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Submitted by ccarlin on 30 November 2017 - 10:34am

Created in 1995 to honor the memory of Laurence Wylie, Professor of French Civilization at Harvard University, the Laurence Wylie Prize in French Cultural Studies is awarded every second year to the best book in French cultural or social studies. Since 2017, the Prize has been administered by the faculty of NYU’s Institute of French Studies.


This year, nominated books must have been published in 2016 or 2017. Eligibility:


·       Nominated books must be scholarly essays dealing with French society or culture concerning any historical period. France is conceived in broad geographic terms, including the Caribbean, Africa, the Maghreb, the Indian Ocean, South and Southeast Asia, etc. 

·       Books may be written in English or French, and book authors may be of any nationality, but the author must reside in North America.


·       While fiction and literary criticism are excluded, nominated books may combine literature with other disciplines.


·       Authors at any stage of their career may submit books. All things being equal, however, the Prize Committee will give preference to an author’s first significant book.


·       Essay or source collections, reeditions, etc. are not eligible.


The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2018. The prize will be announced in the spring of 2018 and awarded at NYU the following fall. Presses may submit more than one book. For further inquiries, please contact the committee chair, Stéphane Gerson (stephane.gerson@nyu.edu). 



The 2014-2015 Wylie Prize was awarded to Charly Coleman (History, Columbia) for his book The Virtues of Abandon: An Anti-Individualist History of the French Enlightenment (Stanford, 2014).


Please send a copy of each nominated book to the members of the Prize Committee by January 31, 2018 (total of four copies): 


Charly Coleman

Institute for Advanced Study 

1 Einstein Drive

Princeton, NJ  08540


Tom Conley

Faculty Dean, Kirkland House

Harvard University

85 Dunster Street

Cambridge, MA 02138


Stéphane Gerson 

Director, Institute of French Studies


15 Washington Mews

New York, NY 10003


Camille Robcis

Director of French Studies

Cornell University

McGraw Hall 450

Ithaca, NY 14853

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