UChicago Professor to Receive the MLA's Prestigious James Russell Lowell Prize

Deborah Nelson

Selecting six distinctive 20th-century women for her book Tough Enough: Arbus, Arendt, Didion, McCarthy, Sontag, Weil (University of Chicago Press, 2017), UChicago scholar Deborah Nelson examines how each woman responded to suffering in unsentimental ways, and how their unconventional responses reflect their active, expansive, and transformative relationship to the traumas of the 20th century. For her broad look at how their toughness reshaped the cultural landscape, Nelson will receive the 2018 James Russell Lowell Prize from the Modern Language Association on January 5 in Chicago. "Debbie’s Tough Enough is a highly accessible book that is reaching audiences both within and outside academia,” said Anne Walters Robertson, Dean of the Division of the Humanities at UChicago. “The breadth of its appeal is, in part, what the premiere prize of the MLA honors, and this breadth corresponds to Debbie’s far-reaching impact at the University of Chicago.”

UChicago Professor Wins 2018 Lewis Lockwood Award

Seth Brodsky

Music scholar Seth Brodsky takes the momentous fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 as an opportunity to re-evaluate modernism through psychoanalysis and music in his first book, From 1989, or European Music and the Modernist Unconscious (University of California Press, 2017), which received the Lewis Lockwood Award from the American Musicological Society for 2018. Every year the Lewis Lockwood Award honors a musicological book of exceptional merit published during the previous year by scholars in the early stages of their careers. “In studying and analyzing the events of the remarkable year 1989, Seth offers a wholly new and exciting way of thinking about modern music,” said Anne Walters Robertson, Dean of the Division of the Humanities.

Prominent Harvard Law Professor Publishes New Book Condemning the Compromises at the Core of American Civic Life

Lawrence Lessig

The first Division of the Humanities Berlin Family Lecturer Lawrence Lessig just published America, Compromised, capturing his sweeping, well-documented indictment of U.S. institutions, politicians, and citizens. Published by UChicago Press, the Harvard Law School professor’s new book expands on his lectures, providing a detailed look of why America is on the wrong path. According to Lessig, change is still possible if the American people can acknowledge and reverse its direction.

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