Graduate Prize

The annual NAVSA Graduate Award recognizes the best paper presented by a graduate student at the annual NAVSA conference. All graduate students presenting a paper at the 2013 conference are invited to submit their papers for consideration. Papers must be received as electronic files (MS Word format preferred) by Monday, November 4. Also, please note that to be eligible, you must be a graduate student at the time of your presentation..  

Because the contest honors the paper as it was given at the conference, please keep your essays to under 12 pages, inclusive of notes and works cited. (Handouts and slides or other images may be included as an appendix, if these were given at the conference.)

Please submit an electronic version of your essay as a single attachment to an email that contains the following information

  • your name
  • affiliation (and rank, if applicable)
  • the title of the paper
  • snail mail and email address
  • phone
  • the name and address of your dissertation director and/or the professor who assisted with this paper, if applicable

and please direct that email to Sean Grass, NAVSA Executive Secretary, at scgrass@iastate.edu.

The winning paper will be selected according to the same criteria as the Gray Award: 1) Potential significance for Victorian studies; 2) Quality and depth of scholarly research and interpretation; 3) Clarity and effectiveness of presentation. The judges will choose one essay for the award and may also choose two honorary runners-up. A decision will be made by the time of the Winter newsletter. The Award winner will receive $250 and a year's free NAVSA membership (including a subcription to Victorian Studies). If the judges are deadlocked, the final decision will be made by the NAVSA Executive Committee.

Past Winners

2012 Conference
Co-winner: Naomi Levine, Rutgers U, “Arthur Hallam and the Origin of Rhyme”
Co-winner: John MacNeill Miller, Rutgers U, “Humanizing the Social Network in George Eliot and G. H. Lewes”

2011 Conference
winner: James Emmott, Birkbeck College, U London, “‘You Can Turn Her On as Often as You Like’: Performing Phonographic Physiology”
hon. mention: Anna M. Gibson, Duke U, “Bodies Acting Out: Physiology, Narrative, and the Sensation Novel”
hon. mention: Ryan Fong, U California, Davis, “Oliver Twisted, or Performance and the Parish Boy’s Visual Progress”

2010 Conference
winner: Naomi Levine, Rutgers U, "Trebled Beauty: William Morris's Terza Rima"
hon. mention: David Sweeney Coombs, Cornell U, "Beautiful Graffiti: Vernon Lee and the Semiotics of Perception"
hon. mention: Catherine Cronquist Browning, U of California, Berkeley, "Shrinking Bodies, Expanding Scopes: Omniscience in the Victorian Child Fantasy Novel"

2009 Conference
winner: Henry Cowles, Princeton U, "A Victorian Extinction: The Great Auk, Alfred Newton, and Early Wildlife Protection"
hon. mention: Renée Fox, Princeton U, "Necromantic Browning"

2008 Conference
winner: Richard Bonfiglio, U of Chicago, "Portable Passions: Eliot, Culture, and the Cultivation of Locality"
hon. mention: Nathan K. Hensley, Duke U, "Form and Excess, Morant Bay and Swinburne"
hon. mention: Nathaniel Stein, Brown U, "Manly Failings: Representation, Corporeality, and Failure in Queen Victoria's First Visit to Her Wounded Soldiers"

2007 Conference
winner: Paul Fyfe, U of Virginia, "Accidents of a Novel Trade: Insurance, Industrial Catastrophe, and Mary Barton"
hon. mention: Maeve Adams, New York U, "Commendable Objects: Marginal Utility, Financial Realism, and the Novel in 1870s England"
hon. mention: Jesse Rosenthal, Columbia U, "Gamblers' Fallacies: Materialism, Realism, and Daniel Deronda at Play"

2006 Conference
winner: Jason Lindquist, Indiana U, "On 'Imagination' and the Rise of a Victorian Aesthetics of Complexity"
hon. mention: Melissa McLeod, Georgia SU, "Acoustic Science and Racial Identity in Daniel Deronda"
hon. mention: Lisa M. Smith, U of Toronto, "Dorothea Through the Pier-Glass"

2005 Conference
winner: David Kurnick, Columbia U, "Empty Houses"
hon. mention: Lisa Brocklebank, Brown U, "Psychic Reading"
hon. mention: Nathan Hensley, Duke U, "'Sir Richard Burton,' Orientalist"

2004 Conference
winner: Heather Morton, U of Virginia, "Swinburne and Wilde on Whitman"
hon. mention: Sarah Rose Cole, Columbia U, "The Temple"
hon. mention: Kathleen O'Neill Sims, U of Virginia, "'Old Gardens,' 'Fresh Flowers'"

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