The Northeast Victorian Studies Association is accepting nominations for the Sonya Rudikoff Award for the best Victorian book by a first time author. The Sonya Rudikoff Award was established by the Robert Gutman family in honor of Mr. Gutman's late wife. Ms. Rudikoff was an active member of the Northeast Victorian Studies Association and a recognized scholar. Her book, Ancestral Houses: Virginia Woolf and the Aristocracy, was published posthumously.
A text nominated for this award should be the author's first book. The subject should address Victorian literature and/or culture. Our focus is on Victorian Great Britain and the Empire, though we will consider texts that are transatlantic in focus. We will not, however, consider texts that are strictly American Victorian. To be considered for the 2012 prize, books must have been published during 2011. The award winner will receive a cash prize. The winning author will be announced at the April 2013 conference of the Northeast Victorian Studies Association and in Victorian Studies.
If you wish to have your book considered, please have your publisher submit seven copies for review to the awards committee. The deadline for submissions for the 2012 prize is July 1, 2012. Submit nominated books to
PH.D. Program in English
CUNY Graduate Center
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If you have questions, please contact Jason Rudy at email@example.com
Previous Winners of the NVSA/ Sonya Rudikoff Prize for the Best First Book of the Year:
|1999||Yopie Prins, for Victorian Sappho. Princeton University Press.|
|2000||Alison Winter, for Mesmerized: Powers of Mind in Victorian Britain. University of Chicago Press.|
|2001||Jonah Siegel, for Desire and Excess: the Nineteenth-Century Culture of Art. Princeton University
Honorable Mention: Rick Rylance: Victorian Psychology and British Culture 1850-1880. Oxford University Press.
|2002||Nicholas Dames, for Amnesiac Selves: Nostalgia, Forgetting, and British Fiction, 1810-1870. Oxford University Press.|
|2003||Priya Joshi, for In Another Country: Colonialism, Culture, and the English Novel in India. Columbia University Press.|
|2004||Seth Koven, for Slumming: Sexual and Social Politics in Victorian
|2005||Suzy Anger, for Victorian Interpretation.
|2006||Patrick R. O'Malley, for Catholicism, Sexual Deviance, and Victorian Gothic Culture. Cambridge University Press|
|2007||Amanda Claybaugh, for The Novel of Purpose: Literature and Social Reform in the Anglo-American World. Cornell University Press.|
|2008||Chris Otter, for The Victorian Eye: A Political History of Light
and Vision in Britain, 1800-1910. University of Chicago Press, and
Cornelia Pearsall, for Tennyson's Rapture: Transformation in the Victorian Dramatic Monologue. Oxford University Press.
|2009||Rachel Teukolsky, for The Literate Eye: Victorian Art Writing and Modernist Aesthetics. Oxford University Press.|
|2010||Sukanya Banerjee, for Becoming Imperial Citizens: Indians in the Late-Victorian Empire. Duke University Press.|