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Category Spotlight: Literature

The literature category is a very popular here at The Undergraduate Awards. The category is filled with papers that cover a wide range of topics.

The 2017 Global Winner was Noah Fields from Brown University. Their paper was entitled “Men reading Jane Austen: Close writing across gender scripts”. The paper poses questions such as “what exactly is subversive about men reading and moreover, like Jane Austen? How did Austen come to signify, among male readers, effeminacy? And How does Austen reconsider and reform masculinity and what are the implications for male readers who cross identify with Austen such as D.A Miller and Joseph Litvak?”.

The judges commented that “Austen studies is a massively well trawled field and its impressive to see an undergraduate student able to carve out an original angle of thinking in this area. Well written, lively, intelligent and engaging.”

As St Patrick’s day is fast approaching we will take a look at some of our UA literature papers that focus on some of our favourite Irish writers.

Ellen Howley from University College Dublin was the 2014 Programme Winner in the Literature category. She analysed the poetry of Seamus Heaney, one of Irelands greatest poets. Seamus Heaney was awarded The Noble Prize for Literature in 1995. Ellen’s paper was entitled “Seamus Heaney’s Plateaus: Transitions between air, ground and underground, and the relationship between the local and the imaginative.” She applied Deleuze and Guattari’s rhizome theory to key poems written by Heaney over the course of his career. She chose this theory as it is “particularly fruitful in elucidating the non-hierarchical, connectedness of air, ground and underground in Heaney’s poetry.”

A 2017 Highly Commended essay by Faezah Zulkifli from Nanyang Technological University focused on James Joyce’s Ulysses. Joyce is one of Ireland’s most notable writers and influenced writers such as Samuel Beckett. Faezah paper was entitled “Anatomizing the Circulatory System in the Heart of the Hibernian Metropolis The City and the Circulation of History in James Joyce’s Ulysses”The paper focused on the opening of the Aeolus episode, arguing that the city in Ulysses is “presented as a conduit through which history is circulated around Dublin and by extension, Ireland, through the movement around the city”. Ultimately through Faezah’s findings exposes how this movement paints Joyce’s picture of Dublin to the reader.

These are just some of the incredible essays written by undergraduate students. Here at the Undergraduate Awards we are excited to see what will be submitted to the Literature category in the 2018 programme. Click here to learning more on How to Submit to the 2018 programme.

All Highly commended and Global Winning papers can be found on The Undergraduate Awards Library.

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