Recent UK English Ph.D. Student Wins Essay Competition

By Madison Dyment

The UK College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce that former English Ph.D. student, Deirdre Mikolajcik, has won the 2019 Trollope Prize graduate essay competition hosted by the University of Kansas.

Mikolajcik recently graduated from the English Ph.D. program in May of 2019. Some of her prominent research interests include Victorian literature, gender and women’s studies, romanticism and poetry.

Mikolajcik’s essay, “Abstract Wealth and Community in The Way We Live Now,” will be published online by The Fortnightly Review with Mikolajcik being awarded $2,000 in prize money.

Judges for the competition claimed Mikolajcik offered “an original discussion of Trollope’s treatment of the challenges posed to individuals and relationship by the investment economy of late 19th century Britain.” They applauded her argument and the insights granted by the essay to the subject.

The Trollope Prize is granted by the University of Kansas’ English Department annually to undergraduate and graduate essay winners. The focus is on Trollope’s work and to promote the study of Trollope and engagement with his work.

Congratulations to Deirdre on this excellent achievement!

 

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