Helen G. Scott Prizes

2016-2017

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on pre-1830 Literature

Payton Danner
"Between Vulnerability and Strength: On the Woman's Poetry of Epistolae Duorum Amantium"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Research Paper on Literature

Anna Kubacsek
"Heart of Darkness: The Contact Zone Betweeen Orality and Literacy"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on British Literature

Solveig Herzum
"The Game of Love and War"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on American Literature

Zining Mok
"Duets Across Space and Time: Beloved as a Postracial and Postcolonial Text"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Literature and New Media

Vivian Zhu
"Aesop's Fables: A Digital Remediation"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on Global English

Ann Ho
"To See the Rainbow: The Postcolonial Pastoral in Gcina Mhlophe's Sometimes When it Rains"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on Literary Criticism & Theory, Co-winner

Mingxia Lim
"Confronting the Present: Depictions of Millennial Berlin in Contemporary German Film"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on Literary Criticism & Theory, Co-winner

James Amick
"How the Enemy Feels Pain: Coping (or Not Coping) with Trauma in 'Redeployment' and 'The Corpse Washer'"

Helen G. Scott Prize for First-year Seminar Paper, First Place

Benjamin Lewis
"The Question of Monstrosity in Marie de France's Bisclavret"

Helen G. Scott Prize for First-year Seminar Paper, Second Place

Maxine Whitely
"Pinpricks"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Fiction, First Place

Nicole Wallace
"From One Generation to the Next"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Fiction, Second Place

Rex Shannon
"As the Din Raged On"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Fiction, Third Place

Katherine Swanson
"Good Company"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Literary Media

Sylvana Caruso
"Beanperson"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Creative Nonfiction Essay, First Place

Isabella Procassini
"My Mother's Children"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Creative Nonfiction Essay, Second Place

Mahalia Sobhani
"Quality Alternation"

2015-2016

Helen G. Scott Prize for Literature and New Media

Mackenzie Broderick
"Damsels Causing Distress: Reimagining Medieval Womanhood"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on British Literature

Phillip Trautlein 
"The 'Ineluctable Visuality' of the Advertiser: Bloom's Visuality of Gerty's Femininity in Ulysses's 'Nausicaa'"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on American Literature, first place

Marissa Ferrara 
"Man vs. Genre: Vincent Vega as Pulp Fiction's Tragic Hero"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on American Literature, second place

Payton Danner 
"It Would not Even Need a Skull: Reading Perception, Deception and Race in the Photographic World of William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom!

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on Pre-1798 Literature

Marie Peeples 
"In Lust They Burn: Pre- and Postlapsarian Sexuality in Paradise Lost"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on Literary Criticism and Theory

Noam Shemtov 
"As Word Becomes Spirit: Mimesis, Tragedy and the Modern Theology of Middlemarch"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Haley Boston 
"Paul, The Pool Boy"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Creative Nonfiction Essay, first place

Julia Clark-Riddell 
"Lizardwoman Seeks Treeman"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Creative Nonfiction Essay, second place

Nastasya Popov 
"The Mother Art"


 

2014-2015

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Research Paper on Literature

Will Ejzak 
"Hideously Incompatible: Solipsism and Gendered Selfhood in the Fiction of David Fodter Wallace"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Research Paper on Literature

Hannah Bredar 
"Prospero's Crucible: Failures of Alchemy and Colonialism in The Tempest"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Research Paper on Literature

Carly Bluth 
"Ecocriticism, Entropy, and the Gothic in Poe's Fiction"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Research Paper on Literature

Jessica Bickel-Barlow 
"Maiden Texts: Female Sexuality and Male Authorship in William Shakespeare and John Fletcher"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on British Literature

Karen Gwee 
"Fighting Anthropomorphism in the Stories of Reynard the Fox"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Shuoyang Sun 
"Lionfish"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on Literary Criticism and Theory

Jason Richman 
"Sexual Landscapes in the Cinema: An Analysis of Ilinx, Mimesis, and Symbolic Sexuality in DreamWorks' How to Train Your Dragon."

