Posted on 13 May 2021
Entries were read by members of the Bigger 6 Collective, a group of literary and cultural critics whose commitment to anti-racist and anti-colonial politics grounds their study of the global 18th and 19th centuries and their long (after)lives. The £250 prize has been funded by CECS.
The winner is Dr Olivia Loksing Moy of CUNY-Lehman College English department. Dr Moy published her prize winning article 'He Star’d Across the Atlantic: The Cortázar-Keats Connection' in Studies in Romanticism 59.3 (2020). The judges noted that Dr Moy’s essay was richly contextualized in terms of several relevant geo-political questions, and was clear, involving, and analytically precise. She represents Cortázar as a wily and multi-dimensional reader of Keats, and draws connections between Hispanophone and Anglophone Romantic traditions. They commended the essay for how it brings an infectious energy to thinking about translation within and beyond the field of Romanticism.
The judges also gave an honourable mention to Dr Kerry Sinanan of University of Texas, San Antonio, for her essay “The "Slave" as Cultural Artifact: The Case of Mary Prince”. They commended Dr Sinanan's brilliant account of the public and digital commemorations of Prince's account of slavery, and how they create new archives of slavery, making a compelling case for understanding Prince as an author and character in her story.
We are delighted to welcome Dr Moy to present at the CECS research seminar in week 8 of term, Tuesday 8 June at 4:30pm. She will present her paper 'Julio Cortázar and Lord Houghton’s “Everyman” Keats: Vida y Cartas, or Biography in Translation', and she’ll be joined by her co-translator Marco Ramírez Rojas. For more information and to register, please see the CECS events page.