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2020 Essay Contest

Winning Entries

Topic:  Lady Susan and Female Villains in Jane Austen’s Novels

High School Students: Female “villains” in Jane Austen’s novels don’t get away with their bad deeds. Or do they? Discuss at least one female villain from Austen’s major novels and compare her to Lady Susan herself. You may bring in characters from the Juvenilia as well.

Undergraduate/Graduate Students: Is Lady Susan an anti-heroine, villain or heroine? In answering the question be sure to bring in at least one other heroine or female villain from one of Austen’s major novels.

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Meg Levin, Chair
Carol Moss


High School Division

Barbara Burnham
University of Texas
Austen, TX 

Courtney O. Carlisle
The John Dewey Academy
Great Barrington, MA

Jessica Connolly
Trinity College
Dublin, Ireland

Susan Durst
Boise Public Schools (retired)
Boise, ID

Kathleen Flynn

Nora Glickstein
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON

Jeanie Lewis
Loyola University
Chicago, IL

Keiko Parker
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

Deanna Parsi

Sue Scott
Wake County Library 
Raleigh, NC

Gina Sipley
Nassau Community College 
Garden City,  NY

Amy Stallings
College of William and Mary 
Williamsburg, VA

Alisa Thomas
Toccoa Falls College
Toccoa Falls, GA

Lisa Tyler
Sinclair Community College
Dayton, OH

Susan Weisgrau
Akiba Hebrew Academy (retired) 
Bryn Mawr, PA

College/University Division

Caroline Austin-Bolt
University of Texas
Dallas, TX

Lety Banks
University of California 
San Diego, CA

Pauline Beard
Pacific University (emerita)
Forest Grove, OR

Rosa Beyer
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

MarJean Corkran
Enterprise State Community College,
Enterprise, AL

Susan Cotelesse
Northeast Lakeview College 
Universal City, TX

Susan Horowitz
Haverford College 
Haverford, PA

Maria Spray
School for Advanced Research
Santa Fe, NM

Judith Umbach
University of Calgary
Calgary, AB

Graduate School Division

Elaine Bander
Dawson College (retired)
Montreal, QC

Deborah Knuth Klenck
Colgate University
Hamilton, NY

Pat Michaelson
University of Dallas
Dallas, TX