Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies Award
The Popular Philosophy of Narrative
David Wittenberg


This prize honors an outstanding scholarly monograph that explores the intersection between popular culture, especially science fiction, and the sciences.

Winner of the 2014 Harry Levin Prize
The Two Indies and the Limits of Enlightenment Anticolonialism
Sunil M. Agnani


Sunil M. Agnani’s Hating Empire Properly: The Two Indies and the Limits of Enlightenment Anticolonialism (Fordham University Press, 2013) is an astute and learned inquiry into the Enlightenment, colonialism, and revolution in the anticolonial writings of Denis Diderot and Edmund Burke. Agnani’s nuanced analyses of Diderot and Burke and “the two Indies” demonstrate the suggestive power of ‘hating properly,’ of “entering into its [empire’s] terms and allowing the internal contradictions to be heightened rather than covered by a politic veil” (186). With rich textual analyses and theoretical agility, Hating Empire Properly more than substantiates its concluding suggestion “that the full ‘meaning’ and significance of the fragmentary discourses of the Enlightenment are manifest only in the colonies, rendered legible only by means of the colonies . . .” (190).

Honorable Mention for the 2014 Harry Levin Prize
An Archive
Hala Halim




Honorable Mention for The 2014 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies
The Postmonolingual Condition
Yasemin Yildiz


No problem is more crucial for European identity than that of the relationship of the monolingual to the multilingual and the relationship of each to the concept of the nation-state. Yasemin Yildiz’s Beyond the Mother Tongue is a finely-crafted exploration of a group of 20th-century German writers which excitingly recasts how these authors are defined or define themselves in terms of German as a language, revealing how the powerfully affective notion of the “mother tongue” functions for writers as different as Kafka (and Yiddish), Adorno (and the Fremdwort), Takada (and Japanese), and Zaimoglu (and Turkish). Her studies disrupt a “monolingual paradigm,” showing how multiple our relations with languages can be. Yildiz brilliantly highlights what is at stake, ethically and politically, in the monolingual paradigm and in resistance to it, even where perhaps especially where—the resistance might simply appear as linguistic playfulness. At stake is whether national identities can come to terms with multilingual realities. All future work will have to take account of her innovative work.

Choice: Outstanding Academic Title
Wendy Pojmann




Choice: Outstanding Academic Title
Literary Affects and the New Political
Tarek El-Ariss




Choice: Outstanding Academic Title
Writing, Objects, and Public Image in Renaissance Italy
Susan Gaylard




Runner-Up for the Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present Book Prize
Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Literature
Jacob Edmond


In this remarkable book, comparative literature outdoes itself, becoming fully contemporary and transnational: Edmond innovates a genuinely global poetics that discovers the fullest cultural crossings among Chinese, Russian, and U.S. poets. Reading correspondences among Yang Lian, Arkadii Dragomoshchenko, and Lyn Hejinian, Bei Dao, Dmitri Prigov, and Charles Bernstein, among others, Edmond aims to give a field “still shaped by the history and conceptual and political structures of the Cold War” the resources to read the “appositional, transnational, and multicultural poetics of our current era”; its focus is contemporary poetry’s “common commitment to forms of strangeness,” which disallow old assertions of what unites or foreignizes the world’s populations. And its great advantage is a sense of literary culture equally powerful in its three languages, which translates to interpretive insight uniquely adequate to the world today.

2013 South Central Modern Language Association Book Award
Spenser, Vulnerability, and the Ethics of Masculinity
Joseph Campana


The Pain of Reformation: Spenser, Vulnerability, and the Ethics of Masculinity by Joseph Campana has been awarded the SCMLA Prize for the best scholarly or critical book published by a member of SCMLA during 2012.

The Smith Prize
Nation, Family, and Patriotism in a Fascist Court
Maura Hametz


The Smith Award, named for Professor Charles E. Smith (1906-1959), who taught ancient, medieval, English History, and Renaissance and Reformation at Louisiana State University and served as Dean from 1934 until his untimely death in 1959. The Award is given by the European History Section of the Southern Historical Association for the best book published in European history by a member of the Section or a faculty member of a Southern college or university, or by a Southern press. “European” is defined as encompassing the entire continent, including Russia, from pre-history to the present.

2013 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Awards
Intersections in Teaching and Learning for the Twenty-first Century
Edited by Jocelyn M. Boryczka, and Elizabeth A. Petrino, Introduction by Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., Epilogue by Charles L. Currie, S.J.




2013 Hortense Simmons Prize for the Advancement of Knowledge
The Fugitive Slave Issue in South Central Pennsylvania, 1820-1870
David G. Smith


Underground Railroad Free Press annually awards three prizes recognized as the most esteemed honor bestowed in the Underground Railroad community. The Underground Railroad Free Press prizes honor the most outstanding contributions to contemporary Underground Railroad work in leadership, preservation and advancement of knowledge. The prizes also promote awareness and appreciation of contemporary Underground Railroad work to the general public, governments and key decision-makers by publicizing prizes and winners.

