Program of Events

 

MAY 8/2021:  FINANCIALLY VULNERABLE WOMEN IN JANE AUSTEN’S NOVELS: A PANEL DISCUSSION ON JA CHARACTERS LIVING IN REDUCED CIRCUMSTANCES:

Please join us for a Zoom discussion when our Vancouver Region members discuss Austen’s novels and 19th Century women challenged to access a comfortable living for themselves and their families.

Program begins at 10:30, Pacific Time. To join this ZOOM presentation, please email the Regional Coordinator at jasnavancouverrc@gmail.com.

Women living in Jane Austen’s time often had to depend on the marriage market to survive which goes a long way to explaining the machinations of an Isabella Thorpe or a Lucy Steele.

Austen’s novels are filled with examples of women dependent on their life circumstances. Not every woman could marry a super-wealthy Mr. Darcy, a comfortably circumstanced Mr. Bingley, or a rising Naval star like Captain Frederick Wentworth. Think of the Dashwood sisters whose brother failed to follow their father’s deathbed wishes because his wife persuaded him the girls didn’t really need financial assistance. Think of the widowed Mrs. Smith whose husband was bilked out of his money by William Elliot. She would never have had any chance to regain her fortune had not Captain Wentworth come to her aid after he learned of the travesty from Anne Elliot. Think of Jane Fairfax who was destined to be a governess if Frank Churchill’s aunt had not died and left him enough money for he and Jane to marry.

On May 8, please join us for the panel discussion. If you would like to be part of the panel, please choose from the following characters: any of the elder Bennet sisters, Isabella Thorpe, Elinor and/or Marianne Dashwood, Anne and/or Lucy Steele, Jane Fairfax, Miss Bates, Mrs. Clay or Mrs. Smith and submit your name to Elspeth Flood c/o the Regional Coordinator at jasnavancouverrc@gmail.com. 

Many thanks to Elspeth for coordinating the panel.