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)
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.
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.