Shelece Easterday, a 2004 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, has been named theMidwestwinner of a graduate student essay contest, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS).
AAASS is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of knowledge aboutRussia,Central Eurasia, and Eastern Central Europe.There are four AAASS graduate student essay competitions annually, covering theNew England, Mid-Atlantic, Midwestern, and Rocky Mountain/Western regions.
Each regional competition selects one winner for an outstanding essay by a graduate student in Slavic studies.The contest is open to essays that focus on languages, linguistics, history, politics, culture, or literature.
Easterdays essay,Murdering the Muse:The Romantic Poets Rebellion against the Source of His Inspiration,examines subliminal violence in the male poets relationship to his female muse in works by John Keats and several Russian Romantic poets.Although the contests winning essays most often are chapters of dissertations in progress or recently completed by graduate-level students, Easterday composed her essay for an undergraduate course,Russian Romanticism,in the fall semester of 2003.
The other three winners of the 2004 regional competitions were students ofBostonCollegeand Brandeis andColumbiaUniversities.