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Jane Austen Days in Philadelphia - Jane Austen in the Modern Age - Day One
Join JASNA Eastern PA, along with our co-sponsor, The Free Library of Philadelphia, for a multi-day Jane Austen event focused on the central theme of Jane Austen in the Modern Age.

The 2021 Jane Austen Days in Philadelphia explores and celebrates Austen’s significant and enduring influence on numerous contemporary disciplines and societal issues. Our critically acclaimed and esteemed speakers will focus on Austen’s impact in the modern age by exploring a myriad of timely topics ranging from racism, fanfiction, video games, and costume design. Each talk will include an interactive Q&A session with the speakers, and each day will include a special giveaway (or maybe even two).

The response we received from our 2020 online Teatime events has been amazing. We are very happy that so many of our fellow Janites enjoyed them! We also know that many people are still dealing with personal and financial hardships related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Given this, I am pleased to announce that both days of our Jane Austen Days in Philadelphia will be FREE and they are open to anyone interested in Jane Austen! We want to make this our largest online event ever, so please forward this to anyone interested in Jane Austen.

Mar 13, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Deborah Yaffe
Deborah Yaffe, an award-winning newspaper journalist and author, has been a passionate Jane Austen fan since first reading Pride and Prejudice at age ten. Her second book, Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom, was published in August 2013. Yaffe holds a bachelor’s degree in humanities from Yale University and a master’s degree in politics, philosophy, and economics from Oxford University in England, which she attended on a Marshall Scholarship. She works as a freelance writer, has two grown children, and lives in central New Jersey with her husband and her Jane Austen Action Figure.
Dr. Emily C. Friedman
Associate Professor of English @Auburn University
Dr. Friedman work on Austen has appeared in many courses, invited talks, podcast appearances, and publications. She is a proud two-time Chawton House Library fellow, where she began her current book project, tentatively titled Before Fanfiction: A Literary History of Alternative Circulation in the Age of Print. In it she tells the stories of authors who chose to share their work outside of commercial print, from Austen's juvenilia to modern fanfiction. She is also creating a digital collection of unpublished manuscript fiction (1750-1900) to make these stories available to readers. Dr. Friedman brings her deep love of the eighteenth-century to her love of games of all kinds, including her Dungeons & Dragons campaign set in the eighteenth-century. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she and Dr. Kugler began Playing the 18th Century, research project with a Twitch stream, academic workshop, and several articles in process, including one on representation in Austen-inspired games.
Dr. Emily M.N. Kugler
Assistant Professor of English @Howard University
Dr. Emily M.N. Kugler introduces Howard University students to Jane Austen as a key author in the study of women writers and readers in the Atlantic World. In her classes, Austen is read alongside the works of abolitionist activists, Caribbean novelists, and present-day consumer culture. At the 2017 annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, Dr. Mary Favret (John Hopkins University) highlighted Dr. Kugler's experience teaching Austen to different demographics of students in the session "Jane Austen at Two Hundred" as part of a larger discussion of the role of race in the college classroom. Dr. Kugler's current research includes Austen's relationship with publishers and representations of the navy within a larger project about eighteenth- and nineteenth-century white, Black and indigenous women as writers and readers in the British empire. During the pandemic, she is frequently found online, playing video games and Dungeons & Dragons with Dr. Friedman.