Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 7, No. 0436. Monday, 10 June 1996.
From: William R. Bowen <
Date: Sunday, 9 Jun 1996 18:10:31 -0400
Subject: RSA Announcement
[The following announcement was posted yesterday on FICINO. --HMC]
THE PHYLLIS GOODHART GORDAN
The Renaissance Society of America has instituted an annual book prize of
$1000, in memory of the late Phyllis Goodhart Gordan, a strong supporter of the
RSA from its early days. The purpose of the prize is to recognize significant
accomplishment in Renaissance Studies by members of the RSA and to encourage
The first Gordan Prize will be awarded to the author of the best book in
Renaissance Studies published between July 1, 1994 and June 30, 1995. The
winner will be announced at the annual meeting at Bloomington, Indiana, April
The prize is awarded to a book written in one of the disciplines recognized by
the RSA, and published in the period between July 1 and June 30 following the
annual meeting. One copy of each work, together with a brief curriculum vitae,
must be received by each of the prize committee members, whose names and
addresses will be provided by the RSA Office. Authors must be current members
of the RSA. Each entry should be labeled "Gordan Prize Entry." Entries must be
postmarked by or on July 15. Late entries will not be considered.
Please see the inside cover of the biannual Directory of Members of the RSA for
the list of disciplines. The prize will be awarded for a book dealing with a
Renaissance topic within the chronological period, 1300-1700. The following are
offered as examples of Renaissance topics: a vernacular or neo-Latin literary
author, topic, or text; humanism in any of its forms; printing; a Renaissance
city-state and/or its institutions; the art or an artist of the period. These
topics are not meant to exclude other possibilities. Bibliographical works and
scholarly aids are eligible for the Gordan prize, but editions of texts and
translations will not be considered.
The book must be written in English.
Books will be judged on the following criteria:
A. Contribution to Renaissance studies
B. Originality in insight and research
C. Clarity and eloquence
D. Thoroughness and accuracy in documentation.