Loyola University Chicago

Midwest Modern Language Association

Previous Winners

The MMLA would like the congratulate the 2019 winner of the Graduate Student Paper Prize, Maria Capecchi of the University of Iowa for her paper, "Practicing the Work of Worms: Lyric Voice and Grievable Lives in Solmaz Sharif’s Look."

Maria Capecchi is a second-year English PhD candidate at the University of Iowa. She holds an M.A. in English, a M.A. in Teaching, and a B.A. in English and Theater. She is working toward a PhD Certificate at the University of Iowa Center for the Book and takes theater courses through the University of Iowa theater department. Maria’s current research interests are early modern poetry and drama, lyric theory, performance studies, and post-colonial theory. She is currently engaged in work on Philip Sidney’s Astrophel and Stella and Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queen. At the University of Iowa, Maria has received the English Department’s W.R. Irwin Teaching Award, the University of Iowa Council on Teaching’s Outstanding Teaching Award, and first place in the 21st Annual Jakobsen Memorial Conference Prize in the Humanities.


2018 Zachary Powell, University of Rochester

Women at War:  WWI, Patriarchy, and Conflict in Wonder Woman (2017)


2017 Celia Martínez-Sáez, The Ohio State University

The Forgotten Flesh: Confronting Western Epistemologies through Parody in Guillermo Gómez-Peña and Coco Fusco´s 'Couple in the Cage'


2016 - Lydia Craig, Loyola University Chicago

The Juvenile and the Erudite: A Study of Marginalia in Newberry Case Y 12.T219


2015 - Wietske Smeele, Vanderbilt University

Grounding Miasma, or Anticipating the Germ Theory of Disease in Victorian Cholera Satire


2014 - Courtney Scuro, California State University, Long Beach

Placing and Playing the Past: History, Politics, and Spatial Ambiguity in Richard Mulcaster's The Queen's Majesty's Passage


2013 - Tony M. Vinci, Southern Illinois University

Posthuman Wounds: Simulating Trauma in Philip K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?"