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The Gapper Prize Shortlist 2023

The Gapper Prize Shortlist 2023

  • Date09 February 2024

Two of the five books shortlisted for the 2023 Gapper Book Prize in French Studies are by staff in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

Covers of the two books mentioned in the article: Blaise Cendrars: The Invention of Life and Misanthropy in the Age of Reason: Hating Humanity from Shakespeare to Schiller

Blaise Cendrars: The Invention of Life (Reaktion) by Professor Eric Robertson offers a new account of the life and work of French poet, novelist, essayist and film writer Blaise Cendrars (1887-1961).

Misanthropy in the Age of Reason: Hating Humanity from Shakespeare to Schiller (OUP) by Professor Joe Harris traces the development of literary and intellectual engagements with misanthropy from the late Renaissance to early Romanticism, drawing on material from the English-, French-, German-, and Italian-speaking worlds.

Congratulations to both and good luck to them and the other nominees!

The prestigious R. Gapper book prize is awarded annually by the Society for French Studies for a book in the field of French studies, published for the first time in the previous calendar year, by a scholar based in an institution of higher education in the United Kingdom or Ireland. The award commends books of critical and scholarly distinction which have a clear impact on the wider critical debate. It includes a cash prize of £2000, and expenses-paid travel to the next annual conference of the Society for French Studies.

The full shortlist can be viewed here.

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