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James Russell Lowell Prize

2012 Sianne Ngai, Stanford University, for Our Aesthetic Categories: Zany, Cute, Interesting (Harvard Univ. Press, 2012)
Honorable mention: Leah Price, Harvard University, for How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain (Princeton Univ. Press, 2012)
2011 Simon Gikandi, Princeton University, for Slavery and the Culture of Taste (Princeton Univ. Press, 2011)
Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University, for The Swerve: How the World Became Modern (W. W. Norton, 2011)
Honorable mention: Andrew F. Jones, University of California, Berkeley, for Developmental Fairy Tales: Evolutionary Thinking and Modern Chinese Culture (Harvard Univ. Press, 2011)
2010 Phillip H. Round, University of Iowa, for Removable Type: Histories of the Book in Indian Country, 1663–1880 (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 2010)
2009 Laura Dassow Walls, University of South Carolina, for The Passage to Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and the Shaping of America (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2009)
Honorable mention: Joseph Litvak, Tufts University, for The Un-Americans: Jews, the Blacklist, and Stoolpigeon Culture (Duke Univ. Press, 2009)
2008 Isobel Armstrong, University of London, for Victorian Glassworlds: Glass Culture and the Imagination 1830–1880 (Oxford Univ. Press, 2008)
2007 Laura Marcus, University of Edinburgh, for The Tenth Muse: Writing about Cinema in the Modernist Period (Oxford Univ. Press, 2007)
2006 Martin Puchner, Columbia University, for Poetry of the Revolution: Marx, Manifestos, and the Avant-Gardes (Princeton Univ. Press, 2006)
Honorable mention: Wai Chee Dimock, Yale University, for Through Other Continents: American Literature across Deep Time (Princeton Univ. Press, 2006)
Honorable mention: Cynthia Wall, University of Virginia, for The Prose of Things: Transformations of Description in the Eighteenth Century (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2006)
2005 Paula R. Backscheider, Auburn University, for Eighteenth-Century Women Poets and Their Poetry: Inventing Agency, Inventing Genre (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 2005)
W. J. T. Mitchell, University of Chicago, for What Do Pictures Want?: The Lives and Loves of Images (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2005)
2004 Diana Fuss, Princeton University, for The Sense of an Interior: Four Writers and the Rooms That Shaped Them (Routledge, 2004)
Honorable mention: Alan Liu, University of California, Santa Barbara, for The Laws of Cool: Knowledge Work and the Culture of Information (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2004)
2003 Giancarlo Maiorino, Indiana University, Bloomington, for At the Margins of the Renaissance: Lazarillo de Tormes and the Picaresque Art of Survival (Penn State Univ. Press, 2003)
 Honorable mention: Brent Hayes Edwards, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, for The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism (Harvard Univ. Press, 2003)
 Honorable mention: Robert Pogue Harrison, Stanford University, for The Dominion of the Dead (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2003)
2002 María Antonia Garcés, Cornell University, for Cervantes in Algiers: A Captive’s Tale (Vanderbilt Univ. Press, 2002)
  Honorable mention: Susan Stewart, University of Pennsylvania, for Poetry and the Fate of the Senses (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2002)
  Honorable mention: Wendy L. Wall, Northwestern University, for Staging Domesticity: Household Work and English Identity in Early Modern Drama (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2002)
2001 Jerome McGann, University of Virginia, for Radiant Textuality: Literature after the World Wide Web (Palgrave, 2001)
  Honorable mention: Eric L. Santner, University of Chicago, for On the Psychotheology of Everyday Life: Reflections on Freud and Rosenzweig (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2001)
2000 Ann Rosalind Jones, Smith College, and Peter Stallybrass, University of Pennsylvania, for Renaissance Clothing and the Materials of Memory (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2000)
1999 Mary Baine Campbell, Brandeis University, for Wonder and Science: Imagining Worlds in Early Modern Europe (Cornell Univ. Press, 1999)
1998 Gauri Viswanathan, Columbia University, for Outside the Fold: Conversion, Modernity, and Belief (Princeton Univ. Press, 1998)
Honorable mention: Phyllis Blum Cole, Penn State University, Delaware County, for Mary Moody Emerson and the Origins of Transcendentalism: A Family History (Oxford Univ. Press, 1998)
1997 David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania, for Chaucerian Polity: Absolutist Lineages and Associational Forms in England and Italy (Stanford Univ. Press, 1997)
Honorable mention: Joan DeJean, University of Pennsylvania, for Ancients against Moderns: Culture Wars and the Making of a Fin de Siècle (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1997)
  Honorable mention: Geoffrey H. Hartman, Yale University and George Washington University, for The Fateful Question of Culture (Columbia Univ. Press, 1997)
1996 Joseph Roach, Yale University, for Cities of the Dead: Circum-Atlantic Performance (Columbia Univ. Press, 1996)
Honorable mention: Wai Chee Dimock, Yale University, for Residues of Justice: Literature, Law, Philosophy (Univ. of California Press, 1996)
1995 Rey Chow, University of California, Irvine, for Primitive Passions: Visuality, Sexuality, Ethnography, and Contemporary Chinese Cinema (Columbia Univ. Press, 1995)
Honorable mention: John Felstiner, Stanford University, for Paul Celan (Yale Univ. Press, 1995)
