Upcoming Events

“And are you prepared to encounter all the horrors that a building such as ‘what one reads about’ may produce? “

Northanger Abbey
Movie and Discussion

Linda Troost and Sayre Greenfield

Saturday, February 23, 2019
1:00 pm
Free Admission

Mervis Hall Room 114
University of Pittsburgh
3950 Roberto Clemente Drive, Pgh, PA  15260


Linda Troost and Sayre Greenfield will outline 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.  How is a period film to capture a concept of modernity that is 200 years old?

Photo from JASNA Southwest event – December, 2018

Professors Linda Troost and Sayre Greenfield both hold their PhDs from the University of Pennsylvania, and together they edited Jane Austen in Hollywood, the first book about the Austen film phenomenon.  Together and separately, they have published many articles on Jane Austen and lectured in the United States, Canada, England and Australia. 

In spring 2015, they spent several weeks at the Chawton Library as Visiting Fellows.  Troost is chair of the English Department at Washington and Jefferson College and, until this academic year, Greenfield chaired the Humanities Division at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, where he teaches. 


Location and Parking

“Thank ye,” cried Thorpe, “but I did not come to Bath to drive my sisters about, and look like a fool.”

Mervis Hall is on the Pitt campus.  Area Janeites will no doubt be familiar with the Carnegie Main Library.  Mervis is situated just across Schenley Plaza so parking is similar.  There is metered street parking in the area as well as some lots as noted on the above map, Sennott Square being the closest garage.  Those with a Pitt sticker can park underneath Posvar Hall.  It is very empty on weekend.

Mervis Hall


March 30th event on sale now:

Register before March 15th to avoid late fee!
March 30, 2019 
5-11 pm
An Evening with Jane: Dinner, Performance and Masquerade Ball

The Twentieth Century Club
4201 Bigelow Blvd., Pgh, PA  15213

A Formal Dinner and Regency Masquerade Ball, with ” A Conversation with Jane Austen !”   

Debra Ann Miller portrays Jane Austen in a visit from the autumn of 1815.  Drawing from her letters, juvenilia, and novels, this performance delves into her personal life as Jane Austen speaks about her childhood in Steventon, her brothers and beloved sister Cassandra, and her writing.

Save the Date!
April/May TBD 2019
Possibly one more literary
based, informal meeting, to wrap up our two year study of Northanger Abbey & Persuasion


October 4-6, 2019
JASNA National Annual General Meeting (AGM)
Williamsburg, VA