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Baum Award

The Jerry Baum Award was established in 2007 by the Department of English, alumni, family, and friends to honor the memory of beloved professor of English R. Jerold (Jerry) Baum. Recipient is a senior whose senior seminar paper addresses the relationship between literature and history and is recognized as outstanding by the English faculty.  A monetary prize accompanies the award.


Previous Winners

2019       Brendan Nagle, “A Dead World and an Immortal Fish: Virginia Woolf, Montage, and Temporal Collapse”

2018       Eva Gellman, “The Unknown World: Examining Attempts to Claim the Past as Our Own in Edward P. Jones’s The Known World”

2017      Jess Kostka, “Choice and Decision-Making in The Age of Innocence and The Portrait of a Lady”

2016      Deirdre Collins, “The Confessions of Linda Brent, in /Incidents
in the Life of a Slave Girl/, by Harriet Jacobs

2015      Zane Pais, “Hello Darkness My Old Friend: Mystic Dionysian Implications in St. Erkenwald and Patience”

2014       Marly Williams, “My Solitary Condition: Isolation and the Myth of Reform in Robinson Crusoe

2013       Heather Spurling, “Patrilineal Preeminence in Absalom, Absalom!

2012       Claire Burdick,  ”‘A Poet’s Epitaph’: Wordsworth’s Epitaphic Poetics”

2011       Riley Johnson, “Solution, Epiphany, and Physical/Metaphysical Unity in   the Novels of Vladimir Nabokov”

2009     Charles Macquarie, “The Self that Springs from the Shadows: Irresponsibility, Lighting, and the Redefinition of Selfhood in Virginia Woolf’s ‘Streethaunting’

2008     Alice Waarvick, “Desire Gratified: Method and Female Liberation in Blake’s Visions of the Daughters of Albion