American Association of Italian Studies Book Prize (Medieval/Renaissance/Baroque)
Women Warriors and the Dynastic Imagination in the 'Orlando furioso'
Eleonora Stoppino


"This impressive study of the 'Furioso' as illuminated by its little-known medieval sources is thorough and well argued. It forms an important contribution to scholarship on early modern narrative, and will doubtless interest scholars of gender studies as well."—Renaissance Quarterly

Honorable Mention for the 2013 Harry Levin Prize
Contemporary Poetry, Cross-Cultural Encounter, Comparative Literature
Jacob Edmond


"Jacob Edmond’s work places the discipline of comparative literature against a deeply cosmopolitan, yet rarely juxtaposed, series of lyrical contexts. From the stakes of high modernism to the controversies over global literature and contemporary geopolitics, his discussions are admirable in their linguistic range, erudition, and critical vision. Cultural encounter––that experience so typically poised between strangeness and commonality––becomes here a poetic event. An original, sophisticated, and remarkable book."––Citation, Honorable Mention, Harry Levin Prize 2013

Times Literary Supplement’s Books of the Year
Essays in the Politics of Culture
Joseph Frank


"In addition to knowing his way around texts and ideas, Frank stresses human relationships as these are played out in intersecting careers and influential friendships… The life of literature is a continuing series of such dialogues between the living and the dead. This wise and generous book, culminating and recapitulating Frank’s career, invites us to participate in the conversation and helps equip us with the knowledge to do so.”--Beverly Bie Brahic, Times Literary Supplement

Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Studies in Germanic Languages and Literatures
The Postmonolingual Condition
Yasemin Yildiz


The prize is awarded biennially for an outstanding scholarly work on the linguistics or literatures of the Germanic languages, including Danish, Dutch, German,Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish, and Yiddish.

Choice: Outstanding Academic Title
Elegiac Humanism in Wartime and Postwar Lebanon
Ken Seigneurie




Howard R. Marraro Prize
Vasari's Lives and Michelangelo's Death
Marco Ruffini


The Howard R. Marraro Prize was established in 1973 and is awarded biennially and alternately with the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies, for an outstanding book in the field of Italian literature or comparative literature involving Italian.

USA Best Book Awards
Growing up in New York City's Catholic Orphanages
Edward Rohs, and Judith Estrine


Award-Winner in the 'Biography: General' category of The 2012 USA Best Book Awards, sponsored by USA Book News.

2012 NJSAA Authors Awards
The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J.
Thomas A. McCabe


The Alliance joins with the History and Bibliography Section of the New Jersey Library Association, Rutgers University Press, and Special Collections and University Archives of Rutgers University Libraries, to present an annual award to an author who has published recently on a topic about New Jersey.

Catholic Press Awards 2012
Edited by James T. Fisher, and Margaret M. McGuinness


The Catholic Press Awards recognizes the contributions and hard work of association members.

Catholic Press Awards 2012
Educating the Faith That Does Justice
Roger Bergman


The Catholic Press Awards recognizes the contributions and hard work of association members.

2012 AAS SAC Ramanujan Book Prize for Translation
Vijaydan Detha, Translated by Christi A. Merrill, with Kailash Kabir


A.K. Ramanujan (1929–1993) was born and educated in Mysore, India. He taught at the University of Chicago for more than three decades, where he served as the chairman of the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations. He earned the Padma Shri in 1976 and a MacArthur Fellowship in 1983. In recognition of the excellence of his translations, the South Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies has established the A.K. Ramanujan Book Prize for Translation. The award is given every other year, and is intended to recognize and encourage translations from South Asian languages into English.

2012 AAS SAC Ramanujan Book Prize for Translation
Vijaydan Detha, Translated by Christi A. Merrill, with Kailash Kabir


A.K. Ramanujan (1929–1993) was born and educated in Mysore, India. He taught at the University of Chicago for more than three decades, where he served as the chairman of the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations. He earned the Padma Shri in 1976 and a MacArthur Fellowship in 1983. In recognition of the excellence of his translations, the South Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies has established the A.K. Ramanujan Book Prize for Translation. The award is given every other year, and is intended to recognize and encourage translations from South Asian languages into English.

Victor Turner Prize for Ethnographic Writing 2010
The Greek Left and the Terror of the State
Neni Panourgiá


The Victor Turner Prize in Ethnographic Writing is given for published books in various genres including ethnographic monographs, narratives, essays, biographies, memoirs, poetry, and drama.

2011 William Noe Field Award for Catholic New Jersey History
The Rise, Fall and Resurrection of St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, N.J.
Thomas A. McCabe


This award named in honor of the late Monsignor William Noe’ Field (1915-2000), a noted rare book librarian and bibliophile is bestowed on the best publication in the field of New Jersey Catholic history produced over the past two year period.

2010 Gradiva Book Award for Best Historical Book
Freud and the Jewish Question
Eliza Slavet


The awards were inspired by Freud's essay DELUSIONS AND DREAMS IN JENSEN'S GRADIVA in which he stated, "Creative writers are valuable allies and their evidence is to be prized highly, for they are apt to know a whole host of things between heaven and earth of which our philosophy has not yet let us dream ... they draw upon sources which we have not yet opened up for science."

