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This essay prize is awarded every year for the best essay by a graduate student in the English Department. Morris Rapoport established this endowed prize as a memorial to honor his beloved wife and lifetime partner, Shirley Bard Rapoport, and her love of writing and literature.
Sophia Hsu for her essay, "Gothic Fertility: Reproductive Ecology and the Rise of the Milieu in Leonora Sansay’s Secret History (1808)," 2014
Abby Goode for her essay, "Domestic Governmentality: Family, Italy, and the Biopolitical State in The Woman in White," 2013
AnaMaria Seglie for her essay, "Hemispheric Irving and the Histories of Empire," 2012
Joanna O'Leary for her essay, "Two For One? Twins and the Anxieties of (Re)Productions in Dickens," 2011
Jon Nelson for his essay, "Counterfeiting Romance in Robert Greene's Rogue Pamphlets," 2010
Abby Goode will travel to the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts to research black nationalist writings, agricultural periodicals, and pre-1820 visual representations of the West Indies.
Jennifer Hargrave will travel to Tokyo, Japan to conduct archival research on Romantic-era Anglo-Sino relations in the Morrison Collection of the Toyo Bunko (The Oriental Library).
John Ellis-Etchison will travel to New Orleans, Louisiana to research early modern texts and documents in the Rare Books Collection at Tulane University's Howard-Tilton Library.
Seth Morton will travel to the Vilhem Flusser archive in Berlin, Germany to study unpublished texts that help connect Flusser’s version of German media theory with modern aesthetics.
AnaMaria Seglie will travel to New Orleans, Louisiana to conduct archival research on George Washington Cable in the Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane University's Howard-Tilton Library.
Meina Yates-Richard will travel to the New York Public Library to conduct archival research at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
This award is given out each year by the Department Chair to the best dissertation completed in that same year as determined by a committee of English faculty.
Joanna O'Leary, “The ‘Terror of the Tiny’: Contagion and the Transformation of Nineteenth-Century Literature" 2014. Director: Helena Michie
Heather Miner, "Communities of Place: Making Regions in the Victorian Novel" 2013. Director: Helena Michie
Jennifer Rickel, "Narrative States: Human Rights Discourse in Contemporary Literature" 2012. Director: Betty Joseph
Elizabeth Womack, "Secondhand Economies: Recycling, Reuse, and Exchange in the Victorian Novel" 2011. Director: Helena Michie
Victoria Ford Smith, “Between Generations: Imagination, Collaboration and the Nineteenth-Century Child” 2010. Director: Robert L. Patten
This award provides a one year fellowship for a graduate student whose record at Rice shows evidence of outstanding achievement and promise. Up to three awards may be given in the Humanities each year.Samhita SunyaReceived Award for academic year 2013-2014
Michael GriffithsReceived Award for academic year 2011-2012
Amelia ScholtzReceived Award for academic year 2009-2010
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