POSTGRADUATE PRIZE

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The SDN Postgraduate Prize is awarded for the best postgraduate conference paper submitted for the Society’s Annual Conference. Postgraduates whose papers are accepted for the conference are strongly encouraged to submit their paper for consideration for the Prize.
Entries may be written in English or in French, and should not exceed 3,000 words. Entries should be typed, and should include full references and a bibliography of primary and secondary sources. Entries should be in .doc or .rtf format – please do not send .pdf files. Each entry is to be accompanied by a cover note from the candidate’s supervisor confirming the candidate’s status as a postgraduate, and that the paper is the candidate’s own work.

A ‘postgraduate’ is considered to be a student registered for a higher degree (e.g. Masters’ or PhD), and who has not yet been awarded a PhD qualification.

The Prize carries an award of £100. The winner will also be invited to submit an extended version of their paper for consideration by Dix-Neuf, the society’s peer-reviewed journal. The Prize-winner will be announced at the Conference Dinner.

PAST WINNERS

2017
Winner: Helen Craske (University of Oxford)
The Decadent Ideal of Impenetrability

2016
Winner: Allison Deutsch (University College London)
The Flesh of Painting: Caillebotte’s Butcher Shop Windows

Highly commended: Stacie Allan (University of Bristol)
Female Bodies of National Significance: Marie-Guillemine Benoist, Germaine de Staël, and Claire de Duras

2015
Winner: Jordi Brahamcha-Marin (Université du Maine)
Victor Hugo dans la Grande Guerre

2014
Winner: Polly Dickson (University of Cambridge)
Feeling Figures: Affect and Mimesis in Balzac’s La Peau de Chagrin

Highly commended: Matthew Sandefer (Princeton University)
Perverting Nostalgia: The Scandal of Barbey d’Aurevilly’s ‘Deux anecdotes d’après souper’

2013
Winner: Edmund Birch (University of Cambridge)
‘J’ai une vie d’enfer’ – Journalism in the Goncourts’ Charles Demailly

Highly Commended: Valentina Gosetti (University of Oxford)
Between representation and imagination: a voyage pittoresque et diabolique in Dijon in Gaspard de la Nuit

Highly Commended: Sven Greitschus (Bangor University)
Baudelaire’s Fatalism

2012
Hannah Scott (University of Bristol)
Composition for a Choir of Noise: feminine aurality in Zola’s Au Bonheur des Dames

2011
Kelly Presutti (SUNY at Stony Brook)
The Vulgar Painter and his Dirty Colours: Gustave Courbet and his Modernisation of Paris

2010
Sam Bootle (Birkbeck College, London)
Jules Laforgue and the illusion of spontaneity

2009
Co-Winner: Claire White (Cambridge University)
The eternal return of work: Émile Zola and the limits of leisure

Co-Winner: Greg Kerr (Trinity College, Dublin)
Rimbaud’s ‘Villes’ and the ‘multiplicateur de progrès’

2008
Anne O’Neill-Henry (Duke University)
Nouveaux tableaux de Paris, nouvelles mémoires de la ville: documenting and re-writing the 19th century city

2007
Andrew Counter (Cambridge University)
“Sain d’esprit”: the notary as analyst in the fiction of Guy de Maupassant
(published in Dix-Neuf, October 2007).

2005-2006
Deirdre McAnally (Pennsylvania State University)
Taking a bite out of crime: Narration and Criminality in Hugo and Zola

2004
Rachel Chrastil (Yale University)
Military preparation in peacetime: training societies, 1871-92
(published in Dix-Neuf, April 2005).