North Texas Region

December Birthday Luncheon
“Austen-itis: Sickness and Health in the Novels of Jane Austen”
December 6, 2014

Start the holiday Jane Austen style – with discussions of disease, death, and literary design at the annual December luncheon honoring Jane Austen’s 239th birthday.  The event is scheduled for Saturday, December 6, 2014 and will be held at Maggiano’s North Park in the upstairs ballroom, 205 Northpark Center, Dallas, TX 75225.  Registration forms are now available on the website.


Harriet’s putrid sore throat.

During her life, Jane Austen saw disease all around her and imbricated these everyday occurrances into her finely constructed stories.  Whether it is Jane Bennet’s cold or Fanny Price’s headaches the events of sickness, health, and injury that are scattered throughout the novels, as arbitrary as they may seem, are indeed deliberate.  In her en“gross”ing presentation, Dr. Cheryl Kinney will review characters in each of the novels that suffer from illness (real and imagined) emphasizing Jane Austen’s use of disease as a literary device.  Dr. Kinney will also illuminate the suspected causes of those conditions in Regency England as well as common (and universally ineffective) treatments.  The lecture will illustrate why Jane Austen considered illness a “dangerous indulgence” and how our favorite author viewed “the cure for all disease.”

In addition to a complete supply of leeches, potions, and cures, several vendors will offer a stunning array of Jane Austen items perfect for gifts.  The event is open to members and guests and those with an interest in Jane Austen.  Cost of the program is $38.00.  Reservations are required by 12/1/14 – sorry, no onsite registration.

—Cheryl Kinney