Josiah J. Duran holds an M.A. in Philosophy from the University of Dallas and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. through the university’s interdisciplinary Institute of Philosophic Studies program. His research interest in the nature of storytelling has led him to study Austen as a master of the craft.
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.