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Graduate Essay Award

WIF is delighted to offer graduate essay awards to support the academic development of future scholars. Please see below for essay guidelines.

  • Essays in French or English dealing with women in French or Francophone Literature or Civilization should be between 15 and 20 pages (double-spaced), including notes and works cited. 
  • Blind submissions should be sent by email attachment in MSWord, formatted in the latest MLA style, and must include the student’s university affiliation and graduate standing (masters or Ph.D. candidate), home phone number, address, and email address, and the full contact information of the professor who supervised and recommends the paper. 
  • The winner may be asked to revise her/his essay, based on the evaluators’ comments.

The best essay will be published in the yearly WIF Studies, a refereed journal. The winner will also receive $250, thanks to the generosity of WIF member Samia I. Spencer (Auburn University), who also sponsors a plaque to be given to the advising professor, for being an WIF Outstanding Mentor. We wish to recognize the work professors do in providing guidance on content, style, the writing process, use of secondary materials, and in encouraging the use of the appropriate conventions for grammar, usage, and documentation of sources.

The submission deadline for the Graduate Award is May 25th.

Have students send submissions to Adrienne Angelo (ama0002@auburn.edu).

Winners of the Graduate Essay Award 

2019


Mélanie Maillot, University of Adelaide

« Réflexion métaphysique en lien aux représentations non-normatives du corps dans les poèmes d’Andrée Chedid et de Jeanne Benguigui »

Professor: Dr. Natalie Edwards

2018

Polly Galis, University of Leeds
« Mus(e)ing Bodies in Nancy Huston and Guy Oberson’s Poser nue »
Professor: Dr. Diana Holmes

2007

Jenelle Griffin, Saint Louis University
« Responding to the Shadows: Re-Imagining Subjectivity in Véronique Tadjo’s L’Ombre d’Imana »
Professor: Dr. Pascale Perraudin

2006

Sophie Delahaye, University of Kansas
« La femme selon l’Encyclopédie »
Professor: Dr. Diane Fourny

2005

Andrea King, Queen’s University
« Anorexie, prostitution, et psychanalyse dans Putain de Nelly Arcan »
Professor: Dr. Agnès Conacher

2004

Camille Dauphin-Persuy, Bryn Mawr College
« ‘L’aventure li manderai!’: Désir de communications dans les Lais de Marie de France » 
Professor: Dr. Grace M Armstrong


With members from the United States, France, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada, Belgium, Ireland, Australia, Cameroon, Poland, Greece, Switzerland, Turkey, Spain, and Italy.

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