Making History Come Alive


Jane Austen & Co. is a free public book group devoted to reading texts written by historical female authors. Part of the Jane Austen Summer Program, our mission is to bring engaging and informative humanities programming to local libraries within the Triangle Region of North Carolina and beyond.

Each session of Jane Austen & Co.'s library series focuses on a different text written by a woman in the eighteenth or early nineteenth century, including Maria Edgeworth, Phillis Wheatley, and Mary Wollstonecraft. We also organize interactive events exploring specific cultural elements within the works of Austen, such as games, dining, and social customs of the Regency era.

Starting in the Summer, 2020, Jane Austen & Co. is offering a series of online webinars and discussions featuring experts on aspects of the material culture and domestic history of the Regency. The series, entitled "Staying Home with Jane Austen," is expected to last until the end of 2020.


All of our programs are free and open to the public!


Inger Brodey


Inger S.B. Brodey  is an Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Affiliate Professor of Asian Studies, Adjunct Professor of Global Studies, and Director of the Office of Distinguished Scholarships. Her primary interest is in the history of the novel in late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Europe and Meiji Japan, and she has published extensively on Jane Austen. She is co-founder and co-director of the Jane Austen Summer Program.

Anne Fertig


Anne Fertig is currently a doctoral student in English Literature at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has been a long-time volunteer with the Jane Austen Summer Program and developed Jane Austen & Company in 2019. She was a former Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar at the University of Glasgow  and the co-editor of A Song of Glasgow Town: The Collected Poems of Marion Bernstein.

Eddie Yang


Eddie is a PhD Student at UNC Chapel Hill. His research interests include the history of the novel, narrative performance, and authenticity. Drawing from British novels of the Long Eighteenth Century and Twentieth Century American novels, he hopes to produce a project that examines how writers and readers interact--and experiment with--existing genre traditions. 

Emily Sferra


Emily Sferra is a graduate student and teaching fellow at UNC. She is working on her doctorate in English literature and a certificate in women's and gender studies. She is interested in the gender politics of nineteenth-century British women writers, and the publishing history of their novels. Each year, she helps with UNC's Jane Austen Summer Program. 

Sarah Walton


Sarah Walton is a PhD student concentrating on the long 19th century. Her research interests include British Romanticism, Austen studies, fan cultures and fandoms, and travel studies. She has recently begun exploring possibilities within the digital humanities.

Don Holmes


Don Holmes is a PhD student in English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests are in early African American literature, specifically the 18th and early 19th centuries. His dissertation explores early black writers of their methods in critiquing and subverting systems of racial geographies (institutions of white supremacy).


Jane Austen & Co.


c/o Department of English and Comparative Literature

Campus Box 3520
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-3520

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