Jane Austen Day

Thanks to Claudia Johnson, John Mullan, Michael Gamer, William Galperin for making Jane Austen Day 2016 a great success!

in Philadelphia

Emma: 200 Years of Perfection

Saturday, April 16, 2016
9 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.

The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street

Theme: Join us at the exquisite Union League for a day celebrating the bicentenary of the publication of Emma in Philadelphia, the city that first published Emma in the United States. Emma Woodhouse, famously described by Austen as the heroine "whom no one but myself will much like" will get our full consideration on Jane Austen Day. Is Emma witty and charming or meddling and pretentious? Or perhaps Austen's most complex heroine is all of these things and much more.

Our Speakers: We will have four brilliant and provocative Austen scholars to guide our journey of discovery; Claudia L. Johnson, John Mullan, Michael Gamer and William Galperin.

Claudia Johnson

Claudia L. Johnson joined the faculty at Princeton University in 1994 and was Chair of the English Department from 2004-2012. She specializes in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century literature, with a particular emphasis on the novel. In addition to eighteenth-century survey courses, she teaches courses on gothic fiction, sentimentality and melodrama, the history of prose style, film adaptations of novels into film, on Samuel Johnson, and, of course, Jane Austen. Johnson's books include Jane Austen: Women, Politics, and the Novel (Chicago, 1988), Equivocal Beings: Politics, Gender and Sentimentality in the 1790s (Chicago, 1995), The Cambridge Companion to Mary Wollstonecraft (Cambridge, 2002), The Blackwell Companion to Jane Austen, ed. with Clara Tuite (Blackwell, 2005), and Jane Austen's Cults and Cultures (Chicago, 2012). She has also prepared critical editions of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park (Norton, 1998), Sense and Sensibility (Norton, 2002), Northanger Abbey (Oxford, 2003), and (with Susan Wolfson) Pride and Prejudice (Longman, 2003). Professor Johnson is a favorite of the Region and we are thrilled that she will be with us on Jane Austen Day 2016.

John Mullan

John Mullan is a professor of English at University College London where is specializes in eighteenth-century literature. He has published widely on eighteenth-century literature, including Sentiment and Sociability: The Language of Feeling in the Eighteenth Century (Oxford University Press, 1988) and Eighteenth-Century Popular Culture: An Anthology (Oxford University Press, 2000), How Novels Work (Oxford University Press, 2006), and Anonymity: A Secret History of English Literature (Faber and Faber, 2007). Most recently, Professor Mullan authored the highly regarded What Matters in Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved. He has written a weekly column on contemporary fiction for The Guardian and reviews for the London Review of Books and the New Statesman. Professor Mullan was a plenary speaker at the 2013 JASNA AGM in Minneapolis where he captivated the audience with his delightful talk, "Speechless in Pride and Prejudice." He also was a plenary speaker at the 2009 JASNA AGM in Philadelphia.

Michael Gamer

Michael Gamer is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania where he has taught a course on Jane Austen and Adaptation, and specializes on literature from the British Romantic period. He is the author of Romanticism and The Gothic: Genre, Reception and Canon Formation and more than thirty articles. Professor Gamer has edited works including Horace Walpole's Castle of Otranto and Samuel Coleridge and William Wordsworth's Lyrical Ballads 1798 and 1800. Regional members who attended Jane Austen Day in 2014 will recall Professor Gamer's outstanding and lively talk, Had Jane Lived and Henry Died and Other Fantasies.

William Galperin

William Galperin is a professor of English at Rutgers University and the author of The Historical Austen and is working on a related project tentatively titled, The History of Missed Opportunities: Romanticism and the Emergency of the Everyday. He also authored The Return of the Visible in British Romanticism. He teaches in the Comparative Literature program, where he served as director of graduate studies, and has taught graduate courses in literary theory for students in both English and other literatures. In the graduate program, he teaches Romanticism and late-eighteenth-century/early nineteenth-century literature through a variety of frameworks. Professor Galperin has addressed our Region on several occasions and led a breakout session at the 2009 AGM in Philadelphia. We are delighted he will be with us on Jane Austen Day 2016.

Jane Austen Day 2016 Program*

All events will occur in the Union League's Grant Room

9:00 — 10:00 a.m. Morning tea: Registered attendees pick up their 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 — 10:20 a.m. Opening: Regional Coordinator's welcome and introduction to the day's events.

10:20 — 11:45 a.m. Dr. Claudia Johnson: "Emma and the Sublime"

11:45 a.m. — 1:20 p.m. Luncheon: A delicious three course luncheon (with a choice of entree) and time to browse the emporium. Cash bar. The Region will hold a short business meeting to elect a Regional Coordinator.

1:20 — 2:35 p.m. Dr. Michael Gamer and Dr. William Galperin: "The Great Emma Debate"

2:35 — 2:50 p.m. Afternoon Break

2:50 — 4:05 p.m. Dr. John Mullan: "Is Emma Ever Right?"

4:05 — 4:30 p.m. Discussion and Closing Remarks

         Program is subject to modification. Speakers are confirmed.

Location: The Union League, one of Philadelphia's most elegant and historic 19th century buildings, will once again serve as the location of Jane Austen Day. The Union League was founded in 1862 as a patriotic society to support the Union and the policies of President Abraham Lincoln. The League building occupies an entire city block in the heart of Philadelphia's commercial and cultural district. The Union League house is a sparkling example of the classic French Renaissance architectural style with a brick and brownstone facade and dramatic twin circular staircases that lead to the main entrance on Broad Street. Completed in 1865, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. The League's distinguished collection of art and artifacts adorns the walls and hallways. Read about the League's distinguished history at www.unionleague.org

Lodging: The Inn at the Union League has 84 charming and well-appointed rooms and suites. The Inn offers an incomparable mix of distinctive history and old world hospitality. For reservations, e-mail the Inn at frontdesk@unionleague.org or call 215-587-5570. Let the representative 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: The Union League observes a dress code that applies to its members and guests. Jeans, denim, athletic attire, tee shirts, shorts, baseball caps and sneakers are not permitted.

Reading about Emma: In anticipation of Jane Austen Day and to celebrate the bicentenary of the publication of Emma, you may wish to re-read this remarkable novel. There are many excellent editions of Emma, including a new Penguin edition edited by Juliette Wells. The novel also is available to read on-line and on electronic readers. JASNA has prepared an excellent resource page on Emma at www.jasna.org/info/emma-200.html

Philadelphia: Philadelphia is in the midst of a cultural renaissance and there are too many interesting places to visit in just one weekend. "Good walkers" will manage to avail themselves of the city's world-class 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 and Fees: Registration for Jane Austen Day 2016 is now open. We invite JASNA members and the general public to join us for this outstanding event. The fee for Jane Austen Day 2016 including the luncheon is $95 for JASNA members and non-member young Janeites (aged 25 and younger). The fee for attendees who are not members of JASNA is $115.

There are two ways to register for Jane Austen Day 2016:

You may register using PayPal:

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You may by printing, completing and mailing the registration form in accordance with the directions on the registration form

Each attendee must complete his or her own registration. Your registration including the meeting fee must be received by April 4th.

Please register early to avoid disappointment.

We regret that we are unable to refund fees after March 16, 2016.

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

Questions? Call 267-446-3237 or email the Regional Coordinator at jasnaeastpa@outlook.com

Past Events
Jane Austen Day 2012, Elizabeth Bennet: Delightful Creature
Jane Austen Day 2014, The Unfinished Jane Austen