Cliopatria award

Cliopatria Award, 2007

I’ve just learned that the History News Network’s group blog Cliopatria gave its “Best Writer” award for 2007 to Steamboats Are Ruining Everything. Many thanks for the honor! Since there’s a danger that visitors from Cliopatria might come here looking for my posts about history and find only literacy statistics, I’ll list here a few of my history-related posts from 2007.

I’ll add, since I’m unlikely to have another occasion for such retrospection, that the posts of last year that meant the most to me in the writing of them were personal rather than history-related: Treed, 30 July 2007 and Lota, 1996-2007, 15 December 2007. And according to my admittedly impressionistic counting of “hits,” the most popular post I wrote was literary-critical: Turgenev: The Translation Game, 3 May 2007.

5 thoughts on “Cliopatria award”

  1. Sir,

    The lines between history and literary comment are not so easily drawn. The best history is always litcrit because historians must critique texts. Those historians that eschew the theory of how they do this, especially those that express their disdain for the linguistic turn of late-twentieth century literary theory in historiography, doom themselves to irrelevance.

    Congratulations on the deserved honor.

    I found your site from the HNN's link in late December, and I've been enjoying getting caught up on your work.

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