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The Hazlitt Essay Prize

In order to recognize outstanding scholarship devoted to the writers of our period and the culture in which they lived, the Keats-Shelley Association of America has since 1986 conferred an annual Essay Award. The awards are adjudicated by a three-member committee specially designated by the Board of Directors and are conferred at K-SAA’s annual dinner at the Modern Language Association’s conference. Encomiums for Award winning essays are published in the Keats-Shelley Journal.

Recipients of Keats-Shelley Association Essay Prize

2018: Anne McCarthy, “Reading the Red Bull Sublime,” PMLA 132.3 (2017), 543-57.

2017: Mark Canuel, “Race, Writing, and Don Juan,” Studies in Romanticism 54.3 (Fall 2015), 303-328.

2016: Yohei Igarashi, “Keats’s Ways: The Dark
Passages of Mediation and Why He Gives Up Hyperion,” Studies in Romanticism 53.2 (Summer 2014), 171-194.

2015: Richard Adelman, “Idleness and Vacancy in Shelley’s ‘Mont Blanc,’” Keats-Shelley Journal 62 (2013), 62-79.

2014: Matthew C. Borushko, “The Politics of Subreption: Resisting the Sublime in Shelley’s ‘Mont Blanc,’” Studies in Romanticism 52.2 (Summer 2013), 225-252.

2013: Scott J. Juengel, “Mary Wollstonecraft’s Perpetual Disaster“; and Rei Terada, “Hegel’s Bearings,” in Romanticism and Disaster, Romantic Circles Praxis Series (January 2012).

2012: Colin Jager, “Shelley After Atheism,” Studies in Romanticism 49.4 (Winter 2010), 611-632.

2011: Nancy Yousef, “Romanticism, Psychoanalysis, and the Interpretation of Silence,” European Romantic Review 21.5 (October 2010), 653-672.

2009: Brendan Corcoran, “Keats’s Death: Towards a Posthumous Poetics,” Studies in Romanticism 48.2 (Summer 2009), 321-48.

2008: Timothy Morton, “John Clare’s Dark Ecology,” Studies in Romanticism 47.2 (Summer 2008), 179-93.

2007: Stephen Cheeke, “‘What So Many Have Told, Who Would Tell Again?’: Romanticism and the Commonplaces of Rome,” European Romantic Review (December 2006).

2005: Mary Favret, “Everyday War” ELH 72.3 (2005), 605-33; and Jennifer Jones, “Sounds Romantic: the Castrato and English Poetics Around 1800,” in Romanticism and Opera, ed. Gillen D’Arcy Wood, Romantic Circles Praxis (May 2005).

2004: Orrin N. C. Wang, “Coming Attractions: Lamia and Cinematic Sensation,” Studies in Romanticism 42.4 (Winter 2003), 461-500.

2003: Charles Rzepka, “‘Cortez–or Balboa, or Somebody Like That’: Form, Fact, and Forgetting in Keats’s ‘Chapman’s Homer’ Sonnet.” Keats-Shelley Journal 51 (2002), 35-75.

2002: Denise Gigante, “Keats’s Nausea,” Studies in Romanticism 40 (2001); Honorable Mention: Andrew Elfenbein, “Byron and the Fantasy of Compensation,” European Romantic Review 12.3 (Summer 2001).

2001: Gary Dyer, “Thieves, Boxers, Sodomites, Poets: Being Flash to Byron’s Don Juan” PMLA 116.3 (May 2001), 562-78; runner-up: Deidre Lynch, “Gothic Libraries and National Subjects” Studies in Romanticism 40.1 (Spring 2001), 29-48.

2000: Tricia Lootens, “Receiving the Legend, Rethinking the Writer: Letitia Landon and the Poetess Tradition,” in Romanticism and Women Poets: Opening the Doors of Reception, ed. Harriet Kramer Linkin and Stephen C. Behrendt. (Lexington, KY: UP of Kentucky, 1999): 242-59.

1999: Noah Herringman, “‘Stones so wondrous cheap'” Studies in Romanticism 37.1 (Spring 1998), 43-62.

1998: Ina Ferris, “Writing on the Border: the National Tale, Female Writing, and the Public Sphere,” in Romanticism, History, and the Possibility of Genre, ed. Tilottama Rajan and Julia Wright (CUP, 1998).

1997: Maureen Noelle McLane, “Literature Species: Populations, ‘Humanities,’ and Frankenstein” ELH 63.4 (Winter 1996), 959-88.

1996: Julie A. Carlson, “Forever Young: Master Betty and the Queer State of Youth in English Romanticism,” South Atlantic Quarterly 95.3 (summer 1996), 575-603.

1995: Sonia Hofkosh, “Sexual Politics and Literary History: William Hazlitt’s Keswick Escapade and Sarah Hazlitt’s Journal,” in At the Limits of Romanticism: Essays in Cultural, Feminist, and Materialist Criticism, ed. Mary A. Favret and Nicola J. Watson (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana UP, 1994), 125-42.

1994: Jerome Christensen, “The Romantic Movement at the End of History,” Critical Inquiry (Spring 1994), 452-76; and Neil Fraistat, “Illegitimate Shelley: Radical Piracy and the Textual Edition as Cultural Performance,” PMLA (May 1994), 409-23.

1993: Anne D. Wallace, “Farming on Foot: Tracking Georgic in Clare and Wordsworth,” Texas Studies in Literature and
34 (Winter 1992), 509-40.

1992: Alan Bewell, “Keats’s ‘Realm of Flora,'” Studies in Romanticism 31.1 (Spring 1992), 71-98.

1991: Margaret Homans, “Keats Reading Women, Women Reading Keats,” Studies in Romanticism 29.3 (Fall 1990), 341-370.

1990: Kim Ian Michasiw, “The Social Other: Don Juan and the Genesis of the Self,” Mosaic 22.2 (1989), 29-48.

1989: Tilottama Rajan, “Wollstonecraft and Godwin: Reading the Secrets of the Political Novel,” Studies in Romanticism 27.2 (Summer 1988), 221-251.

1988: Susan Wolfson, “‘Their she condition’: Cross-dressing and the Politics of Gender in Don Juan,” ELH 54.3 (Autumn 1987), 585-617.

1987: Mark Edmundson, “Keats’s Mental Stance,” Studies in Romanticism 26.1 (Spring 1987), 85-104.

1986: Nancy Moore Goslee, “Shelley at Play: A Study of Sketch and Text in his Prometheus Notebooks,” The Huntington Library Quarterly 48.3 (Summer 1985), 211-255.

In May 2013, Notting Hill Editions announced an annual literary prize for the best essay in the English language, open to anyone in the world, of between 2,000 and 8,000 words, published or unpublished, on any subject. The award is named in honour of William Hazlitt (1778-1830), great master of the miscellaneous essay.

Authors of any nationality were eligible, but submissions must have been written originally in English. If already published, the essay must have appeared for the first time in periodical (print or online) rather than book form, between 1 January 2012 and 31 July 2013.

The first prize was awarded to Michael Ignatieff for Raphael Lemkin and Genocide. 

The runners up were:

Andrew O’Hagan – Light Entertainment
J T Barbarese – Politics 2013
Belle Boggs – The Art of Winning
Leslie Jamison – The Empathy Exams
Sameer Rahim – The Shadow of the Scroll: Reconstructing Islam’s Origins

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