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2015 Essay Contest

Winning Entries

Topic: Living in Jane Austen’s World

Examine a single Jane Austen novel or several and show different ways characters engage with their culture, views, mores, or living conditions. How does participation in their world affect each character’s development? You might look at how a character approaches material culture, physical or emotional space, interpersonal relations, social class, wealth, or gender. You may consider elements of Jane Austen’s world that have inherently negative or positive influences on characters and events in the novels.

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Eric Nye


High School Division

Lety Banks
University of California
San Diego, CA

Curtis Crauder Bowman
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

Barbara Burnham
University of Texas
Austin, TX

Courtney Carlisle
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

Jessica Connolly
Trinity College
Dublin, Ireland

MarJean Corkran
Enterprise State Community
College, Enterprise, AL

Becky Dolin
Graham School, University of
Chicago, Chicago, IL

Susan Durst
Boise Public Schools (retired)
Boise, ID

Sheila M. Farr
Indiana University of PA
Indiana, PA

Amy Fugazzi
Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY

Norah Glickstein
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON

Jeanie Hoffmann Lewis
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL

Kimberly Hughes
Peace Lutheran Academy
Sussex, WI

Lisa Lintner-Sizemore
Louisville Free Public Library
Louisville, KY

Veronica Mayer
Yale University
New Haven, CT

Jillian Miller
Shoshoni High School
Shoshoni, WY

Susan Multanen
Boise State University
Boise, ID

Laurie  Novo
Friends’ Central School
Wynnewood, PA

Keiko Parker
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

Maria Spray
Saint John’s College
Santa Fe, NM

Alisa Thomas
Toccoa Falls College
Toccoa Falls, GA

Mildred Tilley
Emory University
Atlanta, GA

Lisa Tyler
Sinclair Community College
Dayton, OH

Judith Umbach
University of Calgary
Calgary, AB

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

Karin Wiberg
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

Carol L. Wright
Boston University School of Law
Boston, MA

College/University Division

Pauline Beard
Pacific University (emerita)
Forest Grove, OR

Rosa Beyer
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Inger Brodey

University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC

Elvira Casal
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN

Robert Gordon
University of Calgary
Calgary, AB

Hilary K. Justice
Illinois State University
Normal, IL

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

Hina Nazar
University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign, IL

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

Jeanne Talbot
Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA

Rhoda Trooboff
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Kathleen Urda
Bronx Community College

Graduate School Division

Heather M. Ackerman
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ

Kathryn E. Davis
University of Dallas
Dallas, TX

Deborah Knuth Klenck
Colgate University
Hamilton, NY

Patricia H. Michaelson
University of Texas
Dallas, TX

Ellen Moody
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA

Mona Scheuermann
State University of New York
Stony Brook, NY