Professor Tim Lanzendörfer’s The Professionalization of the American Magazine: Periodicals, Biography, and Nationalism in the Early Republic (Paderborn, Germany: Ferdinand Schöningh, 2013) is the winner of the 2013-2014 RSAP Book Prize.
Recognizing the best title published by an academic press in the field of American periodical studies, the prize is sponsored by the Research Society for American Periodicals. It is presented every other year during the RSAP reception at the American Literature Association conference. The present competition considered an impressive collection of eight titles from across the field published between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014.
Tim Helwig (Western Illinois University), Carl Ostrowski (Middle Tennessee State University), and Karen Roggenkamp (Texas A&M University-Commerce) praised The Professionalization of the American Magazine “for the breadth of its primary research and its convincing revision to critical perceptions of the Early Republic periodical. Relying on an array of editors’ and publishers’ private letters, contracts, expense ledgers, prospectuses, and editorials, Lanzendörfer demonstrates that economic considerations drove periodical production far more than the ideology of disinterested virtue that has been supposed to underlie magazine publication during the period.”
Lanzendörfer, an assistant professor at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, is currently at work on a study on speculative fiction and history in the contemporary novel, and is the editor of a forthcoming collection entitled The Contemporary Novel and the Poetics of Genre.