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The René Wellek Prize recognizes an outstanding book in the discipline of comparative literature; fields may include literary or cultural theory or history, or any other field of comparative literature. The 2018 Wellek Prize will be awarded to a book published during the calendar years 2017 and 2018, and will be awarded at the ACLA annual meeting in 2018 at UCLA in Los Angeles, CA. The prize carries complimentary registration for the Annual Meeting, as well as hotel and airfare accommodations** (not including food) to facilitate the recipient attending the 2018 ACLA Annual Meeting. (**economy-class airfare roundtrip from wherever the prize winner is located the week before the conference, and hotel accommodation for up to 4 nights at the conference hotel rate, or rough equivalent thereof if the conference hotel is booked).
Congratulations to the 2017 co-winners of the René Wellek Prize:
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman (University of Minnesota Press, 2015) (CITATION)
Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War (Harvard University Press, 2016) (CITATION)
HOW TO NOMINATE A BOOK
If you wish to nominate one or more titles for the 2018 René Wellek Prize, please send a brief letter to that effect and a copy of the book to each member of the 2018 René Wellek Prize Committee, including the ACLA Secretariat, Alexander Beecroft. PLEASE NOTE that no book previously nominated for either the Levin or the Wellek Prize may be re-nominated for either prize; a book may be nominated in either of its years of eligibility, but not in both years. Questions: email the Secretary-Treasurer, Alexander Beecroft.
You may mail submissions to the 2018 René Wellek Prize Committee at the following addresses:
American Comparative Literature Association, University of South Carolina Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, 1620 College Street, Rm. 813A, Columbia SC 29208
The 2018 René Wellek Prize Committee is:
Rebecca Comay (University of Toronto), 618 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto, ON M6H 2W6, Canada (2018-2019 committee chair)
Alberto Moreiras (Texas A&M University), 17001 Calumet Trail, College Station, TX 77845
Bruce Robbins (Columbia University), Department of English and Comparative Literature, Philosophy Hall, 1150 Amsterdam Avenue, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027
The deadline for submission is October 1st, 2018. The ACLA encourages the submission of titles as early as possible, as the committee usually receives a large number of submissions at the end of the year, and can devote proportionately less time to them than to those that arrive early.
A selective approach to nominations is also recommended, in order that a few books of superior quality may stand out.
Below is a list of previous René Wellek Prize winners. Please click on the year of the prize to view further information about the prize winner and the book (including a link to Amazon's web page for the book).
Note: in 2012, the ACLA changed the structure of its book prizes, and now awards two different book prizes each year: the René Wellek Prize for the best book published in the field of comparative literature, and the Harry Levin Prize for the best first book published in the field of comparative literature. First books are also eligible for the Wellek Prize, but no book may be nominated for both prizes. Please note that only single-author books may be nominated for either prize. Publishers and authors are invited to submit nominations for both prizes.
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