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2014 Essay Contest

Winning Entries

Topic: Silence in Mansfield Park

Consider the role of silence in Mansfield Park. Sometimes silence is chosen, sometimes it is forced, and sometimes it just happens. The number of times the narrator remarks that people say nothing is quite surprising, yet the narrator too is silent on important points. And sometimes only the narrator fills the silence on equally important points, especially about Fanny. What do we learn from the silences of Mansfield Park?

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Eric Nye


High School Division

Courtney Carlisle
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

Jessica Connolly
Trinity College
Dublin, Ireland

Kathryn E. Davis
University of Dallas, TX

Susan Durst
Boise Public Schools (retired)
Boise, ID

Norah Glickstein
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON

Kimberly Hughes
Peace Lutheran Academy
Sussex, WI

William G. Lesso
University of Texas
Austin, TX

Jillian Miller
Shoshoni High School
Shoshoni, WY

Laura Novo
Friends Central School
Wynnewood, PA

Susan M. Simpson
Albany County Public Library
(retired), Laramie, WY

Lisa Tyler
Sinclair Community College
Dayton, OH

Judith Umbach
University of Calgary
Calgary, AB

College/University Division

Rosa Beyer
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Elvira Casal
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN

Margarita R. Levin
Stern College, Yeshiva University
New York, NY

Jeanne Talbot
Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA

Karen S. Tipper
Nichols College
Dudley, MA

Susan Weisgrau
Akiba Hebrew Academy (retired)
Merion Station, PA

Graduate School Division

Heather M. Ackerman
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

Patricia H. Michaelson
University of Texas
Dallas, TX

Ellen Moody
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA

Brian Michael Norton
California State University
Fullerton, CA

Sally Palmer
South Dakota School of Mines and
Technology, Rapid City, SD

Kathleen Urda
Bronx Community College