“Character Through Concept: An Exploration of Hybridity in Hari Kunzru’s The Impressionist”
Katie Hubbard was one of two recipients of the 2005 Shansi Prize. Her work examined The Impressionist, a novel about a protagonist, the child of an English father and an Indian mother, who seeks upward social mobility and power via the project of becoming English. Her essay was a careful reading of the novel and a theoretically savvy attempt to revise and expand hybridity’s purview, including a grasp of its positive potential and limits. Her paper was nominated by Professor Anu Needham.