Recalling Freud's words, NAAP established the Gradiva Awards to honor our "valuable allies," including poets, artists, producers, directors, publishers, etc., who have created works that advance psychoanalysis.


Edmund Keeley Book Prize
The Greek Left and the Terror of the State
Neni Panourgiá


The Edmund Keeley Book Prize is awarded to an academic book dealing with modern Greece or a Hellenic theme published originally in the English language.

Glora E. Anzaldua Book Prize
Illness and Body Politics in Chicana Feminist Literature
Suzanne Bost


The prize, honoring Gloria Anzaldúa, gives recognition for groundbreaking scholarship in women's studies that makes significant multicultural feminist contributions to women of color/transnational scholarship.

MLA Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies
The Politics of Otherness in Emergent U.S. Literatures and Culture
Crystal Parikh


For an outstanding scholarly study in any language of United States Latina and Latino or Chicana and Chicano literature or culture.

Literary Award in Poetry
Amy Catanzano, Foreword by Michael Palmer


PEN Center USA’s annual awards program, established in 1982, is a unique, regional competition that recognizes literary excellence in eleven categories: fiction, creative nonfiction, research nonfiction, poetry, children’s literature, graphic literature, translation, journalism, drama, teleplay, and screenplay.

2009-2010 New York City Book Awards
New York's River Festival of 1909 and the Making of a Metropolis
Kathleen Eagen Johnson, Foreword by Kenneth T. Jackson, Preface by Mark F. Rockefeller


The New York Society Library's New York City Book Awards, established in 1996, honor books of literary quality or historical importance that, in the opinion of the selection committee, evoke the spirit or enhance appreciation of New York City.

AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show in the Scholarly Illustrated Category
Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics
Edited by Roger Berkowitz, Jeffrey Katz, and Thomas Keenan


Since 1965, the AAUP Book, Jacket, and Journal Show has fulfilled its mission to "honor and instruct": honoring the design and production teams whose work furthers a long tradition of excellence in book design, and — through a traveling exhibit and acclaimed annual catalog of selected entries — visually teaching the tenets of good design.

2009 Prose Award in Archeology and Anthropology
The Greek Left and the Terror of the State
Neni Panourgiá


The PROSE Awards annually recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content in over 40 categories. Judged by peer publishers, librarians, and medical professionals since 1976, the PROSE Awards are extraordinary for their breadth and depth.

2010 Merit Award Book in the Scholarly and Professional Category
The Grand Concourse at 100
Edited by Antonio Sergio Bessa, Foreword by Daniel Libeskind


Highlights the best designs in publishing.

2009 Greater Hudson Heritage Network Annual Awards Towards Excellence
New York's River Festival of 1909 and the Making of a Metropolis
Kathleen Eagen Johnson, Foreword by Kenneth T. Jackson, Preface by Mark F. Rockefeller


Greater Hudson Heritage Network’s Award For Excellence program seeks to recognize and commend exceptional efforts among GHHN members. Awards are made to projects that exemplify creativity and professional vision resulting in a contribution to the preservation and interpretation of the historic scene, material culture and diversity of the region.

Isabel G. MacCaffrey Prize for the best book on Spenser and Renaissance Literature, 2008 & 2009
Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton
Judith H. Anderson


The International Spenser Society presents the Isabel MacCaffrey Award each year for the best article or book on Spenser published in the preceding two years (with book and article competitions alternating).

2009 J. Owen Grundy History Award
Looking for the Man in the Monuments
James A. Percoco, Foreword by Harold Holzer


The award recognizes those who have preserved our local heritage and historic resources.

2008 Rene Wellek Prize
The World Novel, Narrative Form, and International Law
Joseph R. Slaughter


The René Wellek Prize recognizes an outstanding book in the discipline of comparative literature; fields may include literary or cultural theory or history, or any other field of comparative literature.

2006 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in Memory of Newton Arvin
Edited by Geoffrey Hartman, and Daniel T. O'Hara


The establishment of the Truman Capote Literary Trust was stipulated in the author's will, and the Annual Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in Memory of Newton Arvin reflects Capote's frequently expressed concern for the health of literary criticism in the English language. The awards are designed to reward and encourage excellence in the field.

National Jewish Book Award for Scholarship
Kabbalistic Hermeneutics and Poetic Imagination
Elliot R. Wolfson


The National Jewish Book Awards program began in 1950 when the Jewish Book Council presented awards to authors of Jewish books at its annual meeting. Past notable literary winners include Chaim Grade, Deborah Lipstadt, Bernard Malamud, Michael Oren, Chaim Potok, Philip Roth, and Elie Wiesel.

Violet Crown Award
Lee Robinson


The Violet Crown Book Award, founded in 1991, is named for O. Henry’s description of Austin as the City of the Violet Crown and recognizes excellence in fiction and nonfiction.

Finalist for The Florence Gould Foundation and the French-American Foundations Translation Prizes
Chronicles of Intellectual Life, 1941
Maurice Blanchot, Translated by Michael Holland




Finalist for The Florence Gould Foundation and the French-American Foundations Translation Prizes
Chronicles of Intellectual Life, 1942
Maurice Blanchot, Translated by Michael Holland