On December 1, the Modern Language Association of America (MLA) declared Anton Kaes, author of Shell Shock Cinema: Weimar Culture and the Wounds of War, winner of the ninth Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Studies in Germanic Languages and Literatures. The award recognizes outstanding scholarly work on the linguistics or literatures of of the Germanic languages.
The committee’s citation for the winning book reads:
The thread count of Anton Kaes’s Shell Shock Cinema: Weimar Culture and the Wounds of War is high. Selecting from all the filaments of the most innovative genealogies of media, politics, and psychoanalysis, Kaes has woven a central thread tying the epidemic breakdown of war neurosis to the expressive breakthrough of German film. Shell Shock Cinema is one of those enviable books that we can now not imagine being without. How did we not see before the ways in which aberrant mourning, the technical media, traumatic neurosis, and projective politics met and crossed over during the Weimar period? As a new standard work, Shell Shock Cinema will guide the study of German expressionist film in its many contexts for years to come.
The prize will be presented on January 7, 2011 during the association’s annual convention in Los Angeles.
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