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C19 Rising Scholar Prize

The C19 Rising Scholar Prize recognizes the top paper presented at the 2022 C19: Reconstructions Conference by a member in the early stages of their career. The prize comes with an award of $250.

The C19 Rising Scholar Prize Committee is thrilled to announce that the winner of the 2022 Rising Scholar Prize is Clare Mullaney for her paper, “Textual Recovery: ‘Wildering Language’ and a Crip Editorial Practice.” The committee agreed that the paper adds an original and important framework to the ethics of recovery by offering a “genealogy of disability told not through biological lineages but textual transmissions.” Mullaney’s astute analysis of work by contemporary poet John Lee Clark alongside nineteenth-century poet Lydia Sigourney generates new ways of theorizing access, audience, and originality. 


The committee is also pleased to award two honorable mentions (in alphabetical order):

Eve Eure, “Reconstructing the Language of the Black Settler”


Courtney Murray, “Rebirthing of Henry Box Brown: Interstitial/Feminine Infused Spaces, Places, and Structures in Nineteenth-Century Narratives” 

The members of this year's prize committee were Sari Edelstein (chair), Nat Hurley, and Lindsay Reckson

Past awardees

2020 C19 Inaugural Rising Scholar Prize

Ben Pokross, “Materializing the Vanished: Simon Pokagon’s Birch Bark Rebuke”


Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order):

Daniella Cádiz Bedini, “‘The Lost Boy of Cuba’: Translation and Affective Reinterpretation in Blake; Or, the Huts of America


Andrew Erlandson, “Intemperate Reform: Crip Associations in Walt Whitman’s Franklin Evans


Don James McLaughlin, “In Defense of Miasma: Microscopic Myopia in Rebecca Harding Davis and Fitz-James O’Brien’s ‘The Diamond Lens’”

Prize Committee: Anna Brickhouse (chair), Ren Heintz, and Greg Laski




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