East Central/American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies

​​S. Eric Molin Graduate Student Award

The S. Eric Molin Prize for Best Conference Paper by a Student ​​

Dear EC/ASECS 2019 Presenter,

If you are a graduate or advanced undergraduate student presenting a paper at the meeting, please consider applying for the Society's Sven Eric Molin Prize for the best paper presented by a student. EC/ASECS established the Molin Prize at our meeting in October 1989 in order to encourage the participation of graduate students in our society. 

We named the award after Eric Molin, one of our most beloved members, because his dedication to teaching and to EC/ASECS inspired so many of us. During his career, Eric taught at Ohio University, Randolph-Macon College and, finally, at George Mason University from 1973 until his death on November 4, 1987. 

In memory of Eric, many EC/ASECS members contributed generously to the Molin (pronounced mo-LEEN) endowment. Faculty members who supervise students should encourage them to apply. The first prize award is $150.00, and, at the discretion of the committee, a second prize award for $100.00 may be given. The winner will also be recognized in the Eighteenth-Century Intelligencer (glory will ensue!). 

If you want to enter your paper, please read the guidelines below, then send an abstract of your paper to ALL THREE currently serving committee members, to arriveno later than September 30, 2019
Ellen Moody: ellen.moody@gmail.com, Committee Chair
Tony Lee: lee.tony181@gmail.com


  Elizabeth Lambert: elambert@gettysburg.edu

Direct any questions to the committee chair at the address above. 


Guidelines for the Molin Prize Contest

(1) Length: The presentation must be an appropriate length; that is, the talk should last no more than twenty minutes. Members of the committee will attend each presentation and time the talks. In practical terms, the text of the essay (exclusive of endnotes) should be no more than nine pages, double-spaced, with twelve-point type and reasonable margins. The committee advises contestants to practice the talk in advance to ensure that it does not run over the allotted time.

(2) Presentation: In order to be eligible for this competition, contestants must be physically present to read the paper at the EC/ASECS conference.  An entrant cannot have someone else give the paper since a part of the committee's evaluation will be on the actual presentation and the way in which the contestant fields questions after the talk.  The paper must be unique; that is, a contestant cannot recycle a paper previously presented elsewhere.  After the conference, contestants must send each committee member a copy of the paper in full (and with endnotes) by December 2.  A summary of the talk as part of a roundtable or panel discussion is unacceptable.

(3) Audience: In addition to the content of the paper, the committee will also evaluate the writer's ability to make a specialized topic accessible to a wider audience of eighteenth-century scholars. Contestants should recognize that one element of a paper's success is its understanding of the broader context in which the argument is situated. Because the prize committee is composed of scholars from a range of specialties in 18th-century studies, in various disciplines and national cultures, they may not be familiar with all the criticism on the paper's topic. Therefore, the essay should establish how the writer's perspective relates to those of other scholars who have written on the same subject.

(4) Submissions: Entrants must first submit an abstract to the members of the committee by September 30 (see the email addresses above). After the conference, those who submitted their abstracts should send a full copy of the paper to the committee as a Microsoft Word attachment by December 9th.  Please email your abstracts and papers to all members of the committee; if you do not do this, the committee may not consider your submission. A member of the committee will send an e-mail confirmation of receipt and will alert entrants if any problem arises with transmission. NOTE: the committee will allow entrants to make changes (at entrants' own discretion) before submitting the paper, including the insertion of parenthetical citations and/or endnotes/footnotes/Works Cited or the rendering of any revisions as prompted by, say, the panel Q and A. Caveat: no paper submitted may be longer than 12 pages (double-spaced, 12 point font, 1-inch margins), all-inclusive.

(5) Membership in EC/ASECS: You must be a current dues-paying member of EC/ASECS by 9/30/19. To join, please see the Membership link on the EC/ASECS web page at http://www.ec-asecs.org/.
Editor's note: We thank our Executive Secretary, Linda E. Merians, for the following list of Prize winners.

