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English Department Prizes

For more information regarding the listed awards, contact Loretta M. Williams in the English Department at:  loretta@english.upenn.edu. The deadline for submissions varies from year to year, this year's deadline is NOON,
Wednesday, March 22nd 2017.

The Annual Student Essay Prize requirements are the following:

1.  Only one entry per student per prize.  If you enter two contests, you must submit one essay for each contest.

2.  Please do not submit the same essay for more than one prize.

3.  Submit two printed copies of each submitted essay to the Department of English at Fisher-Bennett Hall Suite 127 room 130.  There are no minimum or maximum lengths.

4.  Essays from Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016, and Fall 2015 are eligible.

We can now do on-line submissions please submit your entry below.  If you are applying for more then one contest you need to submit to this link one time per entry.

https://sasupenn.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_blKEPYqTONC150p

 

College Alumni Society Henry Reed Prize

Awarded for the best essay written by an undergraduate on the literature of the English Renaissance.

2017

Emily A. Hoeven (recipient)

Umambiguous Ambiguity

2016

Connie Yu (recipient)

"Performing Painting in the Sonnets of Wroth and Sidney"

2015

Rachel S. Miao (recipient)

2013

Benjamin S Notkin (co-recipient)

"Less Accessible by Extension:  The Theologies of the Poetry of Crashaw, Donne and Herbert"

Eesha V Sardesai (co-recipient)

"Authority Through Contradiction:  Material and Immaterial in Margaret Cavendish's Blazing World"

2012

David E. Dunning (recipient)

Title:  Battered or Battering?  Sexual Roles in Donne's Sonnets

2011

Anne Huang (honorable mention)

Title:  Discontinuous Biblical Reading Practices"

Jessica K. Penzias (recipient)

Title:  Prompt:   Jacobean drama was 'troubled with the mother' - that is, the plays express considerable anxiety about the maternal."  Discuss the representation of motherhood in Jacobean Theater.

2010

Di Lu (honorable mention)

Title: "Shadows in The Garden"

Maxime D. McKenna (recipient)

Title: "An Apology for Difficult Poetry: The Politics of Glossing in Spenser's Shepharde's Calendar"

2009

Yael Landman (honorable mention)
Brooke S. Palmieri (recipient)

2008

Alexandra J. Gibson (recipient)

2005

Alicia Oltuski (1st place)

Dosoretz Family Prize

Awarded annually for the best essay written by a graduating senior English major.

2017

Michaela J. Kotziers (recipient)

The Oppressed Haunts the Oppressor

2016

Sophia J. Lee (recipient)

"Raptus in Wuthering Heights:  the Rape and Theft of Isabella Linton"

2015

Caroline M. Yost (recipient)

"Politicizing the 'Real':  The Representation of Class in The Road to Wigan Pier and Housing Problems (1935)"

2014

Kevin M Hudson (co-recipient)

"Adapting the Aesthetic Encounter:  Lech Majewski's The Mill and the Cross (2011) as an Enframement of the Art Museum Experience" (2013)

Seth A Simons (co-recipient)

"Streams Gush Down the River:  The Lyric Moment and Epic"

2013

Michael S King (recipient)

"For Unspeakable Reasons:  Humming as Improvisation"

Rivky (Jennifer) Mondal (honorable mention)

"Performing Oneself:  The stage of the theatrical persona in Ross McElwee's essay film, "Sherman's March"

2012

Caitlin M. Drummond (recipient)

Title:  'Minds unhing'd from old faith and love': Self-Forgetfulness, Memory and Social Redemption in the Works of George Eliot.

Deven M. Parker (honorable mention)

Title:  Re-rewriting the Gothic:  Christabel and the Lucy Poems

2011

Valeria A. Tsygankova (recipient)

Title:  "The Philosophers and the Animals":  Opening gaps in reason with teh inarticulate voice.

2010

Stephen W. Krewson (co-recipient)

Title: "Putting the Salt Back Inside Sozaboy"

Jessica B. Wolfe (co-recipient)

Title: "'Do Thyself No Harm!' Suicide in Richardson's Clarissa and Eighteenth-Century Religious Discourse"

2009

Mary Kathryn Miller (honorable mention)
Alicia G. Puglionesi (recipient)

2008

Richard Z. Lee (recipient)

2007

Caitlin M. Charos (honorable mention)
Sara E. Gorman (recipient)

2005

Thomas C. Lay (1st place)

L. Barry Pick Prize for Best Undergraduate Thesis

Awarded annually for the best thesis written by a student in the English Honors Program.  The deadline is usually end of March; interested students should contact the English Honors Director with questions.

2017

Rebecca E. Pritzker (co-recipient)

"Sensing Sensibility:  Jane Austen's Pedagogical Sympathy"

Nayeli Riano (co-recipient)

 Introduction to "Pastorcillos", or "Little Shepherds:"  Exploring a Miscellaneous Manuscript Book from Spain's Early Modern Period

2016

John D Baranik (co-recipient)

"Temporality and Choice in Milton's Middle Sonnets"

Gabriel A. Ojeda-Sague (co-recipient)

"'Another, Then Another':  Gay Male Orgy and Political Futurity"

2015

Carolina I Ortiz (co-recipient)
Julia A Rossi (co-recipient)

2014

Matthew J Fernandez (co-recipient)

"Re-enacting Self, State and Trauma:  Civil War Memory and John Brown's Body 1913-1964:

Brittney P Joyce (honorable mention)

Trawing in Silences:  Intimacy and Authority in the Writing of Junot Diaz

Hannah G Van Sciver (co-recipient)

Quoting Poetry in Contemporary Drama:  Poetry as Resurrection, and Redemption from Death

2013

Alexa M Bryn (recipient)

"The Politics of Crosshatching:  Formal Hybridity in Natasha Trethewey's Native Guard"

2012

Steven R. Green (honorable mention)

Title:  "Out of the Past and onto the Screen:  Christopher Nolan and Blockbuster Noir"

Rebecca A. Levine (recipient)

Title:  "Remains Without Remaining':  Trauma and Melancholia in the Design, Construction, and Destruction of Holocaust Memorials."

