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Kenshur Prize certificateJoanna Stalnaker, Lynn Festa, Guillaume Ansart

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, former Chicago cab driver, and one of the founding members of the Center (biography). The Kenshur prize of $1000 is awarded at an interdisciplinary seminar dedicated to the winning book.

To be eligible for this year's prize, a book must carry a 2017 copyright. Submissions in English from any discipline (irrespective of author's citizenship or place of residence) are welcome; authors (as well as publishers) are invited to nominate relevant works. Multi-authored collections of essays and translations, as well as books by members of the Bloomington faculty, are not eligible. Deadline for nominations is Feb. 15, 2018. To nominate a book, send three copies, clearly marked as "for Kenshur Prize," to:

Aimee Levesque, ASECS Project and Office Manager
SUNY Buffalo State College
1300 Elmwood Avenue
Ketchum Hall 213
Buffalo, NY 14222

Questions should be directed to either or to

The winner will be announced in August 2018.

Previous winners:
Deirdre Loughridge, Haydn's Sunrise, Beethoven's Shadow: Audiovisual Culture and the Emergence of Musical Romanticism (University of Chicago Press, 2016).

Sean Silver, The Mind is a Collection: Case Studies in Eighteenth-Century Thought (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015).

Michael Kwass, Contraband: Louis Mandrin and the Making of a Global Underground (Harvard, 2014).

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 Press, 2008).

Trish Loughran, The Republic in Print: Print Culture in the Age of U.S. Nation Building, 1770-1870 (Columbia University Press, 2007).

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