The Nineteenth Century Studies Association is pleased to announce the Article Prize, which recognizes excellence in scholarly studies from any discipline focusing on any aspect of the long nineteenth century (French Revolution to World War I). The winning article will be selected by a committee of nineteenth-century scholars representing diverse disciplines. The winner will receive a cash award of $500 to be presented at the Annual NCSA Conference in 2021. Applicants are encouraged to attend the conference at which the prize will be awarded.

Entries can be from any discipline, must be published in English or be accompanied by an English translation, and submission of essays that are interdisciplinary is especially encouraged. Articles that appeared in print in a journal or edited collection in 2019 or between January 1, 2020 and June 30, 2020 are eligible for the 2021 Article Prize; if the date of publication does not fall within that span but the work appeared between those dates, then it is eligible. An essay can only be submitted one time for each prize. 

Essays published in online, peer-reviewed journals are considered to be “in print” and are thus eligible. Articles may be submitted by the author or the publisher of a journal, anthology, or volume containing independent essays. 

Articles submitted to the NCSA Emerging Scholars Award competition are ineligible for the Article Prize and vice versa; only one entry per scholar or publisher to one of the two awards is allowed annually. 

July 1, 2020

To Apply
Send a PDF file electronically of published articles/essays, including the publication’s name/volume/date etc., to:

All submissions via email will be acknowledged.

Dr. Antje Anderson, Chair of the Article Prize Committee

Previous Recipients

Sharon A. Weltman. “Melodrama, Purimspiel, and Jewish Emancipation” Victorian Literature and Culture. 47.2 (Summer 2019): 305–345.

Michael Tondre. “The Impassive Novel: ‘Brain-Building’ in Walter Pater’s Marius the Epicurean.” PMLA 133.2 (March 2018).

Henry Cowles. “The Age of Methods:  William Whewell, Charles Pierce, and Scientific Kinds.” Isis 107.4 (December 2016): 722-737.

Richard Taws, “The Dauphin and His Doubles: Visualizing Royal Imposture after the French Revolution,” The Art Bulletin 98.1 (2016).

James W. Cook. “Finding Otira: On the Geopolitics of Black Celebrity.” Raritan 34.2 (Fall 2014).

Elizabeth Buhe. “Sculpted Glyphs: Egypt and the Musée Charles X.” Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide 13.1 (Spring 2014).

Edward Melillo. “The First Green Revolution: Debt Peonage and the Making of the Nitrogen Fertilizer Trade, 1840-1930.” The American Historical Review 117.4 (October 2012): 1028-60.

Dehn Gilmore. “The Difficulty of Historical Work in the Nineteenth-Century Museum and the Thackeray Novel.” Nineteenth-Century Literature 67.1 (June 2012): 29-57.

Deborah Lutz. “The Dead Still Among Us: Victorian Secular Relics, Hair Jewelry and Death Culture,” Victorian Literature and Culture 39.1 (2011): 127-142.

Adriana Craciun. “The Frozen Ocean.” PMLA 125.3 (2010): 693-702.

Michael Gamer and Terry F. Robinson. “Mary Robinson and the Dramatic Art of the Comeback.” Studies in Romanticism 48.2 (Summer 2009): 219-256.

Marilyn R. Brown. “‘Miss La La’s ‘Teeth”: Reflections on Degas and ‘Race,'” The Art Bulletin, Vol. 89. 4 (December 2007): 738-65.

Holly Jackson. “Identifying Emma Dunham Kelley: Rethinking Race and Authorship,” PMLA 12.3 (2007): 728-41.

Stefan Bargheer. “Fools of the Leisure Class: Honor, Ridicule and the Emergence of Animal Protection Legislation in England, 1740-1840,” European Journal of Sociology. 47.1 (2006): 3-35.

Alan C. Braddock. “‘Jeff College Boys’: Thomas Eakins, Dr. Forbes, and “Anatomical Fraternity in Postbellum Philadelphia,” American Quarterly, 57.2 (2005): 355-83.

April F. Masten. “Shake Hands? Lily Martin Spencer and the Politics of Art,” American Quarterly, 56.2 (2004): 348-94.

H. Glenn Penny. “The Politics of Anthropology in the Age of Empire: German Colonists, Brazilian Indians, and the Case of Alberto Vojtech Fric,” Comparative Studies in Society and History, 45.2 (2003): 240-80.