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Annual Awards


BEST ESSAY WRITTEN BY AN EMORY GRADUATE STUDENT

Any paper written for an English Department seminar is eligible.  Revisions may be made to papers that have been returned.  Resubmissions are allowed for non-winning entries.  Submit your paper to our Graduate Program Coordinator, Mrs. Shakia Guest-Holloway, who will anonymize all entries to be judged by the Awards Committee.

PAST AWARD RECIPIENTS BY YEAR:

2020:

John Gulledge - "Laughing With/At Cripple in The Fair Maid of the Exchange"

2019:

Joshua Cohen - "That 'great pilot of ancient times': The Dangers of the Moses Complex in Invisible Man"

2018:

Joshua Cohen - "Moses vs. the Masses: Alain Locke, Aesthetic Uplift, and Zora Neale Hurston"

2017:

Rachel Kolb - "The Brain’s ‘Instantaneous Inventions’: Exploring the Discursive Normalcy and Pathology of Mishearings"

2016:

Rachel Kolb - "Seeing Things Invisible to Moral Sight: The Interaction of Melancholy and Blindness in Milton's Poetry"

2015:

Amy Elkins - "The ‘Fibre of Her Being’: H.D.’s Craft Modernism from Egypt to WWII"

HONORABLE MENTION:

Jenny Bledsoe - "Fashioning Fleshly Connections: The Virgin, the Vernacular, and MS Royal 17 A. xxvii"

2014:

Dori Coblentz - "Twins in a Pinch: Pedagogy, Temporality, and Subjectivity in The Comedy of Errors"

HONORABLE MENTION:

Hannah Markley - "Radical Translations: Drugs, Femininity, and the Construction of Textual Perceptibility in Les Paradis artificiels"

2013:

Emily Leithauser - "A History of the Persistence of Memory: Anthony Hecht’s ‘The Book of Yolek’ "

2012:

Amy Elkins - "Art and the Archive: Navigating Trauma in H.D.’s Within the Walls' "

2011:

Margaret Greaves -"'The Old Folks at Home': Communal Homesickness in Irish Blackface Performance "

2010:

Anthony Cooke - "Black Paranoia, Black Politics"

2009:

Alyssa Stalsberg - "The Politics of Feminist Nostalgia in Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebooks"

2008:

Karma De Gruy - "Desiring Angels: The Angelic Body in Paradise Lost"