- 2010 Margaret Church MFS Memorial Prize
The Editors are pleased to announce the winner of the 2010 Margaret Church Memorial Prize for the best essay to appear in MFS. The Church Prize was established in 1984 in memory of Dr. Church, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Purdue University and a longtime editor of this journal.
The winner for 2010 is Adam Barrows, author of “‘The Shortcomings of Timetables’: Greenwich, Modernism, and the Limits of Modernity,” which appeared in volume 56, issue 2 (pages 262–89).
Special thanks to Sara Blair (University of Michigan) for choosing this year’s winner. In making her selection, Prof. Blair writes,
This essay stood out for its conceptual scope as well as the rigor and fluency in its engagement with informing social contexts. There’s a significant body of work—including Ronald Schleifer on post-Enlightenment temporality, Thomas Allen on time and the American republic, and Stephen Kern on modernity and cultures of time—exploring historical shifts in the marking, experience, and social effects of temporality. Barrows’s essay contributes impressively to that project, attending with inventiveness as well as precision to the emerging effects of temporal practices and institutions, and he makes them telling for—and in the context of—key modernist texts. His critical readings are ambitious and invigorating; he probes the relationship of modernist narrative to practices of telling time in a way that helps us see aesthetic engagements of the era anew. His essay is carefully shaped within its frame but already suggests conceptual consequence beyond it. I look forward to reading the ongoing work to which this essay will contribute.
Prof. Barrows, who teaches at Carleton University in Ottawa, received $300 and a certificate, a copy of which appears here. [End Page i]