Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Prize

The Society for the Study of Southern Literature awards the Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Prize for best article on southern literature published by a society member in a peer-reviewed journal. The prize honors the legacy of Dr. Rubin, who founded the society, established the Southern Literary Journal and the southern literary series from LSU Press, and started the careers of many writers and critics.

Winner for 2017

Lara Langer Cohen, “Solomon Northup’s Singing Book.” The African American Review 50.3 (Fall 2017): 259-272.

Past Winners

2016
Douglas J. Flowe, “Folklore, Urban Insurrection, and the Killing of the Black Hero in the Turn of the Century South.” Mississippi Quarterly 67.4 (2014): 581-603.

2015
Jennie Lightweis-Goff, “Interior Travelogues and ‘Inside Views’: Gender, Urbanity, and the Genre of the Slave Narrative” Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 41.1 (2015): 179-198.

2014
Patricia Stuelke, “’Times When Greater Disciplines Were Born’: The Zora Neale Hurston Revival and the Neoliberal Transformation of the Caribbean,” American Literature 86.1 (2014): 117-145.

2013
Amy Clukey, “Plantation Modernity: Gone with the Wind and the Irish-Southern Culture,” American Literature, 2013 (3): 505-530.

2012
Michael Bibler, “How to Love Your Local Homophobe: Southern Hospitality and the Unremarkable Queerness of Truman Capote’s ‘The Thanksgiving Visitor,'” Modern Fiction Studies 2012 (58.2): 284-307.