English students awarded teaching prize

students and teachersFive English majors in the College of Liberal Arts have won the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SEASECS) Undergraduate Teaching Prize. The panel and paper proposals submitted by undergraduates Jessica Brewer, Shelby Chase, Ben Dillon, Darcy Corbitt Hall, and Erica Jones, won $1,200 for travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to present their papers at the 2014 SEASECS meeting. The meeting will be held from Feb. 27 to March 1. 
The students, under the direction of Dr. Emily Friedman, assistant professor of English, submitted “Revolutions in the Marketplace: Subverting Generic Expectations in Late Eighteenth-Century Culture," and were selected to present their papers at the conference. The $1,200 award will go towards travel expenses to the conference. There, they will give a 10 minute presentation and bring examples of artifacts from the museum exhibits on the period that they produced as part of their final coursework.  These artifacts could be displayed in a general meeting area of the conference, or during the panel itself.  For example, Ms. Chase has learned to play several of the ballads and has a technique for allowing visitors to experience these ballads through any smartphone with a QR reader.

According to Friedman, the late eighteenth century is known by many names: the Romantic Period, the Regency, or, at Auburn, The Age of Revolutions. 

“The papers included by the students examine various revolutions of form and content in a variety of literary genres, and how these changes can be seen as reflective of larger changes in the marketplace: the expanding theaters, the new fashions in novel sub genres, the nostalgic and nationalistic turns, and the like,” Friedman said. 

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Written by Vicky Santos, Director of External Affairs in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University

Last Updated: August 05, 2014