It is with great pleasure that I announce this year’s winners for the Robert K. Martin Book Prize and the Ernest Redekop Essay Prize. This is the inaugural year for these annual prizes, and we’ve started them with a stellar group of winners and honourable mentions, and I hope you’ll join with me in congratulating them all.
Keep reading below for the winners!
The Robert K. Martin Prize is awarded for the best book published by a CAAS member in a calendar year: the 2010 winner is Giorgio Bertellini, Associate Professor of Screen Arts and Cultures as well as Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan, for his book, Italy in Early American Cinema: Race, Language, and the Picturesque (Indiana UP). In the decision, the members of the Prize Committee write that they “appreciated its meticulous archival research, its admirably interdisciplinary analyses, its satisfyingly thick cultural description, and its clear, elegant prose. Though carefully defined, the scope of this study is deceptively ambitious, extending well beyond the representation of ethnicity to reflect broadly on the role of popular culture in the processes of immigration and assimilation. We were delighted to read and recognize this significant contribution to culture, film, and image studies, as well as to American studies.”
The Ernest Redekop Prize is awarded for best article in the most recent volume of our journal, the Canadian Review of American Studies. The Committee awarded the prize for volume 40 to Brian Norman, Assistant Professor of English and Director of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, for his article, “Clarifying Blackness in Anglo-Native Fictions: Tom Spanbauer’s Cross-Ethnic Borrowings.” Of the essay, the Committee especially noted the “thorough scholarship and self-reflexive tact it brings to bear on the question of inter-ethnic cultural appropriation—one of urgent, ongoing interest for a broad range of Americanist scholars and teachers.”
In addition to Dr. Norman’s work, the committee also recognized two other articles for honourable mention. These are “Derelicte and the Oppressed: Zoolander, Hollywood, and Representing Activism,” by Kit Dobson (Mount Royal University), and “Learning to Love the Bomb: Robert Lowell’s Pathological Poetics,” by Adam Beardsworth (Memorial University, Grenfell Campus). Dr. Dobson’s essay was recognized for its “sophisticated deployment of, and timely reflections on, subaltern theory; engagingly, but with exemplary responsibility, it elucidates Zoolander‘s entanglement in a complex, transnational web of cultural, political, and economic exchanges.” Dr. Beardsworth’s article was lauded “for its original, well-theorized contribution to Lowell studies, as well as its broad, promising implications for scholarship on the vexed relationship between private consciousness and engaged social conscience in late 20th-century lyric poetry” (we should also note that Dr. Beardsworth has just started a tenure-track job at the Grenfell Campus of Memorial University, so congrats all around, Adam!)
We will also be celebrating these prizes in Ottawa, so I hope you can all join us then in a toast to these excellent scholars, as well as to thank the Prize Committee for completing this large task in both a timely and graceful manner, and to celebrate the beginning of what we know will become the long and rich tradition of these prizes. –Jason Haslam, President CAAS