The immediate purpose of this short post is to announce and congratulate the winners of our two undergraduate essay prizes. The larger purpose, of course, is to brag on behalf of my department about the terrific work undertaken and completed by our most ambitious students.
So, without further ado...
The Donald Smalley prize goes to Debra Walsh, for her essay " 'That Strange, Wild-Looking Girl': Oliver Wendell Holmes's Elsie Venner and the Nineteenth-Century Conception of Female Mental Health." This project was completed under the direction of Justine Murison.
The Carol Kyle prize goes to Michael Gastiger, for his essay "Violent Dreamworlds: The Logic of Conspiracy in Don DeLillo's The Names," which was completed under the direction of Anustup Basu.
Way to go!
I'd also like to use this post to thank Justine and Anustup, again on behalf of the department, for their admirable work in fostering the creative rigor of our talented students.