Since 2007, the Center has awarded an annual book prize to an outstanding
monograph of interest to eighteenth-century scholars working in a range of
disciplines. The prize is named in honor of the work of Oscar Kenshur,
professor emeritus of comparative literature at Indiana University, a
dix-huitièmiste par excellence and one of the founding members of the
Center (biography). The Kenshur prize of $1000 is awarded at an interdisciplinary seminar dedicated to the
The Center is delighted to announce that the Kenshur Prize for 2015 (books published in 2014) has been awarded to Michael Kwass's Contraband: Louis Mandrin and the Making of a Global Underground published by Harvard University Press. Please join us for a discussion of the book on Friday, September 11, 4:00-5:30, in the Faculty Room (upstairs) of the University Club (IMU). Panelists include Helen F. Thompson (English, Northwestern University) and Fritz Breithaupt (Germanic Studies, Indiana University) as well as Professor Kwass (History, Johns Hopkins University). Reception to follow!
Hanneke Grootenboer, Treasuring the Gaze: Intimate Vision in Late Eighteenth-Century Eye Miniatures (Chicago, 2013).
Srinivas Aravamudan, Enlightenment Orientalism: Resisting the Rise of the Novel (Chicago, 2012).
James H. Johnson, Venice Incognito: Masks in the Serene Republic (University of California Press, 2011).
Joanna Stalnaker, The Unfinished Enlightenment: Description in the Age of the Encyclopedia (Cornell University Press, 2010).
Dan Edelstein, The Terror of Natural Right: Republicanism,
the Cult of Nature, and the French Revolution (University
of Chicago Press, 2009).
Vanessa Agnew, Enlightenment Orpheus: the Power of Music
in Other Worlds (Oxford University
Trish Loughran, The Republic in Print: Print Culture in the
Age of U.S. Nation Building, 1770-1870 (Columbia University