The Prizes Subcommittee of the IAAS is delighted to announce the winner of this year’s WTM Riches Essay Prize. Eva Isherwood-Wallace, an MA student at Queen’s University Belfast has been selected as the overall winner for her essay entitled “‘Seeming Strangeness’: Mina Loy’s Poetics of Disruption and Julia Kristeva’s Semiotic/Symbolic Model.”

The Subcommittee also awarded Honourable Mentions to Robyn Gilmour (English, Drama, and Film, UCD) for her essay “Exploring Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man as a Post-Modern Take on the Coming of Age Genre,” and to Jasmine McCrory (Literary Studies, Queen’s University Belfast) for her essay “’I Remembered the Cry of the Peacocks’: Buddha-Dharma, Meditation and Enlightenment in Wallace Stevens’s Harmonium.”

The WTM Riches Essay Prize is awarded annually for outstanding work in any area of American Studies by undergraduate students and students in the first year of postgraduate studies. More information, including past winners, can be found here.