December 12, 2016
Ayesha Ramachandran, assistant professor of comparative literature, is the recipient of the prestigious Scaglione Prize, awarded by the Modern Language Association of America for an outstanding scholarly work that involves at least two literatures. Professor Ramachandran wins the prize for her first book, The Worldmakers: Global Imagining in Early Modern Europe (University of Chicago Press, 2015). The committee’s citation for Ramachandran’s book reads:
In The Worldmakers: Global Imagining in Early Modern Europe, Ayesha Ramachandran manages to turn the study of globalization in a new direction: How does the idea of the world take its form in the early modern period? That is, how does the world change from meaning the circle of lands, or simple external reality, to a creation of human intellect, a system of knowledge and understanding? In showing how figures from Mercator to Milton created and shaped our notion of the globe, Ramachandran works beautifully with maps, essays, poetry, and philosophy across a range of national languages. The Worldmakers is not just a persuasive and informative book but a pleasurable one as well, and it is an exemplary text for scholars of comparative literature.”
To learn more about Professor Ramachandran’s book, see the attached link.