Peter Tellouche wins national undergraduate essay prize

Peter TelloucheCongratulations to Peter Tellouche (French, 2013), who has won the Society for French Studies R. Gapper Undergraduate Essay Prize 2017.

The R. Gapper Undergraduate Essay Prize is awarded by the Society for an essay written by an undergraduate in English or French, of between 2000 and 5000 words, on any subject within the broader scope of French studies. The prize is given for outstanding academic merit at undergraduate level, and the judges are a subcommittee of the Society’s Trustees. The award includes a cash prize, expenses-paid travel to the next annual conference of the Society for French Studies, and a mention in the French Studies Bulletin and on the Society for French Studies’ website.

Each university can submit up to three essays to be considered for the prize, and we are delighted that Peter, who graduated with a First in French Sole after taking finals in 2017, is this year’s winner. Peter won the prize for his essay on the topic ‘”The rich detail with which the experience of time is treated in individual sentences is hard to reconcile with the big-time temporality of Proust’s novel as a whole”. Discuss’. Professor Eric Robertson wrote on behalf of the Society for French Studies that ‘Peter’s essay on temporalities in Proust was an absolute delight to read, and he is a most worthy recipient of this prestigious award’.

Peter was given teaching on Proust by Christ Church Official Student and Tutor in French Professor Jennifer Yee, who said, ‘I’m not only delighted but very proud that Peter has achieved this national recognition. He studied Proust with me, and I enjoyed our tutorial conversations and his innovative and original tutorial essays immensely, but his formal submitted essay portfolio was entirely his own work’.

The Society for French Studies is the oldest and largest learned association for French Studies in the UK and Ireland. It represents the interests of scholars and students of French in higher education, as well as publishing an internationally renowned journal, French Studies, and presenting annual awards to students and scholars at every career stage. The Society will invite Peter to next year’s Annual Conference in Cork, where the prize will be awarded.