Winning Essays for 2013

2013 Essay Topic: Time in Pride and Prejudice

The 2013 Essay Contest topic aligned with the JASNA Annual General Meeting theme, “Pride and Prejudice . . . Timeless”:

Though Pride and Prejudice may be regarded as timeless, nevertheless within the novel Austen plots her time very carefully.  Timing is everything for important relationships and events.  And the characters are deeply connected to the time in which they live, which is both like and unlike our times.  What do we discover about time, times, or timeliness from reading Pride and Prejudice?

High School Division

First Place Winner: Mackenzie A. Broderick, Grover Cleveland High School, Portland, OR
Essay: Time of the Season: Time as an Expression of the Individual in Pride and Prejudice
Mentor: David Hillis
Second Place Winner: Emma M. Brodey, East Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, NC
Essay: Happiness in Marriage: What’s in a Twelve-month?
Mentor: Inger Brodey
Third Place Winner: David G. Yaffe-Bellany, West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North, Plainsboro, NJ
Essay: “The Difficulty of Finding Anything To Do”: Two Conceptions of Time in Pride and Prejudice

College/University Division

First Place Winner: Prashansa Taneja, Jesus and Mary College, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India
Essay: Lovers of Their Time: Untimeliness in Pride and Prejudice
Mentor: Dr. Shobhana Bhattacharji
Second Place Winner: Kelsey M. Satalino, Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, FL
Essay: Pride and Restraint: The Timing of Mr. Collins’s and Mr. Darcy’s Direct Discourse
Mentor: Professor Kathleen Anderson, Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, FL
Third Place Winner: Hannah J. Goddard-Rebstein, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Essay: Time and the Women of Pride and Prejudice
Mentor: Dr. Daria Danylchuck, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

Graduate Division

First Place Winner: Kathryn E. Davis, University of Dallas, Dallas, TX
Essay: “The adieu is charity itself”: One Timeless Feature of Pride and Prejudice
Mentor: Dr. Theresa Kenney
Second Place Winner: Danielle Lucio, Chapman University, Orange, CA
Essay: Punctual to his Time: An Examination of Mr. Collins and Time in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
Mentor: Dr. Lynda Hall
Third Place Winner: Ashlie Flanigan, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, FL
Essay: The Empirical Austen: Finding Nature and Nurture in Pride and Prejudice
Mentor: Dr. Amy Robinson

Honorable Mention

Click here to see a list of the essays awarded “honorable mention.”


Many thanks to all judges of the 2013 Essay Contest.  There were two rounds of judging.  During round one, the judges read all the submissions from students at their judging level and selected the best to go forward to round two.  For round two, the judges read the selected essays at all levels and determined the winners listed above.

Eric Nye, Essay Contest Chair

High School Division

Alicia Costello, The King’s University at Grace-Houston, Texas
Susan Durst, Boise Public Schools (retired), Boise, Idaho
Norah Glickstein, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
Ellen Kanner, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
William G. Lesso, University of Texas, Austin, Texas
Veronica Anne Mayer, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Jillian Miller, Shoshoni High School, Shoshoni, Wyoming
Laura Novo, Friends Central School, Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
Kate Ozment, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Susan M. Simpson, Albany County Public Library (retired), Laramie, Wyoming
Jeanne Talbot, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California
Judith Umbach, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

College/University Division

Heather Ackerman, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Rosa Beyer, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Jessica Gaboriault, Trinity College, Dublin
Jen Hill, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada
Crystal B. Lake, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio
Joan Virginia Melville, Columbia University, New York, New York
Brian Michael Norton, California State University, Fullerton, California
Lisa Tyler, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio
Susan Weisgrau, Formerly of Akiba Hebrew Academy, Merion Station, Pennsylvania

Graduate Division

Patricia H. Michaelson, University of Texas at Dallas, Texas
Sally Palmer, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, South Dakota
Mona Scheuermann, Oakton Community College, Des Plaines, Illinois