Canadian Association of Slavists Article of the Year Award

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Canadian Association of Slavists Article of the Year Award

The “Article of the Year” Award honours the best article published in the Canadian Association of Slavists’ (CAS) journal, Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue canadienne des slavistes in each completed volume (calendar year). A committee of the editorial and advisory boards, appointed by the President of the CAS, will consider a shortlist of up to five articles selected by the Editor. A certificate and C$250 will be awarded to the winner at the Annual General Meeting of the CAS the following spring of each year.

About the Winning Article

In his carefully and clearly written study Jack J.B. Hutchens explores complex questions of identity and their literary expression in relation to a major figure of Polish literary, cultural and political life in the post-WWII era. His informed and sensitive readings of three major novels from three different decades shine much light on Stryjkowski’s struggles with what it is to be Polish, Jewish, queer (and communist) and how he did and did not reconcile those things in his life and work. Hutchens also locates the author’s work within the genre of autofiction, demonstrating how that association is important for engaging with it. Readers already familiar with Stryjkowski will find this essay enlightening and insightful, and it is also likely to spur others to seek out these novels and to confront the questions they explore, all of which are fundamental to understanding not only Stryjkowski and his work, but also Poland’s on-going struggles with them."

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