MLA Prize for Independent Scholars Winners

2012–13

  • Joël Des Rosiers, Montreal, for Métaspora: Essai sur les patries intimes (Triptyque, 2013)

2011

  • Melissa Bradshaw, Chicago, Illinois, for Amy Lowell, Diva Poet (Ashgate, 2011)

2010

  • Tom Duggett, Suzhou, China, for Gothic Romanticism: Architecture, Politics, and Literary Form (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

2009

  • Susan Whyman, Fair Haven, New Jersey, for The Pen and the People: English Letter Writers, 1660–1800 (Oxford Univ. Press, 2009)

2008

  • William Pallister, Oakland, California, for Between Worlds: The Rhetorical Universe of Paradise Lost (Univ. of Toronto Press, 2008)

2007

  • Andrés J. Nader, Berlin, Germany, for Traumatic Verses: On Poetry in German from the Concentration Camps, 1933–1945 (Camden House, 2007)

2006

  • Eric Edward Paras, Reston, Virginia, for Foucault 2.0: Beyond Power and Knowledge (Other Press, 2006)

2005

  • Henry Hitchings, London, England, for Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of Dr. Johnson's Dictionary (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005)

2004

  • Alan Palmer, London, England, for Fictional Minds (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 2004)

  • June Chun Yip, Los Angeles, California, for Envisioning Taiwan: Fiction, Cinema, and the Nation in the Cultural Imaginary (Duke Univ. Press, 2004)

2003

  • Dana Phillips, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for The Truth of Ecology: Nature, Culture, and Literature in America (Oxford Univ. Press, 2003)

2002

  • Diana Saco, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for Cybering Democracy: Public Space and the Internet (Univ. of Minnesota Press, 2002)

2001

  • David Roessel, Washington, DC, for In Byron's Shadow: Modern Greece in the English and American Imagination (Oxford Univ. Press, 2001)

2000

  • Joe Snader, Wilmington, Delaware, for Caught between Worlds: British Captivity Narratives in Fact and Fiction (Univ. Press of Kentucky, 2000)

1999

  • Steven J. Holmes, Rosindale, Massachusetts, for The Young John Muir: An Environmental Biography (Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 1999)

1998

  • Janet Galligani Casey, for Dos Passos and the Ideology of the Feminine (Cambridge Univ. Press, 1998)

1997

  • Gary Schmidgall, New York, New York, for Walt Whitman: A Gay Life (Dutton Plume, 1997)

1996

  • Graham Robb, Oxford, England, for Unlocking Mallarmé (Yale Univ. Press. 1996)

  • Finalist: Carolyn Burke, Santa Cruz, California, for Becoming Modern: The Life of Mina Loy (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1996)

1995

  • Nora Sayre, for Previous Convictions: A Journey through the 1950s (Rutgers Univ. Press, 1995)

1994

  • Kenneth M. Cameron, for Africa on Film: Beyond Black and White (Continuum Books, 1994)

  • Honorable mention: Mary Price, for The Photograph: A Strange, Confined Place (Stanford Univ. Press, 1994)

1993

  • Olga Augustinos, for French Odysseys: Greece in French Travel Literature from the Renaissance to the Romantic Era (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1993)

  • Honorable mention: Carl Hill, for The Soul of Wit: Joke Theory from Grimm to Freud (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 1993)

1992

  • Hans J. Rindisbacher, for The Smell of Books: A Cultural-Historical Study of Olfactory Perception in Literature (Univ. of Michigan Press, 1992)

1991

  • Marie-Laure Ryan, for Possible Worlds, Artificial Intelligence, and Narrative Theory (Indiana Univ. Press, 1991)

  • Honorable mention: David B. Morris, for The Culture of Pain (Univ. of California Press, 1991)

1990

  • William Merrill Decker, for The Literary Vocation of Henry Adams (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1990)

  • Honorable mention: Charles Musser, for The Emergence of Cinema: The American Screen to 1907 (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1990)

1989

  • Emily W. Sunstein, for Mary Shelley: Romance and Reality (Little, Brown and Co., 1989)

1988

  • Harriet Blodgett, for Centuries of Female Days: Englishwomen's Private Diaries (Rutgers Univ. Press, 1988)

1987

  • Wayne F. Cooper, for Claude McKay: Rebel Sojourner in the Harlem Renaissance (Louisiana State Univ. Press, 1987)

  • Keith W. F. Stavely, for Puritan Legacies: Paradise Lost and the New England Tradition, 1630–1890 (Cornell Univ. Press, 1987)

1986

  • Paul van Caspel, for Bloomers on the Liffey: Eisegetical Readings of Joyce's Ulysses (Johns Hopkins Univ. Press, 1986)

1985

  • Edward Brunner, for Splendid Failure: Hart Crane and the Making of The Bridge (Univ. of Illinois Press, 1985)

1984

  • Gloria C. Erlich, for Family Themes and Hawthorne's Fiction: The Tenacious Web (Rutgers Univ. Press, 1984)

1983

  • Zdzislaw Najder, for Joseph Conrad: A Chronicle (Rutgers Univ. Press, 1983)

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