Jane Austen’s Regency World Magazine July/August 2010 Preview

Hot off the presses is the July/August 2010 (No 46) edition of Jane Austen’s Regency World, the official magazine of the Jane Austen Centre in Bath, England and the ultimate Austen reading indulgence. The highlight for me will be Maggie Sullivan’s article on Austen or Bronte. (the ultimate literary throwdown, right?) Here are the featured articles:

The Bath Bugabo, or little green man (cover story):

Cathryn Spence, from the American Museum in Bath, writes about G. Bond an eccentric man who was ejected from balls in both Bath and Brighton for allegedly staring at ladies.

Austen or Bronte?:

Maggie Sullivan, editrix of AustenBlog.com, discusses media suggestions that ‘Bronte is the new Austen’

Where there’s a Will:

A look at the final wishes of some of Jane Austen’s family

Only a Grandmother:

Maggie Lane talks about Jane’s treatment of grandparents in her writing

Queen Adelaide:

She gave her name to an Australian city, but what do we know about the wife of King William IV?

Smuggling ways:

A dangerous occupation, but a thriving trade in Georgian times

Pride & Progress:

Reading Jane Austen’s books on an e-reader

Book Reviews:

Regency Cheshire by Sue Wilkes; Murder at Longbourn by Tracy Kiely; Fashion in the Time of Jane Austen by Sarah Jane Downing


My Jane Austen featuring the pianist Keith Snell, news from JAS and JASNA, News and Letters

Visit Jane Austen’s Regency World at their stand during:

– Jane Austen Festival in Louisville, Kentucky, on July 10 and 11

– JASNA’s annual general meeting in Portland, Oregon, on October 29 and 30

Jane Austen’s Regency World is published this week and is available by subscription from www.janeaustenmagazine.co.uk

Jane Austen Regency World Magazine Mar/Apr 2010 preview

Hot off the presses is the March/April 2010 (No 44) edition of Jane Austen’s Regency World, the ultimate Austen reading pleasure. The issue is devoted to music in Jane Austen’s time. Here are the featured articles:

Franz Joseph Haydn

The Austrian composer describes his visit to Bath in 1794 in his own words

Jane Austen, music lover?

Maggie Lane explores the author’s knowledge of music

What was on Jane’s iPod?

David Owen Norris examines some new musical discoveries

Thomas Linley: Mozart’s boyhood rival

The young composer who was considered as talented as Mozart

Tidings of my harp

The significance of the harp as an instrument of social status in Jane’s time

A golden time

Kelly McDonald chronicles the work of the Knyvett family of musicians

Matters of Taste

Sense and Sensibility examined

My Jane Austen

Professor Richard Jenkyns, a descendant of Jane’s brother James, who recently appeared on a BBC radio programme called Jane Austen’s iPod


Plus news from JAS and JASNA; quiz; competition; and CD reviews

The March/April 2010 issue of Jane Austen’s Regency World comes with a FREE CD of music that would have been performed in Bath during Jane’s time in the city. Limited additional quantities will be available for late subscriptions.

Visit the Jane Austen Regency World Magazine website for details.


© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose


The Jane Austen Festival 2009 – Slideshow of the Regency Costume Promenade

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The Jane Austen Festival in Bath, England opened on Friday, September 18th and runs for nine days until Sunday, September 27th, 2009. This year, the Grand Regency Costume Promenade began on Saturday the 19th as ladies and gentlemen in Regency finery walked through the streets of Bath, from the Roman Baths to the Assembly Rooms to Queen Square and into the record books, breaking the Guinness World Records™ for ‘The Largest Gathering of People Dressed in Regency Costume with 409 participants. 

Local photographer Owen Benson snapped these lovely photos of the promenade in progress, and also had the honor of being the official photographer for the real-life Regency inspired wedding of Kelly Walpole and Ian Charlesworth who tied the knot at the Guildhall at 4pm on Saturday. Wow, what a day for celebration!

A big thank you to Owen, who very generously shared these wonderful images with us. I am also happy to report that I can now brag that one person in this world has actually taken my advice! After the success of last years stunning photos of the JA Festival 2008, Owen has taken the leap and gone semi-professional. Next year, I expect him to be no less than the official photographer of the Jane Austen Festival 2010! He can now blame Jane for his jump start on his career.

