Getting Local With Jane: Academic Edition

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Here is the latest list of local Austen events. Perhaps one is in your town!

July 12-13, 2008, Louisville, Kentucky: Jane Austen Festival at Locust Grove, featuring Joan Klingel Ray as a speaker

A festival dedicated to Jane Austen! Visit our Regency Emporium with new and antiquarian books, jewelry, patterns, fabric, and everything else to make your own Regency dress. Join us for the Regency Style Show, and our Afternoon Tea. Featured speaker Joan Klingel Ray, past president of JASNA, and author of Jane Austen for Dummies will present, “Jane Austen for Smarties.”

July 16, 2008, Waltham, Massachusetts: A concert at Gore Place with the Boston Chamber Ensemble:

The Boston Chamber Ensemble offers a program of music from the world of Jane Austen arranged for flute and strings. The program coincides beautifully with the Jane Austen Tours of Gore Place July 18 and 20.

July 18 and 20, 2008, Waltham, Massachusetts: Jane Austen Tours of Gore Place.

Born in 1775, Austen ( Emma , Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility) lived her entire life in England until her death in 1817. Christopher and Rebecca Gore lived in England from 1796 to 1804. The grand mansion they built in Waltham, Massachusetts in 1806 features both French and English influence in the design and greatly resembles the manor houses described in Austens novels.

July 19, 2008, Colorado Springs, Colorado: Pride and Prejudice: Jane Austen vs. the Filmmakers, one-day course at Colorado College

Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” (1813) has been the target of adaptations for almost two centuries, from the 19th century London stage to Hollywood and the BBC. Why? To define some of the perennial attraction of this novel, the class will examine the core characters, themes and vision of Austen’s great novel with the help of some historical background and a glance at some literary debates about Austen. Then we’ll look at the ways Austen’s themes have been understood, misunderstood, and recast by various films and TV miniseries. In particular we will look at examples from the wonderful 1940 film with Greer Garson and Laurence Olivier; the 1985 and the 1995 BBC versions, especially the latter with Colin FIrth and Jennifer Ehle; the 2005 film with Keira Knightley; and even Bridget Jones’s Diary. Students should rpurchase, read, and come with the Penguin edition, ed. V. Jones, of “Pride and Prejudice,” available at the Colorado College bookstore. This session will break for lunch and include an afternoon tea.

Thanks to Alert Janeite JaneGS for the link!

July 19, 2008, Chapel Hill, North Carolina: From Book to Screen: Literature and Film, one day course at UNC-Chapel Hill featuring speaker Inger Brodey

Our first speaker, Inger Brodey, will look at the works of Jane Austen, and the numerous films made based on Jane Austen’s novels. These Austen-based films have been set in places as remote from Austen’s English countryside as the Indian subcontinent and have included characters as foreign to Austen’s world as California teenagers, New York debutantes, and runaways in Florida. This talk will focus on specific examples of these films and address such questions as: What tends to be gained and lost in these transpositions of Austen’s novels across time and culture? What aspects of Austen’s novels remain untranslatable into film? What is the secret of Austen’s appeal to film audiences today?

The course also will cover westerns and other films. Thanks to Alert Baja Janeite (and her daughter) for the link!