The study of English literature and language is fundamental to liberal education. It guides students in the study of literary works—poems, plays, fiction, essays—and in the development of communication skills. A background in writing and textual analysis prepares students for graduate studies and careers in almost every profession. Recent graduates have entered the fields of communication, fine arts, government, law, management, politics, social services and academia.
Each year, the English Department sponsors the Leroy Allston Ames Essay Contest, which has as its subject the literature and/or history of England from 1750-1900. We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Contest:
First Place: Allison Lanes '13 for her entry "Ladies Lusting for the Conservative: Enhancing Conservative Didacticism through Morals and Marketing in Samuel Richardson's Pamela and E. L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey."
Second Place: Adam L. Kelley '13 for his entry "Humanity Just For Men: Lockean Linguistic Barriers for Feminism in Defoe's Roxana."
Congratulations Allison and Adam!