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Alexander C. Y. Huang of Pennsylvania State Receives
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 21.0462  Friday, 31 December 2010

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Date:         Friday, December 31, 2010          
Subject:     Alexander C. Y. Huang of Pennsylvania State Receives MLA Prize  

MLA's Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies Awarded to 
Alexander C. Y. Huang

New York, 1 December 2010

The Modern Language Association of America today announced it is awarding its 
eighteenth annual Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies 
to Alexander C. Y. Huang, of Pennsylvania State University, for _Chinese 
Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange_, published by Columbia University 
Press. 

The prize is awarded annually for an outstanding scholarly work that is written by 
a member of the association and that involves at least two literatures.

The prize is one of seventeen awards that will be presented on 7 January 2011 
during the association's annual convention, to be held in Los Angeles. The members 
of the selection committee were Nicholas Brown (Univ. of Illinois, Chicago), 
chair; Carla Freccero (Univ. of California, Santa Cruz); and Alessia Ricciardi 
(Northwestern Univ.). The committee's citation for Huang's book reads:

Alexander C. Y. Huang's _Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of Cultural Exchange_ 
maps new territory for the most promising project in comparative literature today. 
Huang's object is the movement of cultural forms across geographical space, but he 
regards such movement not as mere diffusion or even as exchange. Instead he 
examines the way movement across geographical and geopolitical fault lines reaches 
into cultural forms and changes their meanings from the inside, often revealing 
possibilities that had lain dormant, unnoticed, or submerged in the texts' cultures 
of origin. Remarkable not only for its sophistication but also for its scholarly 
depth, _Chinese Shakespeares_ is a landmark in the renewal of comparative 
literature as a discipline.

Alexander C. Y. Huang is an associate professor of comparative literature at 
Pennsylvania State University; a research affiliate in literature at the 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the general editor of The Shakespearean 
International Yearbook; and the vice president of the Association for Asian 
Performance. He coedited Shakespeare in Hollywood, Asia, and Cyberspace and Class, 
Boundary, and Social Discourse in the Renaissance; he is also the editor of 
special issues for the Asian Theatre Journal and Borrowers and Lenders: The 
Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation. He is the cofounder and coeditor of two 
open-access performance archives, Global Shakespeares 
(http://globalshakespeares.org/)  and Shakespeare Performance in Asia 
(http://web.mit.edu/shakespeare/asia/).  Chinese Shakespeares: Two Centuries of 
Cultural Exchange also received an honorable mention for the Joe A. Callaway Prize 
for the Best Book on Drama or Theatre.

The MLA, the largest and one of the oldest American learned societies in the 
humanities (est. 1883), promotes the advancement of literary and linguistic 
studies. The 30,000 members of the association come from all fifty states and the 
District of Columbia, as well as from Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and 
Africa. PMLA, the association's flagship journal, has published distinguished 
scholarly articles for over one hundred years. Approximately 9,500 members of the 
MLA and its allied and affiliate organizations attend the association's annual 
convention. The MLA is a constituent of the American Council of Learned Societies 
and the International Federation for Modern Languages and Literatures.

The Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies, awarded under 
the auspices of the MLA's Committee on Honors and Awards, was presented for the 
first time in 1993. Recent winners have been Leonard Barkan (1999), Marie-Laure 
Ryan (2000), Victoria Nelson (2001), Ian Balfour (2002), Alessia Ricciardi (2003), 
Loren Kruger (2004), Evelyne Ender (2005), Toril Moi (2006), Daniel Heller-Roazen 
(2007), and Sahar Amer (2008). Honorable mentions were awarded to Sharon Marcus 
(1999), Barbara Fuchs (2001), Avital Ronell (2001), Charles Bernheimer (2002), 
Barbara Johnson (2003), Susanne Kord (2003), Neil Kenny (2004), and Richard 
Helgerson (2007).

Other awards sponsored by the committee are the William Riley Parker Prize; the 
James Russell Lowell Prize; the MLA Prize for a First Book; the Howard R. Marraro 
Prize; the Kenneth W. Mildenberger Prize; the Mina P. Shaughnessy Prize; the MLA 
Prize for Independent Scholars; the Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize; the Morton N. 
Cohen Award; the MLA Prizes for a Distinguished Scholarly Edition and for a 
Distinguished Bibliography; the Lois Roth Award; the William Sanders Scarborough 
Prize; the Fenia and Yaakov Leviant Memorial Prize in Yiddish Studies; the MLA 
Prize in United States Latina and Latino and Chicana and Chicano Literary and 
Cultural Studies; and the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prizes for French and 
Francophone Studies, for Italian Studies, for Studies in Germanic Languages and 
Literatures, for Studies in Slavic Languages and Literatures, for a Translation of 
a Literary Work, for a Translation of a Scholarly Study of Literature, and for a 
Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies.

The Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Endowment Fund was established and donated by Aldo 
Scaglione to the MLA in 1987. The fund honors the memory of his wife, Jeanne Daman 
Scaglione. A Roman Catholic, Jeanne Daman taught in a Jewish kindergarten in 
Brussels, Belgium. When deportation of Jews began in 1942, she helped find hiding 
places for 2,000 children. She also helped rescue many Jewish men by obtaining 
false papers for them. Her life and contributions to humanity are commemorated in 
the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC.

Aldo Scaglione, a member of the MLA since 1957, is Erich Maria Remarque Professor 
of Literature at New York University. A native of Torino, Italy, he received a 
doctorate in modern letters from the University of Torino. He has taught at the 
University of Toulouse and the University of Chicago. From 1952 to 1968 he taught 
at the University of California, Berkeley, and from 1968 to 1987 he was W. R. 
Kenan Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature at the University of North 
Carolina, Chapel Hill. In 1987 he came to New York University as professor of 
Italian and later served as chair of the Department of Italian. He has been a 
Fulbright fellow and a Guggenheim fellow, has held senior fellowships from the 
Newberry Library and the German Academic Exchange Service, and has been a visiting 
professor at Yale University, the City University of New York, and the Humanities 
Research Institute of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 1975 he was named 
Cavaliere dell' Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana. He has been president 
of the American Boccaccio Association and was a member of the MLA Executive 
Council from 1981 to 1984. His published books include Nature and Love in the Late 
Middle Ages (1963); Ars Grammatica (1970); The Classical Theory of Composition 
(1972); The Theory of German Word Order (1980); The Liberal Arts and the Jesuit 
College System (1986); Knights at Court: Courtliness, Chivalry, and Courtesy from 
Ottonian Germany to the Italian Renaissance (1991); and Essays on the Arts of 
Discourse: Linguistics, Rhetoric, Poetics (1998).

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