Loichot Wins MLA Award

The English Department would like to congratulate Prof. Valerie Loichot, the winner of MLA’s Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies for her book The Tropics Bite Back.  The Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Literary Studies is one of sixteen awards that
will be presented on 10 January 2015, during the association’s annual convention, to be held in
Vancouver.  The committee’s citation for Loichot’s book reads:

In The Tropics Bite Back: Culinary Coups in Caribbean Literature, Valérie Loichot
offers an ambitious, at times audacious, and ultimately compelling analysis of the cultural
construction of a Caribbean self, both individual and collective. Judiciously combining
archival research, literary analysis, and cultural critique, The Tropics Bite Back presents
an insightful reflection on creolization in its culinary, linguistic, literary, cultural, and
psychic dimension. Thanks to a series of deftly conducted readings of major Caribbean
theorists and authors, Loichot sheds new light on Caribbean writing, providing a fresh
and critical understanding of the place the Caribbean occupies in the contemporary
cultural imaginary.

Our sincerest congratulations on a well-deserved honor.

Jackson Essay Selected for Best American Essays

A creative non-fiction essay that Lawrence Jackson wrote was selected for the Best American Essays 2014. The collection is published annually by Houghton Mifflin and Harcourt and the guest editor this year is John Jeremiah Sullivan. The series editor is Robert Atwan. His essay is called “Slickheads,” and it appeared in the journal N+1 in winter 2013. Dr Jackson’s previous essays, “To Danville” (2007), “Christmas in Baltimore, 2009,” (2011) and “The Ledger” (2012),  had previously been selected as honorable mentions.

Hofmann Honored, Published

Richie HofmannGraduate student Richie Hofmann’s first book of poetry, Second Empire, will be published in November 2015 by Alice James Books and has won the Beatrice Hawley Award for Poetry.