Malcolm Bowie Prize

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 to 1996, as well as General editor of its journal (French Studies) from 1980 to 1987. 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.

2019 Entries

Entries for 2019 are open now. The closing date is 31 January 2020.

The 2019 Malcolm Bowie prize competition is now open.

The award includes:

  • a cash prize of £1000;
  • expenses-paid travel to the next annual conference of the Society for French Studies;
  • mention in the French Studies Bulletin and on the Society for French Studies website.

2018 competition results

The judging panel for this year (essays published in 2018) consisted of five members: The President and Vice-President of the Society (Judith Still and Bill Burgwinkle), Christie McDonald (Harvard), Ian Maclachlan (Oxford), and Judith Miller (New York University).

Twenty-four essays were nominated and submitted for consideration, up four from the previous year, and they came from a number of international sources:

UK (Oxford, Birmingham, Cambridge, SOAS)

UK-Scotland (Glasgow, St Andrews)

USA (Bentley, Harvard, Chicago, New York University, Louisiana, Manchester,

Michigan, Florida, Dickinson, Missouri)

France (Bordeaux)

Germany (Munich)

Ireland (Dublin)

The range of publications in which the articles appeared also ranged widely and included:

French Studies, Studies in French Cinema, French Review, French Cultural Studies, Contemporary French Civilization, PMLA, Research in African Literatures, Bulletin des amis d’André Gide, Montaigne Studies, New Literary History, Renaissance Drama, Paragraph, Culture and Theory, Exemplaria, L’Esprit créateur, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Performance Research, Nineteenth-century French Studies, MLN, Nottingham French Studies, and Monde français du dix-huitième siècle.

Nominations were received from both journal editors and university departments, almost equally.

This was a very strong year indeed and seven essays were forwarded to the panel as an extended shortlist.

Outcome

The prize was awarded to Laura Hughes, from New York University, for her essay, ‘In the library of Jacques Derrida: manuscript materiality after the archival turn’, which appeared in New Literary History, 49.3 (Summer 2018), 403-424.

The runner-up, who receives our commendation, is: Yan Wang, from the Université Bordeaux Montaigne, for the essay, ‘L’écriture et le problème de l’ancienne histoire chinoise’, which was published in Monde français du dix-huitième siècle, 3.1 (2018), 1-20.

The Society would like to thank and congratulate the authors of these extraordinary essays, the nominators, for their interest in our studies, and the panel of external judges who offered so freely of their time and expertise.

Conditions and how to enter

The Society invites nominations of articles published in 2019 from editors of learned journals, editors or publishers of collected volumes, and heads of university departments. Authors may not self-nominate (though they may ask editors, publishers, or university departments to consider nominating them). To be eligible for nomination, authors must be within five years of obtaining their PhD when their article is published (in this instance anyone who received their PhD in or after 2013 but before the end of 2019). In addition, they must either have been registered for their PhD or worked since then in a Department of French/Modern Languages, or equivalent. Articles may be published anywhere in the world, but must be written in French or English.

Nominations should be submitted by email to Professor Michael Syrotinski (Michael.Syrotinski@glasgow.ac.uk), together with a statement which includes full publication details of the article concerned and an indication of how the candidate satisfies the two criteria for eligibility specified above. Nominations should be accompanied by a PDF file of the article as it appears in print. Nominations not accompanied by a PDF file will not be valid.

The deadline for receipt of nominations for the 2019 Prize (including the article itself) is 31 January 2020. Entries may be submitted immediately.

Previous recipients

2018

Winner: Laura Hughes

Project ‘In the library of Jacques Derrida: manuscript materiality after the archival turn’
Institution New York University
Publication New Literary History, 49.3 (Summer 2018), 403-424

Runner up: Yan Wang

Project ‘L’écriture et le problème de l’ancienne histoire chinoise’
Institution Université Bordeaux Montaigne
Publication Monde français du dix-huitième siècle, 3.1 (2018), 1-20.​

2017

Winner: Eliza Zingesser

Project Pidgin Poetics: Bird Talk in Medieval France and Occitania
Institution Columbia University
Publication New Medieval Literatures, 17 (2017), 62-80

Runner up: ​Andrea Gadberry

Project The Cupid and the Cogito: Cartesian Poetics
Institution New York University
Publication Critical Inquiry​​, 43.3 (Spring 2017), 738-51

Runner up: Annabel Kim

Project The Riddle of Racial Difference in Anne Garréta’s Sphinx
Institution Harvard University
Publication Diacritics, 45.1 (2017), 4-22

2016

Winner: Tobias Warner

Project How Mariama Bâ Became World Literature: Translation and the Legibility of Feminist Critique
Institution UC Davis
Publication PMLA, 131: 5 (October 2016), 1239-55

Runner up: Dónal Hassett

Project Pupilles de l’Empire: Debating the Provision for Child Victims of the Great War in the French Empire
Institution University of Bristol
Publication French Historical Studies, 39: 2 (April 2016), 315-45​

2015

Winner: Jennifer Rushworth

Project Proust, Derrida, and the Promise of Writing
Publication French Studies, 69.2 (April 2015), 205-29.

