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.)
The Center is delighted to announce this year's shortlist. The winner will be named at the beginning of the 2016-2017 academic year.
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
Trish Loughran, The Republic in Print: Print Culture in the
Age of U.S. Nation Building, 1770-1870 (Columbia University