Previewing Persuasions

JASNA has posted a link to the table of contents for volume 30 (2008) of the Jane Austen Society of North America’s journal Persuasions. This annual is a peer-reviewed journal, featuring both articles based on papers presented at the October AGMs (Annual General Meeting; in 2008 it took placed in Chicago) and ‘miscellany’ — which includes my own article on the 1833 Austen-Smith journey to Derbyshire: they travelled pretty much in the shoes of Elizabeth Bennet! Watch the JASNA website, for I have been told the article might be posted on their “maps” page (a very interesting and quite useful resource, now augmented with related articles on places and travel pulled from the Persuasions archive).

Chicago Beckons … and a Mini Round-up

        …if adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad…

                                        –Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

  Off to the AGM in Chicago…will post on the many adventures upon my return…!

But before I depart, here are a few items worth sharing:

*JASNA has posted online the book reviews in its Summer News issue; there are reviews for the following books (this is great resource for book reviews:  scroll down for other issues)

*Want to go back in time?  here is an article with some sobering insights on real life in the past we so hanker for:   “Back in the Good Old Days”at WalesOnline.

*JASNA is looking for someone to draw a map of Bath in Austen’s time for their online collection of maps… for more information see the Central New Jersey JASNA Chapter blog.

*On the Janeites discussion group, there was a post with the following quizzes, all Austen-related:

http://www.ylcf.org/you/personality-janeausten.htm

http://www.visitbath.co.uk/lovebath/quirky-romance/jane-austen-quiz

http://www.quizilla.com/quizzes/3788704/which-male-jane-austen-
character-will-you-marry

http://www.quibblo.com/quiz/FkX0U4/What-Jane-Austen-woman-are-you-most-
like?view_quiz=1

http://www.funtrivia.com/quizzes/literature/authors_a-c/jane_austen.html

*See this travel blog that treks in search of Darcy, with many pictures of Chatsworth and other sites relating to P&P.

*The Independent reports of the “re-invention” of High Tea and Afternoon Tea in London and environs as a way to fill up at less the cost….and in grand style!

Chatsworth and “The Duchess”

A visit to Chatsworth will find you caught up in the excitement of the movie “The Duchess,” starring Keira Knightley, opening in the UK on September 5, and in the US on September 19.  The exhibit devoted to Georgiana Cavendish will be on display through October 31, and will include portraits [ one painted by Thomas Gainsborough ], family archives and costumes from the film, which was partially shot at the historic house.  At the Chatsworth website, you can also enter a contest and win a weekend at the House, complete with Tea and walking tours of the house and gardens….