Emerging Scholar

The ACQL Barbara Godard Prize for Best Paper by an Emerging Scholar

In order to encourage new directions in research, ACQL decided in May 2005 to offer an annual prize for the best paper presented at the annual conference by an emerging scholar. In 2010, the prize was renamed in honour of the late Barbara Godard, a well-respected Canadian literary scholar who was strongly involved with ACQL since its inception and was especially dedicated to her students.

To be considered, applicants must:

be an MA or PhD student or postdoctoral researcher;
be a member of ACQL;
submit a proposal for a paper to the annual conference;
submit a written copy of the paper no later than two weeks before the conference.

The judging committee will be formed by ACQL.

Judging will be based on the written paper. The principal criteria of judgment will be:

originality of the subject;
innovation and impact of the research in the discipline;
clarity of communication.

The winner of the prize will receive a selection of books, and a subscription to Canadian Literature. By special arrangement, Canadian Literature has agreed to send the paper for review, and to post it on the journal’s website (see papers here).


Rebekah Ludolph
Humour, Intersubjectivity, and Indigenous Female Identity in Anahareo’s Devil in Deerskins

Alba de Béjar Muiños
Towards a Posthuman Ethic : Post-Anthropocentrism and the Role of the Cyborg in Larissa Lai’s Œuvre

Isabelle Kirouac-Massicotte
De la colonisation à la prospection minière : la question de la frontier dans « Le rêve d’un géant » de Jeanne-Mance Delisle

Jessica Ratcliffe
The Politics of Science Fiction and Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl in the Ring

Hannah McGregor
University of Guelph
for her paper “The Anxieties and Affordances of Genre in the Work of Karen Connelly.”

Sarah Gibbons
University of Waterloo
for her paper “Here’s to the Fatal Future: Risk, Crisis, and Resistance in Dionne Brand’s Ossuaries.”

Joanne Leow
University of Toronto
for her paper “Re-map, Re-cover and Re-perform: Interdiscursivity and the Poetry of Wayde Compton.”

Andrea King
Queens University
for her paper “Love Inside Out: Haunting in Anne Hébert’s Les fous de Bassan and Mary Novik’s Conceit.”

Michel Nareau
Université de Moncton
for his paper “La nation à l’épreuve d’un récit métis. Ouvrir le Québec par le biais hispano-américain dans l’oeuvre de Francine Noel.”

Maude Lapierre
Université de Montréal
for her paper “Colonization, Miscomprehension and Juxtaposition: Majzels’ City of Forgetting as a Contact Zone.”

Erica Kelly
University of Western Ontario
for her paper ” ‘Was Ever an Adventure Without its Cost?’: The Price of Nation Building in E.J. Pratt’s ‘Towards the Last Spike’.”

Caroline Lamb
for her paper “Trading Insults: Competitive and Collaborative Identities in Canadian Hip Hop Music.”

Maia Joseph
for her paper “Wondering into Country: Dionne Brand’s Dialogue with Nation in the Burnt River Sequence of A Map to the Door of No Return.”

Jean-Sébastien Ménard
from McGill University,
for his paper “Sur la langue de Kerouac.”