Philip M. Hicks and Susan Snyder Essay Prizes
2022 Philip M. Hicks Prize for Literary Criticism
Judged by Ryan Ku.
Mia Reiland '25 for Different, but Beyond That, It's Unclear: Race in "The Tempest" and "Antony and Cleopatra"
Dorothy-Rui Corrigan '23 for Alternate Identities in English Language Writing
The Hicks prizes are endowed by friends of Philip M. Hicks, former Professor of English and Chairman of the Department of English Literature.
2022 Susan Snyder Prize for Best Critical Essay by a First-Year Student
Selma Wu '25 for Stalinist Violence and the Creation of the Soviet Subjectivity
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.