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2019 Essay Contest

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Topic:  Reading in Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey can be described as a book about books. There is, of course, the well-known "defense of the novel,” but characters also discuss their reading habits, name specific novels, and even consider history books. In her works, Austen often makes use of fiction, poetry or plays, either explicitly or indirectly. Explore how she does this in Northanger Abbey. High school students may bring in another Austen novel but are not required to do so; undergraduate and graduate students must bring in one or more additional 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

Becky Dolin
Graham School
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Susan Durst
Boise Public Schools (retired)
Boise, ID

Kathleen Flynn

Nora Glickstein
McMaster University
Toronto, ON

Jeanie Lewis
Loyola University
Chicago, IL

Keiko Parker
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

Alisa Thomas
Toccoa Falls College
Toccoa Falls, GA

Lisa Tyler
Sinclair Community College
Dayton, OH

Karin Wiberg
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

College/University Division

Caroline Austin-Bolt
University of Texas
Dallas, TX

Laura Bloxham
Whitworth University
Spokane, WA

Rosa Beyer
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

MarJean Corkran
Enterprise State Community College,
Enterprise, AL

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