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Enrique Fernandez and Anne Lambright to Receive MLA's Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize

Tuesday, December 6, 2016   (0 Comments)


New York, NY – 6 December 2016 – The Modern Language Association of America today announced its twenty-sixth annual Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize for an outstanding book published in English or Spanish in the field of Latin American and Spanish literatures and cultures. The winners are Enrique Fernandez, of the University of Manitoba, for his book Anxieties of Interiority and Dissection in Early Modern Spain, published by the University of Toronto Press, and Anne Lambright, of Trinity College, for Andean Truths: Transitional Justice, Ethnicity, and Cultural Production in Post–Shining Path Peru, published by Liverpool University Press. Núria Silleras-Fernández, of the University of Colorado, Boulder, has received honorable mention for Chariots of Ladies: Francesc Eiximenis and the Court Culture of Medieval and Early Modern Iberia, published by Cornell University Press.

The Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize was established in 1990 by a gift from Joseph and Mimi B. Singer, parents of the late Katherine Singer Kovacs. The prize is one of seventeen awards that will be presented on 7 January 2017, during the association’s annual convention, to be held in Philadelphia. The members of the selection committee were Rolena Adorno (Yale Univ.); Luis E. Cárcamo-Huechante (Univ. of Texas, Austin), chair; Jean Dangler (Tulane Univ.); Charles Victor Ganelin (Miami Univ., Oxford); and Bernardita P. Llanos (Brooklyn Coll., City Univ. of New York).

The committee’s citation for Fernandez’s book reads:

Enrique Fernandez’s Anxieties of Interiority and Dissection in Early Modern Spain brings to the forefront dissective narratives in selected texts from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Fernandez makes a distinct contribution to the study of literary, cultural, and scientific narratives by carefully examining how the discourses of anatomy informed literary practice and narrative strategies in early modern Spain, providing a semantic field as well as figurative language to enhance a different sort of cultural expression. The book displays a highly original and interdisciplinary approach based on extensive research, shedding light on the impact of anatomy and dissection in treatises and literary works of the early modern period.

Enrique Fernandez is a professor in the Department of French, Spanish, and Italian at the University of Manitoba. He is originally from Spain, where he studied classics. He moved to Canada in 1991 and has an MA from the University of Calgary and a PhD in Spanish literature from Princeton University. Fernandez is the president of the Canadian Association of Hispanists. He is the author of Pornoboscodidascalus Latinus (1624): Kaspar Barth’s Neo-Latin Translation of Celestina, coauthor of Celestina comentada, and editor of collections of essays on early modern Spanish culture and literature. He is editing a companion to Celestina and is the director of the online database Celestina Visual (

The committee’s citation for Lambright’s book reads:

Anne Lambright offers a versatile analysis and discussion on the role of literary works, films, theater, and performance in a nation engaging critical and intellectual dialogues on memory, trauma, gender, ethnicity, and political history in Andean Truths: Transitional Justice, Ethnicity, and Cultural Production in Post–Shining Path Peru. Lambright creatively brings together approaches from trauma theory; literary, film, and performance studies; transitional justice; and human rights debates, with a keen attention to the historical and sociocultural context of Peru. Original and broadly interpretive, this book is an excellent study of the complex relations among art, literature, politics, and society.

Anne Lambright is the Charles A. Dana Research Professor of Languages and Culture in the Hispanic Studies Program at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She received her BA from Southern Methodist University and her MA and PhD from the University of Texas, Austin. She is the author of Creating the Hybrid Intellectual: Subject, Space, and the Feminine in the Narrative of José María Arguedas and coeditor of Unfolding the City: Women Write the City in Latin America. She has also published articles on gender, ethnicity, human rights, and national identity in Andean literature and culture. Her current project is a critical anthology and translations of selected human rights plays by Grupo Cultural Yuyachkani.

The committee’s citation for Silleras-Fernández’s book reads:

Núria Silleras-Fernández’s Chariots of Ladies: Francesc Eiximenis and the Court Culture of Medieval and Early Modern Iberia is a rigorous study on the archetypes of queenship and models of feminine conduct and virtue among noblewomen in late medieval and early modern Iberia, as crafted by the Catalan friar Francesc Eiximenis. The book moves from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century to critically examine the role of models of virtue and queenship culture and the subtle plotting of female agency in the aristocratic circles of the Iberian Peninsula in the period. A well-grounded cultural history, Chariots of Ladies makes an important contribution on the subject of the education of noblewomen as well as on the intricacies of female empowerment in courtly life.

Núria Silleras-Fernández is an associate professor in the Department of Spanish and an affiliated faculty member in history and in women and gender studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is the author of Power, Piety, and Patronage in Late Medieval Queenship: Maria de Luna and coeditor of In and of the Mediterranean: Medieval and Early Modern Iberian Studies and Teaching Gender through Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Texts and Cultures. Chariots of Ladies is also the recipient of the American Historical Association’s Premio del Rey and an honorable mention of the Kayden Book Award, given by the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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