All-College Writing Contest


All-College Writing Contest Winner 2011-12

Document Type


Date of Award

Fall 2011

Author Comments

This paper helped me move to the next stage in my appreciation of literary research. In my essay-writing infancy, "research" was code for "find someone famous who agrees with you." Once I made the freeing discovery that I had the power to disagree with critics, I was ready to take another step: to learn how to use others' ideas as building blocks for an argument uniquely my own. When I was looking for support for my thesis in this particular essay, I was excited to find a critic who, though working toward a completely different argument, supported my purpose so beautifully. When I do research now, I conduct broader searches, knowing that different subjects can overlap in ways the author perhaps never even saw coming.

Faculty Advisor

Richard Mallette



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