Winner of 2019 Book Prize announced!

Yejun Zou, winner of the 2019 WIGS Book Prize, with committee member Catherine Smale.

At our annual conference in Dublin last week, we announced the winner and runners-up of the 2019 Women in German Studies Book Prize. The prize, sponsored by Peter Lang, is awarded every year to a female early career researcher in German Studies who is preparing her first book for publication. Entrants are invited to submit a book proposal and sample chapter to the judging panel.

We are delighted that the 2019 Book Prize is presented to Yejun Zou (King’s College London/Humboldt University Berlin), for her research entitled Socialist Transnationality and Feminist Imaginaries in Modern German and Chinese Literature: Christa Wolf and Ding Ling. Judges noted that this is ‘an exciting project’ with ‘the potential to make a genuine contribution to several fields – comparative literature, feminist and socialist scholarship, as well as GDR studies, within which Christa Wolf is a major figure’. Yejun receives a prize of £150 and her proposal is now being peer-reviewed for publication in Peter Lang’s Transnational Cultures series.

There are two runners-up in the Book Prize competition, whose work also impressed the judges: Mirta Devidi (Mainz), for her research on Friedrich Schlegel’s concept of the Ugly, and Hanna Rompf (Limerick), for her study of testimonies by political prisoners at Buchenwald.

Many congratulations to Yejun, Mirta and Hanna!

Mirta Devidi and Hanna Rompf, runners-up in the 2019 Book Prize competition, with WIGS Chair Ingrid Sharp.

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