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English Day

English Day celebrates the accomplishments of senior English majors at the College of Charleston. Participants are nominated by a professor for their work in a College of Charleston English course.

The 27th annual English Day celebration was held on April 11, 2019 with twenty-eight English majors participating. Students presented scholarly papers from their Bachelor’s Essays, Independent Studies, and advanced literature courses alongside students who read creative works from their Creative Writing capstones.

Poster Presentations:

Jake Keim A Change of Perspective: The Reversal of the Male Gaze in Bright Star and “Eve of St. Agnes” 

Sydney Moreano A Digital Metis: Composing the Networked Self

Kathleen Pinner The Pitfalls of Literacy: Frederick Douglass and Richard Wright

Will Roebuck The Foundations of Thomas Sutpen in Chapter 7 of Absalom, Absalom!

Candace Rohr Construction and Deconstruction of the Southern Belle in A Streetcar Named Desire 

Stella Rounsefell Eudora Welty through Letters and Friendships: A Writer’s Experience 

Summer Standiford “he can’t feel for a body long”: Disabling of Marginalized Peoples in Pudd’nhead Wilson 

Emily Warner Nationality and Disability 

Samantha Watson Resurrection of the Windigo: Pauline Puyat’s Mythic Monstrosity in Louise Erdrich’s Tracks 

Emily Anderson On and Off the Moral Path: Child Psychology and the Golden Age of Children’s Literature 

Allysa Boulware Beyoncé: Reclaiming the Sapphire Archetype 

Meg Dunavant Words from a Loving Father: A Defense for Yeats’s “A Prayer for my Daughter” 

Cassidy Frierson Masculinized Medicine in the Romantic Era: Frances Burney 

Haven Hardee The Role of the Church in Sex and Marriage in Medieval England 

Carter Holland Humanity’s Relationship to Bears and Wolves in North America 

Ben Hutchinson White Noise and Narrative 

Jules Kaempf The Value of Remembering in Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres 

Film Club Production

Snapshot:A Short Film Written and directed by Daniel Colella Cinematography and Editing by Donovan Bailey First Assistant Director: Noah Goodman Starring: Evan Kramer, Sheldon Kramer, Alexander Schlesinger, Jake Keim, Jacob Glass, Isabel Adams, Emily Austin Film Club Advisor: Colleen Glenn Produced in conjunction with Cistern Yard Media

2018-2019 Award Winners

The School of Humanities and Social Sciences honors graduating seniors who have distinguished themselves by amassing an impressive body of work during their undergraduate careers. Typically, recipients of HSS Scholar awards are students who, in addition to excelling in regular courses, undertake one or more substantial research projects (such as a Bachelor’s Essay or a project done in an Independent Study course).

The following two English students were recipients of this award as voted on by the English department faculty.

Emily Anderson 

Sydney Moreano

Outstanding Students

This award recognizes outstanding English majors. The recepients of this award are voted on by the English department faculty.

Ashley Collins

Lilly Frederick

Morgan Galvez

Victoria Garon

Morgan Graham

Jules Kaempf

Bridget Snydstrup

Samantha Watson

Anna B. Katona Award in American Literature

This award is named for Dr. Anna B. Katona a longtime professor of English at the College of Charleston (1975-1999). Dr. Katona provided funds for a grant to the College that annual recognizes the graduating English major with the highest average in American Literature courses.

Summer Standiford

Departmental Honors

Emily Anderson

Victoria Garon

Morgan Graham

Sydney Moreano

Transfer Student Award

Terry Beyer

First-Year Writing Awards

In 2008 the department established this annual contest to encourage and recognize excellent writing and critical thinking. All students enrolled in English 110, Honors 110, or English 215 are eligible to submit papers for the contest. The winning papers are chosen by the First-Year Writing Committee in the Department of English based on excellence of writing and the reflection of First-Year Writing curricular goals.

Outstanding Essay
Corley Frierson, "The Church"

Outstanding Multimodal Writing
Catherine Payne, "Go Inclusivity!"

Sarah Margaret Goad Memorial Undergradiate Prizes in Fiction and Poetry


First Place: Kait Leggett, "watch for the sound”  

Second Place: Samantha Jones, " Root Rot"

Honorable Mention: Emma Grabowski, "E-Love"


First Place: Brett Korona, “Devil on the Prairie”

Second Place: Michael Pham, “Hesitation”

Honorable Mention: Marin Grant, “Archetypal”

Sigma Tau Delta Inductees:

Celeste Alimonti

Lauren Cellucci

Tanner Crunelle

Tony Ferrese

Alison Mader

Elizabeth Quarles

Darian Reed

Matthew Spence

Kyra Swartz