R. Gapper book prize

Each year, the Society awards the prestigious R. Gapper book prize for a book in the field of French studies, published for the first time in the previous calendar year, by a scholar based in an institution of higher education in the United Kingdom or Ireland. The award commends books of critical and scholarly distinction which have a clear impact on the wider critical debate. It includes a cash prize of £2000, and expenses-paid travel to the next annual conference of the Society for French Studies. In addition, the award is publicized in French Studies, in the French Studies Bulletin, and on the Society’s website. 

The award is usually made in February of each year and is presented to the winner at the annual conference of the Society for French Studies. The winner is selected by the Gapper Book Prize Jury, appointed by the SFS Executive and chaired by one of their number. Their decision is then proposed to the SFS Executive and to the R. H. Gapper Charitable Trust, who jointly award the prize. The criteria for award of the prize are, broadly, the book’s critical and scholarly distinction and its likely impact on wider critical debate. In assessing these, the following qualities will be taken into account: 

  • Scope and range
  • Intellectual ambition
  • Originality
  • Coherence and persuasiveness
  • Depth of scholarship
  • Eloquence 

Publishers, series editors, university departments, individual scholars and authors wishing to nominate themselves are invited to forward a copy of the book, published in 2017, for consideration to the current Chair of the Jury: Professor Margaret Topping, Dean of the Graduate School, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland, by 31 July 2018 at the latest. 

2017 Recipients

We are delighted to announce that this year’s R. Gapper book prize has been won by Prof. Roger Pearson (The Queen’s College, Oxford) for Unacknowledged Legislators: The Poet as Lawgiver in Post-Revolutionary France (OUP, 2016). Also highly commended is Representing the Dead: Epitaph Fictions in Late-Medieval France (Boydell & Brewer, 2016) by Dr Helen Swift (St Hilda’s College, Oxford).

Winner: Roger Pearson

Project Unacknowledged Legislators: The Poet as Lawgiver in Post-Revolutionary France
Institution The Queen's College, Oxford
Publication Oxford University Press, 2016

Runner up: Helen Swift

Project Representing the Dead: Epitaph Fictions in Late-Medieval France
Institution St Hilda's College, Oxford
Publication Boydell & Brewer, 2016

Previous recipients

2016

Winner: Neil Kenny

Project Death and Tenses: Posthumous Presence in Early Modern France
Institution University of Oxford
Publication Oxford: OUP, 2015

Winner: Patrick McGuinness

Project Poetry and Radical Politics in fin de siècle France: From Anarchism to Action Française
Institution University of Oxford
Publication Oxford: OUP, 2015

2015

Winner: Robert Mills

Project Seeing Sodomy in the Middle Ages
Institution UCL
Publication University of Chicago Press, 2015

Runner up: ​Mairéad Hanrahan

Project Cixous’s Semi-Fictions
Institution UCL
Publication Edinburgh University Press, 2015

Runner up: Joseph Harris

Project Inventing the Spectator
Institution Royal Holloway
Publication Oxford University Press, 2015

Runner up: Ann Jefferson

Project Genius in France: an Idea and its Uses
Institution University of Oxford
Publication Princeton University Press, 2015

2014

Winner: Christopher Prendergast

Project Mirages and Mad Beliefs: Proust the Skeptic
Publication Princeton University Press, 2014

2013

Winner: Siân Reynolds

Project Marriage and Revolution: Monsieur & Madame Roland
Publication Oxford University Press, 2013

2012

Winner: Michael Moriarty

Project Disguised Vices: Theories of Virtue in Early Modern French Thought
Publication Oxford University Press, 2012

2011

Winner: Judith Still

Project Derrida and Hospitality: Theory and Practice
Publication Edinburgh University Press, 2011

2010

Winner: Ardis Butterfield

Project The Familiar Enemy: Chaucer, Language and Nation in the Hundred Years War
Publication Oxford University Press, 2010

2009

Winner: Alain Viala

Project La France galante
Publication Presses universitaires de France, 2009

2008

Winner: ​Mark Greengrass

Project Governing Passions. Peace and Reform in the French Kingdom, 1576-1585

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Publication Oxford University Press, 2008

Winner: Christopher Prendergast

Project The Classic. Sainte-Beuve and the Nineteenth-Century Culture Wars
Publication Oxford University Press, 2008

2007

Winner: Eric Robertson

Project Arp: Painter, Poet, Sculptor
Publication Yale University Press, 2007

2006

Winner: Maria C. Scott

Project Baudelaire’s ‘Le Spleen de Paris’ : Shifting Perspectives
Publication Ashgate, 2006

2005

Winner: Roger Pearson

Project Mallarmé and Circumstance: The Translation of Silence
Publication Oxford University Press, 2005

2004

Winner: Sylvia Huot

Project Madness in Medieval French Literature: Identities Lost and Found
Publication Oxford University Press, 2004
Contact

Professor Margaret Topping,
Dean of the Graduate School,
Queen’s University Belfast,
Belfast BT7 1NN,
Northern Ireland