—Northanger Abbey, Chapter 24
We’ve spent the 2010s commemorating the 1810s and the publication of each of Jane Austen’s six novels in succession. Now, as we mark the final anniversary, let’s go back in time a little further. In 2019, travel with us to 1775, when England and Virginia were ruled by the same crown.
JASNA Southeastern Virginia is delighted to be your host for “200 Years of Northanger Abbey: ‘Real, Solemn History,’” taking place on October 4-6, 2019 in our colonial capital, Williamsburg. On the streets of our historic area, the British Empire is alive and well, and the American experiment of self-government is yet untested. In this country and age, there is no forgetting that “we are English.”
Northanger Abbey, though it appeared, at last, in 1818, was one of the earlier novels Austen penned and the first accepted for publication. With discussions of the picturesque and multiple, delicious parodies of the gothic novel genre, Northanger Abbey is, more than any other of Austen’s mature works, a child of the eighteenth century. What better way to celebrate it than in an eighteenth-century city?
Please join us for this unique immersion in the world Jane Austen and her characters inhabited.
We invite you to browse through all the AGM pages for more information and to check back regularly as we continue to post updates!
Coordinator, 2019 AGM