2007 Annual General Meeting, Oct. 5-7, Vancouver, BC Canada

Theme: "Discovering Emma in Vancouver"

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Dr. Janet Todd, Carol Medine Moss Keynote Lecture
The Anxiety of Emma

Published in Persuasions 29 (2007). “The Anxiety of Emma.” Persuasions 29 (2007): 15-25.
Dr. Janet Todd, Head of the Centre for The Novel at the University of Aberdeen is an internationally renowned author and distinguished critic of early women writers who recently joined the University's School of Language & Literature as the Herbert J. C. Grierson Professor of English Literature. Closer to "home," Professor Todd is the General Editor of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen, a new 9-volume edition. Her Jane Austen in Context, part of the Cambridge Edition, is already out.  More....

Click here to listen to an interview of Dr. Todd, conducted by Radio CBC One during the AGM.

Dr. Juliet McMaster, North American Scholar Lecture
The Geography of the Mind in Emma

Published in Persuasions 29 (2007). “Emma: The Geography of the Mind.” Persuasions 29 (2007): 26-38.
Before her recent retirement Dr. Juliet McMaster was "University Professor," a sort of "Super Prof," at the University of Alberta. She needs no introduction to JASNA members, but for the sake of any newcomers whom we welcome wholeheartedly, she is the author most recently of Woman Behind The Painter: The Diaries of Rosalie, Mrs. James Clarke Hook (2006), and of Reading the Body in the Eighteenth-Century Novel (2004), Jane Austen the Novelist: Essays Past and Present (1996), and Jane Austen on Love (1978), as well as of books on Dickens, Trollope, Thackeray, and other English novelists; and co-editor of The Child Writer From Austen to Woolf (with Christine Alexander, 2005), The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen (with Edward Copeland, 1997), and Jane Austen's Business: Her World and Her Profession (with Bruce Stovel, 1996).  More....
Dr. Jocelyn Harris
Jane Austen, Jane Fairfax, and Jane Eyre

Published in Persuasions 29 (2007). “Jane Austen, Jane Fairfax, and Jane Eyre.” Persuasions 29 (2007): 99-109.

Photo by Reg Graham
Dr. Jocelyn Harris is emerita professor of the University of Otago, New Zealand, and Honorary Consul for France in Dunedin. According to Professor Harris herself, "Tears dropped on a manuscript letter, making the ink run, inspired me to begin a lifetime of research on Samuel Richardson, then on Jane Austen, his most acute as well as his most appreciative reader."  In 1972 Professor Harris published her edition of Sir Charles Grandison (OUP, repr. University of Otago), while in 1989, she showed how Austen critiques, appropriates, and recreates Richardson, Locke, Chaucer, Milton, Shakespeare, and many others, in Jane Austen's Art of Memory (CUP, repr. 2004).  More....
Dr. Jean Barman
British Columbia at the Time of Jane Austen

Published in Persuasions 29 (2007). “British Columbia Jane Austen’s Time.” Persuasions 29 (2007): 39-53.

Photo by Martin Dee
On Thursday night the AGM attendees will be treated to a lecture by Dr. Jean Barman, emerita professor in the Department of Educational Studies of the University of British Columbia, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Professor Barman has written and edited numerous books about British Columbia and its Pacific coast communities. Many of her books have won awards. Among them are The West Beyond The West: A History of British Columbia (1996), and The Remarkable Adventures of Portuguese Joe Silvey (2004), a bestseller.  Her most recent book is Stanley Park's Secret (2005).  More....

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