a treasure of JASNA Norcal, delighting us over the years with many beautifully crafted
Saturday December 8, 2012
$35 for JASNA Members, their Guests, and Students
Celebrate Jane Austen's 237th Birthday
9 am – 4 pm
San Francisco State University
Seven Hills Conference Center
$45 for Non-members
Registration deadline is December 5th.
Our yearly Jane Austen Birthday Gala includes the usual pleasures of a sumptuous breakfast, high tea, cake and a special toast, icebreaker, quiz, prizes, drawings, and JA-themedÂ mercantile. In addition there are three very special presentations:
- the first isÂ by the musicologist Dr. John Prescott, whoÂ gave a delightful Â presentation at our December gala several years ago and is a popular speaker at local classical music offerings; his presentation "The Role of Music in Film Adaptations of the Works of Jane Austen" is sure to please.Â
- The other two, Hannah DohertyÂ and Becky Richardson, are two rising young scholars who come highly recommended by the AustenÂ English facultyÂ atÂ Stanford University.Â Hannah Doherty's illustrated presention 'I myself have read hundreds & hundreds' : Jane Austen & the Novels of the Minerva PressÂ describes the "horrid novels" of the Minerva Press, popular with Isabella Thorpe and Catherine Morland.Â
- Becky Richardson's presentation "Telling Secrets in Sense & Sensibility" describes how the confession scenes dramatize the interplay of voices -- an interplay that characterizes Austen's development of free indirect discourse.
The charge for the event is being kept at last year's levels; also, to encourage attendence by young Jane-ites, the JASNAÂ attendence rate of $35 is being extended to students. Address questions to 650-755-3062 or e-mail email@example.com.