The British Comparative Literature Association offers an annual prize for an essay written in English on any aspect of comparative literature in memory of Arthur Terry (1927–2004), who served as President of the BCLA for many years. Arthur Terry was Emeritus Professor in the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre Studies at the University of Essex, and one of the world’s most distinguished critics of Catalan literature for which he received many awards. He was a champion of comparative literature and translation studies (read his obituary in the Guardian).
The aim of the Arthur Terry Postgraduate Essay Prize is to recognise work of outstanding merit at Master’s level. There are three prizes of £100, £50, and £30 and the winning entrants are also given one-year free BCLA membership.
The winners of the 2016 prize will be announced at the BCLA Postgraduate Reception to take place on 7 November 2016. The jury, which consisted of members of the BCLA Executive Committee, has awarded the following:
First prize: Susannah Stevenson (UCL) for “(Artificial) silk girls: Silk as a social signifier in the changing consumer societies of Émile Zola’s Au Bonheur des Dames and Irmgard Keun’s Das kunstseidene Mädchen”.
Second prize: Hajer Gam (UCL) for “Death, Life and Love as forms of consumption in Emile Zola’s Au Bonheur des Dames and Thérèse Raquin”.
Third prize: Benjamin Mappin-Kasirer (Oxford) for “Renewing Minor Literature: Laferrière, Deleuze, and Guattari at the ‘Académie française’”.
We congratulate them all for their success.
Winning entries are eligible for publication in full on the website.
* All essays will be published under a Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 on the BCLA website unless otherwise stated.