Undergraduate Award Winners 2019-2020

6 Jul 2020

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Department of English Undergraduate Awards!

While the standard of all entries was high this year, special congratulations go the below students for their winning and highly recommended papers.


The Patricia Coughlan Award


Name: Lara Ní Chuirrin

Essay Title: ‘Language as a Mode of Identity Formation and Assertion in Minority Women’s Poetry’

Highly Recommended

1.      Name: Robyn McAuliffe

Essay Title: ‘Stories about Norse Goddesses may have been Suppressed in the Transmission of the Poetry, but Accounts of female Figures that Survive still Complicate our Notion of Women’s role in Early Medieval Society’

2.      Name: Caoimhe Coleman

Essay Title: ‘Analysing Ira Levin’s The Stepford Wives and Raccoona Sheldon’s “The Screwfly Solution”: Gender Issues and Anti-Feminist Backlash in Post-War America’


The School Undergraduate Awards (2nd Year)


Name: Tobias Kaar

Essay Title: ‘Pathways of Desire: Colonial Narratives within Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea’

Highly Recommended

  1. Name: Cian Egan

Essay Title: ‘The Gothic and Gynophobia’


The School Undergraduate Awards (3rd Year)


Name: Laura Shelly

Essay Title: ‘Dane or Dubliner: A Postcolonial Reading of James Joyce’s Allusions to Hamlet in Ulysses

Highly Recommended

  1. Name: Mark Kearney

Essay Title: ‘Ruminant Ground: Landscape in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney and Patrick Kavanagh’


The Louise Clancy Memorial Prize


Name: Robyn McAuliffe

Dissertation Title: ‘Rape as Literary Device in Old English Hagiography’


The Éamonn Ó Carragáin Prize

This prize for outstanding undergraduate work in Old English is awarded to the student (Joint or Single Honours, or Major, or BAEN) with the highest grade in EN2012 Old English Language.


Name: Angela Stratos


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