April 14, 2014
Senior Lindsey Walker received the Best Essay prize at the Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature (NUCL) for her essay “Castoffs.” The annual competition, which attracted students from more than 25 colleges and universities, took place at the University of Portland on April 5.
Walker was joined by six English Department students, all seniors, who presented in the categories of criticism, poetry, and essay: Nicole Doi, who focused on gendered history and the female ruin in Wuthering Heights; Sheldon Costa, who spoke on castration, lineage, and history in The Sound and the Fury; Angela Edwards, who discussed Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth I, and the politics of gender; James Whitely, who presented his experimental poetry; Danny Vogt, who presented on Hamlet; and Jessica Clark, who delivered a paper on race and misinterpretation in Faulkner. All student presenters at the conference must have faculty sponsors for their work.
“We consistently have a strong showing at this wonderful conference,” said English Professor Charles Tung, who accompanied the students. “Our English majors are known for their excellent scholarship and creative work, and this year our professors sponsored more undergraduate projects at NUCL than any other school except the host university.”
The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in Seattle University, offers 41 undergraduate major degrees, 36 minors, and 6 master’s degrees. The English Department offers undergraduate majors in literature, creative writing, and film studies.
Photo above, from left to right: James Whitely, Lindsey Walker, Nicole Doi, Jessica Clark, Sheldon Costa, Charles Tung, Angela Edwards, and Danny Vogt.
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