Announcing This Year's Hennig Cohen Prize Winner
Natasha Hurley for “Acquired Queerness: The Sexual Life
and Afterlife of Typee”
The Melville Society is pleased to announce that this year’s Hennig Cohen Prize for the year’s best chapter or essay on Herman Melville goes to Natasha Hurley for “Acquired Queerness: The Sexual Life and Afterlife of Typee,” chapter 1 of her monograph Circulating Queerness: Before the Gay and Lesbian Novel (University of Minnesota Press, 2018).
The members of the Cohen Prize committee believe that Hurley's work will open up new conversations about Typee's role as a central yet often overlooked instance of Melville's queer writing, as well as a new methodology for historicizing the patterns of circulation and reception that render queerness legible.
Click here to read more about Hurley's work and review the annotated list of previous Cohen Prize winners.
Please join us in congratulating Natasha Hurley for this brilliant contribution to the field!