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The Georgian Gentleman in Fact and Jane Austen Fiction

JASNA Washington DC Metropolitan Region Study Day

Saturday, May 8, 2021

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

TO REGISTER: All are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions by sending an email message to jasna dot dcrc at gmail dot com by 5 p.m. May 7. Please place “Gent” in subject line and include your name, email and JASNA region in the message.

“You are mistaken, Mr. Darcy, if you suppose that the mode of your declaration affected me in any other way, than as it spared me the concern which I might have felt in refusing you, had you behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner.”
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“In marrying your nephew, I should not consider myself as quitting that sphere. He is a gentleman; I am a gentleman’s daughter; so far we are equal.”

How many times have you read those words and wondered how Jane Austen’s contemporary readers would have defined “gentlemanlike?”  Or considered what characteristics place Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bennet on an equal footing as gentlemen?  For the annual DC Metropolitan Region’s 2021 Study Day, we will explore the subject of the gentleman in the Georgian/Regency periods with three accomplished speakers who will give four presentations.

11 a.m.
“At once a FAV’RITE and a FRIEND”: the Gentleman’s Magazine, Its Readers, and Class”
Gillian Williamson, Ph.D.
Historian and Committee Member, Women’s Studies Group, UK
Book: “British Masculinity in the Gentleman’s Magazine, 1731 to 1815″

Lunch break

1 p.m.
Adulterous Austen: Educating the Rake in Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park
Rachel Gevlin, Ph.D.
Professor of Literature, Monmouth College
Dissertation: Divorcing the Rake:  Male Chastity and the Rise of the Novel, 1753-1857

2 p.m.
“Masculine Gentility and Literary Form”
Jason Solinger, Ph.D.
Professor of Literature, University of Mississippi
Book:  “Becoming the Gentleman:  British Literature and the Invention of Modern Masculinity, 1660-1815”

3 p.m.
Afternoon tea break

4 p.m.
“Lodging in Georgian London”
Gillian Williamson, Ph.D.
Historian and Committee Member, Women’s Studies Group, UK
Forthcoming book:  “Lodgers, Landlords, and Landladies in Georgian London”

“There is a lady, it seems, a Mrs. Younge, who was some time ago governess to Miss Darcy, and was dismissed from her charge on some cause of disapprobation, though he did not say what. She then took a large house in Edward-street, and has since maintained herself by letting lodgings.”  Do gentlemen take lodgings?

5 p.m.
Cocktail hour


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