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2022 Essay Contest

Winning Entries

Topic: Sense and Sensibility

Family relations loom large in this novel, and Austen has more than one story to tell, with four sets of siblings and notable mothers. We invited students to submit essays about the relations between siblings or pairs of siblings, relations between mothers and their offspring, or the characteristics (apart from sense and sensibility) embodied by a related or unrelated pair. 

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Meg Levin, Chair
Carol Moss


Patricia Ard
College of New Jersey
Mahwah, NJ

Elaine Bander
Dawson College (retired)
Montreal, QC

Pauline Beard
Pacific University (emerita)
Forest Grove, OR

Rosa Beyer
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

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

Jessica Connolly
Trinity College
Dublin, Ireland

MarJean Corkran
Enterprise State Community College Enterprise, AL

Becky Dolin
Graham School
University of Chicago Chicago, IL

Rebecca Duncan

Susan Durst
Boise Public Schools (retired)
Boise, ID

Judith Elson

Rose Engelfried

Mayra Garcia
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Charlotte, NC

 Kelly Helm
Washington & Jefferson College Washington, PA


Deborah Knuth Klenck
Colgate University
Hamilton, NY

Jeanie Lewis
Loyola University
Chicago, IL

Keiko Parker
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

Taya Sazama
University of South Dakota
Vermillion, SD

Sue Scott
Wake County Library
Raleigh NC

Sarah Shepherd

Gina Sipley
Nassau Community College
Garden City, NY

Maria Spray

Amy Stallings
College of William and Mary 
Williamsburg, VA

Alisa Thomas
Toccoa Falls College
Toccoa Falls, GA

Lisa Tyler
Sinclair Community College
Dayton, OH

Judith Umbach
University of Calgary
Calgary, AB

Chris Wilkes
Pacific University (emeritus) 
Forest Grove, OR