University of Illinois Professor Named Book Prize Winner. (Noteworthy News)

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CHICAGO

Sharon Holland, associate professor of English and African American studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has won the American Studies Association's Lora Romero First Book Prize for her book, Raising The Dead: Readings of Death and (Black) Subjectivity (Duke University Press, 2000).

The award is presented annually to a first-time published author in American Studies whose book best highlights the intersections of race with gender, class, sexuality and/or nation.

Holland is the first recipient of the award and will receive a lifetime membership in the American Studies Association. The award will be presented to her at the association's awards ceremony this month in Houston.

"It is indeed a great honor to be chosen as the first recipient of this award," Holland says. "My respect for Lora Romero's work is long-standing and I am thrilled to have received an award in her honor."

Holland's book, Raising the Dead, is an interdisciplinary exploration of death's relation to subjectivity in 20th-century American literature and culture. Holland contends that Black subjectivity, in particular, is connected intimately to death. …