About the Malcolm Bowie Prize and how to apply

In 2008 the Society for French Studies launched an annual Malcolm Bowie Prize, to be awarded for the best article published in the preceding year by an early-career researcher in the broader discipline of French Studies.

Malcolm Bowie was not only the most eminent and inspirational Anglophone scholar of French literature and theory of his generation, he was a towering figure in the field because of his tireless devotion to the scholarly community both in the UK and abroad, his service to the Society for French Studies offering but one example of this: he was President of the Society from 1994-96, as well as General editor of its journal (French Studies) 1980-87. The Society felt that it was particularly appropriate to honour his memory by founding a prize for which only early-career scholars will be eligible, since he was a remarkable mentor to countless younger scholars, both in the UK and abroad.

Click here for details of how to apply and the conditions of entry (cliquer ici pour version française).

Malcolm Bowie Prize: 2013

The Society for French Studies is pleased to announce the outcome of this year’s Malcolm Bowie Prize.

The winner of the Prize is Christopher Churchill, PhD (Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario), for his article: ‘The Unlikely Barrèsian Inheritance of Albert Camus’, Journal of the Canadian Historical Association / Revue de la Société historique du Canada 23:2 (2012), 251-297. [Although the journal year is 2012, the number was only published in 2013.]

The joint Runners-up are:

Michael Meere (University of Virginia), for his chapter ‘La violence sur la scène classique: une question de (dé)goût’, in L’Invention du mauvais goût à l’âge classique (XVIIe-XVIIIe siècle), edited by Carine Barbafieri and Jean-Christophe Abramovici (Editions Peeters, 2013), 123-40,


Jennifer C. Edwards (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), for her article ‘“Man Can be Subject to Woman”: Female Monastic Authority in Fifteenth-Century Poitiers’,” Gender & History 25:1 (2013), 86-106.

The Society wishes to thank all those who submitted entries for this year’s competition.

The Prize is awarded annually for the best article in any area of French Studies published by an early career researcher, defined for the 2013 Prize as a scholar who received his/her PhD in or after 2008 but before the end of 2013.

Past Malcolm Bowie Prize Awards

2012: winner
Hannah Freed-Thall (California at Berkeley). ‘Prestige of a Momentary Diamond: Economies of Distinction in Proust’, New Literary History (2012).

Elizabeth Everton (UCLA). ‘Scenes of Perception and Revelation: Gender and Truth in Anti-Dreyfusard Caricature’, French Historical Studies (2012)

2011: Winner
Andrew Counter (Cambridge). ‘One of Them: Homosexuality and Anarchism in Wilde and Zola’, Comparative Literature 63.4 (Fall 2011), 345-65.

Maria Muresan. ‘Wittgenstein in Recent French Poetics: Henri Meschonnic and Jacques Roubaud’, in ‘Wittgenstein, Theory, Literature’, edited by James Helgeson, Paragraph 34.3 (November 2011), 423–40.

André Dombrowski. ‘History, Memory, and Instantaneity in Edgar Degas’s Place de la Concorde‘, The Art Bulletin 9.2 (June 2011), 195-219.