Jane Austen Society of North America, Southwest Region
JASNA Southwest was proud to host the 2017 AGM — Jane Austen in Paradise: Intimations of Immortality — as we celebrated Austen’s extraordinary and enduring legacy at the 200th anniversary of her passing.
Plenary Speakers and Special Presentations
Gillian Dow, executive director of Chawton House Library and associate professor at the University of Southampton, opened the conference with the Carol Medine Moss Keynote Lecture on “The Immortal Jane Austen and Her Best-Loved Heroine: 1817 to 2017.”
Devoney Looser, professor at Arizona State University, gave a rousing talk, “After Jane Austen,” that detailed how Austen came to be included in Westminster Abbey’s Poet’s Corner, the mystery of the missing Steventon pump and other fascinating tales.
Richard Knight, great, great, great grandson of Austen’s brother Edward, gave the closing address, “The Austens’ Knight in Shining Armour,” which focused on Chawton and its history with the Knight family since the 1580s.
Peter Graham conversed with filmmaker Whit Stillman about how Stillman evolved from his initial dislike of Austen into a devotee whose breakout film Metropolitan referenced Mansfield Park and who more recently wrote and directed Love & Friendship, based on Austen’s Lady Susan.