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English Major Wins Modern Language Association Student Paper Contest

Alyiah Gonzales
Alyiah Gonzales

Senior English major Alyiah Gonzales was selected as one of five winners in the 2019 Modern Language Association Student Paper Contest.

Gonzales’ essay, “Disrupting White Normativity in Langston Hughes’s ‘I, Too,’ and Toni Morrison’s ‘Recitatif,’” written for a literature course at Cal Poly, was chosen out of more than 200 essays submitted by college writers across the nation.

The selection committee wrote that her essay “is a strong, bold essay with a clear thesis and a sound analysis of two pieces," calling her essay “a marvelous work – elegant, insightful, and concise.”

Read Gonzales’ essay here.

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