Renissa Rowena Gannie is a second-year master’s student at the University of Denver, who fell in love with Jane Austen at age thirteen. She is writing her thesis about Native American literature and postcolonialism while applying to PhD programs, hoping to continue studying eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature. Renissa moved to the US from Guyana in 2000.
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.