Professor Eliga Gould’s 2012 book, Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of the New World Empire (Harvard UP), has been chosen as one of four finalists for the 2013 George Washington Book Prize, a national prize that carries a $50,000 cash award. The prize recognizes the best book on American history in its founding era and is the largest national prize for a book on this subject. The winner will be announced on May 22.
Check out English lecturer Stephanie Harzewski’s Valentine’s Day-inspired book recommendations. Harzewski writes:
“As an instructor of such undergraduate standards as “The Rise of the Novel” and “British Literature, 1800-Present,” you might expect I’d take a traditional route when offering up a list of good Valentine’s Day reads. Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre (1847), say, with its humble and plain governess who becomes a heroine through courage, self-possession, and a generous heart, or Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, whose Elizabeth Bennett is regularly singled out for her independent mind, quick wit, and resistance to marriage offers of convenience.
But…I couldn’t help but think of love in its many guises – romantic, filial, forsworn, taboo. Here, then, is a quintet of narratives that are a mix of traditional man-woman love plots and stories that brought me to the profession of teaching English with their artistry and haunting quality.”