Kristin Phillips-Court’s The Perfect Genre wins the MLA’s Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award for a Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies

Posted by Ann Donahue – Senior Editor for Literary Studies at Ashgate

On December 28, Kristin Phillips-Court was awarded the 2009 Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award for a Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies for her forthcoming book The Perfect Genre. Drama and Painting in Renaissance Italy.

Photograph by Edward Savaria Jr. (Compliments of the MLA)

In announcing the award, the prize committee declared that

The Perfect Genre boldly reconceptualizes Italian Renaissance drama by putting it in dialogic relation with the visual arts of the period, shows how painting influenced theater, and thereby articulates the features of an intermedial approach to interpretation. Extraordinary for the range of Kristin Phillips-Court’s critical gaze, the study analyzes pictorial works in relation to tragic, comic, and pastoral plays to produce compelling, in-depth readings supported by an impressive command of pertinent criticism and theory in literary history, the sociopsychological history of art, intellectual history, and philosophy. While elaborating the proposition that visual and dramatic verbal arts engaged in a reciprocal epistemological process central to the cultural achievements of the Renaissance, Phillips-Court introduces a host of arguments related to aesthetics, humanism, and ethics, thus providing provocative terms for interpretation and debate.

Ashgate extends its congratulations to Kristin Phillips-Court for this outstanding achievement! Look for her book in winter 2010/11.

Ashgate would also like to congratulate Ashgate author Sally Bushell, whose edition of The Excursion, published in the Cornell Wordsworth Series and co-edited with James A. Butler and Michael C. Jaye, was awarded the MLA Prize for a Distinguished Scholarly Edition Honorable Mention. Dr Bushell’s monograph Re-Reading The Excursion was published by Ashgate in 2002.

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