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
Submissions in English from any discipline are welcome; authors can submit
their work irrespective of citizenship. Multi-authored collections of
essays and translations, as well as books by members of the Bloomington
faculty, are not eligible.
The Kenshur prize of $1000 will be awarded along with an invitation to
attend an interdisciplinary seminar dedicated to the
winning book. (The Center covers most expenses associated with this event.)
To be eligible for the current year's competition, a book must have been published in 2014 and carry a 2014 copyright. Submissions can be made by the publisher or by the author:
three copies must be received at the offices of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies by January 31,
2015. The winner will be announced by the end of June 2015.
Please send the books (clearly marked for Kenshur Prize) to ASECS, 2596
Reynolda Rd., Suite E, Winston-Salem, NC 27106. For further inquiries
please contact Professor Rebecca Spang, Director of the Center for
Eighteenth-Century Studies at Indiana University (email rlspang at
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