American Studies
American Studies

Janet Davis Wins Constance Rourke Prize

Mon, August 11, 2014

Dr. Janet Davis has been awarded the Constance Rourke Prize from the American Studies Association, given to the author of the best essay in American Quarterly for the previous calendar year for her piece,"Cockfight Nationalism: Bloodsport and the Moral Politics of American Empire and Nation Building."

The award committee said of Dr. Davis's work, "Focusing on conflicts between imperial statesmen, social reformers, and indigenous cockfight enthusiasts in Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Philippines "Cockfight Nationalism" reveals how ideologies of modernity, citizenship, animal protection, and national sovereignty were constructed and contested as part of the U.S. empire-building project. It draws on an impressive archive of primary and secondary materials that highlight competing political claims made by colonial officials, social reformers, and local cockfighters. At the same time, the essay remains attentive to what you term the 'elusive' subjectivity of roosters who play such a central role in this story."

The article in its entirety can be found here.

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