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10 January 2022

King's Modern Languages student wins essay prize

Former student Megan Lloyd wins Brian Darling Memorial Essay Prize for her undergraduate essay.

An image of a group of people on a film set in black and white
Set of La Bataille d’Algier with director Gilles Pontecorvo

Alumna Megan Lloyd (Modern Languages, 2021) has been awarded the Brian Darling Memorial Prize by the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France for her essay ‘Discuss the relationship of women to politics in Algeria as represented in Assia Djebar’s Disparition de la langue française and Gillo Pontecorvo’s La Bataille d’Alger.’

The Brian Darling Memorial Prize was established in memory of the late Brian Darling, the founding Secretary of the Association. The prize is awarded for an undergraduate essay or dissertation of distinction, which explores any themes relevant to the Association’s remit (French history, politics, culture, society, literature, thought, and film since 1789, as well as the relations between France and other countries, including those in the French-speaking world).

Megan wrote the essay for her assessment in Prof. Nicholas Harrison’s final-year module, Images of Algeria. The jury considered that Megan’s essay demonstrated excellent primary analysis and original thinking. They said the essay was well-researched and that it offered ‘a strong and lively narrative for the reader to follow’.

Megan says:

A huge thank you to the ASMCF for this Prize! Thanks to Nick Harrison’s module Images of Algeria, in my final year I became intellectually and emotionally invested in the pre- and post-colonial experience in Algeria through studying Algerian literature, and believe that more people, particularly those who study French language and culture, should be aware of the political strife, abuse and the overall complexities that endure to this day.

Megan Lloyd