2011

Trisha Y. Low (co-recipient)

Title:  "Guts:  On Jack Spicer, Robin Blaser, and a Poetics of Masochism"

Valeria A. Tsygankova (co-recipient)

Title:  "Representing Church and State:  Paratexts of the Authorized Elizabethan Bible"

2010

Maxime D. McKenna (recipient)

Title: "In the Wake of a Fair Use Trial: Incest, Citation and the Legal Legacy of Finnegans Wake"

2009

Brooke S. Palmieri (recipient)
Benjamin J. Wiebracht (recipient)

2008

Meghan M. Daly (honorable mention)
Stephen R. McLaughlin (honorable mention)
Cynthia L. Padera (recipient)

2005

Willa Rohrer (co-recipient)
Amir Shachmurove (co-recipient)

2004

Lynn Huang (recipient)

2003

Sharon Fulton (recipient)

2002

Sara Murphy (co-recipient)
Brenner Thomas (co-recipient)

Nancy Rafetto Leach Sweeten Prize

Awarded annually for the best undergraduate essay on American Literature.

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2017

Natalie V. Burke (recipient)

'Not Essentially Different From [Her] Sex:'  A Literary Reading of the Rebecca Buckley Ferguson Letters

Sean W. Gill (honorable mention)

A Broken Hallelujah:  A critical addendum to Brodtkorb's "Selfhood and Others"

2015

Soomin (Suzy) Kim (recipient)

2014

Rachel S. Miao (recipient)

Syntax and Strangeness in Whitman's "Vigil Strange I Kept on the Field One Night"

2013

Janet A Chow (recipient)

Welty and the Tramp:  The Formation of Loneliness in Eudora Welty's 'The Hitch-Hikers'

2012

David E. Dunning (recipient)

Title:  "Cantorian and Beautiful"  Pragmatic Abstraction in David Foster Wallace

2011

Anusha M. Alles (recipient)

Title:  "I'm sane, you're not":  Possibilities and Paradox of Passing in Charles Johnson's Oxherding Tale"

2010

Victor X. Gamez Barrera (co-recipient)

Title: "Love in Black-American Prison Literature"

Jessica B. Wolfe (recipient)

Title: Identifying "The Thing Not Named": Narrative Absence and Consumer Culture in Cather's The Professor's House

2009

Joshua B. Bennett (recipient)

2008

Alexandra J. Gibson (recipient)

Phillip E. Goldfein Class of 1934 Shakespearean Prize

Awarded for the best undergraduate paper on Shakespeare.

2017

Emily A. Hoeven (recipient)

John Gower:  Narration and Theatricality in Shakespeare's Pericles

2016

Nathan S May (recipient)

"Caressing the Rabble:  Richard II and Theatricality, 1598-1773"

2015

Nathan S May (recipient)

2014

Rachel Del Valle (honorable mention)

Whose Hamlet Is It Anyway?  Clueless, Reality Bites and Redefining Popular Culture in the Generation X

Seth A Simons (recipient)

"Realistic and Not Imagined:  Medieval Illusion in Hamlet"

2013

Michael R Scognamiglio (recipient)

"Maintaining Homeostasis:  London and the Bodily Threat"

2012

Jenny Chung (recipient)

Title:  "Variant Configurations of Kingship in Q and F Lear"

2011

Jenny Chung (recipient)

Title: "Shakespeare's Lives: Anthony, Cleopatra, and Appropriation"

2010

Whitney Bounty (honorable mention)

Title: "The Art of Life: Artistic Mimesis and Biological Reproduction in the Works of Ovid and Shakespeare"

Di Lu (recipient)

Title: "Very tragical mirth": Ovidian Desire in A MIdsummer Night's Dream

2009

Alyssa Sclafani (recipient)
Caleb Y. Yap (honorable mention)

2008

Kevin M. Kimura (recipient)

2005

Sara E. Gorman (co-recipient)
Yelena Litvinov (co-recipient)

Rittenberg Prize for Best Undergraduate Student in English

Awarded annually for overall excellence and achievement by a Senior English Major.

2017

Liza M Davis (recipient)

2016

Soomin (Suzy) Kim (recipient)

Rittenberg Prize winner and Flag Bearer.

2015

Rachel S. Miao (recipient)

2014

Jessica Bergman (co-recipient)
Olivia Rutigliano (co-recipient)

2013

Anya K Lichtenstein (recipient)

2012

David E. Dunning (recipient)

2011

Kaneesha C. Parsard (recipient)

2010

Dalglish Chew (recipient)

2009

Sarah G. Cantin (recipient)

2008

Richard Z. Lee (recipient)

2007

Maayan P. Dauber (recipient)
Amro K. Suboh (co-recipient)

2006

Kathryn Fleishman (recipient)

2001

Greg Steirer (recipient)