The Graduate Teaching Committee is pleased to announce the top submissions of this year’s Reading and Composition Essay Competition. Winners in each category will receive a $100 prize to recognize their achievements. Essays by the winners and honorable mentions will also be added to an archive of successful work made available to current R&C students. Join us in congratulating the students and instructors listed below!  

Also, many, many thanks to our panel of volunteer judges: Howard Fisher, Tom McEnaney, Ellen Oliensis, Tara Phillips, and Thomas Sliwowski. We couldn’t have made it happen without their generous support, careful eyes, and deliberate judgment!

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Close Reading Winner

Mira Chaplin, “Stranded on the Shores of Self: Isolation and Individualism in Jonathan Franzen’s ‘Farther Away’”

Instructors: Alex Brostoff and Marlena Gittleman

Research Winner

Adriana Weiss, “Monumental Invisibility and Teju Cole’s Intervention in Open City”

Instructors: Emily Laskin and Kyle Ralston

Close Reading Honorable Mentions

Rachel Camarena, “Which Side of Paradise?: Truth and Fiction in Fun Home”

Instructor: Mary Mussman

Michelle Gong, “Sookee and Hideko’s Love: A Space of Transcendence, Transformation, and Rewriting”

Instructors: Laura Wagner and Lo Ferris

Research Honorable Mentions

Saba Moussavian, “The Production of Beyoncé: Formation through Exploitation”

Instructors: Alex Brostoff and Marlena Gittleman

Sarah Reeves, “Beyond the Binary: Queering Passing by Nella Larsen”

Instructors: Alex Brostoff and Marlena Gittleman