The John J. Winkler Memorial Prize
The John J. Winkler Memorial Trust invites all undergraduate and graduate students in North America (plus those currently unenrolled who have not as yet received a doctorate and who have never held a regular academic appointment) to enter the twenty-second competition for the John J. Winkler memorial prize. This year the Prize will be a cash award of $1500, which may be split if more than one winner is chosen.
The Prize is intended to honor the memory of John J. ("Jack") Winkler, a classical scholar, teacher, and political activist for radical causes both within and outside the academy, who died of AIDS in 1990 at the age of 46. Jack believed that the profession as a whole discourages young scholars from exploring neglected or disreputable topics, and from applying unconventional or innovative methods to their scholarship. He wished to be remembered by means of an annual Prize that would encourage such efforts. In accordance with his wishes, the John J. Winkler Memorial trust awards a cash prize each year to the author of the best undergraduate or graduate essay in any risky or marginal field of classical studies. Topics include (but are not limited to) those that Jack himself explored: the ancient novel, the sex/gender systems of antiquity, the social meanings of Greek drama, and ancient Mediterranean culture and society. Approaches include (but are not limited to) those that Jack's own work exemplified: feminism, anthropology, narratology, semiotics, cultural studies, ethnic studies, and lesbian/gay studies.
The Winner of the 2016 Winkler Prize
The winners of the 2016 John J. Winkler Memorial Prize are Jessica Wright (graduate, Ph.D. from Princeton) and Sarah Harper (undergraduate, Wesleyan).
Jessica’s essay, “The Care of the Brain in Early Christianity,” looks at the understanding of the brain and its functioning in late antique medical and religious texts, ultimately demonstrating that early Christian writers see the disease of phrenitis as a by-product of excessive pride in asceticism, requiring the “medical” intervention of religious faith.
Sarah’s essay, “A World of Mirrors (or Mirages): Magical Realism in Apuleius's Metamorphoses,” analyzes Apuleius’ novel as a postcolonial text through comparison to a number of modern magic-realist works.
The 2017 Winkler Prize Competition
The winner of the 2017 Prize will be selected from among the contestants by a jury of four, as yet not named.
The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2017. Essays should not exceed the length of 30 pages, including notes but excluding bibliography and illustrations or figures. Electronic submission is required. Essays should be sent in .pdf format. Please include an email with your essay in which you provide the following information: your college/university, your department or program of study, whether you are a graduate or undergraduate, your email and regular mail addresses, a phone number where you can be reached in May of 2017, and the title of your work.
The Prize is intended to encourage new work rather than to recognize scholarship that has already proven itself in more traditional venues. Essays submitted for the prize should not, therefore, be previously published or accepted for publication. Exceptions may be made in the case of anticipated publication in a conference proceeeding. The Trust reserves the right not to confer the Prize in any year in which the essays submitted to the competition are judged insufficiently prizeworthy.
Contestants may send their essays and address any inquiries to: Kirk Ormand, Dept. of Classics, Oberlin College; firstname.lastname@example.org.
The John J. Winkler memorial Trust was established as an independent, charitable foundation on June 1, 1990. Its purpose is to honor Jack Winkler's memory and to promote both his scholarly and his political ideals. Inquiries about the Prize, tax-deductible gifts to the Trust, and general correspondence may be addressed to: Kirk Ormand, John. J. Winkler Memorial Trust, Dept. of Classics, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH 44074
Previous Winners of the Winkler Prize
|1991||Kirk Ormand||The Use and Abuse of Ariadne, 55BCE-1984CE|
|1992||Denise McCoskey||Is there a 'Thesmophoria' in This Text? Women's Spheres in Aristophanes' Ecclesiazousae and Thesmophoriazousae|
|1993||John Ma||Black Hunter Variations|
|1994||Shane Butler||(Un)Masking 'The Greek Miracle': Performativity in Fifth and Fourth Century Athens|
|1995||Sara Lindheim||Setting Her Straight: Ovid Re-Presents Sappho|
|1995||Christopher Spelman||Marriage and Ideology in Catullus (Honorable mention)|
|1996||Mark Buchan||Penelope as Parthenos|
|1997||Tamara Chin||Mapping the Scythians: Anti-nomad techniques in Herodotus and Niebuhr|
|2002||Tamara Chin||Compulsory Heterotextuality: Sappho (31) meets Shijing [Book of Songs] (1)|
|2003||Mary Frances Brown||Medusa's Eyes: Gender, Subjectivity, and Ekphrasis in Ovid's Metamorphoses|
|2003||Jennifer Benedict||The Matrix of Identity: Gender and Representation in the Works of Lucian|
|2004||Brooke Holmes||Catachreses: Epic Pain and the Wound of Agamemnon|
|2004||Lyra Monteiro||Colonial Origins: New Approaches to History, Archaeology, and Ethnicity at Metapontum|
|2005||Marianne Hopman||From Devouring Monster to Femme Fatale: Scylla in the Greek and Roman Imagination|
|2005||Anderson Wiltshire (formerly Dana Longton)||'Beastly Obscenity' and the Serious Irrumator|
|2006||James Uden||A Virgin Martyr and a Phallic Prayer: New Connections in the Elegies of Maximianus|
|2006||Taylor Coughlan||The Voice Which Is Not One: Narrative, Intertext, and Gender in the Metamorphoses 4.274-415|
|2007||Alexander Dressler||The Sophist and the Swarm: Platonism and Feminism in Achilles Tatius|
|2007||Michael Pelch||The Danger of Drag in Aristophanes' Thesmophorizusae|
|2008||Danielle Meinrath||The Ancilla and her Ass: Re-reading Photis in Apuleius' Metamorphoses|
|2008||Alison Fields||Megilla/us: The (Fe)Male Penetrator in Lucian's Dialogue of the Courtesans|
|2009||Stephen Kidd||Forging the 300:Muscles/Muscle-Armor in Ancient Greece/Today|
Archimedes' Cattle of the Sun and the Limits of Euhemerism (Honorable mention)
Dignitas Servilis: The Subjectivity of Male Slaves in Plautus
Elemental Bodies: Female Self-image and the Elements
Maculate Conception: Unraveling the Sexual and Romantic Discourse of Heliodorus' Aithiopica
A.R. Gurney's Jewish Antigone
The morphê of Menelaus in Euripides' Helen
Androgyny as Liminality: Achilles’ Gender Crossing in the Iliad
Mansura dabo monimenta per aevum: The Metamorphoses as Museum
Mater amissa: The Lost Amazon in Seneca's Phaedra
A Puer's Horror, Heroism, and Humor: An Interpretation of Pseudolus III.1
The Wages of Effeminacy?: Kinaidoi in Egyptian Documentary Sources
Ovid’s Trash: Philomela and the Rape-Revenge Film
The Care of the Brain in Early Christianity
A World of Mirrors (or Mirages): Magical Realism in Apuleius's Metamorphoses