“I know – I’ll write my essay proving this scholarly article wrong.” Apparently JASNA thought this was a great idea.
JASNA hosts a competitive essay contest every year, calling for essays based on Jane Austen all over North America. After failing to place once before, I was proud to finally place in 2016.
In order to distinguish myself from the crowd, I decided to write not about the main character, Emma, but by her often-overlooked friend, Harriet. By applying a theory that many were familiar with in regards to Emma, I was able to create an original theory proving that Harriet is worth more examination than she’s given. The happy result: 3rd place in the JASNA 2016 Essay Contest’s graduate division and recognition from JASNA in their media.