Carmen Nocentelli, associate professor of English and comparative literature at the University of New Mexico, was awarded the Roland H. Bainton Prize in Literature for Empires of Love: Europe, Asia, and the Making of Early Modern Identity (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014).
The Bainton Prize, awarded by the Sixteenth Century Society, is given to the best new book on the period 1450-1660 in recognition of the quality and originality of research, methodological innovation, fresh and stimulating interpretation, and literary style.
The prize is named in honor of Roland H. Bainton, who was professor of church history at Yale University, the author of more than a dozen important books and an ardent supporter of early modern studies.
The selection committee praised Empires of Love: “In an extremely strong field, Nocentelli's work stood out for its originality, scope, quality of research, clarity of writing, and elegance of argument. The book employs a thoroughly literary approach to understanding a difficult ideological issue, with a clear, incisive handling of the intricacies of race theory, colonial theory, and theories of sexuality. Jury members were especially impressed with Nocentelli's gracious and subtle analyses of both Continental and English texts.”