John A. Dussinger is a Professor in the English department of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His writings on eighteenth-century literature include The Discourse of the Mind (1974). Recent work includes In the Pride of the Moment: Encounters in Jane Austen’s World (1990).
The Jane Austen Society of North America is dedicated to the enjoyment and appreciation of Jane Austen and her writing. JASNA is a nonprofit organization, staffed by volunteers, whose mission is to foster among the widest number of readers the study, appreciation, and understanding of Jane Austen’s works, her life, and her genius. We have over 5,000 members of all ages and from diverse walks of life. Although most live in the United States or Canada, we also have members in more than a dozen other countries.