Helene Richter Award

Helene Richter Award

Foundation “In memoriam Helene Richter (1861-1942)”

Emer. Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Franz Karl Stanzel has generously created this award to commemorate the private scholar Helene Richter who died in the concentration camp of Theresienstadt in 1942. The prize worth € 2,000 is annually awarded for outstanding work in the field of English literary studies. Exceptionally, if there is no nomination for the prize in any one year, the prize can be awarded by the selection committee to two prizewinners in the following year. The award is bestowed upon junior academics for a PhD dissertation, a postdoctoral dissertation (Habilitationsschrift) or other equivalent academic monographs composed either in German or English. Monographs to be taken into consideration must display exceptional clarity of argument and structure, must exhibit close reading of texts, and must demonstrate a skillful command of language.
The findings should also be of high scholarly significance. Studies with a focus on Shakespeare or Romanticism are especially welcome, as these constituted the core fields of interest in the publications of Helene Richter. Studies on other areas of English literature will also be considered for the prize. For the prize to be awarded at the Anglistentag 2017 in Regensburg, we invite nominations of suitable monographs which have already been published or have at least been accepted for publication. Please send theses, together with all the examiners’ reports, to the chairwoman of the selection committee by email only. The deadline is the 31st of May 2017.


Award winners

Year Award winners


Sandra Dinter: Childhood in Contemporary English Fiction: Contesting the Last Vestige of Essentialism

2016 (Keine Preisvergabe)
2015 Dorothee Birke: Writing the Reader: Quixotic Novels in England, 1752-2008
2014 Nora A. Pleßke: The Intelligible Metropolis: Urban Mentality in Contemporary London Novels.
2013 Irmtraud Huber: Reconstructive Dreams: A Pragmatic Fantastic after Postmodernism
2012 Julia Lippert: Ein kognitives Lesemodell historio(bio)graphischer Texte. Georg III. – Rezeption und Konstruktion in den britischen Medien (1990 – 2006)
2011 (Keine Preisvergabe)
2010 Margret Fetzer: John Donne’s Performances: Sermons, Poems, Letters and Devotions
2009 Stefanie Fricke: Memento Mori: Ruinen alter Hochkulturen und die Furcht vor dem eigenen Untergang in der englischen Literatur des 19. Jahrhunderts
2008 Susanne Schmid: Shelley’s German Afterlives: 1814 – 2000
2007 Markus Marti: Titus Andronicus (Übersetzung im Rahmen der englisch-deutschen Studienausgabe der Dramen Shakespeares)


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