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The official publication of the North American Conference on British Studies (NACBS), the Journal of British Studies, has positioned itself as the critical resource for scholars of British culture from the Middle Ages through the present. Drawing on both established and emerging approaches, JBS presents scholarly articles and books reviews from renowned international authors who share their ideas on British society, politics, law, economics, and the arts. In 2005 (Vol. 44), the journal merged with the NACBS publication Albion, creating one journal for NACBS membership.


The JOHN BEN SNOW PRIZE is a $500 prize awarded annually by the North American Conference on British Studies for the best book by a North American scholar in any field of British Studies dealing with the period from the Middle Ages through the eighteenth century. The author must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada and be living in either country at the time of the award. Nominations may be made by the author or by the publisher of the book nominated. A publisher may nominate more than one title each year but should use discretion and not overburden the Prize Committee.

The 2015 competition covers books published in 2014. Separate copies of the letter of nomination and of the book nominated should be sent by April 1, 2015 to each member of the Prize Committee. (Only books sent to every committee member can be considered.) For prompt attention, mark packages 'NACBS Prize Committee'. Send all relevant materials to:

Chair: Professor Margaret McGlynn
Department of History
University of Western Ontario
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Professor Kathleen Wilson
Department of History
State University of New York
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Stony Brook, NY 11794-4348  USA

Professor Philip Stern
Department of History
Duke University
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Box 90719
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John Ben Snow Prize (2014)

Frances Dolan, University of California, Davis: True Relations: Reading, Literature and Evidence in Seventeenth-Century England (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013)

In this ambitious work, Frances Dolan reminds us that our own contemporary reading practices are grounded in seventeenth-century innovations that paired the notion that the 'real' is constructed with a methodology that demanded multiple interpretive maneuvers. For Dolan, the trope of 'true relations' in the seventeenth century signaled the idea that texts were understood to be both truthful and relational, bound up in the scientific, religious, and social transformations of the period.  Dolan illuminates the subjective practice of reading by re-examining sources ranging from narratives of the Gunpowder Plot and the Great Fire of London to conduct manuals, depositions, and drama. In so doing, she successfully reminds us that reading was, in a very material sense, dependent upon the reader's social relationship to the storyteller, the tale, and the wider cultural constellations through which each text circulated. Dolan's interdisciplinary approach to her subject challenges us to confront the stakes in our own modes of identifying and using 'evidence' and the wider social and intellectual relations that such use reveals or conceals--a timely and significant achievement.