2017 Annual General Meeting
October 6-8, Southern California
Jane Austen in Paradise: Intimations of Immortality

Jane went to Paradise:
That was only fair.

When Rudyard Kipling wrote these words, he envisioned Jane Austen’s ascent into heaven on the arm of her admirer Sir Walter Scott, taking her place in the pantheon of literary giants which included Fielding, Smollett, Cervantes, and Shakespeare.

The JASNA Southwest Region invites you to Los Angeles for the 2017 AGM, “Jane Austen in Paradise: Intimations of Immortality.”  As we mark the 200th anniversary of her death, which occurred on July 18, 1817, we wish to honor on our favorite author with a conference that celebrates her unique and profound contribution to the culture and literature of not only her native England, but the world.

Jane lies in Winchester, blessed be her shade!
Praise the Lord for making her, and her for all she made.
And, while the stones of Winchester—or Milsom Street—remain,
Glory, Love, and Honour unto England’s Jane!

In our program, we would like to examine how Jane Austen has influenced literary and popular culture, and how she has been reimagined by succeeding generations of Austen scholars and enthusiasts in the 200 years of her “afterlife.”

Our Region

Since its founding in 1781, “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles” has attracted a huge diversity of courageous and creative inhabitants who have built what is today a bustling, eclectic, and dynamic city, whose commercial and cultural influence is felt throughout the world.  But Los Angeles is also the anchor of Southern California, a symbol of a beach culture which brings to mind images of white sandy shores and an accepting, laid-back lifestyle, where anything is possible!

Cultural and Entertainment Opportunities

Huntington Library
Huntington Library

Los Angeles and Orange Counties host many first class museums and libraries.  The Huntington Library is the home of a fine art collection as well as Botanical Gardens.  This San Marino estate of 150 acres of landscaped gardens, was once the home of Henry E. Huntington, railroad and real estate developer.

Other museums include the two Getty museums, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History with its adjacent Science Center which houses the Space Shuttle Endeavor, and Orange County’s Bowers Museum.

Cultural opportunities can be found at the Los Angeles Music Center, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall (home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra), the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, in addition to the venues available surrounding the film industry in Los Angeles.