Cheers, Laurel Ann

P.S. If you are impressed with my ability to add a high tech slideshow to my blog, don’t be. It only took 7 hours of sweat and 3 geeks to make it happen! I was the blonde screwing in the lightbulb backwards. ;-)

Austen at Large: Missing the Jane Austen Centre

Virginia Claire and friend, the Jane Austen Festival (2008)

This week I have been thinking about my experience as an intern at the good ol’ Jane Austen Centre last year, which I miss so much. I might have the good fortune to go back to England during the summer, but I will not know till the end of this month. In thinking about returning to England this week, I have also been thinking about how much I miss Bath and the Jane Austen Centre. Coming back to the US has been both wonderful and trying. I miss England everyday and wished that I had planned to stay a year. If I was giving advice to someone trying to study abroad I would really suggest going for a year. I think by the end of the semester you are just at the tip of the iceberg and that a full year would better allow you to immerse yourself in the life and society.

I just miss everyone at the Jane Austen Centre. I still keep in contact with many of them and have seen some of the new updates and improvements to the exhibition. From my understanding everything has been going well, especially after the exhibition was reopened after it was renovated. I love the new layout and look of it. I think what I miss most about the JAC is the people. I loved everyone that I worked with and they were such a wonderful and eclectic group. Everyone brought their own particular interest or spin to Jane Austen that it was really a wonderful place to grow in love and knowledge of her writing. I can remember just being in the gift shop passing the time and sticking up all sorts of interesting conversations with my co workers. This is perhaps where I learned the most about Austen, not from some book, but from talking about her and questioning.

Virginia Claire and her friends at the Jane Austen Festival (2008)

Every now and again I go through all my pictures from England and some of my favorites are from the Jane Austen Festival and my going away dinner with the Jane Austen Centre staff. I love reminiscing over these because they bring back such wonderful memories, but it is also hard because I know that that time is gone. I wish I could go back; I am dying to go back. Looking at the pictures is sometimes bitter sweet because though it reminds me of wonderful times it also reminds me that I will not be back at the Jane Austen Festival this year. I am hoping to return in a few years perhaps when I get out of school, but who knows. One of the good parts about being back though is that I am able to still fill that Jane Austen void in my life because of my Jane Austen class and writing this weekly article for Austenprose. It is so wonderful to be able to bring forward things each week that interest me and read everyone else’s thoughts on the comments.

In my Jane Austen class we have just finished Mansfield Park and have started Emma. One of our assignments for next week is to write a modern blog for a character in Emma concerning Harriet Smith and the Mr. Elton fiasco. My friend and I are doing Mr. Elton’s point of view for our blog, so hopefully I will be able to post that next week for everyone to enjoy. We had so much fun in reading my friend Maggie’s contribution earlier in the year that my teacher decided to have us all write a new one to see how creative we could be. It should be a really funny class!

Emma, by Jane Austen (Oxford World's Classics) 2008In filling my English void I have resulted to drinking lots of hot tea, even though it is getting warmer down here in North Carolina, and to watching British comedies like Jeeves and Wooster. Not to mention, of course, reading Jane Austen’s Emma. This is such a fun novel to reread. I will be really interested to see what everyone else thinks who has not read Emma before, and those of us who have in my class are trying to watch what we say, so that we don’t give anything away!

Till Next Week, Cheerio!

Virginia Claire

Virginia Claire, our Austen at Large roving reporter is a college student studying English literature and history who just returned from her time studying abroad in Bath England and working as an intern at the Jane Austen Centre. She is the Regional Coordinator of JASNA North Carolina and a lifelong Janeite. She will be sharing her thoughts on all things Austen this semester and remembering her travels in Austenland.