Former Winners of the EC/ASECS Molin Prize
1990: Amy Fulton-Stout, "The Search for Characters in the Journals of James Boswell."
1991: Jennifer Georgia, "French Sources of English Women's Conduct Books: The Gentlewomen's Companion and The Rules of Civility."
1992: Michael Kugler, "Provincial Intellectuals: A Model for Enlightenment Studies."
1993: Kate Levin, "The Cure of Arabella's Mind: The Female Quixote and the Disciplining of the Female Reader."
1994: Nathaniel Paradise, "Generic Incursions: Verse Interpolations in the Early British Novel."
1995: Julie Rak, "The Improving Eye: Travel Narrative and Agricultural Change in Eighteenth-Century Scotland."
1996: Susan Essman, "A Collection of Natural Curiosities: Spectacle and Science in Erasmus Darwin's The Loves of the Plants and Charlotte Smith's Conversations Introducing Poetry."
1997: David Liss, "Liberty, Property and Love: Imagining the Nation Through the 1753 Marriage Act."
1998: Jenny Davidson, "The Livery of Religion: Hypocrisy and Servants in Swift's Project for the Advancement of Religion."
1999: John Gilbert McCurdy, "The Maryland Bachelor Tax: Gender and Politics in the Seven Years' War."
2000: Brett Wilson, "Whig Sympathies: Partisan Feelings in Nicholas Rowe's Tragedy of Jane Shore."
2001: no prize awarded
2002: Diana Solomon, "Tragic Play, Comic Epilogue? The Eighteenth-Actress's Genre-Bending Century Epilogues in The Distrest Mother and The London Merchant."
2003: no prize awarded
2004: no prize awarded
2005: Ashley Marshall, "Melmoth Affirmed: Maturin's Defense of Sacred History"
2006: Lori H. Zerne, "The Harlequin Savage: Omai the Tahitian and the Eighteenth-Century British Construction of Racial Difference."
2007: Anna Foy, "Colonel Martin's An Essay upon Plantership (1750) and the Problem of Tossing Dung."
2008: no prize awarded
2009: Two first-place winners:
                   Sarah C. Schuetze, "Collecting Clarissa: The Culture of Curiosity in Richardson's Clarissa."
                    Rita J. Kurtz, "Diseasing Amoranda's Body: The Logic of Torture - Punishment and Confession in Mary Davys's The Reformed Coquet."
2010:Two first-place winners:
                    Kate Parker, "Thomson in Love: The Heaving Bosoms of Spring."
                     Michael Genovese, "Bankruptcy and Plague: Recovering the Value of Sympathy in Defoe."
2011: Melissa Wehler, "'Ready to burst': Dorothy Jordan, Leigh Hunt, and Restraining Desire."
2012: Rebekah Mitsein, Purdue University, "Allies, Spies, and Exiles:  Unsettling the Frontier in Benjamin Church's Entertaining Passages Relating to Philip's War."
​2013​: First Place: Alice McGrath, University of Pennsylvania, "The Queer Art of Patchwork:  Revisiting Jane Barker."

          Honorable Mention:  Mary Beth Harris, Purdue University, "Vignettes of Violence:  Leonora Sansay's Secret History; or the Horrors of St. Domingo and the Recovery of Violence Against Women."

2014: Two first-place winners:

         Jeremy Chow, University of California, Santa Barbara, “Mellifluent Sexuality: Female P/Leisure in ​Radcliffe’s Romance of the Forest.” 

          Rachel Zimmerman, University of Delaware, “A Brazilian Idiosyncrasy: Hammocks and Social Status in Colonial Brazil.”

2015: Nick Allred, Rutgers University, "Patronage and Publicity: A Reading of Leonard Welsted."

​2016: Sophie Capmartin, Tulane University, "Le Rio ne juegea pas qu'ellle dut les voir dans luer  assortiment sauvage et trop bizare': a strange Indian delegation at the court of Louis XV."

2017: Chelsea Berry, Georgetown University, ""Black Medical Practitioners and Knowledge as Cultural Capital in the Greater Caribbean."

2018: Two first-place winners:
         Paige Deans, "The Prodigal Daughter: Possession, Performance, and Propaganda of the Great Awakening." 
         Daniel Froid,"Performing (Secular) Devilry in the Theatrical Afterlives of Le diable boiteux."