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Save the Date!

“The Culture of Sensibility”

Saturday, May 4, 2024

9:00am- 3:30pm

Full-Day In-Person Regional Meeting at

The Japanese American National Museum

100 N. Central Avenue

Los Angeles, Ca 90012

Registration Coming March 2024!


Dr. Inger S. B. Brodey

”Making Sense of Sensibility”

Inger Brodey will discuss how this pan-European aesthetic movement shaped Austen’s writings throughout her life. This talk will focus on Love and Friendship, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Parkand Persuasion.

Dr. Peter Graham

”Byron: A Man of Mobility”

Peter Graham will examine Lord Byron’s view of sensibility in exploring human feelings and behavior. This talk will draw on Byron’s life, letters, and poems, especially his mock epic masterpiece Don Juan to tease out some of the intertwined traits of Byronic mobilité.

Karen Tei Yamashita

”Natsume Soseki’s Kokoro and Jane Austen’s Sensibility

Karen Tei Yamashita will present a short story/essay written for this subject and occasion.

JASNA Southwest has planned a full-day in-person meeting on May 4, 2024 on the theme of “The Culture of Sensibility” in which we will return to the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles.

The event will begin at 9:00am with a buffet continental breakfast, includes buffet lunch and concludes at 3:30pm.

Presenter Biographies

Inger S. B. Brodey is an award-winning professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she teaches “Global Jane Austen” among other courses. She’s the founder and director of the annual Jane Austen Summer Program (JaneAustenSummer.org) and co-host of the Jane Austen and Co. web series (jaandco.org). As far as her JASNA involvement, she has served on the board of directors of JASNA, twice been a traveling lecturer, and twice been the JASNA North American Scholar lecturer at an AGM. In June 2024, she has a book coming out from Johns Hopkins University Press called Jane Austen and the Price of Happiness. You can read more about her at www.ingerbrodey.com

Peter Graham graduated from Davidson College and received his Master’s and Doctorate from Duke University. His scholarly interests center on British literature and culture of the 19th-century with particular focus on Jane Austen, Lord Byron, and Charles Darwin.  Among the books he’s written and edited are Jane Austen and Lyme Regis, Jane Austen & Charles Darwin: Naturalists and Novelists, Don Juan and Regency England, The Portable Darwin (with Duncan M. Porter), and Darwin’s Sciences. He has been a JASNA Traveling Lecturer, has published essays in Persuasions and has presented at many AGMs and JASNA regional events. He is professor emeritus in the Department of English at Virginia Tech.

Karen Tei Yamashita is the author of eight books, including I Hotel, finalist for the National Book Award, Tropic of OrangeLetters to Memory, and most recently, Sansei and Sensibility. Recipient in 2021 of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation, she is professor emerita of literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her Zoom presentation on her book Sansei and Sensibility is available on the JASNA Southwest YouTube channel. Her latest book Dark Soil: Fictions and Mythographies will be published in May 2024 by Coffee House Press.

Please read JASNA’s Community Guidelines https://jasna.org/about/jasna-community-guidelines/ as we expect attendees to comply with them.
JASNA’s Diversity and Inclusion Statement:
To fulfill JASNA’s mission of fostering among the widest number of readers the study, appreciation, and understanding of Jane Austen’s works, her life, and her genius, JASNA strives to ensure that all people are welcome and feel valued in its meetings, events, and community spaces. JASNA is committed to supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Society. There is no place in JASNA for discrimination or exclusion, including on the basis of age, race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, ability, appearance or education.

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