The Society of Dix-Neuviémistes is delighted to announce that the winner of the SDN Publication Prize for 2019, which is awarded for the best journal article published by a postgraduate student, or an early-career researcher who has not yet entered their first permanent full-time post.
On our winning entry, the judges commented that this is a ‘really sophisticated piece of writing, demonstrating both depth and breadth in its critical engagement with one of Balzac’s more difficult novels. It challenges conventional critical wisdom about Balzac in interesting and illuminating ways, notably in its suggestion that his work can be less ‘lisible’ than it is usually considered to be. The engagement with literary theory and history was lucid and confident. I think it is an important piece of writing.’
The publication prize is awarded to: Rebecca Sugden for her article, ‘Terre(ur): Reading the Landscape of Conspiracy in Balzac’s Une ténébreuse affaire’, published in Nineteenth Century French Studies.
The judges also wish to highly commend the runner up: Max McGuinness for his article ‘Literature and ‘Universel Reportage’ in Mallarmé’s ‘Livre’ published in Dix-Neuf.
The winner of the SDN Postgraduate Essay Prize for 2019, awarded by the Executive Committee for the best paper submitted in advance of the conference, is Beatrice Fagan, University of Kent, for her paper, ‘Reading the female body: Medical exploration of criminal abortion’, which is a promising and important contribution.
Félicitations to our winners!