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A Day at Goucher College
October 29, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm EDT
We are partnering with Goucher College for a special in person event
Registration info is at the bottom of the page.
Regency dress is encouraged!
Batza Room,* Goucher College
1021 Dulaney Valley Road
Baltimore, MD 21204-2794
10:00 am-11:00 am
“Sense and Sensibility As You’ve Never Seen It Before”
Juliette Wells and Grace Fischbach
Juliette Wells and Grace Fischbach will reprise their extensively illustrated Special Interest Session from the 2022 JASNA AGM in Victoria. Juliette Wells will begin with an overview of the Jane Austen Collection at Goucher. Goucher is the home of JASNA’s archives and the only repository anywhere to hold first, rare, and illustrated editions of Austen’s novels, translations of Austen’s novels into dozens of languages, adaptations, and period publications on landscape, architecture, and fashion, as well as 20th-century ephemera relating to Austen. Next, Grace Fischbach will share discoveries from her semester-long exploration of Sense and Sensibility in the Austen Collection, including a gallery of cover images illuminating how artists around the world have depicted the Dashwood sisters.
11:00 am-12:00 pm
Sense and Sensibility In Person, Plus New Acquisitions
Tour Goucher College’s Austen collections
This year’s AGM theme of Sense and Sensibility comes alive through a display of rare and illustrated editions, translations, adaptations, and Alberta Burke’s amazing scrapbooks. Also on view will be recent additions to the Austen Collection which have never before been publicly shown, including portions of JASNA founder J. David “Jack” Grey’s personal Austen collection; archival material donated by founding JASNA member Juliet McMaster; and the 1833 Philadelphia edition of Emma, the gift of JASNA member Sandra Clark, which completes Goucher’s set of the first full American edition of Austen’s novels.
12:00 pm-1:00 pm Lunch
Pre-ordered boxed lunches $15 or Bring your own
You are welcome to bring your own lunch or order a boxed lunch. The boxed lunch option will be available until 10/14. Make sure to choose the option when registering and then go to the Emporium Page to pay.
If you have dietary concerns, it may be best to bring your own lunch.
- Mozzarella, tomato, basil and basil pesto sandwich on baguette
- Roasted turkey breast sandwich with brie, arugula and cranberry aioli on french baguette
Both served with Green salad with balsamic dressing, Chips, Cookie & Drink
1:00 pm-3:00 pm Meeting & Program
The Many Colors of Austen
Linda Troost and Sayre Greenfield
To some readers, the novels of Jane Austen present “enduring whiteness” and cater to a nostalgia for Olde English culture. Our talk will look at Austen adaptations from the past few years that effectively reflect the diverse world of her current readers and address issues relevant to the present day.
Bio’s of our Speakers
Juliette Wells is Professor of Literary Studies in the Department of Visual, Literary, and Material Culture at Goucher College. The author of three histories of Austen’s readers, all published by Bloomsbury Academic, and the editor of two Penguin Classics editions of Austen, she will guest co-curate a major, international Austen exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York in 2025. Forthcoming in 2023 is A New Jane Austen: How Americans Brought Us the World’s Greatest Novelist, which centers on visionary writers and collectors who, from the 1880s to the 1980s, advocated for Austen’s literary significance, broadened her readership, and preserved artifacts vital to her legacy. Reading Austen in America (2017) offers a vivid account of how an appreciative audience for Austen’s novels originated and developed in America, and how American readers contributed to the rise of Austen’s international fame. Everybody’s Jane: Austen in the Popular Imagination (2011) explores the importance of Austen to readers and fans today. All these books highlight Goucher’s exceptional Jane Austen collection and its creator, alumna Alberta H. Burke. For Penguin Classics, Dr. Wells created reader-friendly 200th-anniversary editions of Austen’s novels Persuasion (2017) and Emma (2015). Her more than thirty-five articles and book chapters include examinations of Austen’s novels and adaptations, as well as essays on Austen pedagogy. An acclaimed speaker to popular and scholarly audiences, she was a guest on Jane Austen & Co.’s spring 2021 “Race and the Regency” series and regularly gives lectures to national and regional meetings of JASNA.
Grace Fischbach graduated from Goucher in May 2022 with a major in Professional & Creative Writing and minors in Literature and Biological Sciences. A 2022 recipient of Goucher’s Kratz Summer Writing Fellowship, she traveled to her family’s ancestral village in Sweden to explore her heritage and family through a series of chronological poems. Since May 2022, she has been working part time in Goucher’s Special Collections & Archives.
Sayre Greenfield is from Eugene, Oregon. He is now Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg (without an H), near Pittsburgh (with an H). He authored The Ends of Allegory (U of Delaware P, 1998) and co-edited Jane Austen in Hollywood (UP of Kentucky, 2nd ed., 2001) with Linda Troost, with whom he has written numerous articles on Austen. Recently, he co-edited Birds in Eighteenth-Century Literature: Reason, Emotion, and Ornithology, 1700-1840 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) with Anne Milne and Brycchan Carey.
Linda Troost is originally from Silver Spring, Maryland, and now is Professor of English at Washington & Jefferson College in the far reaches of western Pennsylvania. She edited the journal Eighteenth-Century Women: Studies in Their Lives, Works, and Culture (AMS Press, 2001–2011) and co-edited Jane Austen in Hollywood (UP of Kentucky, 2nd ed., 2001) with Sayre Greenfield, with whom she has written numerous articles on Austen. She has also published articles on Gilbert and Sullivan, musical theatre in eighteenth-century England, and the Robin Hood tradition. She is also on the board for the North American Friends of Chawton House.
Linda and Sayre have been married for a few decades (they met in grad school in Philadelphia) and are life members of JASNA.
Deadline to order boxed lunch is 10/14. Link will be removed after that date.
* The Batza Room is in the Ungar Athenaeum which also houses the Hyman Forum Library and Silber Art Gallery, Building 2 on the campus map available at https://www.goucher.edu/contact-and-directions/