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                                                                                    2020 AAIS BOOK PRIZE ANNOUNCEMENT

The AAIS is pleased to announce that up to four AAIS Book Prizes will be awarded for the best books in Italian Studies published in 2020. Winners will be announced at the 2021 Virtual Conference, where we will also recognize winners of the 2020 AAIS Book Prize.
After careful review, the Book Award Committee will give prizes in the following categories for 2020: 

  • ·      Literary Studies
  • ·      Visual Studies, Film and Media
  • ·      History, Society and Politics
  • ·      First Book

When sending your entry, please indicate the category that best reflects the primary area of your publication from among those listed above. If authors submit an entry without specifying category, they will be contacted for clarification before their book goes out to judges. 

Authors may indicate if they would like their book to be considered for First Book in addition to one of the other categories, but a book can win no more than one prize. If an author enters their work into the First Book competition, they are kindly requested to provide a CV with complete list of publications.

Translations, textbooks, creative writings, and edited volumes cannot be entered into the competition. 

Kindly send 5 copies of the volume (or bound photocopies if the publisher cannot spare additional copies) by January 31, 2021 to: Monica Seger, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, William & Mary, Washington Hall 210, 241 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185. 

Winners will be announced at the AAIS Virtual Conference, May 28-June 6, 2021.

Previous Book Prize Winners


· MedievalG. Geltner, Roads to Health: Infrastructure and Urban Wellbeing in Later Medieval Italy, University of Pennsylvania Press. 

· Renaissance, 18th, and 19th CenturiesPaola Cori, Forms of Thinking in Leopardi’s Zibaldone: Religion, Science and Everyday Life in an Age of Disenchantment, Legenda. 

· 20th and 21st CenturiesStephanie Malia Hom, Empire’s Mobius Strip: Historical Echoes in Italy’s Crisis of Migration and Detention, Cornell University Press. *Honorable Mention: Marisa Escolar, Allied Encounters: The Gendered Redemption of World War II Italy, Fordham University Press. 

· Film and other Media StudiesGiorgio Bertellini, The Divo and the Duce: Promoting Film Stardom and Political Leadership in 1920s America, University of California Press. 


·  Medieval: William Caferro. Petrarch's War: Florence and the Black Death in Context. Cambridge University Press.

·  Renaissance, 18th, and 19th Centuries: Cristina Mazzoni. Golden Fruit: A Cultural History of Oranges in Italy. University of Toronto Press.

·  20th and 21st Centuries: Luca Cottini. The Art of Objects: The Birth of Italian Industrial Culture, 1878-1928. University of Toronto Press.


· Renaissance, 18th, and 19th Centuries: Barbara Spackman. Accidental Orientalists: Modern Italian Travelers in Ottoman Lands. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2017.

· 20th and 21st Centuries: Teresa Fiore. Pre-Occupied Spaces: Remapping Italy's Transnational Migrations and Colonial Legacies. New York: Fordham University Press, 2017.

· Film and other Media Studies: Timothy C. Campbell. The Techne of Giving: Cinema and the Generous Form of Life. New York: Fordham University Press, 2017.