Academic journal article Wordsworth Circle

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Academic journal article Wordsworth Circle

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The Modern Language Association of America awarded the twenty-eighth annual Prize for Independent Scholars to Tom Duggett of Suzhou, China, for his book Gothic Romanticism.: Architecture, Politics, and Literary Form, which appeared in the series, Nineteenth Century Major Lives and Letters published by Palgrave Macmillan. Duggett received the award at a formal ceremony during the MIA annual meeting in Seattle, Washington, January, 2012. The citation reads: "Tom Duggett's Gothic Romanticism is a compellingly ambitious study of the pursuit of a purer and better gothic in late-eighteenth - and early-nineteenth-century England. Focusing on Wordsworth and the Lake Poets' attempt to refine a coarser, more sensational gothic as set forth in the novels of Radcliffe and Scott and in antiquarian curiosities, Duggett weaves sustained analysis of their poetry with thoughtful commentary on medieval architectural imagery and history, the turn to conservative politics, and educational reform. This multileveled investigation demonstrates in engaging prose the centrality of a cultivated rhetoric of a gothic aesthetic in this period while provocatively suggesting its relevance to a post-9/11 era where architecture 'has assumed an importance that seemed without precedent/ Gothic Romanticism goes far in detailing such a poetic, cultural, and historical precedent." Duggett currently serves as a lecturer in English literature at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in Suzhou, China. He received his PhD from the University of Saint Andrews. He has previously taught English as a foreign language in Shanghai, China, and English literature at the University of Bristol.

Other prizes to books in the series Nineteenth Century Major Lives and Letters that were written by members of the Wordsworth-Coleridge Association include the Colby Book Prize awarded by the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) for an outstanding work on 19th century periodicals to Mark Schoenfield (Vanderbilt) for British Periodicals and Romantic Identity: The "Literary Lower Empire" (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and the Elma Dangerfield Prize awarded by the International Byron Society to Arnold Schmidt for Byron and the Rhetoric of Italian Nationalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). …

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