Winning Essays for 2004

2004 Essay Topic: The Changing Worlds of Jane Austen

In the changing world that Jane Austen represents in her novels, there is a gradual movement from rural life and inherited estates to increasing urbanization and mobility.  Select one of Austen’s novels to discuss this change as it affects the construction of the novel, the characters portrayed in the novel, or the themes treated in the novel.  This topic was chosen to relate to the theme of the 2004 Annual General Meeting, which was “Anne Elliot in the City: Interior and Exterior Worlds.”

High School Division

First Prize Winner: Joyce F. Lee, Pleasanton, CA
Essay: True Worth and Second Chances: Social Flexibility in Persuasion
Mentor: Mrs. Mary Bostwick, English teacher, Rochester, NY
Second Prize Winner: Danelle A. Mallen, Glendale, AZ
Essay: The Changing Worlds of Jane Austen
Mentor: Mr. G. Mangin, English teacher, Glendale, AZ
Third Prize Winner: Christopher A. Adams, Warrensburg, MO
Essay: Mobility in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice
Mentor: Mrs. Karen White, English teacher, Warrensburg, MO

College/University Division

First Prize Winner: Lydia C. Newell, Eastern Washington University, Spokane, WA
Essay: “In Smooth Waters All Our Days”: Liminality and Mobility in Jane Austen’s Persuasion
Mentor: Dr. Judy Logan, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA
Second Prize Winner: Jenna A. Simpson, St. Charles, IL
Essay: City Vices, Country Virtues: Competing Value Systems in Mansfield Park
Mentor: Dr. Barbara Bowman, Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, IL
Third Prize Winner: Rebecca N. Arenivar, Hastings, MN
Essay: How Place Influences Anne Elliot’s Development
Mentor: Geri Chavis, College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN

Graduate Division

First Prize Winner: Tara L. Prescott, Claremont Graduate University. Claremont, CA
Essay: Seaworthy Gentlemen: How the Rise of the Professional Class Affects Characters in Persuasion
Mentor: Dr. Stephen Yenser, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Second Prize Winner: Sarah Clair Atkinson, Sycamore, IL
Essay: Catherine Morland’s Unexpected Journey: Negotiating Interior and Exterior Worlds in Northanger Abbey
Mentor: Dr. Ed Niehus, Knox College, Galesburg, IL
Third Prize Winner: Sandra F. Flannigan, Geneva, IL
Essay: The Converging Worlds of Northanger Abbey