Posted on 05/05/2011
Dr Ruth Hemus from Royal Holloway, University of London has had her first book Dada’s Women specially commended as one of the shortlisted works for the Society for French Studies’ prestigious R. H. Gapper Book Prize.
The prize, which is in its 11th consecutive year, is made by the Society for French studies together with the R. H. Gapper Charitable trust. The honour is based on the recommendation of a prize jury appointed by the society, and is awarded for the best book published by a scholar working in Britain or Ireland in French Studies.
Dr Hemus, from the School of Modern Languages, said: “I am delighted that Dada’s Women was shortlisted and commended for this prize. The book is a result of my PhD thesis, which I completed as a mature student, and it was a great endorsement to have it accepted for publication by Yale University Press. I was able to bring it to publication thanks to an Early Career Leverhulme Fellowship based at Royal Holloway, during which time I received tremendous support from my colleagues in the School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures.”
She added: “I feel very privileged to have been granted this additional recognition by the Society for French Studies, which plays such an important role in nurturing a wide scholarly community.”
The book has been hailed by a number of critics including Peter Read from the Times Literary Supplement who called it a "riveting read". Richard Sheppard, from the Modern Language Review, said "Hemus’s book is a first-rate piece of work: it is thorough, punchy and beautifully produced, and it takes us into unfamiliar areas. Anny Shaw, from Art World, said that the book "finally grants these women their place in Dada history."