AATSEEL Annual Awards
The AATSEEL Publications Committee is responsible for overseeing the appointment of editors for the AATSEEL Newsletter and Slavic and East European Journal, and also for the award of prizes for publications in the various disciplines participating in AATSEEL. For information on our activities, please follow the appropriate link below:
Nominees for the 2015 AATSEEL book prizes (Nomination will be closed as of 7 June)
Nominees for the 2015 AATSEEL Book Prizes
Best Contribution to Language Pedagogy (books or other material published in 2013, 2014 and 2015 eligible):
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- Stuart Goldberg, Русская культура в двадцати одной песне from the Critical Languages Song Project (www.clsp.gatech.edu). 2013.
- Lipovetsky, Mark; Wakamiya, Lisa. Late and Post Soviet Russian Literature: A Reader. Book 2. Boston, MA. 2015.
- Titus, Julia. Poetry Reader for Russian Learners. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015.
Best Contribution to Slavic Linguistics (books published in 2013, 2014 and 2015 eligible):
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- Gribble, Charles E. The Forms of Russian. Slavica: 2014.
- Hart, David K. and Lundberg, Grant H. Fundamentals of the Structure and History of Russian. Slavica: 2013.
- Ivanova-Sullivan. Theoretical and experimental aspects of syntax-discourse interface in heritage grammars: Anaphora resolution in heritage Russian. Brill, 2014.
- Janda, Laura et al. Why Russian Aspectual Prefixes Aren't Empty. Slavica: 2013.
- Masako Ueda Fidler. Onomatopoeia in Czech. Slavica: 2014.
- Pesetsky, David. Russian Case Morphology and the Syntactic Categories. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2013.
- Pronk-Tiethoff, Saskia. The Germanic Loanwords in Proto-Slavic. Amsterdam-New York: Rodopi, 2013.
Best Book in Literary/Cultural Studies (books published in 2014 and 2015 eligible):
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- Allen, Elizabeth Cheresh, ed. Before They Were Titans: Essays on the Early Works of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy. Boston, MA: Academic Studies Press, 2015.
- Blake, Elizabeth. Dostoevsky and the Catholic Underground. Northwestern University Press, 2014.
- Bagby, Lewis. First Words: On Dostoevsky's Introductions. Boston, MA: Academic Studies Press, 2015.
- Berman, Anna. Siblings in Tolstoy and Dostoevsky: The Path to Universal Brotherhood. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2015.
- Chadaga, Julia Bekman. Optical Play: Glass, Vision, and Spectacle in Russian Culture. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2014.
- Draskoczy, Julie S. Belomor: Criminality and Creativity in Stalin’s Gulag. Boston, MA: Academic Studies Press, 2014.
- Golburt, Luba. The First Epoch. The Eighteenth Century and the Russian Cultural Imagination. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2014.
- Gorham, Michael S. After Newspeak: Language Culture and Politics in Russia from Gorbachev to Putin. Cornell University Press, 2014.
- Gregory, Serge. Antosha and Levitasha: The Shared Lives and Art of Anton Chekhov and Isaac Levitan. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2015.
- Kaminer, Jenny. Women with a Thirst for Destruction: The Bad Mother in Russian Culture. Northwestern University Press, 2014.
- Komaromi, Ann. Uncensored: Samizdat Novels and the Quest for Autonomy in Soviet Dissidence. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2015.
- Kunichika, Michael. "Our Native Antiquity": Archaeology and Aesthetics in the Culture of Russian Modernism. Boston, MA: Academic Studies Press, 2015.
- Ljunggren, Magnus. Poetry and Psychiatry: Essays on Early Twentieth-Century Russian Symbolist Culture. Boston, MA: Academic Studies Press, 2014. Translated by Charles Rougle.
- Lovejoy, Alice. Army Film and the Avant Garde: Cinema and Experiment in the Czechoslovak Military. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2014.
- Martinsen, Deborah; Cathy Popkin; Irina Reyfman (Eds.). Teaching Nineteenth-Century Literature: Essays in Honor of Robert L. Belknap. Boston, MA: Academic Studies Press, 2014.
