Summering with Jane Austen

There are a number of Jane Austen courses and conferences this summer, many in celebration of the 200 years of Pride and Prejudice.  How I wish I had a clone to send to any and all of these events!  But alas! I shall have to content myself with reading about others’ adventures of “summering with Jane” and hope that at least some of the talks will be published somewhere soon. Today I start with a first of several posts on the various offerings – on the weekend course at the University of North Carolina, the Jane Austen Summer Program: [ ]

UNClogoDon’t miss the first Jane Austen Summer Program —
held on UNC’s campus June 27-30, 2013!

Organized by UNC’s Department of English and Comparative Literature in conjunction with the Program in the Humanities, this four-day summer program celebrates the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice.

Learning experiences include lecture formats and discussion groups daily. Discussions will focus on Pride and Prejudice in its historical context as well as its many afterlives in fiction and film.

Additional events include a Regency ball, the chance to partake in an English tea, a silent auction of Austen-related items, and the opportunity to view special exhibits tailored to the conference.

Detailed Schedule for the Jane Austen Summer Program:


But here are the basics: please no drooling on your keyboard … [note that I have left out all the mealtimes – there will be time for food!]

Thursday, June 27: Welcome and check-in

3:15 – 3:30: Introduction and Welcome: Dr. Terry Rhodes, Senior Associate Dean of the Fine Arts & Humanities, UNC-CH

3:30 – 4:30:  Plenary Lecture and Discussion, “Manners Envy in Pride and Prejudice” – James Thompson, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, UNC-CH

4:45 – 5:45:  Context Class sections I: Money and Land – With Maria Wisdom and Danielle Coreale; Beverly Taylor and Laurie Langbauer; Doug Murray and Jessica Richard; Susan Allen Ford and Sarah Marsh

7:00 – 8:00: Plenary Lecture, “The Networked Novel and what it did to Domestic Fiction” – Nancy Armstrong, Gilbert, Louis, and Edward Lehrman Professor of English and Editor, Novel: A Forum on Fiction, Duke University 

Friday, June 28: Romantic Education

9:15 – 10:00: Context Class sections II: Mothers and Daughters

10:15 – 11:00:Plenary Panel on Jane Austen and Romance – Sarah Frantz, Associate Professor of English, Fayetteville State University; Emma Calabrese, Teaching Assistant, English, UNC-CH; Phil Stillman, Graduate Student, English, Duke University; Kumarini Silva, Assistant Professor of Communications Studies, UNC-CH

11:15 – 11:45: Elevenses and
Presentation of Collection of Editions of Pride and Prejudice – Virginia Claire Tharrington, Independent Scholar

12:00 – 12:45: Response discussion sessions I – With Phil Stillman and Suzanna Geiser; Whitney Jones and Jane Lim; Doreen Theirauf and Meghan Blair; Michele Robinson and Ashley Guy

2:15 – 3:15: Plenary Lecture, “Education and Experience in Pride and Prejudice” – Jessica Richard, Associate Professor of English, Wake Forest University

3:30 – 4:15: Response discussion sessions II

4:30 – 5:30: Dance Instruction, Session 1 – Mr. Jack Maus and the NC Assembly Dancers

7:30 – 10:00: Production of Austen’s Juvenilia by Ashley Guy, Ted Scheinman, and Adam McCune, and Showing of Wright’s Pride and Prejudice

Saturday, June 29: Pride and Prejudice’s Afterlives 

9:15 – 10:00: Context Class sections III

10:15 – 11:00: Plenary Roundtable Panel on Jane Austen and Film Adaptation – Inger Brodey, Bank of America Distinguished Term Professor of Honors, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Asian Studies, and Global Studies, and Director of the Comparative Literature Program, UNC-CH; Suzanne Pucci, Professor of French and Italian Studies; Director of the Committee on Social Theory, University of Kentucky; Ellen Moody, English, George Mason University; Ted Scheinman, Research Assistant, English, UNC-CH

11:00 – 11:30: Elevenses

11:30 – 12:15: Response discussion sessions III

1:30 – 2:30: Dance Instruction, Session 2

2:45 – 4:00: Plenary Lecture and Discussion, “The Placement of a Waist – Character through Costume in Pride and Prejudice” – Jade Bettin, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Dramatic Arts, UNC-CH

7:00 – 9:00: Regency Ball: Refreshments, Whist, and Silent Auction – Jack Maus, Caller; Ted Earhard, Fiddle; Julie Gorka, Piano 

Sunday, June 30: Mr. Collins and Others


[Mr. Collins proposing – C. E. Brock – from ]

9:15 – 10:00: Context Class sections IV

10:15 – 11:00: BREAKOUT sessions

-“The Eyes Have It:  The Male and Female Gaze in Pride and Prejudice” – Douglas Murray, Professor of English, Belmont University

-“Mr. Collins Interrupted: Reading Fordyce’s Sermons with Pride and Prejudice” – Susan Allen Ford, Professor of English, Delta State University

“‘What think you of books?’ Thoughts on Collecting Editions of Pride and Prejudice” – Virginia Claire Tharrington, Independent Scholar

11:30 – 12:30: Finger Food and conclude silent auction of Austen-related items

12:30 – 1:00: Formal Farewell and Leavetaking

3:00 – 4:30: English Tea (optional)


[Content and image from the UNC website]

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If you go, please take notes and send me your thoughts for posting here!

c2013 Jane Austen in Vermont