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Sunday, August 7, 2011

ISAS book prize

Just a few days ago, at the annual conference of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (ISAS), Renée Trilling's book The Aesthetics of Nostalgia: Historical Representation in Old English Verse was awarded the ISAS prize for best first book.

This prize is awarded every other year, so the pool of nominees actually represents a couple of years worth of scholarship. Winning it is a very nice honor both for Renée and for our department.

Book prizes prizes such as this one--those given out by scholarly organizations like the ISAS, in other words--mean a great deal because they represent the evaluative judgment of the precisely the scholarly community best equipped to judge the merits and contribution of a given work. This award says that Trilling's book is deemed by experts in Anglo-Saxon literature and culture to make an unusually valuable scholarly contribution, and also that Trilling herself is a scholar to be reckoned with in her chosen field of Anglo-Saxon studies.

Congratulations, Renée!

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