Guest Post ~ The 2015 Jane Austen Summer Program on Emma ~ By Margaret Harrington


We welcome today Margaret Harrington of JASNA-Vermont as she shares her thoughts on and several pictures from the 2015 Jane Austen Summer Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill that she attended in June.


My Rave for the 3rd Annual JASP

EMMA At 200”

The Jane Austen Summer Program 2015
University Of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

by Margaret Harrington, JASNA-Vermont


Hope G – JASNA-Vermont fashionista

I had an excellent experience at this year’s Jane Austen Summer Program because I gained new insights into the marvelous book, Emma, and had a good time doing it. The JASP co-directors, Dr. Inger Brody and Dr. James Thompson, planned everything so astutely that each lecture flowed naturally into the following event and led participants happily up the road to new discoveries about Jane Austen. In my opinion, Emma is Austen’s most deeply realized character and she lives and breathes in Austen’s most intricately structured rural society, so it was a consummate pleasure to attend this conference and to come away with a deeper understanding of the book.

Participants were greeted warmly by the graduate students and volunteers. Every day and evening of the conference we were engaged with knowledgeable lecturers and wonderful events, plus dance instruction for the ball.

Highlights were Game Night, the Box Hill Picnic at Ayr Mount, and of course the welcoming dinner, the Duchess of Richmond’s Regency Ball and a delightful production of Austen’s “Henry and Eliza” by the UNC players.

These pictures feature Hope Greenberg from JASNA-Vermont who wore different costumes of her own making for every occasion.

I certainly plan to return for next year’s JASP and Mansfield Park.


Hope turbaned…




Hope off her swing


Box Hill anyone?


Presenting “Henry and Eliza”


Deciphering Emma‘s many puzzles


Off to the Duchess of Richmond’s Regency Ball…


Learning to not dance like a savage … (oops! wrong book…)


“…she had herself the highest value for Elegance…”


Thank you Margaret for sharing your photos with us (but alas! none of you!) – it looks to have been a grand time!


For more information on the JASP “Emma at 200” you can see the full schedule here. But rather than feeling sad that you missed it all this year, you can already start planning to participate in next year’s JASP – read about it here:

Fourth Annual Jane Austen Summer Program

Mansfield Park & its Afterlives”

June 16-19, 2016

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

The JASP website is worth a visit: it offers several teaching guides based on the various talks at JASP: on food, medicine, games, and class status in Emma, Austen’s use of free indirect discourse, an adaptation of “Henry and Eliza” – among others – good stuff here!


And finally, JASP offers a replica of this beautiful Jane Austen bracelet as a fund-raiser for the Jane Austen Summer Program. Cost is $120.00 plus $5 shipping fees. You can order it here.

c2015 Jane Austen in Vermont, photos courtesy of Margaret Harringon

Immersed in Sense and Sensibility! ~ the Jane Austen Summer Program at UNC-Chapel Hill ~ Guest Post by Margaret Harrington

Dear Gentle Readers: Today I welcome Margaret Harrington, a member of JASNA and happily for us, the Vermont Region. Margaret recently returned from her immersion in Sense and Sensibility at the Jane Austen Summer Program at UNC Chapel Hill, June 12-15, 2014. She shares with us her thoughts with pictures – looks to have been a delightful adventure!


The Jane Austen Summer Program at UNC ~
Sense & Sensibility Revisited”

by Margaret Harrington, JASNA Vermont member


Jane Austen’s juvenilia play “Jack and Alice” given a lively performance

[Note: JASP has graciously made this production available online – you can view it here: ]


I experienced blissful immersion in Jane Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility during this four day conference at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. From the gracious reception at the UNC Friday Center throughout the days and evenings of serious enjoyment, I conclude that this was a wonderful personal adventure. There were lectures, teas, regency dancing, a play, movies, intense conversations about Jane Austen, and some thunder storms. The conference offered study of the book itself, provided insight into the culture in which it was written, and even gave a pleasant glimpse of one or two aspects of contemporary culture in the American south.

A warm welcome from Emma, Emily and Rachel at the UNC Friday Center


‘Elevenses’ of clotted cream and scones dished up by Gisele Rankin of JASNA North Carolina


 Lunch on the lawn with kite flying and shuttlecock


The ‘Sense and Sensibility’ Ball at Gerrard Hall, UNC


 Drama at the Sense and Sensibility Ball



Dr. James Thompson of UNC-Chapel Hill co-hosted the event and set the tone for the conference as both formally educational and informally warm and welcoming.



Inger Brodey

The initial lecture by his co-host Dr. Inger Brodey, also of UNC-Chapel Hill, entitled “Making Sense of Sensibility” placed us in the Regency world of the philosophers and other writers who influenced Jane Austen’s concepts. I gleaned from this opening lecture that to interpret the novel as a dichotomy between sense and sensibility or as a tension between the two mind sets of Marianne and Elinor is to limit perception.  Professor Brodey opened up a whole world of ideas which were accessible to Austen and evidenced in her writing and showed me that Sense and Sensibility has a richness of texture I had not been aware of prior to the lecture.

In fact the days were planned to deepen understanding of the novel with 15 minute context corners on the subjects of Law and Inheritance, Childhood and Education, Medicine and Illness, and the Clergy and the Church. These were followed with 45 minute Context Response sessions during which we, the participants, exchanged ideas. Then of course there were ‘Elevenses’ with scones and clotted cream. There were boxed lunches on the lawn with kites, battledore and shuttlecock as period entertainment. There were dance workshops to prepare us for the Regency ball. There was an amusing and informative lecture by Colgate University Professor Deborah Knuth Klenck on: “Jane Austen’s School of Rhetoric: Style, Substance and ‘Delicacy of Mind.’”



Jade Bettin, UNC-Chapel Hill, demonstrates (on a willing participant) the way to corset up properly during her lecture “‘But he talked of flannel waistcoats’: How Clothing Makes the Men and Women of S&S.”



 Ruth Verbunt of the North Carolina Regency Assembly after her insightful talk “Mourning in the Time of Jane Austen”

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Dr. Robert Clark, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England, author of The Literary Encyclopedia, was an amazing speaker in the two lectures he gave to expand and deepen our understanding of Sense and Sensibility. In the first he concentrated on the economic facts that drove Jane Austen’s world, such as The Inclosure Act of 1773, which diminished the number of people who could own land to under 500 in all of England, entitling an oligarchical society to the prestige and privileges Austen’s characters scramble so hard to hold onto in her novels. In his second lecture entitled “The White Glare of Bath,” Professor Clark made Jane Austen’s playground of intrigue, balls, and shopping come alive up from the ground in the white stones and mortar and rubble that savvy developers offered to the rich for their recreational homes. In his remarkable lecture I could see Jane Austen moving about Bath, shopping and promenading, visiting, plotting her novels.


 Dr. Robert Clark relaxes a moment after his talk on Bath


All in all my experience was totally wonderful and I’d recommend it to Janeites everywhere. Next year’s conference is entitled “Emma at 200.”

Imagine that!

I leave you with a picture of Janeite Maureen O’Connor who attended the conference from far away Brooklyn and dressed authentically for every occasion:

Maureen O'Connor

Maureen O’Connor

Text and images by Margaret Harrington, with thanks!

I suggest we all mark our calendars now for next June 18-21, 2015! info is here:

 c2014, Jane Austen in Vermont

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]

Visit the website for accommodation information; you can register here:

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

c2013 Jane Austen in Vermont