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Southwest Region: The Culture of Sensibility

May 4

9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

The Culture of Sensibility


Join JASNA Southwest for a full day exploring "The Culture of Sensibility." Three distinguished scholars and authors will give presentations:

  • Inger S. B. Brodey—professor at the University of North Carolina and founder and director of the Jane Austen Summer Program and Jane Austen & Co.—will open the day with "Making Sense of Sensibility." The talk will discuss how this pan-European aesthetic movement shaped Austen’s writings throughout her life, focusing on Love and Freindship, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, and Persuasion.
  • Peter Graham will present "Byron: A Man of Mobility," which will examine Lord Byron’s view of sensibility in exploring human feelings and behavior. This talk will draw on Byron’s life, letters, and poems, especially his mock epic masterpiece Don Juan to tease out some of the intertwined traits of Byronic mobilité. Graham is professor emeritus in the Department of English at Virginia Tech.

  • Author Karen Tai Yamashita (Sansei and Sensibility and seven other books) will give a talk on "Natsume Soseki's Kokoro and Jane Austen's Sensibility," and will present a short story/essay written for this subject and occasion. 

The day will begin with a buffet continental breakfast and include a buffet lunch. The event includes reduced admission to the Japanese American Museum if you'd like to linger after the presentations. Tickets are $130 for members, $80 for students and $155 for nonmembers.

Register now! Registration deadline is April 27.