The Modern Language Association of America announced the awards for the thirteenth Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Studies in Slavic Languages and Literatures. Honorable mention was awarded to A History of Russian Literature, authored by Professors Mark Lipovetsky and Irina Reyfman of the Columbia Slavic Department, together with co-authors Andrew Kahn (Oxford) and Stephanie Sandler (Harvard).
The committee’s citation for A History of Russian Literature reads:
As scholars, even in collaborative projects, we usually work in isolation—assigning different sections to different writers. A History of Russian Literature, by Andrew Kahn, Mark Lipovetsky, Irina Reyfman, and Stephanie Sandler, is something else entirely: a genuine shared enterprise where chapters written by one are revised by the others. It is unique. Their History balances keen historical insight with finely observed close readings. Unlike many other such histories, this brims with life and questions; it is suggestive of varied generic and political controversies. Text and context, throughout the course of Russian literary history, have always been singularly connected; this volume spectacularly conveys the complexities of that connection. Open it to any page at random, and you will be rewarded.