Professor R. John Williams was awarded the 2015 Harry Levin Prize for best first book by the American Comparative Literature Association on Tuesday, March 26 at the annual ACLA meeting held this year in Seattle, Washington. The Buddha in the Machine: Art, Technology, and the Meeting of East and West was published by Yale University Press in June, 2014.
The Harry Levin Prize is a prestigious award for a first book. It comes in this case on top of the selection of “The Buddha in the Machine” for the Yale Studies in English series at Yale University Press and the Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Prize for an outstanding book in the Humanities by a Yale faculty member.
“The Harry Levin Prize recognizes an outstanding first book in the discipline of comparative literature; fields may include literary or cultural theory or history, or any other field of comparative literature. The 2015 Levin Prize will be awarded to a book published during the calendar years 2013 and 2014 as the author’s first book-length publication, and will be awarded at the ACLA annual meeting in 2015 in Seattle.” (source, ACLA.org)
For more about this prestigious prize and its past recipients, please visit the American Comparative Literature Association site.