Modern Language Association Prize for a First Book Winners


  • Sadia Abbas, Rutgers University, Newark, for At Freedom’s Limit: Islam and the Postcolonial Predicament (Fordham Univ. Press, 2014)

  • Lital Levy, Princeton University, for Poetic Trespass: Writing between Hebrew and Arabic in Israel/Palestine (Princeton Univ. Press, 2014)

  • Honorable mention: Eugenie Brinkema, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for The Forms of the Affects (Duke Univ. Press, 2014)


  • Raúl Coronado, University of California, Berkeley, for A World Not to Come: A History of Latino Writing and Print Culture (Harvard Univ. Press, 2013)


  • Meredith Martin, Princeton University, for The Rise and Fall of Meter: Poetry and English National Culture, 1860–1930 (Princeton Univ. Press, 2012)


  • Nergis Ertürk, Penn State University, University Park, for Grammatology and Literary Modernity in Turkey (Oxford Univ. Press, 2011)


  • Vivasvan Soni, Northwestern University, for Mourning Happiness: Narrative and the Politics of Modernity (Cornell Univ. Press, 2010)


  • Andrew Piper, McGill University, for Dreaming in Books: The Making of the Bibliographic Imagination in the Romantic Age (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2009)

  • Honorable mention: Eric Slauter, University of Chicago, for The State as a Work of Art: The Cultural Origins of the Constitution (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2009)


  • Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, University of Maryland, College Park, for Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination (MIT Press, 2008)


  • Dana Luciano, Georgetown University, for Arranging Grief: Sacred Time and the Body in Nineteenth-Century America (NYU Press, 2007)

  • Honorable Mention: Matthew P. Brown, University of Iowa, for The Pilgrim and the Bee: Reading Rituals and Book Culture in Early New England (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2007)

  • Honorable Mention: Martin K. Foys, Hood College, for Virtually Anglo-Saxon: Old Media, New Media, and Early Medieval Studies in the Late Age of Print (Univ. Press of Florida, 2007)


  • Sean X. Goudie, Vanderbilt University, for Creole America: The West Indies and the Formation of Literature and Culture in the New Republic (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2006)


  • Virginia Jackson, Tufts University, for Dickinson's Misery: A Theory of Lyric Reading (Princeton Univ. Press, 2005)

  • Honorable Mention: Zhen Zhang, New York University, for An Amorous History of the Silver Screen: Shanghai Cinema, 1896–1937 (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2005)


  • Elizabeth S. Goodstein, Emory University, for Experience without Qualities: Boredom and Modernity (Stanford Univ. Press, 2004)


  • Paul K. Saint-Amour, Pomona College, for The Copywrights: Intellectual Property and the Literary Imagination (Cornell Univ. Press, 2003)


  • Paul Downes, University of Toronto, for Democracy, Revolution, and Monarchism in Early American Literature (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2002)

  • Priya Joshi, University of California, Berkeley, for In Another Country: Colonialism, Culture, and the English Novel in India (Columbia Univ. Press, 2002)


  • Bruce W. Holsinger, University of Colorado, Boulder, for Music, Body, and Desire in Medieval Culture: Hildegard of Bingen to Chaucer (Stanford Univ. Press, 2001)


  • Patricia Crain, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, for The Story of A: The Alphabetization of America from The New England Primer to The Scarlet Letter (Stanford Univ. Press, 2000)

  • Honorable mention: Jennifer Summit, Stanford University, for Lost Property: The Woman Writer and English Literary History, 1380–1589 (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2000)


  • Srinivas Aravamudan, Duke University, for Tropicopolitans: Colonialism and Agency, 1688–1804 (Duke Univ. Press, 1999)

  • Honorable mention: Ian Baucom, Duke University, for Out of Place: Englishness, Empire, and the Locations of Identity (Princeton Univ. Press, 1999)

  • Honorable mention: Yopie Prins, University of Michigan, for Victorian Sappho (Princeton Univ. Press, 1999)


  • Deidre Shauna Lynch, State University of New York, Buffalo, for The Economy of Character: Novels, Market Culture, and the Business of Inner Meaning (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1998)


  • Katie Trumpener, University of Chicago, for Bardic Nationalism: The Romantic Novel and the British Empire (Princeton Univ. Press, 1997)


  • Marc Redfield, Claremont Graduate University, for Phantom Formations: Aesthetic Ideology and the Bildungsroman (Cornell Univ. Press, 1996)

  • John Rogers, Yale University, for The Matter of Revolution: Science, Poetry, and Politics in the Age of Milton (Cornell Univ. Press, 1996)


  • Elaine Hadley, University of Chicago, for Melodramatic Tactics: Theatricalized Dissent in the English Marketplace, 1800–1885 (Stanford Univ. Press, 1995)


  • Steven Justice, University of California, Berkeley, for Writing and Rebellion: England in 1381 (Univ. of California Press, 1994)


  • Eric W. Lott, University of Virginia, for Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class (Oxford Univ. Press, 1993)