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Creative Nonfiction Essay

Emily Fishkin 
"The Body Electric: Music, Electricity, and the Search for Agency in Ellison's The Invisible Man"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Creative Nonfiction Essay

Katherine Koller 
"Enjoying Sex Ed"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Creative Nonfiction Essay

Arabella Watters 
"Nostomania"

 

2013-2014

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on Literary Criticism and Theory

Amrit Trewn
"Activating Hybridity to Unsettle the Colonial-Order-of-Things"

Best Critical Essay in American Literature

Mitchell Zhang
"Shapely Legs, Patriotism, and Rotten Apples: The False Dichotomy of Generational Conflict"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on Global English

Ezra Olson
"'A Shared Imaginary': Sea of Poppies and Transnational Community"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Research Paper on Literature

Nicole Sheriko
"Playing the Audience: Theatrical Power and Audience Participation in The Tempest"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on Pre-1798 Literature

Manal Saleh
"On Doctor Faustus's Damning Act"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on British Literature

Breanna Lucas
"Lost in Displacement: Unstable Moral Markers in Tess of the D'Urbervilles"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Creative Nonfiction Essay

Jivin Misra
"The Place Between"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Creative Nonfiction Essay

Jonathan Gleason
"Runs in the Family"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Creative Nonfiction Essay

Ryan Chung-Ying Yang
"My Model Minority"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Ezra Olson
"The Love Song from Apartment 7A"

2012-2013

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on American Literature

Benjamin Ratskoff 
"Darkening Gleams of Whiteness"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on American Literature

Ezra Olson 
"To Die Yes To Die Yes To Die: Echo and Experience in Absalom! Absalom!"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on American Literature

Rachel Kaplan 
"A Story of Life and Death: Nature and Memory's Shared Paradox in Housekeeping"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Creative Nonfiction Essay

Bryan Jewell
"On Flesh"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Creative Nonfiction Essay

Kendra Vaculin
"Midtown"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Creative Nonfiction Essay

Jared Gilmour
"The Mound Builders"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on Global English

Nicole Bronnimann
"A 'very special kind of spoleology': Assia Djebar's Theory of History in Fantasia, and Algerian Cavalcade"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Research Paper on Literature

Sarah Ratner
"A Very Inevitable Thing: The Evolution of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's Starting from San Francisco as a Multimedia Object"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on Pre-1798 Literature

Patrick Harrington
"Hybridity and Tradition"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on British Literature

Erin Nelson
"Peculiar Expectations: Endings for Racial Others in Victorian Melodrama"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Travis Steele 
"Muck"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Breanna Lucas 
"Home Sick"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

William Hamel 
"Palouse Hills"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Nicole Bronnimann 
"Big Heart"

   

2011-2012

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on Literary Criticism and Theory

Sophia Lipov 
"Technology: Our Long-Lost Twin?"

Best Critical Essay in American Literature

Maeve Wall 
"Devoted Until the End: Religiosity in James' Portrait of a Lady."

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Creative Nonfiction Essay

Carolyn Highland 
"Parentage"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Creative Nonfiction Essay

Shaunacy Ferro 
"My Grandmother Wore Pants to Her Wedding"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Nadia Hlebowitsh 
"Ghost Train"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Brendan Scannell 
"Greeks"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Creative Essay

Priyanka Bose
"Paper Butterflies"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on Global English

Brenna Scheving
"Baggage: Reflecting and Directing Desire in Kafka's The Missing Person and Mendele Moykher-Sforim's The Travels of Benjamin the Third"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Research Paper on Literature

Ryan Lafferty
"Atget's Animation of Stillness: The Life of the Still"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Research Paper on Literature

Annabel We
"Misery of Remorse and Miserly Economy: An Analysis of Agenbite of Inwit and Amor Matris in James Joyce's Ulysses"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on Pre-1798 Literature

Laura Jok
"Authorship and Authority: Adam's Poetic Autonomy in Prelapsarian and Postlapsarian Paradise"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on American Literature

Maeve Wall
"Devoted Until the End: Religiosity in James' Portrait of Lady"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on British Literature

Degen Gottlieb
"Lightening and Marble: The Shattered Virtual and the Moment of Art in George Eliot's Middlemarch"
   

2010-2011

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on Literary Criticism and Theory

Megan Crognale 
"The Open: The Abyss within Kafka's Josef K, the Officer and Red Peter"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on Literary Criticism and Theory

Anna Alber 
"'Forgetting the Ground': Kafka's Musicology in Josephine the Singer and Investigations of a Dog"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on Pre-1798 Literature

Emma Martell
"Feste's Unexpected Profit in Twelfth Night"

Best Critical Essay in American Literature

Lindsey Kundel 
"'Our White Girlhood was Passed Together': Daisy and Jordan's Possibilities of Passing and Identity as Performance."

