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MLA’s James Russell Lowell Prize 2023

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The James Russell Lowell Prize, named after the second president of the Modern Language Association (MLA), is awarded annually for an outstanding book written by a member of the association. This year, WGSS Faculty & Executive Committee Member Régine Jean-Charles (Dean’s Professor of Culture and Social Justice, Professor and Director of Africana Studies) has received an honorable mention for her book Looking for Other Worlds: Black Feminism and Haitian Fiction, which brings together Black feminist and Haitian literary studies to explore the idea of reorienting the study of Haitian literature toward ethics.

From the MLA: “Exploring the ‘ethical imagination’ of three contemporary Haitian authors—Yanick Lahens, Kettly Mars, and Évelyne Trouillot— Jean-Charles contends that the way ethics and aesthetics operate in relation to each other through these writers’ novels is germane for understanding twenty-first-century Black feminist writing not only in Haiti but also globally.”

Congratulations, Professor Jean-Charles!

For a PDF of the full press release, click here.

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