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Kenshur Prize certificateJoanna Stalnaker, Lynn Festa, Guillaume Ansart

Since 2007, the Center has awarded an annual book prize to an outstanding monograph of interest to eighteenth-century scholars working in a range of disciplines. The prize is named in honor of the work of Oscar Kenshur, professor emeritus of comparative literature at Indiana University, a dix-huitièmiste par excellence, former Chicago cab driver, and one of the founding members of the Center (biography). The Kenshur prize of $1000 is awarded at an interdisciplinary seminar dedicated to the winning book.

To be eligible for next year's prize, a book must carry a 2020 copyright. Submissions in English from any discipline (irrespective of author's citizenship or place of residence) are welcome; authors (as well as publishers) are invited to nominate relevant works. Multi-authored collections of essays and translations, as well as books by members of the Bloomington faculty, are not eligible. All nominated books must reach our office by February 15, 2021 (earlier submissions are most welcome). To be considered, please mail THREE COPIES to:

Dr. Barbara Truesdell, Administrator
Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Indiana University
Franklin Hall 0030B
601 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405.

Questions should be directed to the Center's Director, Professor Rebecca Spang ( and/or to its Administrator, Dr. Barbara Truesdell (

The winner will be announced in August 2021.

Previous winners:
Lynn Festa, Fiction Without Humanity: Person, Animal, Thing in Early Enlightenment Literature and Culture (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2019).

William Deringer, Calculated Values: Finance, Politics, and the Quantitative Age (Harvard University Press, 2018).

Amanda Jo Goldstein, Sweet Science: Romantic Materialism and the New Logics of Life (University of Chicago Press, 2017).

Deirdre Loughridge, Haydn's Sunrise, Beethoven's Shadow: Audiovisual Culture and the Emergence of Musical Romanticism (University of Chicago Press, 2016).

Sean Silver, The Mind is a Collection: Case Studies in Eighteenth-Century Thought (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015).

Michael Kwass, Contraband: Louis Mandrin and the Making of a Global Underground (Harvard University Press, 2014).

Hanneke Grootenboer, Treasuring the Gaze: Intimate Vision in Late Eighteenth-Century Eye Miniatures (Universityof Chicago, 2013).

Srinivas Aravamudan, Enlightenment Orientalism: Resisting the Rise of the Novel (University of Chicago, 2012).

James H. Johnson, Venice Incognito: Masks in the Serene Republic (University of California Press, 2011).

Joanna Stalnaker, The Unfinished Enlightenment: Description in the Age of the Encyclopedia (Cornell University Press, 2010).

Dan Edelstein, The Terror of Natural Right: Republicanism, the Cult of Nature, and the French Revolution (University of Chicago Press, 2009).

Vanessa Agnew, Enlightenment Orpheus: the Power of Music in Other Worlds (Oxford University Press, 2008).

Trish Loughran, The Republic in Print: Print Culture in the Age of U.S. Nation Building, 1770-1870 (Columbia University Press, 2007).

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