Society for the Study of American Women Writers
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
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
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.
Book Award 2015
Mary Chapman, Making Noise, Making News: Suffrage Print Culture and U.S. Modernism (Oxford University Press, 2014)
Dickinson Unbound: Paper, Process, Poetics (Oxford University Press, 2012)
Book Award 2015 Honorable Mention
The Altar at Home: Sentimental Literature and Nineteenth-Century American Religion (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014)
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
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.
Edition Award 2015
Theresa Strouth Gaul
Cherokee Sister: The Collected Writings of Catharine Brown, 1818-1823 (University of Nebraska Press, 2014)
Edition Award 2015 Honorable Mention
Jennifer Putzi and Elizabeth Stockton
The Selected Letters of Elizabeth Stoddard (University of Iowa Press, 2012)
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 2015
The Society for the Study of American Women Writers is pleased to announce the winners of its 2015 Graduate Student Paper Awards, which recognize the exemplary work that graduate students presented at the recent SSAWW conference in Philadelphia, PA. This contest is separate from the best paper award sponsored by Legacy. Awards include a prize of $250 for first place and $150 for second place.
The following winning papers were selected among 32 entries:
Julia Dauer, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Maureen Cummins: Bookmaking and the Nineteenth-Century Archive”
Kimberly Farris, UNC Chapel Hill, “Educating the Nation: Pedagogical Nationalism and Female Utopias in Augusta Jane Evans’s Macaria”
Faune Albert, University of Massachusetts Amherst, “(Re)writing Histories in the Crossing: Natasha Trethewey and the Poetics of the Miscegenated Body”
Mark B. Kelley, University of California, San Diego, “‘An Offense without Feeling’: Confederate Pirates of Sympathy and Maria Cummins’s Haunted Hearts (1864).”
SSAWW thanks the 2015 Graduate Student Award Committee members for their service: Conseula Francis (College of Charleston), Lisa West (Drake University), and Amy Hobbs Harris (Central State University).
SSAWW 2015 Conference * Philadelphia, Sheraton Society Hill * November 4-8, 2015
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