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An Afternoon with Jane Austen


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An Afternoon with Jane Austen

Sunday December 8, 2013

Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library


2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Join other Jane Austen enthusiasts for an afternoon of fun and learning with a series of lectures, dance lessons and a costume promenade. Presented by Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library and the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA).



1-2 pm

2-3 pm

3-4 pm

ASL 2053

Lynne Barrett

Jacqueline Cape

Arnie Perlstein

ASL Cotilla Gallery

Contra Dancing led by  Lou Dow with live music

Regency  Costumed Promenade


Professor Lynne Barrett, Florida International University

Jane Austen's Tips for Authors: What fiction writers can learn from Austen's Pride & Prejudice.

Lynne Barrett is the author of three books of short stories, The Secret Names of Women, The Land of Go, and most recently Magpies, winner of the Gold Medal in Fiction in the Florida Book Awards. She edited Tigertail: Florida Flash and co-edited Birth: A Literary Companion. Her work appears in Real South, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The Southern Women’s Review, Delta Blues, One Year to a Writing Life, and Blue Christmas, and many other journals and anthologies. A recipient of the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Story and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, she is a Professor of English at FIU, teaching in the MFA program in Creative Writing, and edits The Florida Book Review. Learn more at

Dr. Jacqueline Cape

Bennet Family Angst: A psychotherapist guides readers through the complicated family dynamics in Pride & Prejudice.

Dr. Jacqueline Cape, Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice in Boca Raton, Florida, will lead an interactive discussion of Austen's realer-than-real Bennet family & their friends.

Arnie Perlstein
Decoding the Shadow Story BEHIND the Surface Story of Pride & Prejudice; or: Elizabeth Bennet is also Clueless!

Arnie Perlstein, Independent Austen Scholar, will lead an interactive discussion of this novel as a mystery story, in which Austen's textual ambiguities allow alternative perspectives on the well known characters, learning to see them in a fresh new light.

Contra Dancing led by Lou Dow with live music.

Learn traditional English partnered folk/country dancing popular during the Regency period. Lou Dow is a Contra Dance caller based in Miami.

Regency Costumed Promenade

Channel your inner Jane and wear your finest Regency style afternoon or evening dress costume. Gentlemen are welcome as well!


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