Arthur Terry Postgraduate Essay Prize Winners

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. See the Arthur Terry Postgraduate Essay Prize for conditions for entry.

Winners of the Arthur Terry Postgraduate Essay Prize for 2018:

First Prize:  Melanie Xang-Er Tang of King’s College London, for her essay “Cavafy, Baudelaire and Rimbuad: Voyage, Ephemerality and the Pursuit of Meaning”.
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Second Prize: Danny Shanahan of King’s College London, or his essay “Blind Ideology: Cyclopean figures in Invisible Man and Ulysses“.
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Winner of the Arthur Terry Postgraduate Essay Prize for 2017:

William Rees (Goldsmiths, University of London) for “Adventure and Inertia: death, homecoming and glory in The Odyssey”.
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Winner of the Arthur Terry Postgraduate Essay Prize for 2016:

First prize: Susannah Stevenson (UCL) for an essay on ‘(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 an essay on ‘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 an essay on ‘Renewing Minor Literature: Laferrière, Deleuze, and Guattari at the ‘Académie française’’.

Winners of the Arthur Terry Postgraduate Essay Prize for 2015:

First prize: Alexandra Dantzlerward (Queen Mary University of London) for an essay on ‘The Royal Robe of Language: an analogy of translation: Virginia Woolf’s poetic style in ‘The String Quartet’.

Second prize: Leila Essa (Cambridge University) for an essay on ‘Texas Childhood around 2000: Reading Richard Linklater’s Boyhood with Benjamin’.

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Third prize: Alice Paul (UEA) for an essay on ‘Skopos and Spijkerschrift: (Re)presenting “otherness” in the paratexts of books written by ‘Dutch writers of non-Dutch descent’.

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Winners of the Arthur Terry Postgraduate Essay Prize for 2014:

First prize: Yiyi López Gandara (Queen Mary, University of London) for the essay ‘Translation and Solidarity’.

Second Prize:  Rebecca Russell (Goldsmiths, University of London) for the essay ‘The Weaving of Faithful Penelope, Considering the Various Contributions of Homer, Ovid, Boccaccio andChristine de Pizan’.

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Third Prize: Jonathan Rees (Cardiff University) for the essay ‘”What Could Art and Virtue mean to him now, when he might reap the advantages of chaos?” Style in Death in Venice: Mann, Visconti, Britten’.

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Winners of the Arthur Terry Essay Prize for 2013:

First Prize: Daria Wallace (University College London) ‘Desired Endings: Questions of Mortality and Meaning in Apocalypse Fiction’.

Second Prize: Nicola Thomas (University of Nottingham) for the essay ‘Space, Place and time in Durs Grünbein’s Grauzone Morgens and John Ashbery’s Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror’.

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Third Prize: Sarah Roddick (University College London) for the essay ‘The Task of Teeling: A Defence of Third Generation Holocaust Texts through Nathan Englander’s The TumblersNaus and See Under Love.

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