- Marullo, Thomas. Heroine Abuse: Dostoevsky’s Netochka Nezvanova and the Poetics of Codependency. Northern Illinois University Press, 2015.
- Paperno, Irina, “Who, What Am I?” Tolstoy Struggles to Narrate the Self. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2014.
- Petrov, Petre M. Automatic for the Masses: The Death of the Author and the Birth of Socialist Realism. Toronto, University of Toronto Press, 2015.
- Pickford, Henry W. Thinking with Tolstoy and Wittgenstein: Expression, Emotion, and Art. Evanston, Northwestern University Press, 2015.
- Skomp, Elizabeth A. and Sutcliffe, Benjamin M. Ludmila Ulitskaya and the Art of Tolerance. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2015.
- Somof, Victoria. The Imperative of Reliability: Russian Prose on the Eve of the Novel, 1820s-1850s. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2015.
- Trubikhina, Julia. The Translator’s Doubts: Vladimir Nabokov and the Ambiguity of Translation. Boston, MA: Academic Studies Press, 2015.
- Rewakowicz, Maria G. Literature, Exile, Alterity: The New York Group of Ukrainian Poets. Boston, MA: Academic Studies Press, 2014.
- Valentine, Sarah. Witness and Transformation: The Poetics of Gennady Aygi. Boston, MA: Academic Studies Press, 2015.
- Vassileva-Karagyozova, Svetlana. Coming of Age under Martial Law: The Initiation Novels of Poland's Last Communist Generation. Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 2015.
- Vinitsky, Ilya. Vasily Zhukovsky's Romanticism and the Emotional History of Russia. Evanston: Northwesern University Press, 2015.
- Weld, Sara. Voiceless Vanguard: The Infantilist Aesthetic of the Russian Avant-Garde. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2014.
Best Translation into English (books published in 2014 and 2015 eligible):
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- Albahari, David. Globetrotter. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2014.Translated by Ellen Elias-Bursać.
- Babel, Issaak. Red Cavalry. London: Pushkin Press, 2015. Translated by Boris Dralyuk
- Basinsky, Pavel. Leo Tolstoy: Flight from Paradise. Glagoslav Publications, 2015. Translated by Huw Davies and Scott Moss.
- Baratynsky, Yevgeny. A Science Not for the Earth. Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015. Translated by Rawley Grau.
- Bulgakov, Mikhail. Don Quixote: A Dramatic Adaptation. MLA, 2014. Translated from Russian by Margarita Marinova, and edited by Margarita Marinova and Scott Pollard.
- Chekhov, Anton. The Prank: The Best of Young Chekhov. New York Review Books, 2015. Translated by Maria Bloshteyn.
- Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment. Penguin Press, 2014. Translated by Oliver Ready.
- Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Notes From the Underground. Tonowanda, NY: Broadview Press, 2014. Ed. and translated by Kirsten Lodge.
- Erofeev, Venedikt. Walpurgis Night. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2014. Translated by Marian Schwartz.
- Forrester, Sibelan E.S.; Kelly, Martha M.F. Russian Silver Age Poetry: Texts and Contexts. Boston, MA: Academic Studies Press, 2015.
- Gandlevsky, Segey. Trepanation of the Skull. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2014. Translated by Susanne Fusso.
- Gospodinov, Georgi. The Physics of Sorrow. Rochester, New York: Open Letter Books, 2015. Translated from the Bulgarian by Angela Rodel.
- Gossip & Metaphysics: Russian Modernist Poems & Prose by Katie Farris, Ilya Kaminsky and Valzhyna Mort. Tupelo Press, 2014.
- Hrabal, Bohumil. Harlequin's Millions. Archipelago Books' edition, 2014. Translated by Stacey Knecht.
- Ismailov, Hamid. The Underground. Restless Books, 2014. Translated by Carol Ermakova.
- Khanin, Semyon; Punter, Artur; Svetlov, Vladimir, and Sergei Timofejev. Hit Parade: The Orbita Group by Semyon Khanin, Artur Punte, Vladimir Svetlov, and Sergej Timofejev. Edited by Kevin Platt and translated by numerous translators. Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015.
