Modern Fiction Studies Department of English

Margaret Church Memorial Prize Winners

Margaret Church

1984 - Present

The Margaret Church MFS Memorial Prize was established in 1984 in memory of Dr. Church, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Purdue University and a longtime editor of this journal.  She died in 1982.  Winners of the annual prize are announced in the Summer issue of each volume.


A list of the Margaret Church Memorial Prize winners by year
Award Date Author Title Issue Pages
1984 Carl Freedman Antinomies of 1984 30.4   601-20 
1985 Paul M. Hadeen A Symbolic Center in a Conceptual Country: A Gassian  Rubric for The Sound and the Fury 31.4 623-43
1986 Thomas C. Beattie Moments of Meaning Dearly Achieved: Virginia Woolf’s Sense of an Ending 32.4   521-41
*1986 Ronald R. Thomas In the Company of Strangers: Absent Voices in Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Beckett’s Company 32.2   157-73
1987 Tom LeClair  Deconstructing the Logos: Don DeLillo’s End Zone 33.1   105-23
*1987 Liliane Weissberg Editing Adventures: Writing the Text of Julius Rodman 33.3 413-30 
1988 Alan Nadel  Reading the Body: Alice Walker’s Meridian and the Archeology of Self 34.1 55-68
1989 Margot Norris Stifled Back Answers: The Gender Politics of Art in Joyce’s "The Dead” 35.3 479-503
1990 Kim McMullen The Fiction of Correspondence: LETTERS and History 36.3   405-20
1991 Kofi Owusu The Politics of Interpretation: The Novels of Chinua Achebe 38.3  459-70
1992 Richard Begam  Splitting the Différance: Beckett, Derrida and the Unnamable 38.4 873-92
1993 Chris Bongie  “Lost in the Maze of Doubting": J. M. Coetzee’s Foe and the Politics of (Un)likeness 39.2  261-81
1994 Ross Chambers Meditation and the Escalator Principle (On Nicholson Baker’s The Mezzanine) 40.4  765-806
*1994 Margaret Scanlon Writers among Terrorists: Don DeLillo’s Mao II and the Rushdie Affair 40.2  229-52
1995 John A. McClure  Postmodern/Post-secular: Contemporary Fiction and Spirituality 41.1 141-63 
*1995 Thomas B. Byers Terminating the Postmodern: Masculinity and Pomophobia 41.1 5-33
1996 Barbara Foley Jean Toomer’s Washington and the Politics of Class: From "Blue Veins" to Seventh Street  Rebels 42.2 289-321
1997 Beverly Haviland Passing from Paranoia to Plagiarism: The Abject Authorship of Nella Larsen 43.2   295-318
1998 Sarah Cole   Conradian Alienation and Imperial Intimacy 44.2 251-81
1999 Celia Marshik "Public Women": Prostitution and Censorship in Three Novels by Virginia Woolf 45.4  853-86
2000 Mark Sanders Truth, Telling, Questioning: The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Antjie Krog's Country of My Skull, and Literature after Apartheid 46.1 13-41
2001 Jean Gallagher Vision and Inversion in Nightwood 47.2 279-305
2002 Erin G. Carlston Secret Dossiers: Sexuality, Race, and Treason in Proust and the Dreyfus Affair 48.4  937-68
2003 Yung-Hsing Wu Doing Things with Ethics: Beloved, Sula, and the Reading of Judgment 49.4  780-805
2004 Urmila Seshagiri Orienting Virginia Woolf: Race, Aesthetics, and Politics in To the Lighthouse 50.1  58-84 
*2004 Jonathan Boulter  Does Mourning Require a Subject? Samuel Beckett's Texts for Nothing 50.2  332-50
2005 Sara Blair Whose Modernism is it? Abraham Cahan, Fictions of Yiddish, and the Contest of Modernity 51.2   258-84
2006 Hsuan L. Hsu Mimicry, Spatial Captation, and Feng Shui in Han Ong's Fixer Chao 52.3 675-704
2007 Carey Snyder "When the Indian was in Vogue": D. H. Lawrence, Aldous Huxley, and Ethnological Tourism in the Southwest 53.4 662-96
2008 Sarah Crangle The Time Being: On Woolf and Boredom 54.2 209-32
2009 Rob Nixon Neoliberalism, Slow Violence, and the Environmental Picaresque 55.3 443-67
2010 Adam Barrows "The Shortcomings of Timetables": Greenwich, Modernism, and the Limits of Modernity 56.2 262-89
2011 Laura Saltz "The Vision-Building Faculty": Naturalist Vision in The House of Mirth 57.1 17-46
2012 Matthew Hart and Tanya Lown-Hecht The Extraterritorial Poetics of W. G. Sebald 58.2 214-38
2013 Ellen Crowell Posthumous Playback: Oscar Wilde and the Phonographic Logic of Modern Biography 59.3 480-500
2014 Adam T. Jernigan Paraliterary Labors in Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar: Typists, Teachers, and the Pink-Collar Subtext 60.1 1-27
2015 Matthew Eatough Planning the Future: Scenario Planning, Infrastructural Time, and South African Fiction 61.4 690-714
2016 Robin Blyn Belonging to the Network: Neoliberalism and Postmodernism in Tropic of Orange 62.2 191-216
2017 Catherine Keyser Candy Boys and Chocolate Factories: Roald Dahl, Racialization, and Global Industry 63.3 403-28
2018 Lynda Ng Xinjiang's Indelible Footprint: Reading the New Imperialism of Neoliberalism in England and Waiting for the Barbarians 64.3 512-36

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