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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.

WALTER D. LOVE PRIZE 2021 COMPETITION

The WALTER D. LOVE PRIZE in History is a $150 award given annually by the North American Conference on British Studies for the best article or paper of similar length or scope by a North American scholar in the field of British history.  The 2021 prize will be awarded to an article published during the calendar year 2020. The prize journal article or paper, which may be published anywhere in the world, should exhibit a humane and compassionate understanding of the subject, imagination, literary grace, and scrupulous scholarship.  It should also make a significant contribution to its field of study.  Chapters from longer works are not eligible, but papers appearing in edited collections of essays are eligible. [Note: Articles considered for the Walkowitz Prize may also be eligible for the Love Prize, but the selection committees will operate entirely separately.]

All scholars who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada and living in either country at the time of the award are eligible to compete. An electronic copy (sent as a PDF) of the nominated article or paper should be sent via e-mail by 11:59 p.m. on May 1, 2021 to each member of the Prize Committee. The article file should be named as follows: (NOMINEE NAME_LoveArticle). Contact details for each committee member, including e-mail addresses, appear below: 

Chair: Desmond Fitz-Gibbon
Department of History
Mount Holyoke College
[email protected]

Farid Azfar
History Department
Swarthmore College
[email protected]

Tammy M. Proctor
Department of History
Utah State University
[email protected]

RECENT AWARD WINNERS

Ian Beattie (McGill University), “Class Analysis and the Killing of the Newborn Child: Manchester, 1790–1860,” History Workshop Journal 89, Spring 2020.

Ian Beattie’s essay, “Class Analysis and the Killing of the Newborn Child: Manchester, 1790-1860” offers readers a deeply humane, methodologically sophisticated, and beautifully written analysis of a seemingly all too familiar and widely discussed topic: working-class culture in an early industrial and urban society. Drawing on rarely used court depositions, Beattie approaches this topic from the far less familiar perspective of neonaticide and the dense networks of communal support for working-class women that arose around this not infrequent and yet specific form of birth control. These networks are revealed through the patterns of silence, obfuscation, delay, and deflection that can be traced in witness testimonies. At every turn, the essay is filled with new interpretive insights that keep the reader in a state of suspense, riveted not only by the extraordinary phenomenon of neonaticide but also the possibilities of microhistory as a genre. The result is an argument that demonstrates clearly and with impressive nuance and compassion the confrontation between opposing ethics of care that shaped the everyday experience of class in an industrial city. This is scholarship that should inspire established scholars, students, and lay readers alike.

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