Jane Austen Day

Thank you to our terrific speakers, Jocelyn Harris, Janine Barchas, and Michael Gamer, and wonderful attendees for making Jane Austen Day 2014 such an outstanding experience!

The Unfinished Jane Austen

April 26, 2014
9 a.m. — 4:15 p.m.

The Union League
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA

The Unfinished Jane Austen


Theme: The Unfinished Jane Austen will focus on Austen's unfinished novels, The Watsons and Sanditon, and the direction her life and work might have taken had it, too, not been unfinished. "What a pity such a gifted creature died so early," said Sir Walter Scott. Janeites agree and eagerly look forward to exploring two works so rarely studied.

Speakers: The highlight of this day-long program will be an illustrious panel of Austen scholars; Jocelyn Harris, Janine Barchas and Michael Gamer:

Jocelyn Harris is emerita professor of the University of Otago, New Zealand and has written and lectured widely on Austen and her contemporaries. She is the author of Jane Austen's Art of Memory and most recently, A Revolution Almost Beyond Expression: Jane Austen's Persuasion. At Jane Austen Day, Professor Harris will present, "The Million Dollar Manuscript: or, Love, Luck and Money in The Watsons."

Janine Barchas is Professor of English and teaches Jane Austen at the University of Texas, Austin. She is the author of the award-winning, Graphic Design, Print Culture and the Eighteenth-Century Novel and Matters of Fact in Jane Austen: History, Location, and Celebrity, which has just been released in paperback. At Jane Austen Day, Professor Barchas will present, "Spa Package: Sanditon and Regency Advertising."

Michael Gamer is Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania where he teaches literature of the British Romantic period. This semester he is teaching "Jane Austen and Adaptation." He is the author of Romanticism and the Gothic and some thirty scholarly articles. At Jane Austen Day, Professor Gamer will present, "Had Jane Lived and Henry Died, and Other Fantasies."

Jane Austen Day 2014 Program:

9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Registered attendees pick up Jane Austen Day packets and enjoy complimentary tea and coffee while browsing the emporium, meeting new and old friends and anticipating the day.
10:00 - 10:30 a.m. Regional Coordinator's Welcome and Introduction
10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Dr. Jocelyn Harris: "The Million Dollar Manuscript: or, Love, Luck and Money in The Watsons"
11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Three course luncheon (with a choice of entrée) and time to browse the emporium. We will hold a short regional business meeting.
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Dr. Janine Barchas: "Spa Package: Sanditon and Regency Advertising"
2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Afternoon Break
2:45 - 4:00 p.m. Dr. Michael Gamer: "Had Jane Lived and Henry Died, and Other Fantasies"
4:00 - 4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks

*Program subject to modification. All speakers are confirmed

Location: The historic Union League will be home to Jane Austen Day 2014. The Union League was founded in 1862 as a patriotic society to support the Union and the policies of President Abraham Lincoln. The League House occupies an entire city block in the center of Philadelphia's commercial and cultural district. The building is representative of the classic French Renaissance style, with a brick and brownstone façade and dramatic twin circular staircases that lead to the main entrance on Broad Street. Built in 1865, the building was added to the National Historic Register in 1979. The League's distinguished collection of art and artifacts adorns the walls and hallways. Read about the private club's rich history.

Lodging: The Inn at the Union League has 84 guest rooms and suites, each with its own charm. The Inn offers an incomparable mix of distinctive history and old world hospitality. For reservations or further information e-mail or call 215-587-5570. Let the League know that you will be attending the Jane Austen Day event. In addition, there are numerous other hotels in easy walking distance to the Union League.

Dress Code Reminder: The Union League adheres to a dress code that applies to its members and guests. Jeans, denim wear, athletic attire, tee shirts, shorts, baseball caps or sneakers are not permitted.

Reading About Jane Austen's Unfinished Business: Only two JASNA AGMs have focused on Jane Austen's unfinished work. In San Francisco, the 1997 JASNA AGM celebrated Sanditon with its theme, "Sanditon: The New Direction?" In Vancouver, the 1986 JASNA AGM investigated The Watsons. Exploring these two works, as well as the possible direction her work might have taken had not this "gifted creature died so early" is long overdue. If you are interested in reading about topics discussed at either AGM, you might consider purchasing back issues of Persuasions, JASNA's annual literary journal. Region members, polled about their favorite biographies, recommend Jane Austen: A Literary Life by Dr. Jan Fergus; The Definitive Portrait of Jane Austen: Her Life, Her Art, Her Family, Her World by Park Honan; Jane Austen by Elizabeth Jenkins; Jane Austen: A Life by David Nokes; Becoming Jane Austen by Jon Spence; and Jane Austen: A Life by Claire Tomalin.

JA Blue Dress

Philadelphia: Make plans to tour the city while you learn about The Unfinished Jane Austen. It is a "hard business" to see all that the city has to offer, but "good walkers" will manage to avail themselves of the museums, restaurants, parks, and hidden gems. The Benjamin Franklin Parkway is home to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, and the Barnes Museum. Also situated on the parkway are the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Franklin Institute. There are also "connexions" to Jane Austen that you might like to see during your visit to the City of Brotherly Love.

Registration: Registration for Jane Austen Day 2014 is now open. We invite JASNA members and the general public to join us for this outstanding event. The registration form is available by clicking here. Each attendee must complete and mail his or her own registration form with a check for the applicable registration fee. Registrations must be postmarked by April 5, 2014. Please register early to avoid disappointment as we expect great interest in a subject that is not often addressed. Please note that online and credit card processing will not be available.

This event is funded in part by JASNA-Eastern Pennsylvania.

Questions? Call 215.345.1158 or email RC@jasnaeastpa.org

Past Events

Jane Austen Day 2012, Elizabeth Bennet: Delightful Creature