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First Year Writing Prize

The Department of Comparative Literature awards an annual prize for an outstanding student essay written for a Comparative Literature course that meets the First Year Writing Requirement. Student essays of 3,000 words or fewer are eligible. GSI's may nominate up to two essays written for each section of a 100-level Comp Lit First Year Writing course that they have taught over the current calendar year. See the past prize winners below.


2022 Prize Winners

Student: Tyler Berndt 
Essay: "The City of Mereux"
Nominated by: Amanda Kubic
Class: COMPLIT 122-Writing World Literatures, Winter 2021

Student: Kelly Nugent
Essay: "The Murals of Phingbodhipakkiya and the #StopAsianHate movement"
Nominated by: Leonard Bopp
Class: COMPLIT 141-Great Performances, Fall 2021

2021 Prize Winners

 Audrey Tieman
Essay: "Ratatouille the TikTok Musical"
Nominated by: Elisabeth Fertig
Class: COMPLIT 141-Great Performances, Fall 2020

2020 Prize Winners

Mallory Raven
Essay: "Brazil in Tension: Grupo Corpo’s Embodiment of Brazilian Identity"
Nominated by: Elizabeth Boyle
Class: COMPLIT 141-Great Performances, Fall 2019

2019 Prize Winners

Student: Katherine Glad
Essay: “Chuck Too Close”
Nominated by: Duygu Ergun
Class: COMPLIT 122, Fall 2018

2018 Prize Winners

Student: Deryl Long
Essay: “From the Basement Up: Delegitimizing White Property Rights in The Invisible Man”
Nominated by: Alex Aguayo
Class: COMPLIT 122, Winter 2017

Student: Miri Kim
Essay: “Diversifying Conversation and Narratives: How Angels in America Sparked Political and Social Change”
Nominated by: Harry Kashdan
Class: COMPLIT 141, Fall 2017

2017 Prize Winners

Student: Clare Francis
Essay: “Gendered Spaces: The Role of Female Refugees”
Nominated by: Yael Kenan
Class: COMPLIT 122, Fall 2016

2016 Prize Winners

Student: Michelle Abramczyk
Essay: Colonizing Caliban the Man and Monster
Nominated by: Basil Dufallo
Class: COMPLIT 140, Fall 2015

Student: Elizabeth Stanley
Essay: “The Roman Lens: Views on Gender Roles and Nonconformance in Anthony and Cleopatra”
Nominated by: Basil Dufallo
Class: COMPLIT 140, Fall 2015

2015 Prize Winners

Student: Merin McDivitt
Essay: “Cave of the Heart and the Language of the Body”
Nominated by: Richard Pierre
Class: COMPLIT 141, Fall 2014

Student: Yue (Sheila) Xu
Essay: “Redology and Its Authorship Obsession”
Nominated by: William Stroebel
Class: COMPLIT 122, Winter 2015

2013 Prize Winners

Student: Matthew Bell
Essay: “The Operation of Time in the Detective Novel and Story”
Nominated by: Christopher Meade
Class: COMPLIT 122, Spring 2012

Student: Kayoon Jung
Essay: ‘”Saving’ the ‘Other’: A Destructive Mentality”
Nominated by: Ruth Tsoffar
Class: COMPLIT 140, Winter 2013

2012 Prize Winners

Student: Eli Cahan
Essay: "Love, Notre Dame, and John McCain"
Nominated by: Rostom Mesli
Class: COMPLIT 122, Winter 2012

2011 Prize Winners

Student: Oriol Burgos-Tsoffar
Essay: "Human Waste: Existential Thought in 'The Waste Land' and 'Waiting for Godot'"
Nominated by: Tatjana Aleksic
Class: COMPLIT COMPLIT 140, Fall 2011