Prizes

Prizes for Graduate Students

List of Prize Winners

The Poetry Prizes: All registered students, graduate or undergraduate, may compete for the Academy of American Poets prize (for the best poem or group of poems, unpublished or published in a university magazine), the Cook prize (for the best unpublished poem or group of poems), and the Gordon Barber Memorial prize for poetry. Students may submit up to six pages of poetry. If your poems are many but short it is better to select four to five pages of your best. Submit poetry entries in duplicate. The deadline is in April. For further information, visit the English department’s Undergraduate Prizes page.

The Noah Webster Essay Prize:  The Noah Webster Prize is awarded annually to a graduate student for an essay on some aspect of the English Language. Since we do not regularly offer a graduate seminar in the History of the Language, we have traditionally been very liberal in our judgment of what constitutes an aspect of that subject. An essay that touches in any way on the English language of any period is eligible for submission. To be considered, please submit two anonymous copies of your essay to Jane Bordiere in LC 107 - or email it to jane.bordiere@yale.edu - no later than 4:00 pm on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Please also submit an additional, separate copy of your title page that includes your name and email address. One entry per student.

The Elizabethan Club Award:  The Elizabethan Club at Yale University awards a Prize for the best graduate student term paper or dissertation on a subject of interest to the Club:

  • Outstanding work on literature, arts, or culture of the Renaissance.
  • Outstanding work on interpretations, recreation, or criticism relating to literature, arts, and culture of the Renaissance.
  • Outstanding work based on research done in the Elizabethan Club Library (used at the Beinecke Library).

Work from any department is eligible and nominations can come from faculty, advisors, or the students themselves. The competition is open to all Yale students, regardless of department. They do not need to be members of the Club.
The winner will receive a $1,000 prize.
In order to be considered for this prize, the following deadlines must be met:
By 4:00 pm on Friday, May 12th, 2017: Submit an electronic copy of a completed paper or dissertation by sending it as an email attachment to eliz.club@yale.edu. Please use the subject line “Elizabethan Essay Prize, Graduate Student”. For each submission, a letter of nomination or reader’s report from the department should also be sent to eliz.club@yale.edu. Please use the subject line “Elizabethan Essay Prize, Graduate–Nomination. Papers received after 4:00 pm that day cannot be considered because of the tight deadlines under which the selection committees must operate.

The Departmental Essay Prize for Excellence in Coursework:  This competition is open to all graduate students in our department who have taken course work this year in which they produced essays of which they are especially proud. Entries may be revised from the form in which they were first submitted. To be considered, please submit two anonymous copies of your essay (without instructor’s comments) to Jane Bordiere in LC 107 - or email it to jane.bordiere@yale.edu - no later than 4:00 pm on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Please also submit an additional, separate copy of your title page that includes your name and email address. One entry per student.

The Departmental Prize for the Best Essay Accepted for Publication:  A second competition is open to all graduate students in our department for essays that have been accepted for publication or have actually been published during this academic year (2014-2015). To be considered, please submit two anonymous copies of your essay–providing the name of the journal or book in which the essay is or will be published–to Jane Bordiere in LC 107 - or email it to jane.bordiere@yale.edu - no later than 4:00 pm on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Please also submit an additional, separate copy of your title page that includes your name and email address.

CONGRATULATIONS to the following students who have won departmental and university prizes this year for their excellent work as teachers, poets and literary critics!

2015-2016 Prize Winners

Jordan Brower: Departmental Prize for the Best Dissertation of the Year for “A Literary History of the  Studio System, 1911-1950”

Clio Doyle: Departmental Prize for Excellence in Coursework for her essay, “let us now fish out the reason’: the Book-Fish in and around Seventeenth-Century Cambridge”

Matthew Hunter: Elizabethan Club Award for criticism on a Renaissance topic for his essay, “The Pursuit of Style in Shakespeare’s Drama”

Seo Hee Im: (honorable mention) Departmental Prize for the Best Essay Accepted for Publication for her article, “Between Habbakuk and Lock: Pain, Debt, and Economic Subjectivation in Paradise Lost(accepted for publication in Modern Language Quarterly)

