Tanya K. Schmidt is a Ph.D. candidate in English at New York University, where she is completing a dissertation on Edmund Spenser and Margaret Cavendish. Her scholarship has been supported by the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Shakespeare Association of America, and NYU’s Global Research Institute in Florence, among others.
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.