2014

Winner: Edward Baring

Project Ne me raconte plus d’histoires: Derrida and the Problem of the History of Philosophy
Institution Harvard University, 2009
Publication History and Theory, 53.2 (2014), 175-193;

Winner: Chad B. Denton

Project Steel of Victory, Scrap of Defeat: Mobilizing the French Home Front, 1939-40
Institution PhD (University of California, Berkeley, 2009)
Publication War & Society, 33.2 (2014), 98-130.

Runner up: ​Katie Hornstein

Project Suspended Collectivity: Horace Vernet’s The Crossing of the Arcole Bridge(1826)’
Institution PhD (University of Michigan, 2010)
Publication Art History, 37.3 (2014), 428-53;

Runner up: ​Robert St. Clair

Project Laughing Matter(s): Poetics, Politics, and Ethics of the (Utopian) Body in Rimbaud’s Effarés
Institution PhD (University of Minnesota, 2011)
Publication Romanic Review, 104.1-2 (2013), 117-38 [article published in 2014]

2013

Winner: Christopher Churchill

Project ‘The Unlikely Barrèsian Inheritance of Albert Camus’
Institution Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
Publication , Journal of the Canadian Historical Association / Revue de la Société historique du Canada 23:2 (2012), 251-297. [Journal year 2012, number published in 2013.]​

Runner up: Jennifer Edwards

Project ‘“Man Can be Subject to Woman”: Female Monastic Authority in Fifteenth-Century Poitiers'
Institution Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Publication Gender & History 25:1 (2013), 86-106

Runner up: Michael Meere

Project ‘La violence sur la scène classique: une question de (dé)goût’
Institution University of Virginia
Publication L’Invention du mauvais goût à l’âge classique (XVIIe-XVIIIe siècle), ed. Carine Barbafieri and Jean-Christophe Abramovici (Éditions Peeters, 2013), 123-40

2012

Winner: Hannah Freed-Thall

Project 'Prestige of a Momentary Diamond: Economies of Distinction in Proust’
Institution University of California at Berkeley
Publication New Literary History (2012)​

Runner up: Elizabeth Everton

Project ‘Scenes of Perception and Revelation: Gender and Truth in Anti-Dreyfusard Caricature’
Institution UCLA
Publication French Historical Studies (2012)​

2011

Winner: Andrew Counter

Project ‘One of Them: Homosexuality and Anarchism in Wilde and Zola’
Institution University of Cambridge
Publication Comparative Literature 63.4 (Fall 2011), 345-65.​

Runner up: Maria Muresan

Project ‘Wittgenstein in Recent French Poetics: Henri Meschonnic and Jacques Roubaud’
Publication Paragraph 34.3 (November 2011), 423–40.​​

2010

Winner: ​Frédérique Aït-Touati

Project ‘Penser le ciel à l’âge classique: Fiction, hypothèse et astronomie de Kepler à Huygens'
Publication Annales HSS (March–April 2010), 325–44.​

Runner up: Rowan Tomlinson

Project ‘“Intelligible sans discipline”: enumeration, observation, and communication in Montaigne's Apologie de Raimond Sebond’,
Publication in Stephen Bamforth (ed.), Nouveaux Départs: Studies in Honour of Michel Jeanneret, Nottingham French Studies, 49:3 (2010), 87–109.​

2009

Winner: ​Dorian Bell

Project ‘The Jew as Model: Anti-Semitism, Aesthetics, and Epistemology in Manette Salomon’
Institution University of California at Irvine
Publication Modern Language Notes, 124:4 (September 2009), 825–47

2008

Winner: Luke Sunderland

Project ‘Le Cycle de Renart: From the Enfances to the Jugement in a Cyclical Roman de Renart Manuscript’
Institution Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Publication French Studies, 62 (2008), 1–12

Runner up: Simon Kemp

Project ‘Darrieussecq’s Mind’
Institution St John's College, Oxford
Publication French Studies, 62 (2008), 429–41

2007

Winner: Miranda Gill

Project ‘The Myth of the Female Dandy’
Institution University of Cambridge
Publication French Studies 61 (2007), 167–81​

Winner: Hugh Roberts

Project ‘La tête de Bruscambille et les métaphores mentales au début du XVIIe siècle’
Institution University of Exeter
Publication Revue d’histoire littéraire de la France, 107 (2007), 541–57
Contact

Professor Michael Syrotinski

School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Hetherington Building
University of Glasgow
Glasgow
G12 8RS

Entries for 2019 are open now. The closing date is 31 January 2020.