Sex, Money and Power in Jane Austen's Fiction, the Jane Austen Society of North America's Annual General Meeting, in New York City October 5-7, 2012
Reading Lists

An eclectic collection of speakers means a diverse reference pool.
To help enrich your exchange with our speakers we're giving you HOMEWORK!
Each speaker was asked to submit a "suggested reading list"¯ ­ that which you
may wish to read in advance so you may get the moost from these sessions.
We submit the following for your consideration:



Suggested Reading

Plenary Sessions


Daniel James Cole

1. Jane Austen Fashion, by Penelope Byrde (Excellent Press, 1999)

2. Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen by Sarah Jane Downing (Shire, 2010)


Sandy Lerner

1. Second Impressions by Ava Farmer


Cornel West

1. The Life of Drama, by Eric Bentley

2. Sincerity and Authenticity, by Lionel Trilling

Young Scholars Panel: New Directions in Austen Scholarship


Rachel Brownstein

Gillian Dow

Alice Villasenõr

Juliette Wells

1. Why Jane Austen by Rachel Brownstein

2. Janeites, ed. Deidre Lynch

3. Everybody's Jane: Austen in the Popular Imagination by Juliette Wells

Breakout Sessions


Janine Barchas

Books on the topic of book design:

1. Phil Baines, Penguin by Design: a Cover Story 1935-2005 (Alen Lane, 2007)

2. Nicholson Baker, Size of Thoughts (Random House, 1997)

3. Leah Price, How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain (Princeton, 2012)


Elvira Casal

1. Emma and Pride and Prejudice

2. "Laughing at Mr. Darcy:  Wit and Sexuality in Pride and Prejudice" (Persuasions Online 22:1--Winter 2001)  (  


Sarah Emsley

1. Lady Susan by Jane Austen

2. Familiarity with Edith Wharton's novel The Custom of the Country would be helpful, though not essential


Miriam Rheingold Fuller

1. All of Austen's mature novels with the possible exception of Persuasion and Emma

2. Lines 101-122 of Canto One of Alexander Pope's The Rape of the Lock.


Nancy Magnuson

1. Chapter 2, "Alberta H. Burke, Austen Omnivore" of Everybody's Jane: Austen in the Popular Imagination by Juliette Wells


Sheila Johnson Kindred & Hugh M. Kindred

1. Persuasion by Jane Austen

2. Kindred,Sheila Johnson, "Charles Austen: Prize Chaser and Prize Taker on the North American Station 1805-1808," Persuasions 26, 2004, pp. 188-194.

3. Kindred, Sheila Johnson, "The Influence of Naval Captain Charles Austen's North American Experiences on Persuasion and Mansfield Park," Persuasions 31, pp. 115-129. (


Elaine Bander

1. Pride and Prejudice  [Approach the story through the eyes of one who doesn't know what will happen next]


Marie Sprayberry

1. A biography of the Prince Regent (aka King George IV).  My personal favorite is Christopher Hibbert's George IV:  The Rebel Who Would Be King.

2. Jane Austen:  A Family Record (Austen-Leigh and Le Faye) and/or Jane Austen:  A Life (Claire Tomalin).

3. Austen's Juvenilia, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, and the Letters.


Marcia McClintock Folsom

Mansfield Park

· Volume 1, Chapters 1-3, 14-18

· Volume 2, Chapter 13

· Volume 3, Chapters 1, 2, 6, 16, and 17