North Texas Region

“How to Talk Like Mrs. Palmer” – Speech in the Novels of Jane Austen
September 9, 2012

The fall meeting of the North Texas Region took place Sunday, September 9, 2012 from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM at the Omni Hotel Park West.  Rosalie Sternberg, Regional Coordinator, began the event with a short business meeting including the introduction of the five regional members whose submissions were chosen for Persuasions or Persuasions On-Line – Katie Davis, Joyce Tarpley, Pat Michaelson, Mary Watson, and Theresa Kenney.

Charlene Howell announced the scheduled airing on KERA Channel 13 of “The Many Lovers of Jane Austen” on Friday, September 28, 2012 at 9:00 PM.  Susan Springfield discussed her upcoming article in the Needlepoint Guild’s journal as well as her upcoming needlepoint workshops.  Program chairman, Vicki Ford, provided information about the December Birthday Luncheon with guest speaker Professor Juliet McMaster and the November Browning Library tour.

Patricia Michaelson
Patricia Michaelson

We were honored to welcome Professor Patricia Michaelson who reprised her tremendously popular 2011 AGM presentation “How to Talk Like Mrs. Palmer and Other Silly People.”  Dr. Michaelson looked at how “Woman’s language,” (not necessarily limited to women) is characterized and she read specific examples from the novels.  She also gave us an opportunity to speak like Austen’s characters.  Step aside, Mrs. Jennings … Judy Pulice has you conquered!

Professor Michaelson is Associate Professor of Literary Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas.  Her book, Speaking Volumes: Women, Reading and Speech in the Age of Austen, was published in 2002.

After a tea and scone break, 2012 Essay Contest 2nd place winner Shannon Blatt was introduced and discussed her essay “Feminine Manipulation in Sense and Sensibility.  The meeting ended with Roxanne Milton giving an illustrated report on this year’s Jane Austen Festival in Louisville, Kentucky.  Attended by over 1700 people, it is the largest Jane Austen festival in the world.  We all admired the gorgeous hats, dresses, and men at the festival.

—Dr. Cheryl Kinney