Hotel Reservations Are Now Open for JASNA 2019 AGM

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An email has been sent this morning from the coordinator of the 2019 AGM that hotels are now available to book for the AGM in Williamsburg, VA. The AGM is from October 4-6, 2019.

For the first time in AGM history, two hotels are open for reservation.

Per the email,

Reservations at the JASNA conference rate, ranging from $138 to $231 per night, may be made using the link on the AGM hotel page, or simply cut and paste the following into your web browser: https://book.passkey.com/go/39753. If you are prompted to enter an access code, use Jane234.

This year’s AGM theme is “200 Years of Northanger Abbey” exploring its humour, horror, and history of the age. There will also be discussions on wide range of topics covering “…the idea of the picturesque, the popularity of the Gothic novel genre, the history of the 12th Light Dragoons, the economics of importing India muslin versus producing muslin in England, even the conversion of Catholic Church buildings into private residences in the centuries after the Dissolution, and more.” JASNA promises it will be a fascinating and exciting AGM.

Tickets have yet to go on sale for the AGM itself. If you’re a JASNA member, make sure you’re subscribing JASNA emails and also check the AGM’s website for further details.

Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters links for January 20, 2019

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Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters links for January 6, 2019

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Jane Austen: Myth, Reality, and Global Celebrity MOOC

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Last spring, I wrote about FutureLearn’s new MOOC (massive online open course), “Jane Austen: Myth, Reality, and Global Celebrity.” The University of Southhampton, the creators of the MOOC, and FutureLearn have announced they are opening up the course again on January 24, 2019. The course will run for three weeks and you’ll learn everything you wanted to know about Austen and her impact on pop culture.

According to the course’s landing page, here are the topics you’ll cover:

  • The Austen myth: who is she and what does she mean to people around the world?
  • An 18th century education: Jane and women’s education and reading
  • Austen’s literary and family influences
  • Austen’s ‘dirty walks’: gardens and landscapes in Austen’s writing
  • The marketing of Jane Austen at home and abroad – how her legacy has endured and built her celebrity
  • Austen’s afterlives: adapting Jane Austen for the modern age in film, TV
  • Austen as a commodity: portraits, hair and merchandising

You can find the course here and the course is free!

P.S. It looks like U of Southhampton and FutureLearn are gathering interest in a Masters in Jane Austen which would be tres super cool! You can find out more information here.