Young Scholars Award

Each year, the SETC History/Theory/Criticism/Literature Committee invites submissions in all topics related to the broad categories of history, theory, criticism, and literature from graduate and undergraduate students.

2019 Call for Papers

Submission Deadline: Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, 5 pm ET

Submissions are now open for the 70th annual SETC Convention in Knoxville, TN. One graduate and one undergraduate paper are chosen for presentation at the annual SETC Convention.

Award Winners Will Receive:

Winners must present their paper at the Young Scholars Panel held during the annual SETC Convention in order to collect prizes. If a winning author cannot attend, an alternate winner will be selected.

  • $400 cash prize
  • Free SETC Convention registration
  • Free SETC membership for one year
  • A ticket to the Friday Lunch during Convention

For more information, contact Young Scholars Award Chair Sarah McCarroll.

2018 Young Scholars Panelists

Sage Dunne and Quinn Xavier Hernandez presented their papers at the SETC Young Scholars Panel Presentation at the 69th annual SETC Convention in Mobile, AL.

Undergraduate Winner

Sage Dunne

Sage Dunne is a senior at Auburn University pursuing dual degrees in English Literature and Mathematics. She is originally from Pensacola, Florida and is currently applying to graduate schools to pursue a Master’s in Literature after graduation from Auburn in August of 2018.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Adaptation in Fun Home

This essay analyzes both Alison Bechdel’s 2006 graphic novel Fun Home and the 2015 musical of the same title, using ideas from adaptation theory to consider what changes when the story moves from the page to the stage. I place the character of “Small Alison” of the musical in contrast with the depiction of the author’s self when she was at the same age as the character in the musical. Notably, one character trait of young Bechdel from the graphic novel does not transfer to the musical adaptation’s corresponding character. In the graphic novel, Bechdel characterizes herself as having expressed symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, while in the musical, Small Alison does not exhibit any of the obsessions or compulsions that Bechdel reported in her autobiography. In this paper, I examine the exhibition of OCD in the graphic novel and its effect on the narrative of Bechdel’s work and how this exclusion from the musical affects the characterization of Small Alison and the musical as a whole.

Undergraduate Runner-Up

Quinn Xavier Hernandez

Quinn Xavier is a playwright/director/dramaturg currently pursuing his degree in theatre at Clemson University. His plays have been featured at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, the ImproStudio in Los Angeles, and on Clemson’s campus. He is also a proud alumnus of the National Theater Institute’s Advanced Playwriting program.

All the World’s a Stage: Shakespeare’s Meaning of Life

Shakespeare’s influence on theatre remains strong as ever despite his language being closer to the works of Chaucer than to modern audiences. His works are universal – the conflicts faced by Shakespeare’s characters are as recognizable today as they were when the plays premiered. This is, in part, because of his viewpoint on the meaning of life, which permeates every character’s struggle. By looking at the thesis presented in As You Like It; the conflicts within Hamlet, The Comedy of Errors, and Richard II; and the critical review of Shakespeare posed by Margreta de Grazia, one reveals that Shakespeare’s dramas emphasize the importance of playing one’s part as well as the dangers of going against it. After all, “All the world’s a stage, / And all the men and women merely players.”

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