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).

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….