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Mansfield Park: Contexts, Conventions & Controversies, 2014 Oct 10-12

On the 200 anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's fourth novel, Mansfield Park, the Montreal Region hosted a fascinating conference persuading some that Mansfield Park has hidden depths. Is Fanny a heroine or a wimp? Six Calgary JASNA members attended and came home with their own views. The keynote speakers entranced the 700 participants with their insights. Full proceedings will be published in Persuasions. Those of us who attended Fanny's Ball had a memorable time, full of laughs learning new dances.

Recent Meeting - Fall Reading

In the freshness of fall and a newly renovated hall, JASNA Calgary members gathered to celebrate the work of Jane Austen. New program coordinator Carol introduced the exciting upcoming events including the annual Jane Austen Tea on January 17. Also, she provided a copy of the proposal from Edmonton for the JASNA AGM to be held in Banff in 2018.

Judith then highlighted several new offerings from the library including What Matters In Jane Austen?, The History of England, and a modern retelling of Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid. She also read an excerpt from the fascinating Memoirs of A Highland Lady.

Our own Elizabeth then delighted those in attendance with her play "Lady Susan: a Savoury Parody of the 18th Century Female Rake." Elizabeth took the part of the narrator while Anne Marie simpered as Lady Susan, Randy cowered as her daughter Frederica Vernon, Amber empathized as Mrs. Johnson, Linda glowered as Mrs. Vernon, and Stuart dazzled as Reginald De Courcy. The play was written, as the story, in a series of letters between characters. However, where the book does not allow us to see what the recipient feels as he or she reads each epistle, the play allowed us a peek into that experience. Dressed in Regency attire, the entire cast was a pleasure to behold.

JASNA Essay Contest Winners

The results of the annual JASNA Essay Contest for students have been announced. Our member Judith is a judge for the contest. She particularly recommends The Solution of Silence: The Character of Mary Crawford in Mansfield Park. This essay gives us an unusual perspective on Mary Crawford - she has more depth than we sometimes credit her.

Regular Meetings

JasnaCalgary is a region of the Jane Austen Society of North America. We are all interested in everything Jane, from love of her novels to scholarly pursuits. Five times a year we meet to enjoy talks, workshops, teas, and galas. Attend a meeting and if you have fun, join in! Membership is $15.00 annually to cover our tea and cakes and other expenses.

Only a few special events require pre-paid tickets, such as the annual Tea celebrating Jane Austen's birthday and our bi-annual Gala.

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Site last updated on 2014 October 21

September 27 meeting highlights
New books in our library on the Reading page
Notes from the AGM in Montreal on Neighbours page

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