Shu-Han Luo: Noah Webster Prize for work in the history of language for her essay, “Tears for Abraham? The Sacrifice of Isaac in Anglo-Saxon Imagination”

Natalie Prizel: Departmental Prize for the Best Essay Accepted for Publication for her article, “The Dead Man Come to Life Again”: Edward Albert and the Strategies of Black Endurance (forthcoming from Victorian Literature and Culture)

Alexandra Reider: Noah Webster Prize for work in the history of language for her essay, “Charles d’Orleans and His English Books”

Rebecca Rush: Elizabethan Club Award for criticism on a Renaissance topic for her essay, “Licentious Rhymers: John Donne and the Late-Elizabethan Couplet Revival”

Arthur WangDepartmental Prize for Excellence in Coursework for his essay, “Occasion, Situation, Encounter: Citizen: An American Lyric and the Lyric Historical Present”

2014-2015 Prize Winners

Anya Adair: Prize Teaching Fellowship recognizing outstanding performance and promise as a teacher and Noah Webster Prize for work in the history of language for her essay, “Swift, Satire and the Second Person Pronoun”

Jordan Brower: Departmental Prize for the Best Essay Accepted for Publication for his article, “The Mill on the Floss, Riparian Law, and the Difficulty of Judgment” (English Literary History, Vol 83, No 1, 2016)

Andrew Brown: Departmental Prize for the Best Essay Accepted for Publication for his article, “ ‘Being Unseminared’: Pleasure, Instruction, and Playing the Queen in Anthony and Cleopatra (book chapter for Shakespeare and Consciousness, eds. Paul Budra and Clifford Werier, Ashgate, 2016)

Samuel Fallon: Departmental Prize for the Best Dissertation of the Year for “Personal Effects: Persona and Literary Culture in Elizabethan England”

Matthew Hunter: Noah Webster Prize for work in the history of language for his essay, “City Comedy, Public Style”

Anna Shechtman: Departmental Prize for Excellence in Coursework for her essay, “J.D. Salinger’s White Writing: Authenticity and the Tone of Late Capitalism”

Justin Sider: Departmental Prize for the Best Dissertation of the Year for “Parting Words: Address and Exemplarity in Victorian Poetry”

2013-2014 Prize Winners

Andrew Brown: Departmental Prize for Excellence in Coursework for his essay,”’Several Ladies of Quality’: Lillo, the Ladies, and the Reformation of Shakespeare”

Samuel Fallon: Departmental Prize for the Best Essay Accepted for Publication for his article, “Astrophil, Philisides, and the Coterie in Print,” accepted for publication in English Literary Renaissance

Andrew Kraebel: Departmental Prize for the Best Dissertation of the Year and the Theron Rockwell Field Prize for a poetic, literary, or religious work by any Yale student for “English Traditions of Biblical Criticism and Translation in the Later Middle Ages”

Shu-Han Luo: Noah Webster Prize for work in the history of language for her essay, “Prosody and Play: Metrical Artistry in the Exeter Book Riddles

Rebecca Rush: Elizabethan Club Award for criticism on a Renaissance topic for her essay, “Jonson’s Innocent Muse: Female Figures and Authorial Control in Early Modern Drama”

Eric Weiskott: Departmental Prize for the Best Essay Accepted for Publication for his article, “Phantom Syllables in the English Alliterative Tradition,” accepted for publication in Modern Philology and Elizabethan Club Award for for criticism on a Renaissance topic for his essay, “The Durable Alliterative Tradition”

2012-2013 Prize Winners

Andrew Karas: Departmental Prize for the Best Dissertation of the Year for “Visions of Modern Poetry”

Michael Komorowski: Departmental Prize for Best Dissertation of the Year for “The Arts of Interest: Private Property and the English Literary Imagination in the Age of Milton”

Lukas Moe: Departmental Prize for Excellence in Coursework for his essay, “Conspiracy, action, and publicity: Timothy Dwight, Jedidiah Morse, and Charles Brockden Brown”

Tessie Prakas: Elizabethan Club Prize for criticism on a Renaissance topic for her essay, “ ‘Thou art a figurative, a metaphorical God too’: John Donne and the Aesthetics of Exegesis”

