Comparative Literature

2024 Rosalie Colie Prizes awarded to Comp Lit seniors, Jenna Cooley and Wenjing Yap

The Colie Prize is awarded annually to recognize the most outstanding honors theses in research and translation in Comparative Literature.

watercolor booksThe Department of Comparative Literature is happy to name Jenna Cooley and Wenjing Yap as winners of this year’s Rosalie Colie Prize. Jenna’s thesis, entitled Reading Madness as “Narrative Prosthesis” in Historical Novels by Han, Doctorow, and Rivera Garza, was selected as the winner in the research category, while Wenjing Yap’s translation of Gregory Khezrnejat’s Japanese novella Kaikonchi won in the translation category.

Rosalie Colie came to Brown in 1969 as a professor of comparative literature. She was the first to hold the Nancy Duke Lewis Professorship, the first chair at Brown endowed for women, and in 1972 was the first woman to be appointed chair of an academic department at Brown, the Department of Comparative Literature.

Please join the Comp Lit department in congratulating Jenna and Wenjing on winning the Colie Prize!