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  • The Rutledge Prize 2015For Graduate Students Giving Papers at the scla Conference

Each year the SCLA offers a prize of $250 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 SCLA vice president. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2017 with the prizewinner to be announced in the 2017 issue of The Comparatist. Send to: Prof. Heather Hayton,

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 2015

Lubna Safi, The Pennsylvania State University
“On the Brink: Language and Identity in the Poetry of Arab-American Women.”

Judges’ Citation

“Lubna Safi’s inventive reading of Arab-American poetry explores the writings of Naomi Shehab Nye and Dima Hilal in the context of Derrida’s reflections on language and the sense of belonging. It asks how these authors negotiate the conflicting demands of identity—interpellated as an ‘Arab,’ ‘American,’ ‘Writer,’ or ‘Woman’ post-911. Safi insightfully foregrounds language—with all its dilemmas—in her account of these authors’ complex identitarian quests.” [End Page 387]

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 SCLA 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 388]



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