Winner of Canadian Literature’s 60th Anniversary Graduate Student Essay Prize

Congratulations Christina Turner!

Canadian Literature is pleased to announce the winner of the 60th Anniversary Graduate Student Essay Prize, awarded as part of the journal’s anniversary celebrations taking place during Congress 2019 at UBC. The winner is Christina Turner for her article “Atlantic Cosmopolitanism in John Steffler’s The Afterlife of George Cartwright” published in the Emerging Scholars special issue of Canadian Literature (no. 226, Autumn 2015, pp. 55-72). The prize is awarded to the best essay by an author who was a graduate student at the time of publication among the most recent sixty articles appearing in Canadian Literature—a corpus that includes two special issues on the work of emerging scholars.

Our thanks to past editors W. H. New, Laurie Ricou, and Margery Fee who served as the selection committee for the prize. The committee praised Christina Turner’s article for the quality of writing and the quality of organization. They note that Turner establishes her thesis early and allows the argument to unfold clearly, drawing as necessary on Steffler’s text, on Cartwright’s journal, and on existing research. The committee in particular applauded the way she reads the novel both for the implications of its formal strategies and in the context of international economic history.

The prize was established on the occasion of the journal’s anniversary to simultaneously reflect on the journal’s history and celebrate the future of the field. We also want to signal Canadian Literature’s continuing commitment to recognizing the significant contribution graduate student scholarship is making to the discourse of the journal and the field of Canadian literature.


Congratulations also to the wonderful shortlisted authors:

Dallas Hunt
“Nikîkîwân: Contesting Settler-Colonial Archives through Indigenous Oral History”
Published in Indigenous Literature and the Arts of Community. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 230-231 (Autumn/Winter 2016): 25-42.

Rebekah Ludolph
“Humour, Intersubjectivity, and Indigenous Female Intellectual Tradition in Anahareo’s Devil in Deerskins
Published in Literary History. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 233 (Summer 2017): 109-126.

Shane Neilson
Claire’s Head and Pain: Beyond the Sign of the Weapon”
Published in Emerging Scholars 2. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 228-229 (Spring/Summer 2016): 73-90.

Kate Siklosi
“‘the absolute / of water’”: The Submarine Poetic of M. NourbeSe Philip’s Zong!
Published in Emerging Scholars 2. Spec. issue of Canadian Literature 228-229 (Spring/Summer 2016): 111-130.