AYMON E. LANGLOIS

Writing

A burgeoning writer, Langlois' paper "Covert Aestheticism: Disability and 'Narrative Prosthesis' in Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" recently won Skidmore College's Joseph C. Palamountain, Jr. Prose Award and, now, enjoys a wider readership in Wordgathering: A Journal of Disability Poetry and Literature. His paper "Pip's Penitence: Dickens' Enlightened Perspective of the Gentleman" won Skidmore College's English Department Distinguished Writing Award for the Essay in 2020. Recently his flash fiction, "Standing, For Lauren," appeared online and in print in Adelaide Literary Magazine. Additionally, his breakout short story, "Her Books," was published in Canvas, a literary journal celebrating "some of the best teen writing out there" in 2019.

 

Advance Praise for "Covert Aestheticism"

 

"Aymon Langlois's Covert Aestheticism: Disability and 'Narrative Prosthesis' takes on a wily and elusive text: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. With an assured voice, an energetic syntax, and word choice rigorous and precise, Aymon examines Stevenson's rendering of disability in this famously conjured tale. Aymon's attuned close reading joins his expert contextualizing and theorizing of the extraordinary body of Edward Hyde—rendered simultaneously ugly yet beautiful by the palimpsestic layers of stigma, deviance, and aestheticism."

 

"[Aymon Langlois'] paper, 'Covert Aestheticism: Disability and 'Narrative Prosthesis' in Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde,' has been awarded this year's Palamountain Prose Award [...] The members of the Palamountain Prose Award Committee were impressed in particular by the deft manner in which [he] contextualized the aesthetic movement within the fin de siècle Victorian era, [his] close reading of Stevenson's novella through the lens of disability, and [his] clarion call for moving beyond the stigma associated with disability. [The Committee] found [his] prose precise and beautifully composed"

 

- Michael Arnush, Professor of Classics and Associate Dean of the Faculty for Student Academic Affairs, Bakary Diaby and L. Caitlin Jorgensen, Professors of English; Palamountain Prose Award Committee Members, Skidmore College