RSAP is pleased to announce this year’s Book Prizes. The prize is awarded to the best monographs on American periodicals published by an academic press between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2016.
Eric Gardner, Black Print Unbound: The Christian Recorder, African American Literature, and Periodical Culture (NY: Oxford UP, 2015)
Elizabeth Groeneveld, Making Feminist Media: Third-Wave Magazines on the Cusp of the Digital Age (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier UP, 2016)
Benjamin Fagan, The Black Newsaper and the Chosen Nation (Athens: Univ. Georgia Press, 2016)
Grant Wythoff, The Perversity of Things: Hugo Gernsback on Media, Tinkering, and Scientification (NY: Columbia UP, 2016)
The Research Society for American Periodicals (RSAP) proudly announces its $1000 Book Prize
The prize will be awarded for the best monograph on American periodicals published by an academic press between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016. Books will be judged by a peer review of three scholars chosen by the RSAP Advisory Board.
The Book Prize will be awarded at the American Literature Association (ALA) conference in Boston, MA, May 25-28, 2017. The winner and up to two honorable mentions will be notified by March 1, 2017 and will be recognized at an RSAP-sponsored reception at ALA.
Applicants, who must be current members of RSAP when they submit their books, should download and submit a completed registration form and THREE hard copies of their work by December 15, 2016 to:
503 Namm Hall
Department of English
New York City College of Technology, CUNY
300 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Please direct any questions to Book Prize Committee Chair, Mark Noonan, at email@example.com.
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.
Submission Deadline: December 1, 2014
For the author of the best monograph on American periodicals published by an academic press between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014.
The prize will be awarded at the American Literature Association (ALA) conference in Boston, MA, May 21-24, 2015.
Books will be judged by a peer review of three scholars chosen by the RSAP Advisory Board.
Applicants should download and submit a completed registration form and THREE hard copies of their work to:
010 Simpkins Hall
Department of English
Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL 61455
The winner and up to two honorable mentions will be notified by March 1, 2015 and will be recognized at an RSAP-sponsored reception at ALA.
Applicants to the RSAP Book Prize must be current members of RSAP when they submit their books.
The ProQuest/RSAP Article Prize is awarded for the best article on American periodicals published in a peer-reviewed journal during 2013 by a pre-tenure or independent scholar. The prize was awarded on Friday, May 23, 2014, at the American Literature Association conference.
Winner: Ryan Cordell (Assistant Professor, English, Northeastern University), for “‘Taken Possession of’: The Reprinting and Reauthorship of Hawthorne’s ‘Celestial Railroad’ in the Antebellum Religious Press,” Digital Humanities Quarterly 7.1 (2013).
The committee praised the article’s stunningly lucid and accessible prose. The essay was valued not only for its use of periodicals as sources, but its contribution of a new model of how to read periodicals. Mining the archive of reprinted versions of Hawthorne’s “The Celestial Railroad” gives readers new insights into the popularity of this text and its circulation among and reception by nineteenth-century readers. The use of digital collation tools to uncover Hawthorne’s “social text” provides a fresh perspective, an innovative methodology, and, ultimately, a fascinating untold story.
Honorable Mention: Melissa Renn (Senior Curatorial Research Associate, Harvard Art Museums), for “Beyond the ‘Shingle Factory’: The Armory Show in the Popular Press after 1913,” Journal of Curatorial Studies 2.3 (2013): 384-404.
This essay is noteworthy for its fresh take on a well-known story. In historicizing the reception of the 1913 Armory Show in the popular press over several decades, this article is able to question the predominant notions about Marcel Duchamp being the central artist of the show. It also deftly charts how the narratives within popular periodicals about the initial reaction to, and “meaning” of, the artwork shifted over time. The article too makes an important contribution to periodical studies by reminding us to consider not just how texts and events are discussed in their immediate aftermath, but to consider how the reception of major events such as the Armory Show unfolds over the course of decades.
Honorable Mention: Charlton Yingling (PhD Candidate, History, University of South Carolina), for “No One Who Reads the History of Hayti Can Doubt the Capacity of Colored Men: Racial Formation and Atlantic Rehabilitation in New York City’s Early Black Press, 1827–1841,” Early American Studies (11.2) 2013: 314-348.
The committee commented that, in tracing out the strategic and symbolic use of Haiti within the African American press, this essay offers a model of the way that periodical research can help expand our understanding of the complex dynamics of race and representation as they are shaped over time. The article identifies an important (and understudied) shift from racial formations that drew on rhetorics of Pan-African or Negro identity to one framed as “colored,” a shift the author links to New York City’s early black press. In so doing, it makes a substantial contribution to our understanding of the role played by the African American press in nineteenth-century American culture.
The finalists also participated in a roundtable discussion at ALA earlier in the day.
Ryan Cordell (Winner), Charlton Yingling (Hon. Mention), and Melissa Renn (Hon. Mention), along with prize chair Bill Hardwig led a spirited and wide-ranging discussion on issues confronting periodicals researchers at an ALA roundtable session Fri., 5/23. Ryan, Chaz, and Melissa were later honored at the RSAP reception in the Hyatt’s Article One Lounge.
Deadline: December 13, 2013
Proquest and the Research Society for American Periodicals (RSAP) proudly announce the 5th annual $1000 article prize.
The prize will be awarded for the best article on American periodicals by a pre-tenure or independent scholar published in a peer-reviewed academic journal with a publication date during 2013. Two runners up will receive $500 each. Articles will be judged by a committee of three scholars appointed by the RSAP Advisory Board.
The fifth annual ProQuest-RSAP Article Prize will be awarded at the American Literature Association (ALA) conference in Washington, DC, May 22-25, 2014. The winner and two runners up will be notified by the end of January 2014. They will be featured as panelists on an RSAP-sponsored distinguished papers panel at ALA, and will receive their awards at a reception hosted by the organization.
Applicants are invited to submit electronic copies of their articles with a contest registration form for download here. Please send the article and registration form to the committee’s chair, Bill Hardwig at whardwig [at] utk.edu. Documents should be sent in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.
All copies must be formatted for blind review and thus without identifying references or title.
Deadline: December 13, 2013
Questions & Submissions? Contact Prize Committee Chair, Bill Hardwig, at whardwig [at] utk.edu.
Additionally, please feel free to download and share the prize poster.
Professor Jared Gardner’s The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture (University of Illinois Press) will be celebrated as the winner of the EBSCOhost-RSAP Book Prize at the 24th annual conference of the American Literature Association in Boston, May 23-26, 2013.
Recognizing the best title published by an academic press in the field of American periodical studies, the prize is sponsored jointly by EBSCOhost and the Research Society for American Periodicals. It is presented every other year at the RSAP Business Meeting. The present competition considered titles from across the field published between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012.
Jean Lee Cole (Loyola University Maryland), Craig Monk (University of Lethbridge), Cynthia Patterson (University of South Florida), and Karen Roggenkamp (Texas A&M University-Commerce) judged The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture “extremely important for advancing both periodical study and the study of early American literature, which has been undergoing rapid (and welcome) transformation in recent years.”
The presentation in Boston will also acknowledge Ellen Gruber Garvey’s Writing with Scissors: American Scrapbooks from the Civil War to the Harlem Renaissance (Oxford University Press), a title the committee found “revelatory and transformative,” with its honorable mention for 2011-12.