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Dartmouth Professor Lawrence D. Kritzman wins prize from the Modern Language Association of America for new book

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 12/14/07 • Genevieve Haas • (603) 646-3661

The Modern Language Association of America has announced that it will award its 2007 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Literary Studies to Lawrence D. Kritzman, Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College for The Columbia History of Twentieth-Century French Thought (Columbia University Press), which he edited.

The Scaglione Prize is one of seventeen awards that will be presented Dec. 28 during the association's annual convention, held this year in Chicago. The prize is awarded annually for an outstanding book in its field - a literary or linguistic study, a critical edition of an important work, or a critical biography - written by a member of the association. The prize includes an award of $2,000.

The selection committee citation for Kritzman's book reads:

"Lawrence D. Kritzman's Columbia History is an exceptionally innovative collection of commentaries by prominent thinkers, providing nothing less than a definitive compendium of the vibrant intellectual contributions made by French and Francophone thinkers over the last century."

Kritzman joins three other colleagues in Dartmouth's Department of French and Italian who have been honored with MLA prizes, including Lynn A. Higgins, Professor of French and Comparative Literature and Israel Evans Professorship in Oratory and Belles Lettres, who won the Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Literary Studies in 1996, for New Novel, New Wave, New Politics: Fiction and the Representation of History in Postwar France (Univ. of Nebraska Press, 1996); Nancy L. Canepa, Associate Professor of French and Italian, who won the Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies for the years 1998-99, for From Court to Forest: Giambattista Basile's Lo cunto de li cunti and the Birth of the Literary Fairy Tale (Wayne State Univ. Press, 1999); and Graziella Parati, Professor of Italian, Comparative Literature and Women's and Gender Studies, who won the 2005 Marrraro Prize for Migration Italy: The Art of Talking Back in a Destination Culture (Univ. of Toronto Press, 2005)

The MLA, the largest and one of the oldest American learned societies in the humanities (established in 1883), promotes the advancement of literary and linguistic studies. The Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Endowment Fund was established and donated by Aldo Scaglione to the MLA in 1987 in memory of his wife, Jeanne Daman Scaglione.

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