Jane Austen's 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.
Who Is Eligible:
Students at the high school, college, and graduate levels.
There will be three winners in each of the divisions. Winners will receive:
Cash scholarships ranging from $250 to $1,000.
Paid registration and two-nights’ lodging for the JASNA Annual General Meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia, October 4 - 6 (first place only).
One-year free membership in JASNA.
Publication of the winning essays on the JASNA website.