Elizabeth Dietz Memorial Award
The Elizabeth Dietz Memorial Award, established in 2005 in memory of Professor Dietz of Rice University, is given in alternate years to either the best recent study in English Renaissance literary studies or the best recent study in Tudor and Stuart Drama. The award consists of a certificate to the author and the publishing house and a monetary award to the author.
Elizabeth Dietz died of cancer in the spring of 2005. She had only been a member of the Department of English for a few years but she had come to mean a great deal to her colleagues in the department and the School of Humanities. She held creative writing and scholarly graduate degrees from the University of Iowa, and left a surprisingly forceful impact on the department and her students given the relative brevity of her time at Rice. Her courage in the face of successive illnesses and drastic treatments, her enthusiasm for Renaissance literature and art, and her devotion to her students moved her colleagues and friends to establish a memorial in her memory.
The award, made possible largely through gifts from her family and friends and resources from the Dean of Humanities at Rice University, is intended to honor Professor Dietz's capacity to inspire creative and innovative scholarship fully aware of the traditions from which it emerges.
The award is sponsored by an endowed fund under direction of the Office of the Dean of Humanities and the Department of English at Rice University and managed by SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900. Those seeking more information about the award process should contact SEL at 713-348-4697.
2016 Award Recipient:
University of Pennsylvania
for his contribution to Early Modern Studies
Hamlet after Q1:
An Uncanny History of the Shakespearean Text
University of Pennsylvania Press
Read the full press release here.
Previous Award Recipients:
2015: Laurie Shannon, Northwestern UniversityThe Accommodated Animal: Cosmopolity in Shakespearean Locales
2014: Brian Cummings, University of York Mortal Thoughts: Religion, Secularity, and Identity in Shakespeare and Early Modern Culture, Oxford University Press *
2013: Andrew Hadfield, University of Sussex Edmund Spenser: A Life, Oxford University Press *
2012: Richard Dutton, The Ohio State University The Oxford Handbook to Early Modern Theatre, Oxford University Press * 2011: Gary Taylor, Florida State University and John Lavagnino, King's College London Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works and Thomas Middleton and Early Modern Textual Culture, Clarendon Press/Oxford University Press * 2010: Margreta de Grazia, University of Pennsylvania "Hamlet" Without Hamlet, Cambridge
University Press *
2009: Alison Shell, Durham University UK Oral Culture and Catholicism in Early Modern England, Cambridge
Whitney, University of Nevada – Las Vegas
Early Responses to Renaissance
University Press * 2007: Robert Watson, University of California - Los Angeles
Back to Nature: The Green and the Real in the Late Renaissance, University of Pennsylvania Press * 2006: Zachary
Lesser, University of Pennsylvania
Renaissance Drama and the Politics
of Publication: Readings in the English Book Trade, Cambridge University Press