The judging panel for the 2019 prize comprised Judith Still, Judith Miller, Shirley Jordan, Pierre Saint-Amand and Michael Syrotinski (chair). There were 30 submissions this year, up from 20 last year: 16 from North America (including 1 from Toronto), 10 from UK (Oxford, Cambridge, Lincoln, Westminster, Nottingham, Durham, and Warwick), 2 from Belgium, 1 from Australia (Adelaide), and 1 from Denmark (Copenhagen). There was a wide international range of journals submitting nominations: French S(tudies, Nineteenth Century French Studies, Yale French Studies, French Historical Studies, Paragraph, Criticism, Fabula: LHT, Iranian Studies, FMLS, Contemporary French Civilisation, French Politics, Culture and Society, New Literary History, MethIS, Francosphères, L’Esprit créateur, and Lumen.
It was a very strong field, which was narrowed down to a shortlist of 6 after the first round. All judges read or re-read all 6 essays, and one clear winner emerged from the second round.
We are very pleased to announce that the 2019 Malcolm Bowie prize is awarded to:
Annabel Kim (Harvard), for her article 'The Excremental Poetics of Daniel Pennac’s Journal d’un corps', published in French Studies, 67.3 (2019).
The quality of the shortlisted articles was so high that the panel agreed there should be two joint-runners up this year. These are:
Tracy Rutler (Penn State), 'Prosthetic Matters: On Blindness, Machines, and Knowledge in Diderot's Letter on the Blind', Criticism, 60.2 (2019).
Thibaut Radomme (Louvain-la-Neuve/Lausanne), 'Jeux de lettres, jeu du texte. L’hermétisme du "Roman de Fauvel" (Paris, BnF, français 146) au service de la satire', in Marion Uhlig et Martin Rohde (eds), Belles Lettres. Les figures de l’écrit au Moyen Âge (Wiesbaden: Reichert Verlag (Scrinium Friburgense, 44), 2019).
Warm congratulations to the winner and runners-up. The chair of the judging panel would also like to thank the panellists for offering their valuable time, for their perceptive comments and well-balanced judgements, and for continuing to give such care and attention to the prize competition in these difficult and challenging times.
The 2019 prize will be presented at next year's SFS conference in Belfast.