Seattle 2001 AGM Program - A Mind Improved
Jane Austen firmly believed in education and constant learning and relearning. The Seattle 2001 AGM Program will do just that with first-rate general presentations and then smaller, breakout sessions.
General session speakers include:
· Carol Ann Medine Keynote Speaker David Selwyn, British author
Games and Play in
Austen’s Literary Structures
North American Scholar Jeffrey Nigro, lecturer and enthusiast, Art Institute of Chicago
and Muslin: Dress and Fashion in Jane Austen and Her World
· Inger Sigrun Brodey, Professor at University of Puget Sound
The Breakout Sessions:
the three breakout session times, there will be twenty-two speakers
from which to choose. The
Seattle planning committee has received numerous proposals from
brilliant scholars throughout the world -- all passionate Janeites
ready to educate, fascinate and challenge you.
Here’s the list of the speakers and their topics:
· Kathleen Anderson – “Uncorsetting Austen: Sexual Passion and Narrative Structure in the Novels” Austen’s novels boil over with passion. We, like our fictional counterparts, obtain voyeuristic and sometimes sadistic pleasure from playing Peeping Tom. Follow Austen’s beautiful, eligible, likable women as they travel along the socio-economic grid on their journeys of discovery.
Bander – “Gossip
in Jane Austen’s Novels”
· Geri Chavis – “Wild Schemes of Pleasure and Pain: Excursions in Austen’s Courtship Narratives” Excursions of pleasure, trips to places of interest, offer Austen’s characters the opportunity to interact outside the customary restraints of their families. How they make use of these opportunities in their progress toward successful mating illustrates the subtlety of Austen’s narrative design.
· Cheryl Bonar Craig – “Getting and Spending: Conspicuous Consumption in Highbury” Wherever she goes, Jane Austen shops. So do her characters, and their shopping behavior allows us to observe them admiring, evaluating, and acquiring desired objects. How and what they choose offers insights into their powers of judgment and self restraint, whether applied to goods or to the mates they select.
· Judith Fiedler – “Lethal Pleasures: Recreation, Male Bonding and Social Obligation” Jane Austen’s gentlemen, like their real counterparts, eagerly engaged in shooting and hunting, activities which were simultaneously sport, resource utilization, and cherished assertions of privilege. How they played these roles offers important insights to their characters and social contributions.
· Marcia Folsom – “I Wish We Had a Donkey: Pursuing Pleasure in Emma” The pursuit of pleasure is neither a good in itself nor a suspect activity. Much depends on the motives of the organizers and participants. In Emma, activities organized for pleasure can bring joyful richness to life, or can be morally ambiguous, fraught with the potential for inflicting pain.
· Peter W. Graham – “The Labours of Leisure” In the leisure class that Austen depicts, pursuit of pleasure takes on moral significance. Interludes of apparent idleness reveal character and personal values, delineate relationships and build or subvert the sense of community. In Emma, the dangers of leisure are bluntly exposed.
· Jack Laney – “Gentlemenly Pursuits: A Brief Discourse on Snuff, Cravats and Firearms, with Participation from the Audience” The life of a gentleman in Jane Austen’s world required careful attention to the accouterments of fashion and pleasure. A rich selection of items necessary to making a proper appearance in Society will be displayed and demonstrated, with hands-on opportunities to practice the essential skills of an aspirant to fashion.
· Kathryn Shanks Libin – “The Harp in the Barouche: Musical Courting and Transporting in Jane Austen’s Novels” Music formed a central tool in a marriageable woman’s battery of accomplishments. As an emblem of domestic felicity and potential marital harmony, or as a vehicle for expressing sentiment and emotion, it plays an essential part in courtship and the kindling of passion in several of the novels. Illustrations and performance will demonstrate music in these roles.
McMaster – “Reading Body Language:
A Game of Skill”
Oriente – “What the Librarian Knew:
The Circulating Library and the Pursuit of Reading in Jane
Palmer – “I Prefer Walking:
Jane Austen and the Pleasantest Part of the Day”
Parker – “Who Could Ever Be Tired of Bath: Bath as the Leisure Center in Jane Austen’s Novels”
Sandock – “‘I Burn with Contempt for My Foes’ – Jane Austen’s Music Collections and
Women’s Lives in Regency England”
Stepankowsky and Marian LaBeck – “Pictures of
Rowlandson, and the Golden Age of Caricature”
Stovel – “Jane Austen and the Pleasure Principle”
Stovel – “Every Savage Can Dance:
Choreographing a Courtship”
Sturrock – “Scampering about the Countryside:
Austen’s Pedestrian Heroines”
Walker – “The Steventon Theatricals:
Jane Austen’s Prologues and Epilogues”
Walker and Pamela Whalan – “Choosing the Man: Heroic Husband
or Lustful Lover”
Wells – “Profitable and Purposeful Performances: Austen’s Accomplished
Wieskamp – “The Dangers of the
of our presenters are university professors and experienced Austen
scholars. The program has been chosen to cover a wide range of
interests. Sessions may include music, slides, demonstrations, and
involve audience participation.
The session mix runs from academic, literary analysis to more
informal lifestyle/background discussions, although all are grounded
in the work of Jane Austen. A
15-minute question and answer period will follow each presentation.