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  • The Rutledge Prize 2011:For Graduate Students Giving Papers at the SCLA Conference

Each year the Southern Comparative Literature Association offers a prize of $100 for the most promising work presented at its annual conference by a graduate student. The essay is also considered for publication in The Comparatist.

You may submit a paper for consideration for this award by sending it as an email attachment to the SLCA vice president. The deadline for submissions is November 15, 2012 with the prizewinner to be announced in the 2013 issue of The Comparatist. Send to: Prof. Nicole Simek,

Since conference papers are often shortened from longer projects, students are encouraged to submit an essay-length version of their work that would be suitable for journal publication (no longer than 7,500 words). If publishable, prize essays normally appear in the next issue after the official announcement (i.e., a year and a half after the conference presentation), thus allowing ample time for feedback and advice from the editor.

Rutledge Prize Winner 2011

Casey C. Moore, University of South Carolina

"Cross Dressing: Ancient and Modern Reappropriations of Homosexual Identity."

Judges' Citation

"Moore's well-documented comparative study critically examines contemporary representations of ancient homosexuality, recalling the major, but often elided, divergences between modern constructions of homosexual identity and ancient conceptions of sexual relations brought out in careful readings of Tibullus' elegies. The originality of this piece lies, however, in its identification and discussion of parallel modes of identity construction in Roman and contemporary Western societies, modes that seek to fix or redefine inherently unstable, changing self-identifications through appeals to an idealized past and the reappropriation of the sexualized identities associated with that past." [End Page 343]

Harry C. Rutledge, Emeritus Professor of Classics at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and an internationally recognized classicist, was the guiding spirit behind the founding of the Southern Comparative Literature Association March 28-30, 1974. He served as President, Board Member, and Conference Coordinator, but is best remembered for his enthusiasm in encouraging comparative work of all kinds. He also helped inspire the founding of The Comparatist. [End Page 344]



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