May 2, 2013
majors Jennifer Bray (right), who graduated in March, and senior Susie Chinisci
(left) took top awards at the Northwest
Undergraduate Conference on Literature (NUCL). Bray, who majored in literature
and minored in anthropology,
received the Brass NUCL Award for Best All-Around Paper for her essay
“Contingent Veiling: Orientalism and an Attempt to Re-make Understandings of
Veiled Women in the West.” Chinisci, a creative
writing major who graduates in June, was awarded Best Personal Essay for
“Things My Brother Has.” The April conference and competition are sponsored by
the University of Portland.
“We are very proud of the accomplishments of
our students,” said English Department Chair Maria
Bullon-Fernandez. “The conference has become increasingly competitive. Only
a limited number of paper proposals were selected to be read at the
After being accepted into the competition, Bray and Chinisci
read their papers before a group of students, faculty, and guests followed by a
The quality of submissions stood out for Bray and
“I enjoyed meeting other students who took their work
seriously,” Bray said. “It was a great opportunity for all of us to share our
“The topics, varying styles, and creativity were inspirational,”
Chinisci added. “I was motivated by hearing other people’s works.”
Submissions fell into four categories: argumentative scholarly papers on
American, British, or World literature, analytical/ interpretive papers that
present a well-supported argument aware of the influence on it of the
contemporary cultural context, original poems, and original essays. More than
100 students attended the conference.
The College of Arts and Sciences, the largest
college in Seattle
University, offers 42 undergraduate majors, 37 minors, and 7 master’s degrees. The English
Department offers degrees in literature, creative writing, and film
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