Professor Jesse Oak Taylor a National Finalist for a Prize in Ecocriticism

Professor Jesse Oak Taylor's The Sky of Our Manufacture: The London Fog in British Fiction from Dickens to Woolf (2016) has been named as a finalist for the 2017 Ecocriticism Book Award by the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (ASLE).

Winners will be announced in early June, and the official presentation will be at the Twelfth ASLE Biennial Conference, to be held at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, from June 20-24, 2017.

The judges were Nicole Seymour, winner of the the winner of the ASLE Ecocritical Book Award in 2015; Tom Lynch, founding coordinator of the ASLE Book Awards and editor of the journal Western American Literature; and Molly Westling, Professor Emerita at the University of Oregon.

According to the judges, Taylor's book "fills a significant gap in terms of ecocritical work on both Victorian studies and modernism...It’s also elegantly written and displays highly original thinking.”