Modern Language Association honors two Yale faculty for their work

Two Yale faculty members have been recognized by the Modern Language Association of America (MLA) for their work.

The MLA has awarded its 25th annual Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies to Maurice Samuels, the Betty Jane Anlyan Professor of French, for his book “The Right to Difference: French Universalism and the Jews,” published by the University of Chicago Press. The prize is awarded annually for an outstanding scholarly work 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. Samuels shares the prize with Andrew Joseph Counter, University of Oxford, who was honored for his book “The Amorous Restoration: Love, Sex, and Politics in Early Nineteenth-Century France,” published by Oxford University Press.”

The MLA also announced the winner of its 54th annual William Riley Parker Prize for an outstanding article published in PMLA, the association’s journal of literary scholarship. The author of this year’s winning essay is Thomas C. Connolly, assistant professor of French. His article “Primitive Passions, Blinding Visions: Arthur Rimbaud’s ‘Mystique’ and a Tradition of Mystical Ekphrasis” appeared in the Jan. 2017 issue of PMLA.

The Modern Language Association of America and its members in 100 countries work to strengthen the study and teaching of languages and literature. Founded in 1883, the MLA provides opportunities for its members to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues and to discuss trends in the academy.

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