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
To be eligible for this year's prize, a book must carry a 2016 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. 3, 2017. To nominate a book, send three copies, clearly marked as "for Kenshur Prize," to the ASECS office, 2596 Reynolda Road, suite E, Winston-Salem, NC 27106.
Sean Silver, The Mind is a Collection: Case Studies in Eighteenth-Century Thought (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015).
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
Trish Loughran, The Republic in Print: Print Culture in the
Age of U.S. Nation Building, 1770-1870 (Columbia University