The Bibliographical Society of Canada (BSC) is pleased to announce that Christopher Doody, a PhD candidate in the Department of English Language and Literature at Carleton University, has been selected as the recipient of the Emerging Scholar Prize.
His paper, “‘Now, my Boy, Listen to Daddy’: William Arthur Deacon and his Influence on the Governor General’s Literary Awards,” will be presented at the BSC’s annual conference in May 2016 and will investigate the role of one influential figure in running and judging Canada’s premier literary prize from 1936 to 1960. A revised, article-length version of the paper will be published in the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada, subject to peer review. The prize also includes a grant of $500.
Mr. Doody’s timely and original paper intersects directly with his dissertation, which examines the evolving concept of authorship in Canada during the first half of the twentieth century, from amateur scribe to state-sponsored professional, with a primary focus on the role of the Canadian Authors Association. His research record includes numerous publications and conference presentations, along with a strong commitment to editorial work, with a focus on digital technologies. His supervisor at Carleton University is Professor Jody Mason.
The Emerging Scholar Prize was established by the BSC in 2012 to support a scholar at the beginning of her or his career who is undertaking research in bibliography, book history, or print culture broadly defined, including the study of the creation, production, publication, distribution, and uses of manuscripts, printed books, or electronic texts.