Comparative Literature

2024 Albert Spaulding Cook Prize awarded to Brown PhD students Layl Andary and Jack Quirk

This prize is awarded in memory of Professor Albert Spaulding Cook, Ford Foundation Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, Classics and English (1925-1998), whose rich and prolific record of scholarly and creative publications conferred on him a worldwide reputation for wide-ranging erudition and aesthetic acumen.

Award and booksThe Comparative Literature Graduate Committee has split this year’s Cook Prize and awarded it jointly to Comp Lit PhD student, Layl Andary, for his essay "Life on Stilts: Comedy, Laughter and Mechanicity in Marcel Proust’s A la recherche du temps perdu," and to English PhD student, Jack Quirk, for his essay, "Literary Entitlement."

The Albert Spaulding Cook Prize is to be awarded annually to a graduate student in any department at Brown for an unpublished, article-length essay on a topic that falls under the rubric of comparative literature defined broadly, which is ready for submission to a scholarly journal.  The comparatist perspective may be exemplified through cultural/linguistic juxtapositions, methodological crossovers, and/or interdisciplinary issues among other approaches.

Congratulations to Layl and Jack for this great achievement!