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April 2015

Special Presentation: Georgian Gardens of Jane Austen

April 25, 2015 @ 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM PDT

Please join us on Saturday, April 25, for a special presentation by Dawn Collins on “Austen’s Arcadia: The Georgian Gardens of Jane Austen.” Dawn will provide an introduction to the development of Georgian Gardens and how they are reflected in Jane Austen’s novels. Her talk straddles a bit of garden history, with references to Jane Austen’s life and inspiration. Dawn has given this talk for the Jane Austen Festival at the Theatre Royal in Bath, England and at other societies…

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June 2015

North County – The United States of England

June 20, 2015 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
Balboa Park – House of England, 2191 Pan American Road West
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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The United States of England How would the Jane Austen books be different if they were set in America instead of England? In 1813 when Pride and Prejudice was published, America and Britain were deep into the War of 1812. America was unsuccessfully invading Canada, Florida wasn't a state yet, the Louisiana Purchase was only 10 years in the past, James Madison was president, and America only had a population of 7 million. Lives for women and social classes were…

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June Balboa Park Meeting – Lady Susan

June 20, 2015 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT

Come and discuss Austen's most controversial female character! Lady Susan Balboa Park Discussion Saturday, June 20th at 11:00am - 1:00pm House of England, Balboa Park Written in 1794 by a teen-aged Jane Austen, Lady Susan tells the story of a beautiful, scheming widow, Lady Susan "the most accomplished coquette in all of England" and her shy daughter, Frederica. When Lady Susan's flirtations in London become too outrageous, and Frederica refuses her mother's plans to marry her off to a rich…

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August 2015

Jane Austen’s Juvenilia, Volume the First & The History of England

August 15, 2015 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
House of England – San Diego, Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101 United States

Join us as we explore the delightfully fresh and often hilariously funny "juvenilia" of Jane Austen - works written between the ages of 12 and 17. The juvenilia are exuberantly expressive tales of sexual misdemeanor, female drunkenness, and violence. They are characterized by exaggerated sentiments and absurd adventures. Please read "Volume the First" and "The History of England," the latter written when Jane was 16, with illustrations by Cassandra. You can find these books separately or as part of the…

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February 2016

Discussing “Emma” – Presentation on “What Miss Taylor Taught – Curricula, Educational Tools, and the Governess”

February 20, 2016 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM PST
House of England – San Diego, Balboa Park
San Diego, CA 92101 United States

Dottie Marron will talk about the books governesses used to help them teach, the philosophies that inspired their lesson plans, and the toys and games used to keep pupils interested. Examples of the books and classroom materials used by governesses will be on display during the presentation. Please read or reread "Emma" prior to the meeting, as we will discuss the novel following Dottie's presentation. Hot tea will be provided. As always, we appreciate people bringing baked goods or other…

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April 2016

Box Hill Picnic

April 16, 2016 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
Kate Sessions Memorial Park, 5115 Soledad Road
San Diego, CA 92109 United States
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Box Hill Picnic on Saturday, April 16 Miss Emma Woodhouse requests the pleasure of your company at a picnic excursion to Box Hill.  There will be delicacies to delight the palate (if we all bring them!) and entertaining games for all to enjoy.  And who knows whether or not Miss Woodhouse may command that each person say either one thing very clever, two things moderately clever, or three things very dull indeed!  There may be a reading from "Emma," so…

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June 2016

Balboa Park June Meeting- Sensibility

June 25, 2016 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
Balboa Park – House of England, 2191 Pan American Road West
San Diego, CA 92101 United States
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Saturday, June 25, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. House of England International Cottage Presentation and Meeting Dottie Marron and Lety Banks will give a presentation on Sensibility.  We don’t use the word “sensibility” much anymore.  What did it mean to Jane Austen and her original readers?  Is she following in the footsteps of earlier writers of novels of sensibility, or parodying the excesses of sensibility displayed in those earlier novels?  Please read the novel “Sense and Sensibility” before this meeting, as…

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October 2016

Maritime Museum Excursion

October 15, 2016 @ 10:00 AM - October 16, 2016 @ 2:00 AM PDT
Maritime Museum of San Diego, 1492 N Harbor Dr
San Diego, CA 92101 United States

We will be checking out the Meritime Museum in preperation for our AGM excursion. Details and times are still being discussed, so stay tuned for more info!

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February 2017

February Meeting, Special Speaker

February 25, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM PST

Author and JASNA member Dori Salerno will talk about how and why she came to write her novel, "Mrs. Bennet's Sentiments," which presents a different take on "Pride and Prejudice," with Mrs. Bennet having a decidedly more pronounced (and even provocative) role. She will discuss how Jane Austen treats mothers in her novels, relationships between mothers and daughters, and Jane Austen's mother. She will also tell us about her journey to getting her novel published. We highly recommend that you…

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August 2017

Central Group Book Discussion

August 12, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
Allied Gardens/Benjamin Library, 5188 Zion Ave
San Diego, CA 92120 United States
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Please join us in a lively discussion of the witty 1796 novel, “Man as He is Not, or Hermsprong,” by Robert Bage. Jane Austen was reading this novel as she was writing "First Impressions," the first draft of the novel which would later become "Pride and Prejudice." Controversial for its time, "Hermsprong" was shaped by the revolutionary ideas of its period and expresses some feminist views. Mary Wollstonecraft, English writer, philosopher, advocate of women’s rights, and author of "A Vindication…

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