Viewing and Discussion
Linda Troost and Sayre Greenfield
Linda and Sayre outlined the challenges filmmakers face when adapting Northanger Abbey. The lure of the Gothic in the novel is hard for any filmmaker to resist, but Northanger Abbey is the most consciously modern of Austen’s works. They discussed how difficult it is for a period film to capture a concept of modernity that is 200 years old. After viewing the movie, we discussed these points as well as how the movie differs from the novel.
We also had a visit from JASNA Ohio North Coast members who updated us on the upcoming 2020 AGM in Cleveland.
Annual Jane Austen Birthday Tea
Saturday, December 15, 2018
2:00 – 4:30 pm
Pittsburgh Friends’ Meeting House
After enjoying delightful tea with the most wonderful delicacies, we continued our celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Northanger Abbey by reading the following scripted selections from the novel: Catherine & Isabella and the two young men from Chapter 6; marriage versus dancing from Chapter 10; Blaize Castle from Chapter 11; the walk to Beechen Cliff from Chapter 14; and Henry Tilney’s Gothic Parody from Chapter 20. It was excessively diverting!
Friendship in Persuasion Luncheon Michael Lewis, Speaker
Saturday, October 27, 2018
11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Wyndham University Centere
We continued our celebration of 200 years of Persuasion and Northanger Abbey with a talk considering Anne Elliot’s relationships with Lady Russell and Mrs. Smith. What do these ties, not based on blood or romance, tell us about Austen’s views of family, the social order, and literary art at the end of her career? A lively discussion ensued debating the merits of the characters.
Michael Lewis is an assistant professor at Washington and Jefferson College, where he teaches and writes on nineteenth-century British literature from Austen to Dickens to Wilde.
Group trip to Kate Hamill’s version of Pride and Prejudice
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Pittsburgh Public Theater
Regency Dancing with the Country Dance and Song Society of Pittsburgh