What to Read

NOVELS OF THE YEAR: Northanger Abbey Frankenstein

Preferred edition for the symposium:  Oxford University Press

This year we’ve partnered with Oxford University Press, which is sponsoring two of our teacher scholarships.

“Northanger Abbey”

Available at retailers such as Oxford University Press and Amazon.







Note: We’ll be reading the 1818 text.

Available at retailers such as Oxford University Press and  Amazon.




Supplementary readings

These supplemental readings may be beneficial as you read the books:

“Female Gothic: The Monster’s Mother,” by Ellen Moers

The Strange and Twisted Life of “Frankenstein,” by Jill Lepore

“The Contested Castle,” by Kate Ferguson Ellis

Austen’s Teenage Writings

Jane Austen’s Lesley Castle


The following authors are scheduled to appear at the Jane Austen Summer Program.  You can buy their books in advance or purchase them onsite.  There will be a book signing as well:

superfanCamp Austen: My Life as an Accidental Jane Austen Superfan,” by Ted Scheinman. See our Q&A with Scheinman here.





promPride and Prometheus,” by John Kessel.  Kessel brings together Austen and Shelley in a surprising adventure story.  Kessel chooses Mary Bennet rather than Catherine Morland for his heroine, but nonetheless the novel fits this year’s theme superbly.  Our Director Inger Brodey recommends it!

You can help support the Jane Austen Summer Program by ordering these books through AmazonSmile.  Click the image below or bookmark this link  and choose “Jane Austen Summer Program” as your charity of choice, then order these books!

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