Essay Prize

The Space Between Society offers a prize for the best essay presented at the annual conference.

The winner of the 2018 Space Between Essay Prize is Ravenel Richardson for her essay  “Private Writing as Resistance: Ursula von Kardoff’s Diary of the Second World War.” The prize committee had this to say about Richardson’s essay:

From a bumper crop of submissions this year, the Space Between Essay Prize Committee has selected Ravenel Richardson’s “Private Writing as Resistance: Ursula von Kardorff’s Diary of the Second World War” as the 2018 prize winner. The committee found much to admire in Richardson’s essay and was unanimously struck by how astutely the idea of the life writing as a space of resistance, and in particular the diary as a gendered form of political resistance, suited the theme of our joint conference with the Feminist inter/Modernist Association. Her essay shows how historical questions and method, rigorous research and contextualization add complexity to narrative analysis and can expand our definitions of interdisciplinarity and its mandate. Richardson’s historical approach to the genre of life writing offers a form of analysis that shows its significance to range of disciplines, including cultural studies, literary and media studies. Her research is extensive, significant, and gracefully integrated with highly informed historical knowledge. Her voice is engaging and unique, graceful and jargon free.


Past prize winners:

2017:  Jennie Lightweis-Goff, “The Dignity of Years and the Crudities of Youth: Gone With the Wind (1936) and the New Southern City.”

2016:  Paula Derdiger, “”Surveying the Space Between in Postwar Berlin: Billy Wilder’s A Foreign Affair.

2015: Joseph Elkanah Rosenberg, “Paper Bombs.”

2014: Michael Williamson, “Doubled Crossings: Yiddish Writers Respond to the Treaty of Non-Aggression Between Germany and Russia.”

2013: Katherine Brucher, “Henry Ford’s ‘Old-fashioned’ Dancing and ‘Early American’ Music: Americanization through Music and Dance.”

2012: Naomi Milthorpe, “Absolute Possession: Evelyn Waugh’s Library.”