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Winners of the Fifth Annual Dante Prize Announced

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Prize Winners Announced for:

Fifth Annual Dante Prize
for an Undergraduate Essay on a Medieval Topic

 

First Prize:
Benjamin Yusen
, “Saga Humor: The Grim Comedy” 

BY

Ben’s paper decodes early medieval humor across a difficult cultural boundary, explaining what counted as funny in the medieval Scandinavian sagas, and the role of humor in the narratives. Physical humor had to hurt! Unlike most writing about humor, this paper is quite humorous, and something more: very well researched and documented. Nice work!

Ben has a double major in English & Creative Writing, and Religious Studies, with a minor in Classical Sanskrit, and a Certificate in Medieval History.

Ben will receive a scholarship in the amount of $150, and a hardcover copy of Dante’s Divine Comedy, translated by Mandelbaum (Everyman Library). Congratulations!

 

 

Second Prize:
Hunter WJ Koontz
, “Very Intentionally Unintelligible.”

HK

Hunter’s paper offers new and creative solutions to the use of the subjunctive in some very difficult passages of Old English poetry. This is a nice work of philology, convincing and entirely plausible. Hunter’s paper is extremely well-written, and represents an intense engagement with the Anglo-Saxon language and with the life of poetry. This is a fine exposition, most eminently intelligent.

Hunter is a major in English & Creative Writing.

Hunter will receive a scholarship in the amount of $125, and a hardcover copy of Dante’s Divine Comedy, translated by Mandelbaum (Everyman Library). Congratulations!

 

 

 

The year 2021 marks 700 years since the death of Dante Alighieri