“The process by which academic critics deprecate Austenian admirers outside the academy is very similar to the way…trekkies, fans, and mass media enthusiasts are derided and marginalized by dominant cultural institutions bent on legitimizing their own objects and protocols of expertise.” – Claudia L. Johnson, “Austen cults and cultures,” The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen
Claudia Johnson, author of Jane Austen: Women, Politics, and the Novel and well-known Austen scholar, will be speaking at a JASNA regional meeting on Sunday, June 5, at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel in Philadelphia (the site of the 2009 JASNA AGM). This event is open to the public–you do not need to be a member of JASNA to attend. See the region website for more information and to register. (Registration is due by May 31, so make haste!)
We do not normally post individual JASNA regional meetings, because the JASNA website is already an excellent resource to find such meetings, and most of the regions do a pretty good job promoting their gatherings to their members; however, this particular event is a pretty good one, and it’s open to the public, so if you’re in the area and would like to attend, we would love to see you.
If you’re not in the Philadelphia area, check out other JASNA events that might be coming up in your area!