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The Diane Hunter Dissertation Prize is awarded annually for the best dissertation submitted for a Ph.D. in English during the last calendar year.

 

This prize is made possible by the generosity of friends of Diane Hunter. Diane entered the English Ph.D. program in 1986 at the age of 54, after serving as an administrator in the Baldwin School for Girls in Bryn Mawr, PA for several years. She studied 18th- and early-19th-century British Literature, under the advisement of Professor Paul Korshin.

In 1990, Diane took over as Interim Director of the Freshman English program. Her students described her as an energetic, fun, and caring teacher who inspired them. Her professors said she brought maturity, experience and freshness to the English department, both as a teacher and a scholar.

On February 15, 1991, Diane passed away after a short bout with cancer. The Diane Hunter Prize is awarded in her honor to the dissertation that best exemplifies the kind of scholarly rigor and originality for which we remember Diane herself.

Dissertations must be nominated by the Dissertation Supervisor to be eligible, and two letters of support should be sent to the Graduate Chair. Two members of the faculty serving as judges will review the two letters of nomination, a dissertation abstract and table of contents, and one representative chapter of the dissertation, to be chosen by the author.

Submissions are judged during the summer term and the winner is announced at the English Department's annual Collation event in September. A cash prize is included.

 

Read more about Diane's life and work here.

 

Diane Hunter Dissertation Prize Recipients

2022

Ajay Kumar Batra (recipient)

2021

Eve Eure (recipient)

“The Grammar Of Kinship: Black And Native Intimacies In The 19th Century”

2019

Orchid Tierney (recipient)

"Material Poetics: Landfills and Waste Management in Contemporary Literature and Media"

2018

Don James McLaughlin (recipient)

"Infectious Affect: The Phobic Imagination in American Literature"

2017

Jason Zuzga (recipient)

"Uncanny World: Envisioning Nature in Documentary."

2016

Kelly Mee Rich (recipient)

"States of Repair: Institutions of Private Life in the Postwar Anglophone Novel"

 

2015

Marie Turner (recipient)

"Beyond Romance: Genre and History in England, 1066-1400"

2014

Ashley L. Cohen (recipient)

"The Global Indies: Reading the Imaginative Geography of British Empire, 1763-1871"

2013

David Alff (recipient)

"British Writing and the Culture of Projection: 1660-1790"

2012

Sarah Dowling (co-recipient)

"Remote Intimacies: Multilingualism in Contemporary Poetry"

Jennifer Jahner (co-recipient)

"Sacra Jura: Literature, Law, and Piety in the Era of Magna Carta"

2011

Todd Carmody (recipient)

"Intentional Communities: The Public Life of Race in American Literature, 1925-1961"

2010

Rosemary O’Neill (recipient)

"Accounting for Salvation in Middle English Literature"

2009

Joseph Drury (co-recipient)

"Machines, Mechanism and the Making of the English Novel in the Eighteenth Century"

Catherine Nicholson (co-recipient)

"Geographies of English Eloquence"

2008

Dahlia Porter (recipient)

"Knowledge Broken: Empiricist Method and the Forms of Romanticism"

2007

Cyrus Mulready (co-recipient)

"Romancing the Globe: Romance, English Expansion and the Early Modern Stage"

Justine S. Murison (co-recipient)

"States of Mind: The Politics of Psychology in American Literature, 1780-1860"

2006

Jeff Allred (co-recipient)

"American Modernism and Depression Documentary"

Bernard Jaeseong Rhie (co-recipient)

"The Philosophy of the Face and 20th Century Literature and Art"

2005

Michelle Karnes (co-recipient)

"The 'School of Devotion': Imagination and Cognition in Medieval Meditations on Christ"

Juliet Shields (co-recipient)

"Engendering Great Britain: Literary Representations of Anglo-Scottish Relations, 1700-1730"

2004

Mark Rifkin (recipient)

"Manifesting America: Imperialism and National Space, 1776-1861"

2003

Jeremy Braddock (recipient)

"The Modernist Collector and Black Modernity, 1914-1934"

2000

John Leonard Parker (recipient)

God Among Thieves: Marx's Christological Theory of Value and Literature of the English Reformation

1999

William G. Fisher (co-recipient)

Prosthetic Gods: Subject/Object in Early Modern England

Jack Lynch (co-recipient)

The Revival of Learning: The Age of Elizabeth in the Age of Johnson

1998

Stephen Best (co-recipient)

The Subject of Property: Race, Prosthesis, and Possession in American Culture, 1865-1927

Lawrence Warner (co-recipient)

"Cain, Nimrod, and the Erotics of Wandering in Late-Medieval Narrative"

1997

Jonathan Grossman (recipient)

The Art of Alibi: A History of the Novel and the Law Courts

1995

Eric Wertheimer (recipient)

Imagine Empires: Incas, Aztecs and the Columbian Trope in American Literature, 1771-1876

1994

Max Thomas (recipient)

The Practice of Poetry in Early Modern English 

1993

Ellen Gruber Garvey (co-recipient)

Commercial Fiction:  Advertising and Ficiton in American Magazines, 1880s to 1910s

Sandra Sherman (co-recipient)

The Poetics of Trade: Finance and Fictionality in the Early 18th Century 

1992

Andrew Levy (co-recipient)

Free Fiction: Individual and Institutional Visions of the American Short Story, 1842-1982

Jeff Masten (co-recipient)

Textual Rreproduction: Collaboration, Gender and Authorship in Renaissance Drama