The Jane Austen Summer Program is bringing back its popular pub crawl for the fourth year in a row. It’s a great way for attendees to unwind, relax, and meet other Austen fans outside of the usual conference activities!
According to organizer Anne Fertig, the pub crawl allows JASP-ers to “see the best bars that Chapel Hill and Carrboro have to offer, all guided by our graduate student volunteers.” Fertig adds: “It’s even become a bit of a tradition for us to visit the local taco truck after the last bar.”
Our rare-book exhibit at Wilson Library on Thursday, titled “Lost in Context: The Rise of Pride and Prejudice in the Popular Imagination,” aims to tell the story of “Pride and Prejudice” from a uniquely archival perspective. UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student Elizabeth Shand tackled the project at length by curating a number of firsthand sources that fill in what life was truly like during the Regency period and its reception in subsequent eras in England.
“I looked at sources that typify what we think of when we think of Austen – the dancing, the manners, the English countryside, etc.,” Shand says of her methodology. “And a number of original archival materials – such as a dancing booklet, a letter-writing manual, and a recipe book – showcase the aesthetics that are typically preserved in successive adaptations and editions.”
Shand’s collection of sources are key in showing the true nature of the gentry at the time Austen’s works were published. Shand was also able to compare the materials she found with “historical” interpretations of “Pride and Prejudice” in various adaptations over the years to see how well those adaptations stayed true to the period.
But Shand didn’t stop there; she took her research a step further, diving deep into the archives to look for any additional information about the time period that may have been overlooked in previous scholarship.
“I also wanted to look beyond the typical aesthetics of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ to remember the context that is often lost or forgotten,” Shand says. Eschewing the recycled context surrounding Austen’s novels, Shand’s collection aims to bring fresh perspectives and highlight fun new information to help bring Austen’s novel to life.
“Excitingly, we have a number of manuscript materials used by individuals from the 19th century,” Shand adds, ‘and even a doctor’s kit similar to the one that would have been used to attend to Jane Bennet when she fell ill at Netherfield!”
Items like these offer an immersive way to get a feel for the culture Austen highlights in her novels. In discussing the exhibit, Shand also notes how “Pride and Prejudice” in particular was received by the public in the years after Austen’s death, from the succeeding Victorian era to today.
“Austen’s legacy was inalterably changed in the 19th century to emphasize a sense of traditional domesticity,” Shand explains. “However, in my research, I also realized that what is typically left out of Austen’s popular image is her sardonic tone. Therefore, I included many items that are in conversation with her satirical edge.”
To fully color in how Austen’s works were received, Shand noted that several editions of “Pride and Prejudice” on display – including a first edition and a mid-20th-century edition designed for classroom use – help demonstrate how Austen’s cultural legacy has changed over 200 years.
“This year, we also purchased an item particular[ly] for the exhibit,” Shand says. “On display will be the first edition of ‘A Memoir of Jane Austen,’ published in 1870 by her nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh. This work is crucial, as the biography is typically seen as launching the modern fascination with Austen!”
Below, Shand gives us a sneak peek at a few of the items on display, along with her insight on the items she’s curated.
Jane Austen, “Pride and Prejudice.” Boston: Printed for the members of the Limited Editions Club at Merrymount Press, 1940. Rolan McClamroch Collection, The Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“This illustration from a 1940 edition of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ depicts a scene from Lydia’s imagination: multiple officers simultaneously flirting with her. I love this edition because of the odd choice in illustrations. Rather than depicting popular and well-known scenes, only passing allusions or obscure references are pictured.”
James Beresford, “The miseries of human life; or The groans of Samuel Sensitive, and Timothy Testy; with a few supplementary sighs from Mrs. Testy. In twelve dialogues; as overheard by James Beresford.” London: Printed for William Miller, by J. Ballantyne, 1807. The Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“Some past attendees may remember this item from JASP 2017 when penmanship expert Benjamin Bartgis used this hilarious work to contextualize the common annoyances of 18th-century letter writing. This year’s exhibit uses ‘The miseries of human life’ to contextualize some of the common annoyances of living in the country.”
Catherine Wood, née Hodson. “Gedge’s town and country ladies own memorandum book, or, Fashionable companion for the year 1794.” Bury St. Edmund’s: Printed by and for P. Gedge, . The Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“UNC has over 30 years of day-books with meticulous records kept by a woman named Catherine Wood. The woman lived during the same period as Austen and her heroines, and her day-books offer an incredible account of the daily life of a woman from youth through marriage and childbirth. Two of her day-books will be on display: one from her youth, concerned with tea, walks, and even a dance; and one from her adulthood that tracks the travels of her husband.”
EXHIBIT INFO: “Lost in Context: The Rise of Pride and Prejudice in the Popular Imagination” is Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Louis Round Wilson Library on the UNC campus. Find shuttle information here.
Garland Rieman is an intern with the Jane Austen Summer Program.
If you still need to purchase any extras (workshops, T-shirts, etc.), you may do so on-site when you check in.
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With the Jane Austen Summer Program just within our sights, there’s no better time to start thinking about what you plan on eating while you’re here — and Franklin Street in Chapel Hill has become home to many new restaurants in the past year.
That being said, if you’re in the mood to try out some new food options while attending JASP, we’ve got you covered. Here are six new dining locations that you can find right down the road from all of JASP’s main activities (and a few bonus Franklin Street favorites, too)!
Lula’s: Lula’s slogan is “simple food, made the hard way.” With lovely Southern cuisine, you’re sure to keep coming back for the fried chicken, biscuits, and freshly cooked vegetables. 101 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.
Lotsa: If you want a tasty, quick, and customizable personal pizza, give Lotsa a try. In just 150 seconds, you can have you own stone-fired pizza. 100 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.
Hops Burger Bar: Hops sells some of the best burgers in town, and with tons of interesting toppings and combinations, you might find yourself coming back to try them all. 140 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.
B.Good: B.Good serves quality healthy food “with roots.” If you’re in the mood for a burger and fries, you’ll definitely want to check them out. 133 W. Franklin St., Building A-115, Chapel Hill.
The Pizza Press: Pizza Press serves “1920s American Newspaper Themed Pizzas.” With all of the pizzas named after different newspapers, any avid reader will be sure to adore it. 133 W. Franklin St., Suite 120, Chapel Hill.
Frutta Bowl: This new addition to Franklin Street serves delicious fruit bowls, smoothies, and more. Head here if you’re looking for good healthy meal options. 140 W. Franklin St., Suite 120, Chapel Hill.
Top of the Hill: TOPO is a true Carolina classic. In addition to a wide menu of food and beverages, this restaurant and bar offers the best view of Franklin Street. You have to go at least once! 100 E. Franklin St., No. 300, Chapel Hill.
Mediterranean Deli: Medi Deli is home to the best Mediterranean food in town. It has so many food options, you might find it difficult to pick just a few. 410 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.
Sup Dogs: This restaurant is home to great sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, tots, and a classic college-town environment. 107 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.
Carolina Coffee Shop: Coffee, sandwiches, and a classy Carolina environment? Sounds like a perfect meal for any JASP attendee to me. 138 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.
If you want to pick places to eat based off your mood, check out this post from last year’s JASP. If you want to know where to eat right around the hotel, click here — and get ready for some good eats at this year’s JASP!