James O’Rourke is Professor Emeritus of English at Florida State University. He has written books on Keats, Shakespeare, and literary autobiography and numerous articles on British literature. He spends a lot of time thinking about Austen as an innovator of narrative technique.
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.