Reingard Nischik Wins Margaret Atwood Society ‘Best Book’ Award For Second Time

January 21, 2011

University of Ottawa Press author awarded prize for best book on Atwood to be published in 2010 

Today, the Margaret Atwood Society announced the winners of the prestigious Margaret Atwood Society Awards. Among them was Engendering Genre: The Works of Margaret Atwood by UOP author Reingard Nischik.
     
The Best Book Award is conferred each year by the Margaret Atwood Society, an international association of scholars, teachers, and students who are devoted to the Canadian icon’s work. Five awards are given to authors in the categories of best book, best article, best dissertation, best graduate essay and best undergraduate essay. The society’s goal is to promote scholarly exchange on Atwood’s oeuvre by providing opportunities for scholars to exchange information.

Engendering Genre explores how Atwood has developed her writing to be gender-sensitive, and argues that her use of gender and genre emphasizes the gender-bias inherent in traditional genres. The book also includes the first in-depth treatment of Atwood’s cartoon art, as well as an interview with the Canadian icon.

“We were thrilled to hear of the society’s choice” said Michael O’Hearn, Director of the University of Ottawa Press. “It is wonderful to see Reingard recognized for her outstanding work.”

Reingard Nischik is the chair of North American Literature at the University of Constance, Germany. She is the author or editor of more than 25 books, including Margaret Atwood: Works and Impact (Anansi, 2002), which won the Margaret Atwood Society Best Book Award for 1999/2000.