Junior Tutorial Prizes Awarded - 2. 14. 14

Junior Tutorial Prizes awarded for Outstanding Essay and Excellence in Teaching

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Kathryn Roberts and Nora Wilkinson

We are happy to announce that Nora Wilkinson ’15, a joint concentrator in English and History of Art & Architecture, is the winner of the Kiely Prize for Outstanding Junior Essay for “Flappers for Philosophers: New Modes of Living and Writing in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Early Fiction.” The essay resulted from her work in the junior tutorial course, “Gertrude Stein & F. Scott Fitzgerald: Case Studies in American Modernism,” taught by Teaching Fellow Kathryn Roberts. For her part in guiding Nora’s work, Kathryn Roberts has been awarded the Francis James Child Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

The Junior Tutorial is a unique experience within the English Department, which provides an opportunity for concentrators to pursue a focused study on a topic and encourages in‑depth exploration of topics not normally covered in the English curriculum. The Junior Tutorial also enables students to consolidate and refine critical skills gained in Common Ground courses, while at the same time exploring possible thesis topics.

Nora stated that she was “honored to receive this award, particularly for a paper that was such fun to write. The Junior Tutorial pushed me to think critically about my own strengths and weaknesses as a writer — to write, write, and re-write. I was very lucky to have a great teacher and editor in Kathryn Roberts, who challenged and encouraged me from the brainstorming phases all the way through line-editing.”

David Alworth, Director of Junior Tutorials, selected the winning essay, and told us that Nora’s “original and elegant argument provides a fresh understanding of Fitzgerald’s modernism that accounts for the complex interrelationship between elite and popular culture during the period. Drawing on an impressive array of critical and theoretical sources, Nora develops a reading of Fitzgerald that not only accounts for the link between two central figures in his work, the “flapper” and the “philosopher,” but also aims to unite Fitzgerald’s early and later prose as part of a unified project to develop, as she puts it, ‘new modes of living and writing’ in the modern era. Nora’s own prose is crisp, incisive, and lively; her analyses of Fitzgerald’s writing are thorough, intelligent, and surprising; and her essay is well argued … I am pleased to say that she is producing excellent work … She should be commended, and her junior tutor should be very proud.”

Many congratulations to Nora and Kathryn!