Some Conference Highlights

My idea of good company…is the company of clever, well-informed people, who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.

And what good company we had! SUNY Plattsburgh’s “Jane Austen & the Arts” featured a spectacular group of gifted scholars from around the world, promising students, and engaging members of the general public! The scholarly value of the conference was clear: we heard expert analyses of Austen’s use of portraiture, paintings, landscape design, theater, music, ballet, letter writing, ekphrasis, religion, fashion, reading, Alexander Pope, marginalia, law, and, yes–even artlessness!

On top of that, we experienced brilliant (and memory-making renditions) of musical adaptations of Austen’s novels and listened to skilled discussions of film adaptations of Austen’s novels. By the time I got to the English Country Dance and certainly as I toured the Kent-Delord House Museum, I felt I had walked back in time.

Thanks to all who participated in making “Jane Austen & the Arts” a splendid success, including my devoted colleagues, without whom this conference could not have been as rich.

Below are some photographs of conference highlights. If you have photographs, please send them to me. Mine, for the most part, are limited to the English Country Dance, though I managed to capture Hope Greenberg wearing one of her gorgeous Austen-era gowns.

Let us continue these productive and delightful conversations! Feel free to comment below.

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Hope Greenberg discussing and displaying Austen-era fashion.

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The English Country Dance, 3/24

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The English Country Dance, 3/24

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A dance necessity: cameo cupcakes

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Mr. Darcy’s Flummery

“Jane Austen’s Scholarly Persuasions” (NCPR Interview by Todd Moe)

North Country Public Radio’s “The Eight O’Clock Hour” with Todd Moe and Martha Foley is a staple of north country culture. Todd Moe asked me some questions about “Jane Austen and the Arts” and commented on his own experience encountering Jane Austen fans–at Comic-Con!   It included zombies.  Listen to the full interview here.

Jane Austen & the Arts is Nearly Here!

Though formal registration for the 3-day conference has closed, everyone is welcome to the English Country Dance, Friday March 24, 7-9:30 in SUNY Plattsburgh’s Warren Ballrooms (Angel College Center).  The dance will be called by Sharon Schenkel, who will also conduct a brief pre-dance workshop beginning at 7 p.m.  A $5 admission fee for non-registered participants can be paid at the door.

Live period music by members of Les Triolets.

A Whist Table, complete with genial Whist mentors, Timothy Murphy and Grant Novotny.

A raffle of Jane Austen goodies, including Peter Sabor’s The Cambridge Companion to Emma will take place during the dance.

Light refreshments will be served.  Period dress welcome but not necessary.  Most of us will dress in casual attire.

Registration Deadline: 15 March at 11 p.m.

We are delighted to report that registration for SUNY Plattsburgh’s “Jane Austen & the Arts” has been enthusiastic.  This means, however, that we will be closing  registration on Wednesday, March 15th at 11 p.m.  Please register for the conference online before that date if you are interested in attending the conference.

No registration is necessary to attend the English Country Dance, where conference participants will provide live period music, Sharon Schenkel will both call the dance and conduct the pre-dance workshop, and a Whist table will offer instruction and playing time for those not interested in dancing.  $5 admission is payable at the door.

Please contact Anna Battigelli if you have questions about registration.  The conference and English Country Dance are open to the public.

Oh, What a Program!

All talks will take place in SUNY Plattsburgh’s Warren Ballroom, Cardinal Lounge, or Alumni Conference Center.

THURSDAY, MARCH 23

8-10  CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

9-10:15  Opening Remarks, Andrew Buckser, Dean of Arts and Sciences, SUNY                   Plattsburgh

Session 1:       AUSTEN’S LETTERS AND CHARACTERS

Chair, Christyn Bork (SUNY Brockport)

  • Gabrielle A. Westcott (SUNY Plattsburgh), “Exposing Character: The Art of Letter Writing in Pride and Prejudice”
  • Kelsey Logan (SUNY New Paltz), “’Sincerely Yours’: The Influence of Male Letters in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice”

10:15-10:30  Coffee

10:30-11:45

Session 2:       PROPRIETY AND COGNITION IN AUSTEN’S WORKS

Chair, Amber Baker (SUNY Plattsburgh)

  • Stephanie Boutin (SUNY Plattsburgh), “The Art of Propriety: Jane Austen’s Exploration of Moral and Societal Expectations in Pride and Prejudice
  • Erin Weinberg (Queen’s University), “Occupation for an idle hour, and consolation in a distressed one’: Reading and Affect in Jane Austen’s Persuasion”
  • Noelle Hedgcock (Syracuse University), “Mediation, Control, and Access to Sympathetic Feeling in Mansfield Park”

12-1  LUNCH

1-2:15

Session 3:       CONSTRUCTING EMPIRE/CONSTRUCTING SELF

Chair, Catherine Morse (Buffalo State University)

  • Laurena Tsudama (University of Connecticut), “Estate Improvement, British Imperialism, and Slavery in Mansfield Park”
  • Claudia Martin (Binghamton University), “Art and Artifice: Lady Susan and the Authorial Process”
  • Hannah Hempstead (Binghamton University), “From Strawberry Hill to Northanger Abbey: The Romance of Building and Deconstructing the Gothic”

2:15-2:30  Coffee

2:30-3:45

Session 4:      AUSTEN’S ARTISTS AND THEIR INSTRUMENTS

Chair, Kym Taylor (McGill University)

