The Criterion is designed to exhibit the top literary analysis work of the year from the English department at College of the Holy Cross.

Current Volume: 2020 (2021)

Editor Note

The Criterion is a small journal, open to all English majors and published following the spring semester of the Academic year. Although the topic and style of all the essays vary, each essay was written by English majors within English classes. The editorial board is staffed by English students who are members of the Nu Chi chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta honor society. But, as with most endeavors, publishing this journal would have been impossible without the help of many people. In particular, we extend our thanks to Professor Stanbury and Professor Sweeney for ensuring that the journal continued for another year. We also thank all the professors of the English Department, who not only continually foster an environment of excellence and academic inquiry, but who encouraged students to submit their essays to The Criterion as well. Even in such an unprecedented year, their tireless guidance and support ensured that English students could produce works of quality, which consequently made the process of selecting entries such a hard task. We are also grateful for Elise Saad, who advertised the publication within the department. We also extend our thanks to all the students who submitted work this year, without whom, this journal would not exist. Additionally, we thank Lisa Villa of Dinand Library for all her help in uploading the journal onto CrossWorks, allowing the journal to be published, even when print publication was not a possibility.

Complete Issue



The Editorial Board
Rose Grosskopf '20
Stephen Conde '20
Co-Editors in Chief
Kaitlin McGuire '20
Talia Spirito '21
Emily Waligory '20
The Criterion Advisor
Professor Sarah Stanbury
Sigma Tau Delta Advisor
Professor Susan Elizabeth Sweeney