UH Grad Student Wins Essay Prize
Posted: July 10, 2007
Holle Canatella, a second year Ph.D. student in the University of Houston Department of History, won the Friends of Women’s Studies graduate student essay prize for the academic year 2006-2007 for her paper, “Long Distance Love: Eve of Wilton and Goscelin of St. Bertin’s Spiritual Friendship.” A three-person committee, including two faculty members and a member of the Friends of Women's Studies Board, judged submissions from graduate students in various disciplines across the UH campus. The paper examines the eleventh-century friendship between the Flemish cleric Goscelin of St. Bertin and the English-born anchorite Eve of Wilton through an analysis of Goscelin’s Liber Confortatorius (The Book of Encouragement). Ms. Canatella is studying medieval European history under the direction of Dr. Sally N. Vaughn. This paper, a chapter of Holle’s dissertation on male-female spiritual friendships in the eleventh and twelfth centuries, was written in Professor Vaughn’s fall 2006 research seminar.