2018 Philip M. Hicks and Susan Snyder Awards
2018 Hicks Prize for Literary Criticism
Anna Weber '19: The (Un)Comfortable Woman: Ugly Feelings in Erika Sánchez’s Poetry
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
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
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.