The 2022 Laura Shannon Prize with Pamela Cheek: "The Literary ‘Me Too’ of the 18th Century: Women’s Writing and the Capital of Virtue"


Location: 1050 Jenkins Nanovic Halls (View on map )

Pamela L. Cheek and her book Heroines and Local Girls

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies at the University of Notre Dame awarded the 2022 Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies to Pamela L. Cheek, professor of French and comparative literature at the University of New Mexico, for her book “Heroines and Local Girls: The Transnational Emergence of Women’s Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century,” published by the University of Pennsylvania Press.

Professor Cheek will accept the award and deliver a public lecture titled "The Literary ‘Me Too’ of the 18th Century: Women’s Writing and the Capital of Virtue" on Thursday, November 3 at 5:30 p.m. in 1050 Jenkins Nanovic Halls while at the University of Notre Dame.

The lecture is free and open to the public. 

A live stream of the event will be available below for those who are not able to attend in person.

Current and past prize-winning books from the Laura Shannon Prize will be available for purchase on-site.

About the Lecture

How did eighteenth-century Western European literature explore and exploit sexual assault? And what happened when women wrote about it? This talk examines the literary innovation and the legacy for identity group formation in print culture that emerged from the eighteenth-century’s ‘me too’ moment.

2022 Laura Shannon Prize poster for Pamela L. Cheek
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About the Prize

The Laura Shannon Prize, one of the preeminent prizes for European studies, is awarded each year to the best book that transcends a focus on any one country, state, or people to stimulate new ways of thinking about contemporary Europe as a whole. The next award cycle in the Humanities for 2024 is accepting nominations through February 15, 2023.

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