CAAS Prizes

CAAS awards two annual prizes:
  • The Ernest Redekop prize for best article published in the previous year in the Canadian Review of American Studies.
  • The Robert K. Martin prize for best book published by a CAAS member in the previous calendar year.

The Robert K. Martin prize is awarded to the best book published by a CAAS member in the previous calendar year. CAAS is now accepting nominations for the Robert K. Martin prize for best book published in 2022. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2023. All submissions should be sent directly to:

Jennifer Harris (Robert K. Martin Prize Committee Chair)
English Language and Literature
200 University Avenue West
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1

Tel: (519) 888-4567 ext. 36803

We require 3 paper copies of book submissions; please email Jennifer Harris (jennifer.harris@uwaterloo.ca) to confirm details of your nomination for the Martin prize prior to sending the books.

2022 Winner

Redekop prize winner (2022)

The committee charged with selecting the winner of this year’s Redekop Prize for the best essay in volume 52 (2022) of the Canadian Review of American Studies have decided to give the award to Shama Rangwala of the Department of Humanities at York University for her essay, “Liberal Containment in Marvel Movies of the Trump Era” (CRAS 522). Rangwala’s essay interrogates the ostensibly progressive politics of two of the most commercially successful titles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Black Panther [2018] and Captain Marvel [2019]), in order to demonstrate how they ultimately serve to neutralize criticism of liberal hegemony. In the context of Trump’s Presidency, she argues, these MCU films help to perpetuate the self-serving liberal idea that oppressive ideas and practices are “not foundational,” but are “embodied within the villainous individual . . . and can thus be expelled with that individual.” By addressing the intersections of race, class, and gender in the context of US empire, Rangwala locates her work at the center of American Studies scholarship. The committee agreed that her careful theoretical framing, her engagement with recent and relevant work in the field of American popular culture and her close attention to the chosen cinematic texts combined to generate an elegant and compelling argument.

Paul Downes (University of Toronto)

David Hollingshead (MacEwan University)

David Mitterauer (Western University)

2021 Winner

Robert K. Martin Book Prize Winner & Honourable Mentions:

Ernest Redekop Essay Prize Winner & Honourable Mentions

2019-2020 Winners

Robert K. Martin Book Prize Winner & Honourable Mentions

  • WINNER: Jason Demers, The American Politics of French Theory: Derrida, Deleuze, Guattari, and Foucault in Translation (University of Toronto Press).
  • HONOURABLE MENTION: Giorgio Bertellini, The Divo and the Duce: Promoting Film Stardom and Political Leadership in 1920s America (University of California Press).
  • HONOURABLE MENTION: Laura R. Fisher, Reading for Reform: The Social Work of Literature in the Progressive Era (University of Minnesota Press).

2020 Winners

Ernest Redekop Essay Prize Winner & Honourable Mentions

2019 Winners

Ernest Redekop Essay Prize Winner & Honourable Mentions

2018 Winners

Robert K. Martin Book Prize Winner & Honourable Mentions

Ernest Redekop Essay Prize Winner & Honourable Mentions

2017 Winners

Robert K. Martin Book Prize Winner & Honourable Mentions

Ernest Redekop Essay Prize Winner & Honourable Mentions

2016 Winners

Robert K. Martin Book Prize Winner & Honourable Mentions

Ernest Redekop Essay Prize Winner & Honourable Mentions

2015 Winners

Robert K. Martin Book Prize Winner

Ernest Redekop Essay Prize Winner

2014 Winners

Robert K. Martin Book Prize Winner

Ernest Redekop Essay Prize Winner

2013 Winners

Robert K. Martin Book Prize Winner

Ernest Redekop Essay Prize Winner

2012 Winners

Robert K. Martin Book Prize Winner

Ernest Redekop Essay Prize Winner

2011 Winners

Robert K. Martin Book Prize Co-Winners

Ernest Redekop Essay Prize Winner

2010 Winners

Robert K. Martin Book Prize Winner

Ernest Redekop Essay Prize Winner