A couple of weeks ago, the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) held its annual conference (AGM); and the announcement would have been made about the latest addition to the upcoming AGM line up:
2013 – “Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice … Timeless” = Minneapolis, MN
2014 – “Mansfield Park in Montreal: Contexts, Conventions, Controversies” = Montreal, Quebec
2015 – “Living in Jane Austen’s World” = Louisville, KY
Readers of Two Teens in the Time of Austen will know how “bullish” I am on studying the life of Cassandra Austen, and reading actual letters, and learning more about life in Regency England; so I really look forward to Louisville as a slice of something out of the ordinary. While Minneapolis and Montreal carry forward the 200th anniversary celebrations of the publication of Austen’s novels begun last year, in Fort Worth, with Sense and Sensibility.
So it was with GREAT interest that I looked up JASNA’s website listing of AGMs to see that Emma in 2016 will be held in our nation’s capital: Washington, DC!
“Emma at 200: ‘No One But Herself’” builds on the idea of Austen writing that she was creating a heroine whom no one but herself would like. Fans know this is not true.
Can’t imagine a better place to celebrate Emma‘s “bicentennial”!