On February 2, the JASNA San Diego region will present a half-day event in La Jolla. JASNA traveling lecturer Dr. Regulus Allen will present “From Hampshire to Hollywood: Teaching an Austen Fiction and Film Course.” Collins Hemingway will also speak at the event. His presentation on “Riots and Insurrections” will explore social conditions and political dissent in England during Jane Austen’s lifetime.
Allen is an associate professor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she teaches Restoration and Eighteenth Century British Literature, British Romanticism and African American Literature. Her publications include “Speculation in Mansfield Park: Approaches to Teaching Austen’s Mansfield Park” and her current book project — Vacant Spaces: Imaginings of the African Woman in British Literature: 1688-1838.
Hemingway has spent the last 11 years researching the broad social, political, military and scientific history of the Regency era along with Austen’s own life and works. With degrees in English literature and a minor in science, he has had a career in which the two fields constantly intersect, such as co-authoring five nonfiction books on business and technology, including Business @ the Speed of Thought with Bill Gates.
The cost for JASNA members is $25 ($35 for nonmembers), which includes pastries, coffee and tea, and a gourmet box lunch. To register or learn more, visit the event website.