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Creative Nonfiction Essay

Aaron Frumkin 
Meditative Essay: "The Evolution of Flaw"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Creative Nonfiction Essay

Abraham Benson-Goldberg 
Lyric Essay: "Too Grand a Sacrifice"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Hayley Stevens 
Voice in Fiction: "Bingoland"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Steven Koteff 
Innovative Narrative in Fiction: "Great America"

Excellence in Creative Writing

Maya Walker

 

2009-2010

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on Literary Criticism and Theory

Kati Skelton 
"Erasing Ideology, Silending the Oppressed: The Paradoxical Exclusivity of Epistemic Inquiry"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on American Literature

Kate Brody 
"How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm?" "The Myth of Rural Simplicity in the Writings of Thomas Jefferson and Frederick Douglass."

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on American Literature

Lindsey Kundel 
"'This Song is...Broken': Kerouac's Making and Breaking of Art and Life."

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on American Literature

Tara Garcia Mathewson 
"Physical Representations of Marginalization in Their Dogs Came with Them"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Creative Nonfiction Essay

Andrew Greenberg 
New Voice in Creative Nonfiction: "Images from an Abyss"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Creative Nonfiction Essay

Angela Mears 
Creative Nonfiction: "Kinds of Hunger"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Evan Rausch 
Voice in Fiction: "Tissue Analysis"

Excellence in Creative Writing

Alberto Roldan

Excellence in Creative Writing

Anna Kahane

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Research Paper

Hanna McKeeen
"Helen of Troy and Maud Gonne: The Dichotomy of Beauty and Violence in Yeats"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Essay in Pre-1798 Literature

Maxwell Allison
"When Cozening Doesn't Cut it: Lyly's Gallathea and Labor in the Early Modern pastoral"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Essay in Pre-1798 Literature

Joshua Wall
"Meaning and Myth: Translating the Fourth Stasimon of Oidipous Turannos"

2008-2009

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Creative Nonfiction Essay

Angela Mears 
Creative Nonfiction, New Voice: "Motherland"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Creative Nonfiction Essay

Alberto Roldan 
"Gran Torino"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Creative Nonfiction Essay

Joshua Wall 
"What it Was Like, Listening to Their Voices."

Fiction

Maxwell Allison 
Voice in Fiction: "Punchline"

Fiction

Andrew Greenberg 
Narrative in Fiction: "The Brief Family"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Nicole Roth 
"Playing Leaster"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Penny Yeung 
"Bodies in Shrines"

 Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Research Paper

Elizabeth Weber
"The Redemption of Eve"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Essay in Pre-1798 Literature

Madeline Weinstein
"Adam and Eve: 'A Marriage of True Minds'? The Politics of Marriage in Paradise Lost"

2007-2008

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on Literary Criticism and Theory

Rebecca Kupferberg 
"Union with the Other through Death & Chaos"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Research Paper

Lucy Hill
"Chaucer, The Prioress, & the Jes: Testing the Limits of Marian Mercy"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on Pre-1798 Literature

Troy Nee
"Visions of Past, Present, and Future: Hell in Virgil, Dante, and Milton"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on Literary Criticism and Theory

Nanette O'Brien 
"Edenic Thresholds: Myth Ritual and Elegy in Modernist Gardens"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on American Literature

Samantha Goldstein 
"The Narrative Gaze in The Company She Keeps."

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Creative Nonfiction Essay

Willy Nast 
"Double-U, Eye, El, El, Why?"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Sean Quadlin 
Voice in Fiction: "I Can Help You"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Joseph Drain 
Narrative in Fiction: "Throwing Hard"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Erika Reid 
"This For You Is All I've Done"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Caroline Pinkston 
"Bringing Back Bird"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

William Mullen 
"In Four"

 

2006-2007

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on Literary Criticism and Theory

Troy Nee 
"The Silence of Subatternity"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on Literary Criticism and Theory

Rebecca Kupferberg 
"Imperialist Dogma and The Rhetoric of Cultural Supremacy: Enfreakment and Womanhood in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on American Literature

David Lassiter 
"Truth, Knowledge, and the Problem of Philosophy in 'The Try-Works.'"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on American Literature

Mary Lin 
"Nature and the City of Chicago Literature."

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

J. C. Longbottom 
Fiction, Co-winners: "Walking through Badlands National Park"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Daniel Gross 
Fiction, Co-winners: "Counting Leaves on New Year's Eve"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Jeffrey Appelbaum 
Voice in Fiction: "Bang Bus"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Ying Zhu Chin 
Dialogue in Fiction: "The I.C. in the Green Wallet"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Nicholas Giles 
Narrative in Fiction: "Retire"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Jared Davidson 
Innovation in Fiction: "Looking for Athena"

2005-2006

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on American Literature

Shelley Kahn 
"Are You Being Served?: The Role of Servants in Elizabeth Stoddard's The Morgesons."

