Dear Current JASNA Members and Those Interested in JASNA,
Please join us for the December JASNA TN meeting coming up on December 9 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Andrea Hearn will lead a discussion of A Jane Austen Education by William Deresiewicz.
Andrea is a member of the English Department at Vanderbilt with a specialty in eighteenth and early nineteenth century English literature. She has taught writing courses at Vanderbilt on commodity culture, crime narratives, the romantic comedy, poetry, and the literature of the Great War; most recently, she has taught a First-Year Writing Seminar on Jane Austen.
William Deresiewicz was an associate professor of English at Yale University until 2008 and is a widely published book critic. His reviews and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, The Nation, Bookforum, and The American Scholar. From Amazon’s description of the book, we learn that before discovering Jane Austen's works, William Deresiewicz was a very different young man. A sullen and arrogant graduate student, he never thought Austen would have anything to offer him. Then he read Emma—and everything changed. In this unique and lyrical book, Deresiewicz weaves the misadventures of Austen’s characters with his own youthful follies, demonstrating the power of the great novelist’s teachings—and how, for Austen, growing up and making mistakes are one and the same. Honest, erudite, and deeply moving, A Jane Austen Education is the story of one man’s discovery of the world outside himself.
Judy Isaac will be hosting at her home in Brentwood. Her address is: 1241 Cliftee Drive, Brentwood, TN (in Forest Hills).
Home phone: 370-0736
Directions from Nashville:
Drive south on Granny White Pike, past Otter Creek Rd. and Lake Radnor. Continue 1 mile south past Otter Creek Rd. , and turn right onto Taggartwood Drive (immediately before Richland CC) If you pass Richland CC, you have gone too far. Drive up the Taggartwood hill (.01 mile) and turn right onto Cliftee. We are near the end at the cul de sac (.04 mile) Parking in the driveway or on the street is fine.
As always, please bring a treat for tea. Hope to see you there!