The Jane Austen Summer Program is excited to announce its 2017 symposium, “200 Years of Persuasion.” The fifth annual event, co-directed by James Thompson and Inger Brody, will take place June 15-18 in Carrboro and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Please see the following press release and attached flyers for additional information, including our special K-12 teacher discount. For more information about the program, visit janeaustensummer.org. Download teach flyer HERE.
ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE FOR BEGINNERS
6:00 to 8:00PM, TUESDAY EVENINGS FOR EIGHT WEEKS
FEBRUARY 21ST THROUGH APRIL 11TH
The PETE Room, 3520 SE Yamhill St, Portland
$50.00 for a series of 8 lessons or $75.00 per couple
(Please inquire if a lower rate would enable you to attend.)
PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE (or just show up for the first class)
Rebecca Robbins (click on name to email)
A delightful way to increase your activity level and ability to “think in activity.” Learn many basics of this 400 year old form of dance. Learn complete dances. Avoid habits that would embarrass you at your first ball---or the weekly Friday night community dance.
Your teacher, Rebecca Robbins, grew up in a dance studio. She performed English Country dances, Court dances, Morris and Rapper dances over three seasons for the Oregon Shakespearean Festival. She currently serves on the English Ball Committee for Portland Country Dance Community. Her experience as an Alexander Technique teacher will aid your skilled development as an English Country Dancer.
Essay Contest Topic: In keeping with the theme of our annual meeting, “Jane Austen in Paradise: Intimations of Immortality,” JASNA is looking for essays that address the following:
Imagine that you are adapting an Austen novel for stage or film. What elements might you be tempted to change—especially for a modern audience—that should not be tampered with if the integrity of the work is to be preserved? These elements could be scenes, characters, dialogue or something else. Explain why they are so crucial to the novel. How does what can and cannot be changed shed light on Austen’s popularity and influence?
The Submissions page includes important rules about format and submission of essays and a link to the official Essay Contest entry form. Entries must be submitted online by May 21, 2017.
For full details CLICK HERE or download the POSTER
Pride and Prejudice is being put on by the Enso Theatre Ensemble. Two dates have been chosen for us to attend as a group, Friday, July 29th at 7 pm and Sunday, July 31st at 2 pm. The tickets are $25 each, but are offered at a discount if you cannot pay as much. ICanDo ticket prices are $20, $15, and $10. The theater is the same one we saw Emma at in March, 1436 SW Montgomery St in southwest Portland near Portland State University.
More information can be found on their web site: www.ensotheatre.com. You can buy your own tickets here. The tickets for the group have already been purchased but you are still welcome to join us.
The Four Ladies have brought us a second installment their tea house reviews. This time from the Lady Di's British Store and Tea Room.
By Jeanice Brooks
Music is everywhere and nowhere in Jane Austen’s fiction. Everywhere, in that pivotal scenes in every novel unfurl to the sound of music; nowhere, in that she almost never specifies exactly what music is being performed.
For film adaptations this absence of detail can be a source of welcome freedoms, since the imaginative gap can be variously filled by choosing more or less appropriate historical repertoire or by commissioning a new score, depending on the desired tone and effect of the scene. For cultural historians of music and literature, however, it can be a stumbling block in understanding both how music fed Austen’s creative imagination and how her novels illuminate the musical culture of her day.
To read on and here a sample click the link HERE:
Below is a notice about Jane Austen study group classes that might interest our members, courtesy of our own Pauline Beard.
Reading Jane Austen
With Annie Lighthart
Perhaps we shouldn’t find Jane Austen’s novels as fascinating as we do: people from another era sit quietly and talk. They politely drink tea. Characters take uneventful walks to neighboring towns. Yet the tensions, passions, and histories in that world of small gestures make the novels of Austen complex, astute, and, in a word, irresistible. This study group will look at four of Austen’s enduring novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Persuasion. We’ll consider the questions Austen’s work raises, especially her recurring and timely inquiry into whether the heart and mind stand a chance in a world dominated by status and money.
We’ll meet four Saturdays from 10:00 to 1:00: September 10th, October 8th, November 12th, and December 10th. Participants are asked to read one novel per session and join in a relaxed and friendly discussion. Since Austen’s characters valued good conversation over tea or a meal, we will too: please feel free to bring your lunch or pick up a cup of tea at the TaborSpace café.
Whether you are new to Austen’s work or a long-time fan, a reader looking to immerse herself in another world or a writer hoping to gain new insights from a past master, this study group welcomes you.
The group will meet in the ArtSpace room at TaborSpace (5441 SE Belmont) where there is ample parking and a bus that stops right outside the front door. https://taborspace.org.
The fee is $60; scholarship are available. The group is limited to 15. To register, send an email to email@example.com, and a check made out to Soapstone, 622 SE 29th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214.
Annie Lighthart is a writer, teacher, and the author of the poetry collection Iron String. Her work has been read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac and chosen by Naomi Shihab Nye to be placed in Ireland’s Galway University Hospitals as part of their Poems for Patience project. She has taught at Boston College, with Portland’s Mountain Writers, and with community groups of all ages.
Welcome to the web site of the Oregon & SW Washington Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA). We are a friendly and active group dedicated to the appreciation of Jane Austen's life and works.