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Society for the Study of American Women Writers

2015 Awards

The Society for the Study of American Women Writers was founded in 2000 to promote the study of American women writers through research, teaching, and publication. The Book Award, Edition Award, and Karen Dandurand Lifetime Achievement Award were established in 2011 to honor the work and legacies of the Society’s founding members and to further SSAWW’s goal to support and broaden knowledge among academics as well as the general public about American women writers. SSAWW is please to announce the winners of our 2015 awards.


 Karen Dandurand Lifetime Achievement Award

The Karen Dandurand Lifetime Achievement Award is given every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference to recognize a scholar’s career achievement in the study of American women writers. The award recognizes the individual’s commitment to the field as demonstrated in his/her teaching, mentoring of students, scholarship and service.

The award is named in honor of Karen Dandurand, who passed away in 2011. She was one of the founding editors of Legacy and was an active member of SSAWW, serving as Vice President of Development (2004-2009).

Karen Dandurand Lifetime Achievement Award 2015

Sharon Harris, Professor Emerita from the University of Connecticut

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2015 Karen Dandurand Lifetime Achievement Award Selection Committee

  • Cherene Sherrard-Johnson, Professor of English, Chair of the Lifetime Achievement Award Selection Committee
  • Beth Widmaier Capo, Professor of English, Illinois College
  • Dorri Beam, Associate Professor of English, Syracuse University
  • Miranda Green-Barteet, Assistant Professor, Joint Appointed in Department of Women’s Studies and Department of English and Writing Studies, The University of Western Ontario
  • Elissa M. Zellinger, Lecturer of English, Armstrong Atlantic State University

Book Award

The SSAWW Book Award is given every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference to recognize excellence in the field. The award recognizes the monograph’s significant contribution to scholarship related to American women writers published during the preceding three years before the submission deadline.

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Book Award 2015

Mary Chapman, Making Noise, Making News: Suffrage Print Culture and U.S. Modernism (Oxford University Press, 2014)

Website: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/making-noise-making-news-9780199988297?cc=us&lang=en&


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Alexandra Socarides

Dickinson Unbound: Paper, Process, Poetics (Oxford University Press, 2012)

Website: http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199858088.001.0001/acprof-9780199858088


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Book Award 2015 Honorable Mention

Claudia Stokes

The Altar at Home: Sentimental Literature and Nineteenth-Century American Religion (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014)

Website: http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/toc/15292.html


2015 Book Award Selection Committee

  • Koritha Mitchell (Chair) Associate Professor of English, The Ohio State University
  • Lori Harrison-Kahan, Associate Professor of the Practice of English, Boston College
  • Tamara Harvey, Associate Professor of English, George Mason University


Edition Award

The SSAWW Edition Award is given every three years at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers’ conference to recognize excellence in the recovery of American women writers. The award recognizes an edition published during the preceding three years before the submission deadline.

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Edition Award 2015

Theresa Strouth Gaul

Cherokee Sister: The Collected Writings of Catharine Brown, 1818-1823 (University of Nebraska Press, 2014)

Website: http://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/product/Cherokee-Sister,675763.aspx


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Edition Award 2015 Honorable Mention

Jennifer Putzi and Elizabeth Stockton

The Selected Letters of Elizabeth Stoddard (University of Iowa Press, 2012)

Website: http://www.uiowapress.org/books/2012-fall/selected-letters-elizabeth-stoddard.htm


2015 Edition Award Selection Committee

  • Terry Novak, Professor of English, Chair of the Edition Award Selection Committee, Johnson & Wales University
  • Debby Rosenthal, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, John Carroll University
  • Seretha Williams, Professor of English, Georgia Regents University

SSAWW Graduate Student Paper Award

SSAWW will present an award for the best paper presented by a graduate student at the 2015 SSAWW conference. This award brings recognition and a monetary prize. First- and second-place winners will be awarded a monetary prize and publicly recognized on the SSAWW website. (Note: this award is separate from the Legacy award.)

Papers are submitted after the conference and should include:
1) The paper presented (no more than 2500 words)
2) The name of your panel
3) Contact information (name, institution, degree program, email)

You are welcome to revise the paper from its conference form, but please do not exceed 2500 words.

Deadline: 1 December 2015

Award Announcement: March 2016

A committee of three SSAWW members reads the submissions and selects the award winner(s).


SSAWW 2015 Conference * Philadelphia, Sheraton Society Hill * November 4-8, 2015

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