- Nalkowska, Zofia. The Romance of Teresa Hennert. DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2014. Translated by Megan Thomas and Ewa Malachochowska-Pasek.
- Nalkowska, Zofia. Choucas. Dekal: Northern Illinois University Press, 2014. Translated by Ursula Phillips.
- Pavlov, Oleg. Asystole: A Novel. Glagoslav Publications. 2015. Translated by Arch Tait
- Pushkin, Alexander. The Captain’s Daughter. New York: New York Review Books, 2014. Translated by Robert Chandler and Elizabeth Chandler.
- Rubinstein, Lev. Compleat Catalogue of Comedic Novelties. New York: Ugly Duckling Presse, 2014. Translated by Philip Metres and Tatiana Tulchinsky.
- Sadur, Nina. The Witching Hour and Other Plays. Boston, MA: Academic Studies Press, 2014. Translated by Nadya L. Peterson.
- Sedakova, Olga. In Praise of Poetry. Rochester, New York: Open Letter Books, 2014. Translated from the Russian and edited by Edited by Caroline Clark, Ksenia Golubovich & Stephanie Sandler.
- Sharov, Vladimir. Before & During. Dedalus Publishers, 2014. Translated by Oliver Ready.
- Sokolov, Sasha. A School for Fools. New York Review Books, 2015. Translated by Alexander Boguslawski.
- Sosnicki, Dariusz. The World Shared. BOA Editions, Ltd. Rochester, New York, 2014. Translated by Piotr Florczyk and Boris Dralyuk.
- Stambolova, Albena. Everything Happens As It Does. Rochester, NY: Open Letter, University of Rochester, 2013. Translated from the Bulgarian by Olga Nikolova.
- Stanislavsky. A Life in Letters. London and New York: Routledge, 2014. Selected, translated and edited b Laurence Senelick.
- Szabó, Magda. The Door. New York Review Books, 2015. Translated from the Hungarian by Len Rix.
- Szerb, Antal. Journey by Moonlight. New York: New York Review Books, 2014. Translated by Len Rix.
- Tolstoy, Leo. Anna Karenina. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2014. Translated by Marian Schwartz.
- Tolstoy, Leo; Tolstaya, Sofiya; Tolstoy, Lev Lvovich. The Kreutzer Sonata Variations. Lev Tolstoy’s Novella and Counterstories by Sofiya Tolstaya and Lev Lvovich Tolstoy. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2014. Translated and edited by Michael R. Katz.
- Tyrmand, Leopold. Diary 1954. Northwestern University Press, 2014. Translated by Anita Shelton and Andrew Wrobel
- Ugresic, Dubravka. Europe in Sepia. Rochester, New York: Open Letter Books, 2015. Translated from the Croatian by David Williams.
- Yershov, Pyotr. The Little Humpbacked Horse. Montpelier, VT: Russian Life Books, 2014. Translated by Lydia Razran Stone.
Eligibility requirements and selection procedures for the AATSEEL book prizes:
AATSEEL awards prizes to outstanding publications in the fields of 1) language pedagogy, 2) linguistics, 3) literary and/or cultural scholarship, and 4) translations into English. For more on the specific eligibility requirements of the individual prizes, and for recent recipients of the prizes, see below. General eligibility requirements and nomination procedures pertinent to all the prizes include:
- In order to be eligible for consideration for an AATSEEL Book Award, the author (not the nominator) must be a member of AATSEEL. In the case of books written by more than one author, at least one one of the authors must be a member of AATSEEL. Books by individuals who are not members of AATSEEL (or books written by teams of authors none of whom is a member of AATSEEL) cannot be considered for an AATSEEL book award.
- Nominated works must be devoted to the languages and the literary/cultural traditions of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
- For the prizes in linguistics, literary/cultural scholarship and translation, works nominated must have been published within the two preceding calendar years. For the prize in language pedagogy, works nominated must have been published within the three preceding calendar years.
- The nomination process will normally end on 1 May. Prizes will be announced at the annual meeting of AATSEEL in early January.
- Both members of AATSEEL and non-members may make nominations for the prizes.
