SAMLA Studies Book Awards 

Each year, SAMLA honors two outstanding scholarly works: one monograph and one edited collection.

For the 2020 SAMLA Studies Book Awards, SAMLA is accepting nominations of books published during the 2019 calendar year in English or other modern languages in the fields of language, culture, or literature. Authors and collection Editors must be or become SAMLA members for their texts to remain eligible for these awards.

Nominations for the 2020 SAMLA Studies Book Awards are now closed.

2019 Award Winner – Monograph

Translating the World - Birgit Tautz


Translating the World: Toward a New History of German Literature around 1800

Birgit Tautz
Bowdoin College

Penn State University Press


2019 Award Winner – Edited Collection

Pettey & Palmer - Rule, Britannia!

 Rule, Britannia! The Biopic and British National Identity

Homer B. Pettey
University of Arizona

R. Barton Palmer
Clemson University

SUNY Press


2019 Award Nominees – Monograph

Cover of American Classics by Judith Saunders


American Classics: 
Evolutionary Perspectives

Judith P. Saunders
Marist College

Academic Studies Press

 Cover Image for Foundational Films by Conde

Foundational Films:
Early Cinema and Modernity in Brazil

Maite Conde
University of Cambridge

University of California Press


 Cover Image for The Blues Muse

The Blues Muse:
Race, Gender, and Musical Celebrity in American Poetry

Emily Ruth Rutter
Ball State University

The University of Alabama Press

Cover Image for Invisible Ball of Dreams by Emily Rutter 

Invisible Ball of Dreams:
Literary Representations of Baseball behind the Color Line

Emily Ruth Rutter
Ball State University

University Press of Mississippi


Cover Image for The Remarkable Kinship of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Ellen Glasgow by Ashley Andrews Lear


The Remarkable Kinship of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Ellen Glasgow 

Ashley Andrews Lear
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

University Press of Florida



Where the New World Is:
Literature about the U.S. South at Global Scales

Martyn Bone
The University of Mississippi

UGA Press


Red States:
Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism, and Southern Studies

Gina Caison
Georgia State University

UGA Press



Gettin' Around:
Jazz, Script, Transnationalism

Jürgen E. Grandt
University of North Georgia

UGA Press 



Autistic Disturbances:
Theorizing Autism Poetics from the
DSM to Robinson Crusoe

Julia Miele Rodas
Bronx Community College of the City University of New York

University of Michigan Press



Varieties of Aesthetic Experience: 
Literary Modernism and the Dissociation of Belief

Craig Woelfel
Flagler College

University of South Carolina Press 



Unwhite: Appalachia, Race, and Film

Meredith McCarroll
Bowdoin College

UGA Press



Jane Austen's Women:
An Introduction

Kathleen Anderson
Palm Beach Atlantic University

SUNY Press



Reimagining the Middle Passage:
Black Resistance in Literature, Television, and Song

Tara T. Green
University of North Carolina Greensboro

The Ohio State University Press


2019 Award Nominees – Edited Collection



Afro-Asian Connections in Latin America and the Caribbean

Debbie Lee-DiStefano
Southeast Missouri State University

Luisa Marcela Ossa
La Salle University

Lexington Books


Critically Mediterranean:
Temporalities, Aesthetic, and Deployments of a Sea in Crisis

Yasser Elhariry
Dartmouth College

Palgrave Macmillan




Handmaids, Tributes, and Carers:
Dystopian Females' Roles and Goals

Myrna Santos

Cambridge Scholars Press