Cinema book puts professor in spotlight

A professor from the University has won an international award for her book which looks at the impact of early cinema on literature and culture.

Professor Laura Marcus of the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Professor Laura Marcus, of the University of Edinburgh's School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures, has been awarded the distinguished 2008 James Russell Lowell Prize.

The prize selection committee described Professor Marcus’s book as an "eye-opening interdisciplinary work of extraordinary depth, range, scholarship, and imagination."

Prestigious accolade

Professor Marcus is the first British-based recipient of the prestigious accolade, an annual prize awarded to members of the Modern Language Association of America, which has more than 30,000 members worldwide.

The $1000 prize was awarded to Professor Marcus for her book The Tenth Muse: Writing about Cinema in the Modernist Period, published by Oxford University Press.

The Lowell Prize

Professor Marcus is Regius Professor of Rhetoric and English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. The prize adds to Professor Marcus’s awards from Yale University, the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust.

The Lowell Prize will be presented on 28 December in San Francisco during the Modern Language Association's annual convention, the world's largest meeting of language and literature scholars.

The prize is named after James Russell Lowell, a scholar and poet who was the first editor of Atlantic Monthly and served as president of the Modern Language Association from 1887 until his death in 1891.