Essays

Sheila has been writing, speaking and publishing about Jane Austen, her family and her fiction since 1999:

Fanny Palmer Austen’s Accounts: her Pocket Diary for 1814, The Jane Austen Society Report for 2018: 34-37

“Fanny Palmer Austen: Her Silhouette and Its Significance, The Jane Austen Society Report for 2016:23-27.   

“Among the Proto-Janeites: Reading Mansfield Park for Consolation in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1815,” with Sarah Emsley, Persuasions On-Line 35, no. 1, 2014.

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“Tidings of Comfort and Joy: A Note on Reading Mansfield Park,” Austentations 12, 2012: 35-40. 

“Jane Austen’s Naval Brother Charles in Bermuda, “The Jane Austen Society Report for 2010:37-48.                   

“The Influence of Naval Captain Charles Austen’s North American Experiences on Persuasion and Mansfield Park,” Persuasions 31, 2009: 115-129. 

“Jane Austen’s Naval Brother Charles on the North American Station 1805-1811,” Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society Journal 10, 2007: 25-46.

“Charles Austen’s capture of the French privateer La Jeune Estelle,” The Jane Austen Society Report for 2006: 50-53.

 “Two Naval Brothers, One City: Charles and Francis Austen in Halifax, Canada,” in

Jane Austen and the North Atlantic, ed. Sarah Emsley, Jane Austen Society, June 2006: 9-21.

“Charles Austen: Prize Chaser and Prize Taker on the North American Station 1805-1808,” Persuasions 26, 2004: 188-194.

 “From Puppet to Person: The Development of Catherine’s Character in the Bath Chapters of Northanger Abbey,” Persuasions 20, 1999: 196-206.