SAMLA Studies Book Awards 

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

For the 2021 SAMLA Studies Book Awards, SAMLA is accepting nominations of books published during the 2020 calendar year in English or other modern languages in the fields of language, culture, or literature.

Authors and collection editors must be current-year SAMLA members for their texts to remain eligible for these awards.


You can download the nomination form here. Please send the completed form to [email protected].


2020 Award Winner – Monograph

Cover of Outka's Viral Modernisms

 

Viral Modernism: The Influenza Pandemic and Interwar Literature

Elizabeth Outka
University of Richmond

Columbia University Press

 

2020 Award Winner – Edited Collection

Cover of Galasso & Scaramella's Avenues of Translation

Avenues of Translation: The City in Iberian and Latin American Writing

Regina Galasso
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Evelyn Scaramella
Manhattan College

Bucknell University Press

 

2020 Award Nominees – Monograph

Cover of Finley's Hearing Voices

 

Hearing Voices: Aurality and New Spanish Sound Culture in Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz

Sarah Finley
Christopher Newport University

University of Nebraska Press

 Cover of Fox's Hercules and the King of Portugal

Hercules and the King of Portugal: Icons of Masculinity and Nation in Calderon's Spain

Dian Fox
Brandeis University

University of Nebraska Press

 

 Cover of Gajic's Paradoxes of Stasis

Paradoxes of Stasis: Literature, Politics, and Thought in Francoist Spain

Tatjana Gajić
University of Illinois, Chicago

University of Nebraska Press

 

Cover of Jones's Staging Habla de Negros 

Staging Habla de Negros: Radical Performances of the African Diaspora in Early Modern Spain

Nicholas R. Jones
Bucknell University

The Pennsylvania State University Press

Cover of Konkle's Some Kind of Mirror

Some Kind of Mirror: Creating Marilyn Monroe

Amanda Konkle
Georgia Southern University, Armstrong Campus

Rutgers University Press

Cover of Leader-Picone's Black and More than Black

 

Black and More than Black: African American Fiction in the Post Era

Cameron Leader-Picone
Kansas State University

University Press of Mississippi

 Cover of Nantell's The Poetics of Epiphany in the Spanish Lyric of Today

The Poetics of Epiphany in the Spanish Lyric of Today

Judith Nantell
University of Arizona

Bucknell University Press

 

 Cover of Ocasio's A Bristol, Rhode Island, and Matanzas, Cuba, Slavery Connection

A Bristol, Rhode Island, and Matanzas, Cuba, Slavery Connection: The Diary of George Howe

Rafael Ocasio
Agnes Scott College

Lexington Books 

 

 Cover of Riobo's Caught Between the Lines

Caught Between the Lines: Captives, Frontiers, and National Identity in Argentine Literature and Art

Carlos Riobó
City College of New York and the Graduate Center–CUNY

University of Nebraska Press

Cover of Robertson's Poverty Politics

 

Poverty Politics: Poor Whites in Contemporary Southern Writing

Sarah Robertson
University of the West of England, Bristol

University Press of Mississippi 

Cover of Rogers's Mourning El Dorado

Mourning El Dorado: Literature and Extractivism in the Contemporary American Tropics

Charlotte Rogers
University of Virginia

The University of Virginia Press

Cover of Taylor's Labor Pains

 

Labor Pains: New Deal Fictions of Race, Work, and Sex in the South

Christin Marie Taylor
Shenandoah University

University Press of Mississippi

Cover of Trimble's Undead Ends

 

Undead Ends: Stories of Apocalypse

S. Trimble
University of Toronto

Rutgers University Press

  

2020 Award Nominees – Edited Collection

Cover fo Gil-Osle & de Armas's Faraway Settings

 Faraway Settings: Spanish and Chinese Theaters of the 16th and 17th Centuries

Frederick A. de Armas
University of Chicago

Juan Pablo Gil-Osle
Arizona State University, Tempe

Iberoamericana Vervuert

Cover of Demson & Hewitt's Commemorating PeterlooCommemorating Peterloo: Violence, Resilience, and Claim-making during the Romantic Era

Michael Demson
Sam Houston State University

Regina Hewitt
University of South Florida

Edinburgh University Press

Cover of Donahoo & Gentry's Approaches to Teaching the Works of Flannery O'Connor

Approaches to Teaching the Works of Flannery O'Connor

Robert Donahoo
Sam Houston State University

Marshall Bruce Gentry
Georgia College and State University

The Modern Language Association of America

Cover of Fajardo et al's Modernism and Food Studies

Modernism and Food Studies: Politics, Aesthetics, and the Avant-Garde

Adam Fajardo
Georgia Gwinnett College

Philip Keel Geheber
Fordham University

Jessica Martell
Appalachian State University
 

University Press of Florida 

 

Jane Austen and ComedyCover of Goss's Jane Austen and Comedy

Erin M. Goss
Clemson University

Bucknell University Press

 

 

 

Cover of Green-Barteet & Phillips's Reconsidering Laura Ingalls WilderReconsidering Laura Ingalls Wilder: Little House and Beyond

Miranda A. Green-Barteet
University of Western Ontario

Anne K. Phillips
Kansas State University

University Press of Mississippi

 

 

New Essays on Eudora Welty, Class, and RaceCover of Pollack's New Essays on Eudora Welty, Class, and Race

Harriet Pollack
College of Charleston

University Press of Mississippi