GENESEO, N.Y. - Eugene Stelzig, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of English, has won the 2010 Jean-Pierre Barricelli Book Prize for the year's best book in Romanticism studies. The award is for his recent publication from Bucknell University Press, "Henry Crabb Robinson in Germany: A Study in Nineteenth-Century Life Writing," which focuses on autobiographical writings of the British author.
"I'm gratified to receive recognition by and be honored with an award for my scholarly work from an organization of academic peers working in my field of Romanticism studies," said Stelzig. "The book was initially meant to be a long article but I felt Robinson had not been recognized as an important autobiographer in his own right, only as a source and channel of literary information about other writers. I concluded the time was due for a new edition of his writings."
Robinson enthusiastically embraced the German language and culture and became deeply informed about its Romantic literature and philosophy. He became a prolific 19th century life writer and Stelzig's book examines Robinson's five years in Germany as a life writer, drawing on his published letters, diaries, reminiscences and manuscript material.
Larry Peer, executive director of the International Conference on Romanticism and professor of comparative literature at Brigham Young University, noted that Stelzig's book "is a particular piece that has been needed in the field of Crabb Robinson studies for generations."
Stelzig has been a Geneseo faculty member since 1972. He has numerous scholarly articles on modern literature and autobiography to his credit and has published books on Wordsworth (1975), Hermann Hesse (1988), Rousseau and Goethe (2000) as well as an edited collection of essays on Romantic Autobiography in England (2009).
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