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Prize for LGBTQ Article Awarded to Georgetown Professor

January 14, 2013 – English professor Dana Luciano’s essay exploring the life and surroundings of a fictional glam-rock musician received recognition during this year’s Modern Language Association (MLA) convention in Boston earlier this month.

Luciano accepted the Crompton-Noll Prize for best article in LGBTQ studies for her essay “Nostalgia for an Age Yet to Come: Velvet Goldmine’s Queer Archive” during the Jan. 3-6 conference, where more than a dozen Georgetown faculty members and graduate students were among scholars presenting and presiding over panels earlier this month.

“The article focuses on Todd Haynes’ film Velvet Goldmine and the politics of queer attachment,” says Luciano, director of Georgetown’s gender and women’s studies program.

Her essay appears in Queer Times, Queer Becomings (SUNY Press, 2011).

“The selection committee felt strongly that [the] essay … was thoughtful and groundbreaking,” says Francesca Royster, president of MLA’s Gay, Lesbian and Queer Caucus.

The Compton-Nolls Award isn’t the first MLA recognition for Luciano. Her essay, “Coming Around Again: The Queer Momentum of Far From Heaven,” received an honorable mention for the same award in 2007. She won MLA’s Prize for a First Book in 2008 for Arranging Grief: Sacred Time and the Body in Nineteenth-Century America (New York University Press, 2007).

In addition to receiving her award during the annual MLA convention, Luciano participated in a session on Mood Swings and read from her work “Earthiness, Enchantment, Exuberance.”

“The paper I presented was part of a different book project ... which is the focus of my research at the Huntington,” she says.

Luciano holds a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at the The Huntington library, a research center in California, where she is completing a book called Romancing the Inhuman: Animacy and Eros in 19th Century America.

Other Georgetown faculty from the departments of English, German, French, Spanish and Portuguese and the communications, culture and technology program explored topics such as languages of the Occupy Movement, genocide and civil conflict in narrative nonfiction, race and poetics as related to the aesthetic practice in ethnic studies and romantic media studies.


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