An essay focused on historical drama of the Romantic period in a European context has been recognized as the 2011 ‘Best Article’ published in the European Romantic Review (ERR). The Shame of the Nation: Performing History in Schiller, Manzoni and Byron, penned by Dr. Nathaniel Leach, an Associate Professor of English at CBU, was honoured based on its merits in scholarship, originality, quality of writing, and significance for Romantic-era Studies. The award, along with a $500 cash prize, will be presented during the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR) Conference in Neuchatel, Switzerland, this coming August.
“I was pleasantly surprised to find out I had been chosen for this prize; I had no idea I was even in the running,” says Dr. Leach. “ERRis one of the top journals in the field of Romanticism, so I feel honoured to be recognized in this way. It is always nice to receive such recognition and to find out that one’s work is valued, but it is especially gratifying to be recognized by the editorial board of such a publication, which comprises some of the most important scholars in the field.”
Dr. Leach’s award-winning essay argues that these plays use their representations of history to blur and problematize national boundaries and identities. Leach expresses how it is important to note that this year the prize is being awarded to an article which focuses on the area of Romantic Drama.He explains that for a long time, the field of Romanticism was dominated by studies of the Romantic poets but recently there has been an increasing interest in the drama and theatre of the period.
“There is a lot of important work being done now to reassert the significance of drama to the literature and culture of the Romantic period, and I’m glad to be a part of this shift since Romantic drama was absolutely central to the cultural life of the period. There is a lot of really interesting and important material that has not yet been fully explored,” says Leach.
The European Romantic Review is a scholarly, peer reviewed journal that is devoted to work around the literature and culture of Europe, Great Britain and the Americas during the period 1760-1840. It is closely linked with NASSR and in 2004, ERR and NASSR teamed up and to create an annual award to recognize the best essay published in the journal over that year.
For more information and to read Leach’s prize winning essay visit, http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/GERR.