  Honorable mention: Claudia L. Johnson, Princeton University, for Equivocal Beings: Politics, Gender, and Sentimentality in the 1790s--Wollstonecraft, Radcliffe, Burney, Austen (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1995)
1994 Catherine Gallagher, University of California, Berkeley, for Nobody's Story: Women Writers in the Marketplace (Univ. of California Press, 1994)
1993 Eric J. Sundquist, University of California, Los Angeles, for To Wake the Nations: Race in the Making of American Literature (Harvard Univ. Press, 1993)
1992 Richard Helgerson, University of California, Santa Barbara, for Forms of Nationhood: The Elizabethan Writing of England (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1992)
Honorable mention: Kwame Anthony Appiah, Harvard University, for In My Father's House: Africa in the Philosophy of Culture (Oxford Univ. Press, 1992)
Honorable mention: Mary Louise Pratt, Stanford University, for Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation (Routledge, 1992)
1991 Sacvan Bercovitch, Harvard University, for The Office of The Scarlet Letter (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1991)
1990 Fredric Jameson, Duke University, for Postmodernism; or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (Duke Univ. Press, 1990)
Honorable mention: Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Duke University, for Epistemology of the Closet (Univ. of California Press, 1990)
1989 Denis Hollier, Yale University, with R. Howard Bloch, Peter Brooks, Joan DeJean, Barbara Johnson, Philip Lewis, Nancy Miller, François Rigolot, and Nancy J. Vickers, editors, for A New History of French Literature (Harvard Univ. Press, 1989)
Honorable mention: Charles Bernheimer, University of Pennsylvania, for Figures of Ill Repute: Representing Prostitution in Nineteenth-Century France (Harvard Univ. Press, 1989)
Honorable mention: Ronald Paulson, Johns Hopkins University, for Breaking and Remaking: Aesthetic Practice in England, 1700-1820 (Rutgers Univ. Press, 1989)
1988 Stephen Greenblatt, University of California, Berkeley, for Shakespearean Negotiations: The Circulation of Social Energy in Renaissance England (Univ. of California Press, 1988)
1987 Michael McKeon, Rutgers University, for The Origins of the English Novel, 1600-1740 (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1987)
1986 Joseph Frank, Institute for Advanced Studies and Stanford University, for Dostoevsky: The Stir of Liberation, 1860-1865 (Princeton Univ. Press, 1986)
1985 Joel Fineman, University of California, Berkeley, for Shakespeare's Perjured Eye: The Invention of Poetic Subjectivity in the Sonnets (Univ. of California Press, 1985)
Honorable mention: Jane Gallop, Rice University, for Reading Lacan (Cornell Univ. Press, 1985)
1984 V. A. Kolve, University of Virginia, for Chaucer and the Imagery of Narrative: The First Five Canterbury Tales (Stanford Univ. Press, 1984)
1983 Stephen G. Nichols, Jr., University of Pennsylvania, for Romanesque Signs: Early Medieval Narrative and Iconography (Yale Univ. Press, 1983)
1982 Thomas M. Greene, Yale University, for The Light in Troy: Imitation and Discovery in Renaissance Poetry (Yale Univ. Press, 1982)
Honorable mention: Raymond E. Fitch, Ohio University, for The Poison Sky: Myth and Apocalypse in Ruskin (Ohio Univ. Press, 1982)
1981 Gay Wilson Allen, New York University, for Waldo Emerson: A Biography (Viking, 1981)
1980 Benjamin Bennett, University of Virginia, for Modern Drama and German Classicism (Cornell Univ. Press, 1980)
1979 Barbara Kiefer Lewalski, Brown University, for Protestant Poetics and the Seventeenth-Century Religious Lyric (Princeton Univ. Press, 1979)
1978 Andrew Welsh, Rutgers University, for Roots of Lyric: Primitive Poetry and Modern Poetics (Princeton Univ. Press, 1978)
Honorable mention: Edwin M. Eigner, University of California, Riverside, for The Metaphysical Novel in England and America (Univ. of California Press, 1978)
1977 Stephen Booth, University of California, Berkeley, for Shakespeare's Sonnets (Yale Univ. Press, 1977)
1976 Joseph Frank, Princeton University, for Dostoevsky: The Seeds of Revolt, 1821-1849 (Princeton Univ. Press, 1976)
1975 Jonathan Culler, Oxford University, for Structuralist Poetics (Cornell Univ. Press, 1975)
1974 Josephine Miles, University of California, Berkeley, for Poetry and Change (Univ. of California Press, 1974)
1973 Leslie A. Marchand, Rutgers University, for Byron's Letters and Journals (Harvard Univ. Press, 1973)
Honorable mention: Stephen J. Greenblatt, University of California, Berkeley, for Sir Walter Raleigh: The Renaissance Man and His Roles (Yale Univ. Press, 1973)
1972 Theodore J. Ziolkowski, Princeton University, for Fictional Transfigurations of Jesus (Princeton Univ. Press, 1972)
Honorable mention: Jonathan Saville, University of California, San Diego, for The Medieval Erotic Alba: Structure as Meaning (Columbia Univ. Press, 1972)
1971 Meyer H. Abrams, Cornell University, for Natural Supernaturalism: Tradition and Revolution in Romantic Literature (Norton, 1971)
1970 Bruce A. Rosenberg, Pennsylvania State University, for The Art of the American Folk Preacher (Oxford Univ. Press, 1970)
Honorable mention: Don Cameron Allen, Johns Hopkins University, for Mysteriously Meant: The Rediscovery of Pagan Symbolism and Allegorical Interpretation in the Renaissance (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1970)
Honorable mention: Lawrence E. Harvey, Dartmouth College, for Samuel Beckett, Poet and Critic (Princeton Univ. Press, 1970)
1969 Helen Vendler, Boston University, for On Extended Wings: Wallace Stevens' Longer Poems (Harvard Univ. Press, 1969)
Honorable mention: Theodore J. Ziolkowski, Princeton University, for Dimensions of the Modern Novel (Princeton Univ. Press, 1969)


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