The Modern Language Association has announced the winners of the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Studies in Slavic Languages and Literatures. Liza Knapp (Professor of Slavic Languages) received honorable mention for her book Anna Karenina and Others: Tolstoy's Labyrinth of Plots, published by University of Wisconsin Press.
The committee's citation reads:
The closely argued chapters of Anna Karenina and Others: Tolstoy's Labyrinth of Plots can each be read separately, but their cumulative effect is the articulation of a complex argument about Tolstoy’s labyrinth of plots. Starting with seemingly plot-based questions such as “What does Anna's life and death have to do with Dolly's or Levin's,” Liza Knapp moves quickly to larger questions such as “ Who is my neighbor?” Knapp's knowledge of the Bible, of world literature, and of philosophy and the history of science consistently informs her analysis of Gogol, Hawthorne, George Eliot, Pascal, and especially Woolf in addition to her sustained focus on Tolstoy and Anna Karenina.