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Philip M. Hicks and Susan Snyder Awards

2020 Hicks Prize for Literary Criticism

1st Prize

Reuben Gelley Newman '21: The Violent Apotheosis of Yeats's Swan Imagery

2nd Prize

Lauren Chung '20: Senior Honors Study

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

2020 Snyder Prize for Best Critical Essay by a First-Year Student

1st Prize

Simon Herz '23: All the World's a Stage: Thoughts on the Theme of Theatrics in "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead"

2nd Prize

Sofia Sears '23: Trauma-Time: Emptiness as Witness in Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric

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.


2019 Prizes