Rebecca Rush: Elizabethan Club Prize for criticism on a Renaissance topic for her essay, “ ‘This sweet Laborinth’: Fabrication in John Davies’ Orchestra

Glyn Salton-Cox: Departmental Prize for the Best Essay Accepted for Publication for his article, “Literary Praxis Beyond the Melodramas of Commitment: Edward Upward, Soviet Aesthetics, and Leftist Self Fashioning,” Comparative Literature 2013, Vol 65, No 4: 408-428

Eric Weiskott: Noah Webster Prize for work in the history of language for his essay, “Two Unremarked Alliterative Poems”

2011-2012 Prize Winners

Anya Adair: Noah Webster Prize for work in the history of the language for her essay, “ ‘Lustum’, ‘Estum’ and ‘Wilgeofa’ in Beowulf: Joy as a Metaphor for Volition in Gift-Exchange”

Carla Baricz: Elizabethan Club Prize for criticism on a Renaissance topic for her essay, “Satan Reads Milton: Modes of Romance in Paradise Lost

Jordan Brower: Departmental Essay Prize for Excellence in Coursework for his essay, “Faulkner’s (Critique of) Corporate Authorship”

Christopher Grobe: Departmental Prize for the Best Dissertation of the Year for “Performing Confession: Poetry, Performance, and New Media Since 1959”

Brad Holden: Elizabethan Club Prize for criticism on a Renaissance topic for his essay, “Homer and Heterdoxy: The Epic Tradition and Milton’s Heretical Atonement”

Michael Komorowski: Departmental Prize for the Best Essay Accepted for Publication for his article, “Milton’s Natural Law: Divorce and Individual Property”

Ross Macdonald: Prize Teaching Fellowship for 2012-2013

Justin Sider: Departmental Prize for the Best Essay Accepted for Publication for his article, “Framing Tennyson’s Farewells: Authority and Materiality in ‘Morte d’Arthur’ ”

Eric Weiskott: Noah Webster Prize for work in the history of the language for his essay, “Emendation Metri Causa in the Gawain-Group”

2010-2011 Prize Winners

Michaela Bronstein: Departmental Prize for the Best Essay Accepted for Publication for her article, “The writer is (not) amoral: Conrad’s Persistence in Faulkner,” published in Essays in Criticism (Oxford), October 2011

Jordan Brower: Departmental Essay Prize for Excellence in Coursework for his essay, “The Mill on the Floss, Riparian Law, and the Difficulty of Judgment”

David Currell: Elizabethan Club Prize for criticism on a Renaissance topic for his essay, “Matter of Scorn:  Milton and Satire”

Erica Levy McAlpine: Albert Stanborough Cook Prize for poetry

John Muse: Departmental Prize for the Best Dissertation of the Year for “Short Attention Span Theaters: Modernist Shorts Since 1880”

Eric Weiskott: Noah Webster Prize for work in the history of the language for his essay, “Making Beowulf Scream: Exclamation and the Punctuation of Old English Poetry”

2009-2010 Prize Winners

David Currell: Elizabethan Club Prize for criticism on a Renaissance topic for his essay, “Tamburlaine’s Other Children: Anatomies of War and Heroic Mockery in Shakespearean Drama” 

Samuel Fallon: James A. Veech Prize for his article, “Milton’s Strange God: Theology and Narrative Form in Paradise Lost,” English Literary History, Vol 79, No 1, Spring 2012

Andrew Kau: Elizabethan Club Prize for criticism on a Renaissance topic for his essay, “Boileau and the Fate of the Epic”

Thomas Koenigs: James A. Veech Prize for his essay, “The Commonplace Walden: A Speculative Reading of Thoreau”

Sebastian Lecourt: James A. Veech Prize for his article, “Matthew Arnold and Religion’s Cosmopolitan Histories,” published in Victorian Literature and Culture

Erica Miao: Noah Webster Prize for work in the history of the language for her essay,“ ‘A color’d man an’t got a tongue like oder folk’: Contexts for African-American Dialect Speech in Cooper’s The Spy

Eric Weiskott: Noah Webster Prize for work in the history of the language for his essay,“ ‘Ancestral plains’: spatial poetics in Rigspula and the Old English Rune Poem

