Vermont Region
A Peek into Jane Austen’s Regency World
June 8, 2014

Lisa and Marie
Lisa Brown and Marie Sprayberry

Please join us Sunday, June 8 from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM at the Fletcher Free Library, 235 College Street, Burlington as we welcome two of JASNA’s own from the Syracuse Region.

Lisa Brown will present “‘Of Rears and Vices I Saw Enough’—The Royal Navy in Mansfield Park and Persuasion.”  We will learn about the uniforms, the ships, the rating system, prize money, and more; as well as discover how very knowledgeable Jane Austen was about the Royal Navy because of her brothers’ involvement.  Various uniforms will be on display—but, alas! without a Captain Wentworth in sight!

A. Marie Sprayberry, in “Sex, Power, and Other People’s Money—The Prince Regent and His Impact on Jane Austen’s Life and Work” investigates why Jane Austen wrote of the Princess of Wales in 1813: “Poor Woman, I shall support her as long as I can, because she is a Woman, & because I hate her Husband.”  The Prince Regent brazenly personified the three themes of sex, money, and power—as long as the money in question was someone else’s!  But did Jane Austen have particular reasons for disdaining him?  And how might her views of the Prince have influenced her work?  Photos of contemporary royal commemorative china and medals will illustrate the talk.

Lisa and Marie are co-regional coordinators of the Syracuse Region; Lisa also co-chairs the Rochester Region, is an ECD teacher, owns a Regency era costume business, and has given various talks on the Royal Navy and Regency fashion; she works as a proof reader for Avalon Document Services.  Marie has spoken to JASNA on the Prince Regent and will be speaking at the Montreal AGM on “Fanny Price as Fordyce’s Ideal Woman?”—she works from her Syracuse home for NYC-based Guilford Publications.

The event is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments served.

Event Details: JASNA Vermont Region’s website.
Questions?: Email jasnavermont@gmail.com or telephone 802-343-2294.

—Deb Barnum