Junior Essay:

Here is a list of Junior Essay Titles since 2015.

Junior Essay Samples:

Barbara Johnson Junior Essay Prize:

The Barbara Johnson Memorial Prize in Literature was established in 2010 in memory of Barbara Johnson, Professor of English and Comparative Literature and the Frederic Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society at Harvard University.  A brilliant scholar, teacher, and translator, she wrote numerous important works of literary theory and criticism, including The Critical Difference: Essays in the Contemporary Rhetoric of Reading (1980), A World of Difference (1987), The Feminist Difference: Literature, Psychoanalysis, Race and Gender (1998), Persons and Things (2008), and Moses and Multiculturalism (2010). She taught at Harvard from 1982-2009, and from 1994 to 2000 she chaired Harvard’s Literature Concentration, where a generation of young scholars discovered how to read and write critically and lovingly under her tutelage.  This prize is awarded annually to the junior essay in the Literature Concentration that best embodies Barbara Johnson’s spirit of literary play and exploration.  It is given in memory of a beloved teacher, critic, and colleague.

Past Barbara Johnson Prize Winners:

-         2019: Byung Joon Lee
-         2017: Tarpley Hitt
-         2015: Colton Valentine
-         2014: Indiana Seresin
-         2013: Rebecca Elliott
-         2012: Sarah McCuskee
-         2011: Marina Connelly