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The Horst Frenz Prize Citations 2015 HM

2015 Honorable Mention:

Be it known that Kendra Dority, of the University of California, Santa Cruz, was awarded honorable mention in the competition for the 2015 Horst Frenz Prize for the best presentation by a graduate student at the annual conference of the American Comparative Literature Association, which, in 2014, was held at New York University in New York City, NY.

Kendra Dority's paper, “Grammatos | Agrammatos: Illiterate Readers and the Value of Comparative Reading in Athenaeus’ Deipnosophistae,” a provocative and insightful essay, by a previous winner of the Horst Frenz Prize, is a fascinating study of the Deipnosophistae, an “invaluable collection of quotations and text that re-uses ancient authors,” a play that constitutes an analogue to the modern hypertext.  The writing is felicitous; the exposition clear; the use of classical Greek texts knowledgeable.  The essay is esoteric without being pedantic; relevant without being trendy.  This study makes an excellent case for the uncanny relation of the ἀγράμματοι to the modern comparatist teaching literature, and the contemporary discussion on the fate and nature of reading. 

The American Comparative Literature Association takes pride in making this award to Kendra Dority, and congratulates her on her outstanding achievement.

2015 Frenz Prize Committee:
Eugene Eoyang, Indiana University (Chair)
Kathleen Komar, University of California, Los Angeles
Ron Bogue, University of Georgia