Jane Austen Society of North America
2008 Annual General Meeting, Chicago, Illinois
October 2-5

"Jane Austen's Legacy: Life, Love, & Laughter"

Welcome Schedule Plenary Speakers Potpourri
Breakout Sessions Poster Sessions Diversions Banquet & Ball
Registration Hotel Local Information and Attractions Tours and Off-Site Events

North American Scholars Panel

Popular keynoter at the 2001 Seattle AGM, Inger Sigrun Brodey teaches Comparative Literature and Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was the JASNA Travel Lecturer for the Midwest and Western Regions, JASNA Book Review Editor, and now serves on the JASNA News Editorial Board. Her publications place Jane Austen within the broader contexts of philosophy, landscape gardening, and German and Japanese literary traditions. She recently co-edited the Persuasions On-Line special edition on "Global Jane Austen."  Her book, Ruined by Design: Shaping Novels and Gardens in the Culture of Sensibility, appears June, 2008 with Routledge Press.
Paula Marantz Cohen  is a distinguished professor of literature, film and creative writing at Drexel University. She is author of four nonfiction books, including Silent Film and the Triumph of the American Myth, a Choice Outstanding Academic Book for 2003, and her novels include Jane Austen in Boca, and Jane Austen in Scarsdale or Love, Death, and the SATs, a Book-of-the-Month Club and Doubleday Book selection. Her essays and stories have appeared in The Yale Review and Times Literary Supplement, among other publications. She hosts a cable TV interview show based in Philadelphia and co-edits JML: The Journal of Modern Literature.
Gillian Dow has taught at Oxford University and is now Chawton Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Southampton. She researches at Chawton House Library and co-edits the library's newsletter, The Female Spectator. Her interests are in cross-channel exchanges between women writers in the Romantic Period and the reception of French women writers in Britain. Her current project, a conference at Chawton House in 2009 to celebrate the bicentenary of Austen's move to Chawton, will focus on the international Austen.
The 2004 Burke Scholar at Goucher College, Peter Graham's research and teaching interests at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University include nineteenth-century British literature and culture, especially Jane Austen, Lord Byron, and Charles Darwin. He is Director of International Relations for the Messolonghi Byron Research Center in Greece. He has presented many lectures to JASNA and JAS. His many publications include Byron's Bulldog, Don Juan and Regency England, and Jane Austen & Charles Darwin: Naturalists and Novelists.
Elisabeth Lenckos is Academic Liaison for JASNA-GCR and beloved by audiences. She teaches at the University of Chicago Graham School, where she received the 2006 Excellence of Teaching Award in the Humanities, Arts and Sciences. Her publications have centered on Jane Austen and her British, German, and French connections. She co-edited All this Reading: The Literary World of Barbara Pym. She is currently working on Jane Austen and Philosophies of Love and Jane Austen and Modern Women Writers.

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