  • Marissa Collins (SUNY Purchase), “Music as Cultural Capital and Social Positioning in Emma”
  • Megan Throne (Villanova University), “A Space of One’s Own: Relationships and their Effects on Artistry in Jane Austen’s Novels”
  • Olivia Carpenter (Harvard University), “Mrs. Bates’s Knitting”: Knitting, Art, and Gender in Emma”

4-4:20

Session 5:SONG CYCLE PERFORMANCE

Presenter, Jo Ellen Miano (SUNY Plattsburgh)

  • Meagan Martin and Douglas Sumi (UCLA), “Marianne Dashwood: Songs of Love and Misery” (Music by Aferdian Stephens and Text by Marella Martin Koch)

4:30

PRESIDENT’S RECEPTION (Nina Winkel Sculpture Gallery)

FRIDAY, MARCH 24

8-10   CONFERENCE REGISTRATION

9-10:15

LAW & ARTLESSNESS

Chair, Genie Babb (SUNY Plattsburgh)

  • Elaine Bander (Dawson College, Canada), “Austen’s ‘Artless’ Heroines: Catherine and Fanny”
  • Nancy Johnson (SUNY New Paltz), “Legal Arts and Artifacts”
  • Cheryl Nixon (University of Massachusetts), “Jane Austen and Family Law”

10:15-10:30 Coffee

10:30-11:45

Session 2: THEATER & BALLET

Chair, Nancy Johnson (SUNY New Paltz)

  • Deborah Payne (American University), “Jane Austen and the Theatre? Perhaps Not So Much”
  • Marcie Frank (Concordia University), “Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, and Jane Austen’s Theatrical Imagination.”
  • Cheryl Wilson (Stevenson University), “Everything is Beautiful: Jane Austen at the Ballet”

11:45-12:00 Coffee

12:00-1:15

Session3: TEXTS & READING

  • Jacqueline George (SUNY New Paltz), “Motion Sickness: The Fate of Reading in ‘Modern’ Sanditon”
  • Barbara Benedict (Trinity College, CT), “ ‘What Oft was Thought’: Wit, Conversation, Poetry and Pope in Jane Austen’s Works”
  • Marilyn Francus (West Virginia University), “Jane Austen, Marginalia, and Book Culture”

1:15-2:15 BUFFET LUNCH, Warren Ballroom

2:30-3:30

Presenter, President John Ettling

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Peter Sabor (McGill University), “Portraiture as Misrepresentation in the Novels and Early Writings of Jane Austen”

3:30-3:45 Coffee

3:45-5:00

Session 4: JANE AUSTEN & THE SPECTACLE OF ART

Chair, Karen Blough (SUNY Plattsburgh)

  • Jocelyn Harris (University of Otago), “What Jane Saw—in Henrietta Street”
  • Douglas Murray (Belmont University, TN), “Jane Austen Goes to the Opera”

7:00-9:30 English Country Dance and Dance Workshop, Warren Ballroom

SATURDAY, March 25

9-10:15

Session 5: MATERIAL INTO ART

  • Natasha Duquette (Tyndale University College, Canada), “ ‘A Very Pretty Amber Cross’: Material Sources of Austenian Aesthetics”
  • Tonya Moutray (Russell Sage Colleges, NY), “Religious Views: Austen’s Picturesque and Sublime Abbeys”
  • Hope Greenberg (The University of Vermont), “Jane Austen & the Art of Fashion”

10:15-10:30 Coffee

10:30-11:45

Session 6: AUSTEN’S EKPHRASTIC MOMENTS

  • Juliette Wells (Goucher College), “‘A Likeness Pleases Everyone’: Portraiture, Ekphrasis, and the Accomplished Woman in Emma
  • Tim Erwin (UNLV), “The Comic Visions of Emma Woodhouse”
  • Ellen Moody (George Mason University), “Ekphrastic Patterns in Jane Austen”

11:45-12 Coffee

12-1:15

Session 7: PLAYING JANE

Chair, Jon Chatlos (SUNY Plattsburgh)

  • John O’Neill (Hamilton College), “Adaptation, Appropriation, and Intertextuality in Whit Stillman’s Love and Friendship”
  • John Havard (SUNY Binghamton), “Feeling Bad with Austen: From William Cowper to Woody Allen.”
  • John Leffel (SUNY Cortland), “Sanditon and Speculation”

1:15-2:15 Box Lunch

TOURS OF THE KENT DELORD HOUSE MUSEUM AVAILABLE AFTER 2:00 P.M. To secure a space and tour time, please call the Kent Delord House Museum directly: (518) 561-1035, M-F 9-3.

This conference is made possible by a grant from SUNY Conversations in the disciplines.  Additional support has been provided by SUNY Plattsburgh.

 

 

Calling all Students!

We have a splendid roster of faculty giving papers at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Jane Austen & the Arts Conference.  Now it’s time to turn to student participants.

Advanced undergraduates and graduate students are invited to submit 250-word proposals for 15-minute papers on topics related to Jane Austen’s engagement with the arts.  Please submit a brief biography with your proposal and a list of audiovisual equipment required for your presentation.

The deadline is November 1st.  Please submit proposals electronically to both Anna Battigelli (anna dot battigelli at plattsburgh dot edu) and  Nancy Johnson (nancy dot johnston at newpaltz dot edu).  Notices of acceptance will go out mid-November.

All students are warmly invited to participate in the conference regardless of whether or not they deliver a paper.