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Creative Nonfiction Essay

Alissa Anderson 
"My Heart is Full of Rust "

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Vivian Shan 
Fiction by a Senior: "The Garden"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Kuangyan Huang 
Fiction by a Junior: "A House with Everything "

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Victoria Don 
Fiction: "Estoy Contigo"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Nick Romeo 
Voice in Fiction: "Roach and Slug "

Excellence in Creative Writing

Briget Ganske 
Honor's Thesis: "Learning Esperar"

Excellence in Creative Writing

Daniel Gross 
Overall performance in the Creative Writing Sequence

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on Pre-1798 Literature

Biran Orloff
"Fight the Power: Tyranny and Metadramatic Confession in Measure for Measure"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Essay on Literary Criticism and Theory

Veiled at Student's Request
"Modernist Women as Homo Sacer: The Gendering and Racialization of Biopolitical Processes"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Research Paper on Literature

Melissa Lipman
"Ulysses' Women in Bed: The Recapitulation of Odyssesus and Penelope in James Joyce's Ulysses"

2004-2005

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on American Literature

Joseph Bernstein 
"'Rebel to the Grain': The Gothic Pleasure of Retribution in Joaquin Murieta and Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)."

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on American Literature

Jessica Stamler 
"Buried in the Past: Repetition and the Gothic in William Faulker's Absalom, Absalom!"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Nicholas Romeo 
Voice in Fiction Co-winners: "A Convention of Good Things"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Ashley Metz 
Voice in Fiction Co-winners: "Food"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Jeffrey Goodsmith 
Voice in Fiction Honorable Mention: "Ratman"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Alex Thurston 
Fiction Co-winners: "Wild Guess"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Molly Niendorf 
Fiction Co-winners: "Cough Drops"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Fiction

Megan Hunt 
Fiction Co-winners: "All Through the Night"

Excellence in Creative Writing

Meredith Walker 
Excellence in Fiction by a Senior

Excellence in Creative Writing

Michael Wang 
Excellence in Fiction by a Junior: "The Unrecognizable Men"

Excellence in Creative Writing

Jeannie Vanasco 
Work in the English Major in Writing in Poetry

Excellence in Creative Writing

Rebecca Jubelirer 
Overall performance in the English Major in Writing in Poetry Sequence

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on Pre-1798 Literature

Robert Stein
"The 'Man of Feeling' and Caleb Williams: A Novel of Sensibility"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on Pre-1798 Literature

Joseph Shero
"What You Will: Homoeroticism, Androgyny, and the Subversion of the Gender Concordant Law in Twelfth Night"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Research Paper on Literature

Kathleen Ho
"Uncontainable Women: Eruptive Female Figures in Contemporary South Korean Cinema"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Research Paper on Literature

Tim Quinn
"Portraits of a Divine Embrace: Augustinian Theodigy in A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Essay on Literary Criticism and Theory

Christina Jacquet
"Male Self-Definition in My Antonia and The Company She keeps"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Essay on Literary Criticism and Theory

John McGlothlin
"The Multiplicity of Jacob's Room: Woolf, Delezue, and Guattari, the Subject, and the West"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Creative Writing in Fiction by a Senior

Meredith Walker
"The Color Red Will Soon Become Important to You"

2003-2004

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on American Literature

Michael Emmons 
"An Illusion to Live By: Unreliable Narration and the American Voice in F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby'"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on American Literature

Christina Choi 
"'Dressing Up Our Pets' by Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Essay on Literary Criticism and Theory

Thomas Berenato
"The Artist as Critic as Horace as Wilde"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Critical Essay on Pre-1798 Literature

Joseph Shero
"The Mutability of Race in Oroonoko and The Interesting Narrative"

Helen G. Scott Prize for Best Research Paper on Literature

Hadley Bentgen
"Bingers and Purgers: Morality and Dickens's Political Meal"

Excellence in Creative Writing

David Ro 
Poetry: "Separation: On The Koreas," "A Bend of View," and "The Fishing Hole"

Excellence in Creative Writing

Alison Baenen 
Fiction: "Meat"

2002-2003

Best Critical Essay in American Literature

Michael Emmons 
"Ladies in their Letters: The Equivocal Nature of Female relationships in Hannah W. Foster's The Coquette."