  • Watch a short promotional film about the Jane Austen Centre, Bath, England
  • Visit the Jane Austen Centre online Gift Shop
  • Catch up on Virginia Claire’s experience last year as an Intern at the Jane Austen Centre in the Austen Intern Checks In archives

Austen at Large: Bringing Jane Austen to Schools

Virginia Claire speaking to students about Jane Austen (2009)

Since returning home from my Internship at the Jane Austen Centre in Bath and my travels in England, I have been very fortunate to be invited by my old high school, Saint Mary’s School and another high school called St. David’s to speak about my Austen travels and Pride and Prejudice to several classes. I have given at least half a dozen of these talks this year and have really enjoyed doing it. I have really wanted to do these talks because though my love of Jane Austen started from a young age, it was fostered and nourished by my high school teachers.

Virginia Claire with her former teacher Dr. Belknap of St. Mary's High School (2009)

I hope the students learned something new about Austen or that I have brought up topics that they have not considered before. I start my presentation giving a brief Austen biography, the family history and so on, and then move into her writing and life in Bath. 

Virginia Claire and two Regency Bucks, the Jane Austen Festival (2008)Most of the kids enjoy all of my pictures from the Jane Austen festival when I am dressed up in Regency style and they get a good reaction. I go through the different places she lived in Bath since I have pictures of many of them. Explaining why Bath was important, difficult and influential to Austen. 

Chawton Cottage, Jane Austen's last residenceI then move to Chawton which I think intrigues the students the most since that is where she lived and where Austen wrote or re-wrote her novels. When talking about Chawton I discuss the influence of her sister Cassandra, the publishing of her novels, and then her decline of health. I also show pictures of the house in Winchester where she died and her grave stone. One of the questions I always propose to the students is; what is missing from her description on her grave? Which reads,

In Memory of
youngest daughter of the late
formerly Rector of Steventon in this County She departed this Life on the 18th of July1817, aged 41, after a long illness supported with the patience and hopes of a Christian.
The benevolence of her heart, the sweetness of her temper, and
the extraordinary endowments of her mind obtained the regard of all who knew her and the warmest love of her intimate connections. Their grief is in proportion to their affection they know their loss to be irreparable, but in their deepest affliction they are consoled by a firm though humble hope that her charity, devotion, faith and purity have rendered her soul acceptable in the sight of her REDEEMER.

I always point out to them that it does not mention her writing. This shocks many of the students because they are unaware that her novels were published “by a lady” rather than publishing under her own name.

Jane Austen's grave stone, Winchester Cathedral

After giving a little bio I then like to talk to the students about Jane Austen’s legacy. Several students, but never as many as I expected, have read Austen novels, or seen the movies before. Perhaps I only think this because I was introduced to Austen at a young age but I always felt like many people in my classes had read Pride and Prejudice before or at least seen the movies. Austen’s legacy is one of the most important aspects of teaching about her because her popularity has been growing so much over the last years and it is interesting to ask the students why. I try to explain to the students that Austen is so much more than a romantic comedy writer. Her novels are full of issues that are still important today, many are still funny today but they still bring to light issues that though might have changed over the years are still there. One point I also try to hit home with students is about the movies and not to take them literally as the novel, but as someone else’s interpretation. I encourage them to question them and interpret it their own way. I also try to emphasize the over romanticizing of Austen in many movies and what that does to the story. Later in the semester I will be going back to one class to talk with them about adaptations and what they change and show about Austen. It should be a very interesting discussion.

Pride and Prejudice (1980) DVD cover      Pride and Prejudice (1995) DVD cover

In doing these talks this semester I have learned so much about teaching Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice. It has been an amazing experience to try and really introduce students to Jane Austen and try to bring my passion to them. I think that is one thing that most of the students get – my passion for Jane Austen. When I speak at these classes, I really love what I am talking about and it makes me think that I want to do this professionally. I would love to be able to teach literature and spread my love of not only Jane Austen but of reading and literature in general. We will see what I end up doing after college and where this world will take me, but in the end, I would just love to spread my love of Jane Austen, wither it be to the world or to a group of students.

Until next week,

Virginia Claire

Virginia Claire, our Austen at Large roving reporter is a college student studying English literature and history who just returned from her time studying abroad in Bath England and working as an intern at the Jane Austen Centre. She is the Regional Coordinator of JASNA North Carolina and a lifelong Janeite. She will be sharing her thoughts on all things Austen this semester and remembering her travels in Austenland.