Shelley-Mills Prize Winner 2020

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The Faculty of English Language and Literature is pleased to announce Franklin Nelson as the 2020 winner of the Shelley-Mills Prize for his entry "‘Th[ese] thing[s] of darkness’: Transnational Caliban(s)".

This prize promotes the study of the works of William Shakespeare and was awarded for the best 5,000 word essay on this year's subject of: ‘Shakespeare, Race and Nation.'

The judge felt that the winning entry "smartly compares two post-colonial adaptations of The Tempest, using the more familiar text, Aime Cesaire’s ‘Une Tempete’ to illuminate Ana Luisa Amarel’s ‘Prospero Morreu’ - and all three plays to reflect on colonialism and adaptation. The argument focuses on versions of Caliban, and the author writes with clarity and commitment.  A worthy winner!"

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