Hunter Professor Wins MLA Award

Hunter Romance Languages Professor Evelyne Ender has been awarded the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies by the Modern Language Association of America for her book, Architexts of Memory: Literature, Science, and Autobiography.

Awarded annually for an outstanding scholarly work that is written by a member of the association and involves at least two literatures, the prize includes a monetary award of $2,000 and a certificate. It is one of seventeen awards that will be presented on December 28 during the Association’s annual convention.

Hailed as “personal and provocative” by the selection committee, Architexts of Memory, published by the University of Michigan Press, is an interdisciplinary study that explores human remembrance by revisiting great works of literature. Through examining texts by Proust, Eliot, Freud, and others, she reveals that memory is grounded not only in the factual, but in the fictional and aesthetical.

Ender, who joined the Hunter faculty this fall, has a doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Geneva. A scholar in the fields of nineteenth- and twentieth-century English and French literatures, feminist criticism and gender, and memory studies, Ender has also published Sexing the Mind:Nineteenth-Century Fictions of Hysteria and multiple articles in such journals as Yale Journal of Criticism, Nineteenth-Century French Studies, Compar(a)ison, and Science in Context.