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Keith Taylor Undergraduate Essay Prize

2018 Essay Prize

The Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UTK welcomes undergraduate essays on any topics pertaining to the period from 300 to 1700 C.E. for its annual undergraduate essay award. Essays must derive from a course (including independent study) in a Marco affiliated department taken during the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic years. Marco affiliated departments include: Architecture, Art, Classics, English, History, Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies. Honors theses will not be accepted. Only one paper may be submitted in a given year.

The author of the winning paper will receive $200.
Honorable mention will receive $100.

Essays must be submitted by 5 p.m., April 1, 2018.

Further information and instructions for submission may be found here.


Past Recipients:


  • Courtney Whited, a senior English major, received first place for her essay “‘Whereat fair Proserpine began to smile’: Bel-Imperia as the Mortal Equivalent of Proserpine in The Spanish Tragedy,” written for English 398, “Hamlet 24/7,” with Professor Heather Hirschfeld.
  • Joseph McCluney, a senior History major, received honorable mention for his essay “The Creation of Early Christian Identity in the Catacombs of Rome,” written for History 499, “Christianity in Early Antiquity,” with Professor Jacob Latham.



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  • Allison Gose, a senior majoring in History and Political Science with a minor in Religious Studies, won first prize for her essay “Spiritual Eroticism and the Nature of the Soul,” written for Religious Studies 423 with Professor Tina Shepardson.
  • Hannah Overton, a junior majoring in English, won second prize for her essay “Clothing vs. Genitalia: The Flux of Gender,” written for English 405 with Dr. Samantha Murphy.

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