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2018 Philip M. Hicks and Susan Snyder Awards

2018 Hicks Prize for Literary Criticism

1st Prize

Anna Weber '19: The (Un)Comfortable Woman: Ugly Feelings in Erika Sánchez’s Poetry

Honorable Mention

Colette Gerstmann '18: A “Disappearing Act “: Jefferson, Chesnutt, and American Invisibility

Willa Glickman '18: Reality at the Point and Periphery in Stevens’ An Ordinary Evening in New Haven

The Hicks prizes are endowed by friends of Philip M. Hicks, former Professor of English and Chairman of the Department of English Literature. 


2018 Snyder Prize for Best Critical Essay by a First-Year Student

1st Prize

Twan Sia ‘21: Wisdom Beyond His Years: A Teen’s Reflection on Negritude

Sarah Wheaton ‘21: Towards an Honest Interpretation:  Cliché and Sarcasm in Eichmann in Jerusalem

Honorable Mention

Shaoni White ‘21: No Place Like Home: Oz as a Template for Imperialist Portal Fantasy

Nicole Liu ‘21: The Evolution of “Snow” in Winter Conception

The Snyder prize is funded by the Department of English Literature in memory of Susan Snyder, distinguished Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature and Chairman of the Department.

More about the Susan Snyder Prize

Susan Snyder was a Renaissance scholar, and a valued teacher in the Department of English Literature at Swarthmore for 24 years.  Her  books include editions of A Winter’s Tale & All’s Well That Ends Well; an edited collection of essays on Othello; the monographs The Comic Matrix of Shakespeare’s Tragedies: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear, 1979; Pastoral Process: Spenser, Marvell, Milton, 1998; and Shakespeare: A Wayward Journey, a collection of essays published posthumously in 2002.  The Snyder prize celebrates her dedication to the scholar’s life as a model for our students’ work in criticism.