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Philip M. Hicks and Susan Snyder Essay Prizes

2022 Philip M. Hicks Prize for Literary Criticism

Judged by Ryan Ku.

1st Prize

Mia Reiland '25 for Different, but Beyond That, It's Unclear: Race in "The Tempest" and "Antony and Cleopatra"

2nd Prize

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.


2021 Prizes