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A. Owen Aldridge Prize

Comparative Literature Studies, published at the Pennsylvania State University Press, announces that it will publish an annual prize-paper written by a graduate student. The competition is named in honor of A. Owen Aldridge, founder of CLS. The purpose of this competition is to encourage and recognize excellence in scholarship among graduate students and to reward the highest achievement by publication. This project is sponsored by CLS in cooperation with the American Comparative Literature Association and supported by the Department of Comparative Literature at Penn State. The award carries a monetary prize as well, including an honorarium and help with travel expenses to attend the 2018 ACLA meeting.

Graduate students in a comparative literature department or program are encouraged to submit a polished paper in English, approximately 15 -20 pages long (double-spaced), preferably following Chicago endnote style (MLA-style papers will be accepted, but, must be converted for publication) and prepared for anonymous evaluation.

Further information on the Aldridge prize may be found on the Comparative Literature Studies' Aldridge prize competition page.

Congratulations to the winner of the 2017 A. Owen Aldridge prize:

  • Roni Henig (Columbia University), for her essay entitled "Stammering Hebrew - Y.H. Brenner's Deferred Beginnings." (CITATION)

The winning essay is determined by a panel of judges that is selected annually by the ACLA.

The Aldridge prize committee for 2018 is:
Tomislav Longinovic (Commitee Chair 2017-2018), University of Wisconsin
Dennis Tenen, Columbia University
Debarati Sanyal, University of California, Berkeley

1. Any graduate student currently enrolled in an M.A. or Ph.D. program in Comparative Literature or the equivalent designation (e.g., Comparative Cultural Studies) may submit one paper annually. 
2. Papers may be on any comparative topic and deal with any language areas. They should be scholarly articles-on literary research, theory, or criticism-and address more than one language area. They should not, for example, be interviews, translations, or editions of texts. 
3. Papers should be of normal length for journal submission, 6000-13000 words, and be written in English. Any professional citational style is acceptable, though the winner will need to revise to conform to CLS style (modified Chicago).
4. Submissions consist of: 1) one copy of the article prepared as in #5 and 2) a note on letterhead from the program head or faculty adviser indicating that the student is enrolled in a graduate program as stated in #1.
5. Papers should be prepared for anonymous evaluation. A separate cover letter should give the paper's title, author's name, and contact information. The first page of the paper itself should include the title of the work, but not the author's name.
6. Digital submissions (Word or PDF files only) via email will also be accepted at the address shown below ( The letterhead note from the adviser may be substituted by an email message sent with an institutional domain address in the “From” line.
7. The winning paper must conform to CLS standards and will be copy-edited and subject to the same editorial recommendations as other CLS materials. The intention of CLS is to publish the winning paper within 12 months. A note will indicate that the paper is the winner of the Aldridge competition and that it has been selected by the ACLA and CLS.

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF SUBMISSIONS for the 2017 Aldridge Prize is November 15, 2017.
Send submissions to:
Comparative Literature Studies
427 Burrowes Building
University Park, PA 16802 /

Previous Aldridge winners:

  • Laura Finch (University of Pennsylvania), for her essay "Globalizing Finance: Nostalgia, Desire, and the Market in Contemporary Shanghai" (2016) (CITATION)
  • Henry Bowles (Harvard University), for his essay, "Psychological Realism in Early Prose Narrative: Dreams in The 1001 Nights and the Greek Novel" (2015) (CITATION)
  • James Wallen (University of California, Santa Cruz), for his essay, ""Our Natural and Original Illness”: Tracking the Human/Animal Distinction in Montaigne and Nietzsche" (2014) (CITATION)
  • Lauren DuGraf (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), for her essay, "’Droits d¹auteur’: The Faulknerian Author-Function in Godard’s Film Socialisme" (2013) (CITATION)
  • Joseph Lavery (University of Pennsylvania), for his essay, "Counterarchiving Ruskin" (2012) (CITATION)
  • Michelle Jansen (SUNY ­ Binghamton), for her essay, "Exchange and the Eidolon: Analyzing Forgiveness in Euripides’s Helen" (2011) (CITATION)
  • Belén Bistué (University of California at Davis), for her essay, "The Task(s) of the Translators: Multiplicity as Problem in Renaissance European Thought" (2010). (CITATION)
  • John Patrick Leary (New York University), for his essay, "Havana Reads the Harlem Renaissance: Mistranslation and the Dialectics of Transnational American Literature" (2009). (CITATION)
  • Ning Ma (Princeton University), for her essay, "When Robinson Crusoe Meets Ximen Qing: Material Egoism in the First Chinese and English Novels" (2008). (CITATION)
  • Tobias Boes (Yale University), for "Apprenticeship of the Novel: The Bildungsroman and the Invention of History, ca. 1770-1820" (2007). (CITATION)
  • Michael Allan (University of California - Berkeley), for "Reading With One Eye, Speaking With One Tongue – On the Problem of Address in World Literature" (2006). (CITATION)
  • Katherine Mannheimer (Yale University), for "To the Letter: The Material Text as Space of Adjudication in Pope's First Satire of the Second Book of Horace" (2005). (CITATION)
  • Mariano Siskind (New York University), for "Captain Cook and the Discovery of Antarctica’s Modern Specificity: Towards a Critique of Globalization" (2004). (CITATION)
  • James Ramey (University of California - Berkeley), for "Parasitism and Pale Fire's Camouflage: The King-Bot, the Crown Jewels and the Man in the Brown Mackintosh" (2003).
  • Andrea Bachner (Harvard University), for "Anagrams in Psychoanalysis: Retroping Concepts by Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan, and Jean-Francois Lyotard" (2002).
  • Kate Elkins (University of California - Berkeley), for "Stalled Flight: Baudelaire's Rewriting of Horace's Memorial Swan" (2001).
  • Daniel Simon (University of Oklahoma), for "Translating Ruskin: Marcel Proust's Orient of Devotion" (2000).
  • Robert Herbert Doran (Stanford University), for "Nietzsche: Utility, Aesthetics and History" (1999).
  • Théresè Migraine-George (University of Colorado - Boulder), for "Specular Desires: Orpheus and Pygmalion as Aesthetic Paradigms in Petrarch's Rime sparse" (1998).
  • Mary Frances Fahey (University of California - Davis), for "Allegorical Dismemberment and Rescue in Book III of The Faerie Queene" (1997).
  • Nicholas Rennie (Yale University), for "Benjamin and Zola: Narrative, the Individual, and Crowds in an Age of Mass Production" (1996).  
  • David Porter (Stanford University), for "Writing China: Legitimacy and Representation 1606-1773" (1995).
  • Bradley Butterfield (University of Oregon), for "Enlightenment’s Other in Patrick Süskind’s Das Parfüm: Adorno and the Ineffable Utopia of Modern Art" (1994).
  • Liang Shi (University of Massachusetts), for "The Leopardskin of Dao and the Icon of Truth: Natural Birth Versus Mimesis in Chinese and Western Literary Theories" (1993).
  • Hongchu Fu (UCLA), for "Deconstruction and Taoism: Comparisons Reconsidered" (1991) .
  • Lynne S. Vieth, (University of Illinois - Chicago), for "Socrates as Untragic Hero: Satyric Pedagogy in Modern European Narrative" (1990).
  • Aris Fioretos (Yale University), for "Nothing: Reading Paul Celan’s ‘Engführung’" (1989).
  • Edward S. Brinkley (Cornell University), for "Proustian Time and Modern Drama: Beckett, Brecht, and Fugard" (1988).