Christopher Prendergast wins the RH Gapper Book Prize
King's Fellow Prof Christopher Prendergast has just won the RH Gapper Book Prize for his work Mirages and Mad Beliefs: Proust the Skeptic (Princeton, 2013).
The book is a new examination of Proust's In Search of Lost Time, an examination that reveals Proust as not simply a romantic aesthete, which he is often taken for, but a writer who exhibits irony and self-doubt, and whose prose has an ambivalence that is rarely noticed by critics.
The RH Gapper Prize is awarded by the Society for French Studies to a scholarly work of outstanding merit in French and Francophone studies. This is the second time Prof Prendergast has won the prize. He was joint winner in 2008 for his book The Classic. Sainte-Beuve and the Nineteenth-Century Culture Wars (Oxford University Press), and is the only person to have received the prize twice.