Robert Rodi

Deborah Knuth Klenck

Robert Rodi

Ted Scheinman

Robert Rodi

Lynn Batten

Deborah Knuth Klenck with her children at Winchester Cathedral

Scheinman will sign copies of his 2018 book.

June 2019

It’s All Relative: Relationships in Austen

June 1, 2019

Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens

Haaga Hall


Deborah Knuth Klenck
Ted Scheinman
Charles Lynn Batten


Registration is now open for the June 1 event at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.

  • Ted Scheinman, author of Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan, and his mother, noted Austen scholar Deborah Knuth Klenck, on “A Slave to Their Education? Mothers as Teachers in Jane Austen”
  • UCLA Professor Charles Lynn Batten, on “Failed Marital Relationships: Causes and Solutions in Jane Austen’s Novels.”
The Huntington Library will include a special display — just for JASNA Southwest members — of a portion of its magnificent collection of Austen and Regency-era holdings in our meeting room, Haaga Hall. These will likely include Austen’s signature in her copy of Robert Bage’s Hermsprong as well as first editions of several of her novels. This will be a real treat!
We’ll have scones and tea breads for breakfast, and afternoon tea will be served for lunch. Attendees will have the chance to view the Jane Austen bench, dedicated by JASNA Southwest in October 2017 as part of JASNA’s Annual General Meeting.
You also have the opportunity to purchase reduced admission to the Huntington grounds ($10 instead of $29) to explore on your own — or in special docent-led tours — after the meeting concludes.
Docent-led tours will begin at 2 p.m. and conclude between 3 and 3:30 p.m., depending on the tour. Space will be limited for the tours (an email signup — first come, first served — will be sent to all registrants later this month). They include:
  • Art Collections (where you can view paintings Austen herself saw in a London exhibition), led by docent Jean Uffelman
  • Chinese Garden, led by James Folsom, director of the Botanical Gardens
  • Bonsai Collection in the Japanese Garden (including the trees dedicated in the memory of JASNA member William James), led by Ted Matson, curator of the Bonsai Collection
Ted Scheinman will sign copies of his book following his presentation.

We hope to see you on Saturday, June 1, at the Huntington! Register now.


Deborah Knuth Klenck is Professor of English at Colgate University, where she has taught courses in the long 18th century (historians typically define this period as extending from the revolution of 1688 to the Battle of Waterloo in 1815) for 40 years. She has directed Colgate’s London Study Group program for seven semesters. Her original scholarly focus was on the satire of Alexander Pope, but she soon turned to Jane Austen, on whose work she has published more than 10 essays and book chapters. 

A frequent JASNA Annual General Meeting and regional speaker, she also has enjoyed being part of the Jane Austen Summer Program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and serves as one of the judges of graduate-student entries in the annual JASNA essay contest.
Ted Scheinman is senior editor at Pacific Standard magazine, where he directs special projects and climate coverage.
Among other duties, he reported from the United Nations climate summits in Paris and Marrakech in 2015 and 2016. A graduate of Yale University, with an MA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he is the author of Camp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan (2018), and his essays and reporting have appeared in the Atlantic, the Chronicle of Higher EducationThe New York Times, the Oxford American, the Paris Review, Playboy, Slate and elsewhere. He is also a contributing editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books.
A longtime JASNA Southwest favorite, UCLA Professor Emeritus Charles Lynn Batten won numerous teaching awards throughout his career. Although his research interests focused on British literature from 1660 to 1800, he taught a wide range of courses, including the Bible as Literature and graduate courses in bibliography and literary criticism.   
He is the author of Pleasurable Instruction: Form and Convention in Eighteenth-Century Travel Literature and appeared in two episodes of A&E’s Mysteries of the Bible.