We are delighted to announce that this year's essay prize, offered jointly by the British Society for Literature and Science and the Journal of Literature and Science, has been won by Emilie Taylor-Brown of the University of Warwick for her essay '(Re)Constructing the Knights of Science: Parasitologists and Their Literary Imaginations'. The judges commented:
"This is an excellent essay which is well-researched, clearly argued, lively and informative. In attending to both the literary and cultural mythologizing of turn-of-the-century parasitology and its practitioners, it adds a fascinating dimension to literature and science scholarship. In particular the committee were impressed with the original archival research, thorough historicist analysis and continually engaging prose of the article. From the beginning it made a compelling case for parasitology's significance and for the role that literary culture played in promoting this work. The essay illuminates, through a rich account, another example of the complex intertwining of literature and science in late nineteenth and early twentieth century Britain."
The BSLS extends our congratulations to Emilie on her excellent essay, which will be published in a forthcoming issue of the JLS, and also our thanks to all the other BSLS members who submitted essays to this competition, maintaining both the high standard and wide field set by last year's entries.