Wylie Prize in French Cultural Studies


The 2014-2015 Wylie Prize has been awarded to Charly Coleman for his book The Virtues of Abandon: An Anti-Individualist History of the French Enlightenment (Stanford University Press, 2014). Forty-two books, published in 2014 or 2015, were nominated for this year’s prize.

Honorable mentions were given to the following:


Kenny Cupers, The Social Project: Housing in Postwar France (University of Minnesota Press, 2014)
Ethan Katz, The Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France (Harvard                     University Press, 2015)
Jennifer Wild, The Parisian Avant-Garde in the Age of Cinema, 1900-1923 (University of California                     Press, 2015)

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 an outstanding book in French social or cultural studies, concerning any period. France is conceived in broad geographic terms, including the Caribbean, Africa, the Maghreb, the Indian Ocean, South and Southeast Asia, etc. While fiction and literary criticism are excluded, nominated books may combine literature with other disciplines. Books may be written in English or French, but the author must reside in North America. All things being equal, preference is given to early-career scholars.

The members of the prize committee were Tom Conley (Harvard, Romance Languages and Literatures), Camille Robcis (Cornell, History), Brett Rushforth (William & Mary, History), Helen Solterer (Duke, Romance Studies), and Stéphane Gerson (NYU, French Studies; chair).

Professor Coleman (Columbia) will receive his prize in November 2016 at NYU. On this occasion, several scholars will gather to engage with his book. More information to follow.

Previous winners of the Laurence Wylie Prize

2012 - 2013: Brent Rushforth, Bonds of Alliance: Indigenous and Atlantic Slaveries in New France (UNC Press, 2012).

2010 - 2011: Brian Martin, Napoleonic Friendship: Military Fraternity, Intimacy, and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century France (University of New Hampshire Press, 2011). 

2008 - 2009: Peter J. Bloom, French Colonial Documentary: Mythologies of Humanitarianism (University of Minnesota Press, 2008). 

2006 - 2007: Rebecca DeRoo, The Museum Establishment and Contemporary Art: The Politics of Artistic Display in France after 1968 (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

2003 - 2005: Stéphane Gerson, The Pride of Place. Local Memories and Political Culture in Nineteenth-Century France (Cornell University Press, 2003).

2001 - 2002: James Lehning, To Be a Citizen: the Political Culture of the Early French Third Republic (Cornell University Press, 2002).

1999 - 2000: Daniel Sherman, The Construction of Memory in Interwar France (University of Chicago Press, 1999).

1997 - 1998: Shanny Peer, France on Display: Peasants, Provincials and Folklore in the 1937 Paris World Fair (SUNY Press, 1998).

1995 - 1996: Kristin Ross, Fast Cars, Clean Bodies: Decolonization and the Reordering of French Culture (MIT Press, 1995).