This year’s meeting of the Modern Language Association was absolutely packed with awards, receptions, and events—and, like always, we had a wonderful time meeting authors, editors, and attendees and selling our books and journals.
Congratulations to Melanie Yergeau, whose book Authoring Autism won the MLA Prize for a First Book, and Fred Moten, whose book Black and Blur won the William Sanders Scarborough Prize!
Several of our journals and books also received awards from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) and from the GL/Q Caucus for the Modern Languages:
Archives of Asian Art, the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and American Literature each received a CELJ award this year—congratulations to these journals!
This year’s Best Journal Design Award was given to Archives of Asian Art. Upon joining Duke University Press in 2017, the journal was redesigned by Sue Hall, our now-retired journals designer of 23 years. The 2018 Association of University Presses Book, Jacket, and Journal Show also recognized the journal’s redesign: “The new design stands out because of the luxurious and well-placed illustrations and because it combines an elegant, versatile page design with fine-grained typographic sophistication,” wrote eminent typographer Robert Bringhurst.
The CELJ also recognized two of our journal issues with the Best Special Issue Award: “Queer about Comics,” an issue of American Literature (volume 90, issue 2) edited by Darieck Scott and Ramzi Fawaz; and “The Bible and English Readers,” an issue of the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (volume 47, issue 3) edited by Thomas Fulton.
Michael Cornett, managing editor of the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and Thomas Fulton, editor of the award-winning issue “The Bible and English Readers”
Archives of Asian Art’s award from the CELJ
Darieck Scott, coeditor of the award-winning American Literature issue “Queer About Comics”
GL/Q Caucus Celebration and Awards
Marcia Ochoa and Jennifer DeVere Brody with the 25th-anniversary issue of GLQ
This year, the GL/Q Caucus celebrated the 25th anniversary of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies with a panel on the journal and a reception. The caucus also awarded prizes to several outstanding books and journal articles:
The Crompton-Noll Award was given to Mary Zaborskis for the article “Sexual Orphanings,” published in GLQ (volume 22, issue 4), and Margaret Galvan for the article “‘The Lesbian Norman Rockwell’: Alison Bechdel and Queer Grassroots Networks,” published in American Literature (volume 90, issue 2).
The Alan Bray Book Award was granted to Jasbir Puar, author of The Right to Maim, and Ariane Cruz, author of The Color of Kink (NYU Press). Kadji Amin, author of Disturbing Attachments, received honorable mention, as did Tourmaline, Eric A. Stanley, and Johanna Burton, editors of Trap Door (New Museum and MIT Press).
Eric A. Stanley and Andrew Spieldenner received the Michael Lynch Award for Service, which, in Eve Sedgwick’s words, serves “to publicize and celebrate—and as widely as possible—the range, the forms, the energy, and the history of queer activism by academics.”
Mary Zaborskis, Amber Musser, Marcia Ochoa, and Jennifer DeVere Brody
Amber Musser, Marcia Ochoa, Jennifer DeVere Brody, and Margaret Galvan
Kadji Amin, Amber Musser, Marcia Ochoa, and Jennifer DeVere Brody
We enjoyed celebrating several new journals with a wine reception Friday afternoon: Critical Times, English Language Notes, Journal of Korean Studies, Meridians, Prism, and Qui Parle.
It was also wonderful to see several of our authors who stopped by the booth:
Stephen Best, author of None Like Us
Sami Schalk, author of Bodyminds Reimagined
Bruce Robbins, author of The Beneficiary
Jane Gallop, author of Sexuality, Disability, and Aging
Thank you to all who came by to see us! For those of you who weren’t able to make it out to MLA, or who didn’t have enough room in your suitcase to pack all the books you wanted, don’t worry—you can still take advantage of the conference discount by using coupon code MLA19 at dukeupress.edu through the end of February.