AUGUST 2016:

Georgia Regional Event – August 27, 2016

For August, JASNA Georgia will meet to hear a lecture entitled: Friendships in Austen’s Emma, by Dr. Laura E. Thomason, Associate Professor of English, Middle Georgia State University.  This event will be hosted by MGA Macon English Studies Organization.

When: Saturday, August 27 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Math Auditorium, Middle Georgia State University Macon Campus

See #6 on the map: (general campus address: 100 University Parkway, Macon, GA 31206)

Although Emma is most commonly (and correctly) studied as a courtship novel, it also highlights the eighteenth century’s confusion about the meaning and value of friendship. This novel criticizes the social pressure that steered women away from each other as it steered them toward domesticity.  Emma’s failed attempts at friendship remind readers that no real substitute for egalitarian, intimate feminine friendship exists or should exist. Dr. Thomason will discuss how the novel suggests that such a relationship is admirable, desirable, and worthy of pursuit but that the people who need it most cannot achieve it.

Please contact Kristen Miller Zohn, Regional Coordinator, JASNA at with any questions.

Columbus – August 11

We will be reviewing Emma, Part Part 3: Vol. II, Ch. V (23) through Vol. III, Ch. VII (43), and discussing strawberry picking, Box Hill, and the splendors of English gardens and landscapes.  To illustrate the theme, Kristen Miller Zohn will be sharing photographs from her recent three-week exploration of English country homes and gardens as a participant in the Attingham Foundation’s Summer Course.

Here are some resources for you to explore before the meeting:

Thursday, 8/11/2016 at noon
Columbus Public Library, Auditorium