Goodwin Takes Top Prize at Literature Conference

Written by Laura Paskin
March 23, 2016


Senior English Honors student Grace Goodwin received the award for Best Critical Paper at the 2015 Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature.  Her winning essay, “The Liberation of Queerness: De-colonizing Time and Space in Ellison’s Invisible Man and King’s Green Grass, Running Water,” was written for Dr. Christina Roberts’s class.

Six students from English presented at this selective conference, which received a record number of submissions this year. Joining Goodwin at the weekend event at the University of Portland were these presenters:

  • Kasey Deems, “Idealized Stagnation:  Lack of Women’s Agency in Picasso’s Primitivism and Conrad’s ‘Beautiful World’”
  • Bridget Estelle, “How Male Identity and Forced Insertion Creates Liminal Identity in The Beetle”
  • Jane Kidder, “Birds, Beasts, and Butterflies: King Lear’s Discovery of Animalistic Humanity”
  • Kristen McFadden, “Tucson” (creative essay)
  • Chloe Traynor, “The Beetle and Egyptomania: Examining the Fetishism of Decryption, Alternative Narratives, and the Creature as ‘Reader’”

“The high quality of all our students’ presentations is the result of a strong program and excellent teaching at every level of our curriculum,” said English Department Chair Charles Tung.

The annual Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature provides a forum for faculty-sponsored undergraduates to present their own scholarly papers and creative works.  The faculty sponsors for this year’s Honors students and English majors were Professors Molly Clark Hillard, Susan Meyers, Allison Meyer, and Charles Tung.

Photo above, left to right: Grace Goodwin, Kasey Deems, Chloe Traynor, Kristen McFadden, Bridget Estelle, and Charles Tung (not shown: Jane Kidder).