2016 Cox-Just Prize Recipient: Tayryn Edwards

Join us in congratulating Tayryn Edwards, the 2016 Cox-Just Prize recipient. Tayryn is a 2016 graduate of the College majoring in English Language and Literature.  She researched and wrote her B.A. thesis, Writing From Exile: Gestures of Dislocation in Diasporic Texts, with the guidance of her faculty advisor, Adrienne Brown and Preceptor Stephanie Anderson. Below is the abstract of Tayryn's thesis: 

The 20th Century witnessed a number of American writers travel abroad. For writers of color, movement beyond America’s borders came with its own set of motivations, challenges, and ideological dilemmas. The word “exile”, which juggles multiple ethical, social and legal interpretations, finds itself further confounded in the context of these writers and those of the African Diaspora in general. Age old questions about home and belonging, citizenship and patriotism, as well as creativity and craft, seem especially urgent and fundamental for writers whose experiences are haunted by the legacy of forced migration and colonization. Writing From Exile: Gestures of Dislocation in Diasporic Texts takes a closer look at literary works in this vein, to see whether this dilemma of identification plays out on the page, at the level of language, character development and narration. In recuperating a quotation from Ralph Ellison regarding black writers and international travel, and analysing the works of James Baldwin, Richard Wright, and Derek Walcott, this paper investigates what the term “exile” might mean for a writer of the African Diaspora, and reflects on ways in which these artists manage domestic ties over vast geographic distances in their works.

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