2018 SDN Prize Winners

The Society of Dix-Neuviémistes is delighted to announce that the winner of the SDN Publication Prize for 2018, for the best article published by a postgraduate or early-career member of the SDN in the course of 2017, is Charlotte Bentley, who took her PhD at the University of Cambridge. Her article, entitled ‘The Race for Robert and Other Rivalries: Negotiating the Local and (Inter)National in Nineteenth-Century New Orleans’, published in The Cambridge Opera Journal, draws on a wide array of critical and archival sources to explore the role of grand opera in New Orleans culture and its importance to the city’s cultural aspirations in the 1830s; in so doing, it offers original perspectives on interactions between the Francophone and Anglophone communities and on theatrical rivalries in the city.

The winner of the SDN Postgraduate Essay Prize for 2018, awarded by the Executive Committee for the best paper submitted in advance of the conference, is Rebecca Sugden, also of the University of Cambridge, for her paper, ‘« Cette mystérieuse Révolution » : George Sand’s Secret History of 1789’, which was judged to be a dense, intricate, very well researched and virtually publishable piece of work.

Congratulations to both!


NEW Editors of Dix-Neuf

The Society of Dix-Neuviémistes is delighted to announce the appointment of Masha Belenky and Larry Duffy as Editors of Dix-Neuf to replace Helen Abbott and Cheryl Krueger who have now stepped down from their editorial roles. Masha and Larry will work alongside Andrew Watts as General Editors to take the journal forward to the next stage of its development.

Speaking about these appointments, SDN President Nigel Harkness commented: ‘We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming Masha and Larry to the editorial team leading Dix-Neuf. At the same time, we pay tribute to the work done by Helen and Cheryl in leading the journal, particularly during its transfer to Taylor and Francis. Masha and Larry bring extensive and complementary experience to the role of editor, and we are confident that with Andrew, they will form a dynamic team who will ensure the continued success and further develop the potential of Dix-Neuf as a leading journal in the field.’

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Masha Belenky is Associate Professor of French at the George Washington University. Her research and teaching focus on nineteenth-century French popular literature and culture, the novel, cultural studies, and urban studies. She is the author of The Anxiety of Dispossession: Jealousy in Nineteenth-Century French Culture (Bucknell UP), and co-editor, with Rachel Mesch, of a special number of Dix-Neuf titled State of the Union: Marriage in Nineteenth-Century France. Her articles have appeared in Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Dix-Neuf, Romance Studies, and Dalhousie French Studies. Most recently she has co-edited French Cultural Studies in the 21st Century (Delaware UP), a volume of essays that examine newest approaches to popular culture. Her current book project focuses on the relationship between early mass transit and popular culture and ways in which they shaped the concept of modernity in nineteenth-century France. She is delighted to be joining the editorial team of Dix-Neuf, a journal she had long admired.


Larry Duffy is Senior Lecturer in French at the University of Kent. His research interests lie in the interplay between literary, scientific, and medical discourses in nineteenth-century France. Recent and forthcoming publications include journal articles on medical and pharmaceutical themes in the works of Flaubert, Zola and Huysmans, and on Michel Houellebecq’s latter-day articulation of nineteenth-century preoccupations. His monograph Flaubert, Zola and the Incorporation of Disciplinary Knowledge was published by Palgrave in 2015.


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More info here: https://uksdn.wordpress.com/sdn-publication-prize/


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We are pleased to announce that Dr Andrew Watts has been appointed as the new co-edior of Dix-Neuf, the Society’s journal. He will be joining the other editors, Professor Helen Abbott and Dr Cheryl Krueger, very soon. Congratulations!
Let us take this occasion to thank Professor Nigel Harkness for his brilliant work on the journal.