2008-2009 Prize Winners

Samuel Cross: James A. Veech Prize for his article, “The Ethics of Tact in The Wings of the Dove,” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 2010, Vol 43, No 3: 401-423

Irina Dumitrescu: James A. Veech Prize for the best dissertation in 2008-2009, “The Instructional Moment in Anglo-Saxon Literature”

Thomas Koenigs: James A. Veech Prize for his essay, “Whatever May Be the Merit of My Book as a Fiction: Instructional Fictionality in Weiland”

Michael Komorowski: Elizabethan Club Prize for criticism on a Renaissance topic for his essay, “Politic History, Impolitic Laws: Tacitism and the Common Law Mind in Measure for Measure

Andrew Kraebel: James A. Veech Prize for his article, “Grammatica and the Authenticity of the Psalms-commentary Attributed to Bruno the Carthusian,” published in Medieval Studies

Ben LaBreche: James A. Veech Prize (honorable mention) for his article, “Espousing Liberty: The Gender of Liberalism and the Politics of Miltonic Divorce,” forthcoming in English Literary History

Hilary Menges: Elizabethan Club Prize for criticism on a Renaissance topic for her essay, “Monuments, Books, and Readers in Milton’s Early Poetry and Prose”

Erica Miao: Mary Cady Tew prize for literature; the James A. Veech Prize (honorable mention) for her essay, “The English Adaptation of Cavalli’s L’Erismena: Opening Moves”; and the Noah Webster Prize for work in the history of the language for her essay, “Sociolinguistic Verisimilitude?  Do-support in Shakespeare’s Early Modern English”

Matthew Mutter: James A. Veech Prize for his article, “Wallace Stevens, Analogy, and Tautology: The Problem of a Secular Poetics,” forthcoming in English Literary History

James Redding: James A. Veech Prize (honorable mention) for his article, “Whitman Unbound: Democracy and Poetic Form, 1910-1927,” forthcoming in New Literary History

Glyn Salton-Cox: Mary Cady Tew prize for literature

Jesse Schotter: Noah Webster Prize for work in the history of the language for his essay, “ ‘Verbivocovisuals’:  James Joyce and the Problem of Babel”

Sarah Van der Laan: James A. Veech Prize (honorable mention) for the best dissertation in 2008-2009, “What Virtue and Wisdom Can Do: Homer’s Odyssey in the Renaissance Imagination”

2007-2008 Prize Winners

Michaela Bronstein: James A. Veech Prize for her essay, “Mirror of Miraculous Silver: Realism, Romance, and Character in Henry James”

David Currell: Elizabethan Club Prize for criticism on a Renaissance topic for his essay, “Counterfactual and Contingency in Paradise Lost”

Annmarie Drury: Noah Webster Prize (honorable mention) for work in the history of the language for her essay, “In Poetry and Translation, Robert Browning’s Case for Innovation

Irina Dumitrescu: Noah Webster Prize for work in the history of the language for her essay, “Bede’s ABC and the Miracle of Language”

David Gorin: James A. Veech Prize for poetry for “Minotaur”

Christopher Grobe: James A. Veech Prize for his essay, “The Scenario of the Relic, the Scenario of the Transitory: Tactile Faith and the Status of the Stage Property in the New York Corpus Christ Play”

Michael Komorowski: Elizabethan Club Prize (honorable mention) for criticism on a Renaissance topic for his essay, “Private Property and the Nature of Marvell’s Republicanism”

Erica Levy: Academy of American Poets Prize for “Stan Reid”

Erica Levy: James A. Veech Prize for poetry for “Stan Reid”

Ross Macdonald: Prize Teaching Fellowship for 2009-2010

Sarah Novacich: Noah Webster Prize for work in the history of the language for her essay, “The Old English Exodus and the Read Sea”

Justin Sider: Gordon Barber Memorial Prize for poetry for “Sebastian van Stork”

Nathan Suhr-Sytsma: Prize Teaching Fellowhip for 2009-2010

William Weber: Noah Webster Prize (honorable mention) for work in the history of the language for his essay, “Translating Poetically: A Note on a Translation of Beowulf” (with translation)