- In order to make a nomination for one of the prizes, one need only send an e-mail message to the chair of the publications committee (see "contact information" below). The chair will then contact the press. Presses wishing to nominate books should send a single copy of the work to the chair, who will (shortly after May 1) supply a list of the relevant jurors and their addresses. Presses are then asked to send a copy of the book directly to each of the jurors.
Specific eligibility guidelines for each prize:
Best Contribution to Language Pedagogy
The prize in pedagogy may recognize either language-pedagogical materials or contributions to literature on the theory and practice of language teaching. The former category should be understood broadly to include textbooks, computer software, testing materials, and other instructional tools. Nominated works in the latter category should be single or multi-author books. At the committee's discretion, the prize may in some years be granted not to a single publication, but to the aggregate works of one individual whose publications as a whole have made an outstanding contribution to the field of language pedagogy.
Best Contribution to the Study of Slavic Linguistics:
Nominated works should be scholarly monographs (including grammars and dictionaries) that treat topics in any field of linguistic inquiry. Typically, translated and edited volumes would not be considered.
Best Book in Literary/Cultural Scholarship:
Nominated works should be scholarly books which treat topics in any field of literary or cultural studies. Normally, this will exclude works of historical scholarship, unless these are devoted to the history of literary or cultural institutions or to interdisciplinary topics uniting history and cultural life.
Best Translation into English:
Nominees for this prize should be book-length translations of a literary work, an epiliterary genre (letters, memoirs, essays, etc.), or a scholarly work. At the discretion of the jury, two prizes may be awarded, one for a literary or epiliterary work, the other for a translation of a strictly scholarly character.
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An explanation of recent modifications in eligibility and selection procedures for the book prizes
The Publications Committee of AATSEEL, with the approval of the Executive Council, has instituted the following changes in the eligibility and selection procedures for the AATSEEL book prizes, which became effective during the 2002 competition.
Eligibility for the prizes in linguistics, literary/cultural criticism, and translation extends to books published in the preceding two calendar years (in the present case 2013 and 2014), but does not include those published in the current year (2015). For the prize in language pedagogy eligibility extends for the preceding three calendar years (2012-2014, in this case), but not the current year (2015).
Rationale: In the past, eligibility for all prizes has extended to books published in a three year period including the year in which the competition takes place. This gave an unfair advantage to books published early in the year, which in effect were eligible for a year longer than books published late in the year. It also made it difficult for jury members to examine some nominated books, which were not available in time for the committee's deliberations. This change addressed these issues. Further, the reduction of the eligibility window from three years to two for all prizes except that for pedagogy reflects the well-established nature of these prizes, which ensures that books are nominated in a timely manner. The prize for pedagogy has been implemented more recently than the others and needs more time to come into its own before a similar reduction in the eligibility window can be instituted.
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Publications Committee membership and contact information
The AATSEEL Publications Committee consists of fifteen members who serve staggered three-year terms, each of whom is assigned to one of four book-prize juries corresponding to his or her disciplinary affiliation and qualifications. All correspondence for the committee should be addressed to the current chair (term ends Dec. 2017):
Professor Ilya Vinitsky
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of Pennsylvania
746 Williams Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305
phone: (215) 898-8704
fax: (215) 573-7794
Language pedagogy jury:
- Jason Merrill, Michigan State University (term ends Dec. 2016)
- Elisabeth Elliott, Northwestern University (term ends Dec. 2015)
- Nicole Monnier, University of Missouri (term ends Dec. 2015)
- Lenore Grenoble, University of Chicago (term ends Dec. 2015)
- John Bailyn, Stony Brook University (term ends Dec. 2016)
Literary/cultural studies jury:
- Irina Shevelenko, University of Wisconsin (term ends Dec. 2016)
- Gabriella Safran, Stanford University (term ends Dec. 2015)
- Katia Dianina, University of Virginia (term ends Dec. 2017)
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- Ellen Elias-Bursac, Tufts University (term ends Dec. 2016)
- Joanna Trzeciak, Kent State University (term ends Dec. 2016)
- Vitaly Chernetsky, University of Kansas (term ends Dec. 2017)