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611. MLA Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, 7 January, 6:45 p.m., Metropolitan A, Sheraton

Presiding: Russell A. Berman, Stanford Univ., MLA President

1. Michael Bérubé, Penn State Univ., University Park, MLA First Vice President, will present the William Riley Parker Prize, James Russell Lowell Prize, MLA Prize for a First Book, Kenneth W. Mildenberger Prize, Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize, MLA Prize for Independent Scholars, Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize, Morton N. Cohen Award, MLA Prize for a Distinguished Scholarly Edition, Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies, Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies, Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Slavic Languages and Literatures, Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Scholarly Study of Literature, Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies, Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award for a Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies, Lois Roth Award, William Sanders Scarborough Prize, MLA Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies.

2. Rosemary G. Feal, MLA, will present the MLA International Bibliography Fellowship Awards.

3. Rosemary G. Feal will announce the recipients of the seal of approval from the Committee on Scholarly Editions.

4. Michael Bérubé will announce the recipients of the ADE Francis Andrew March Award and the ADFL Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession.

5. Russell A. Berman will present the MLA Award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement to Fredric Jameson, Duke Univ.

6. Remarks by Fredric Jameson

Reception immediately following.


Subject:

  • The Profession – General

Author Comment
Subject: Fredric Jameson honored
I am delighted that Fredric Jameson will be honored at the 2012 MLA Convention. He has been one of the most influential American critics and theoreticians of our times. His generous support and guidance during my work on Gyorgy Lukacs, at a time when few scholars were familiar with the work of the Hungarian philosopher, was invaluable to me. I was also grateful for the fascinating interview Fredric Jameson granted me on Lukacs's influence on his own work. It is one of the valuable contributions by distinguished Lukacsean scholars I had the privilege to include in my book "Lukacs After Communism: Interviews with Contemporary Intellectuals" (Duke UP 1997).
Subject: Fredric Jameson honored
I am delighted to know that Fredric Jameson will be honored at the MLA Comvention, Seattle. He is one of the American critics and theoreticians the most read and studied wolrdwide. Many years ago, I recollect, I was deeply impressed by his ardent discussion, flowingly eloquent, on Max Weber at his class. Years later, he came to Japan, fascinating the audience with his discussions on Heidegger, Lukacs, Sartre, and Marx, together with the topics like modern and classic aesthetics, modernism, postmodernism, and others. Some of his books and lectures are still widely read in translations and originals in Japan. Indeed, I am delighted with the news of Jameson honored with his lifetime scholarly achievemetn.

Shoji Goto
Professor Emeritus, Rikkyo University

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