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.

This year’s deadline is Sunday 1 April, 2018. 

Please send your conference paper as a separate attachment to Giada Alessandroni (

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.


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

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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

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’

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

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

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

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