Heather McPherson Awarded the 2016 Annibel Jenkins Prize

Posted in journal articles, Member News by Editor on April 9, 2016

Heather McPherson is the 2016 recipient of the Annibel Jenkins Prize presented annually by the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies for the best essay in performance and theatre studies, for her article “Tragic Pallor and Siddons,” published in Eighteenth-Century Studies 48 (Summer 2015): 479–502.

The committee’s remarks highlight the range of topics addressed, “topics as disparate as cosmetics’ association with misogyny, authenticity, Aristotle, Lady Macbeth, and the ‘tubercular look’.” The citation goes on to state that, “the essay provides us with a window into Siddons’s celebrity and the attributes that led her contemporaries to recognize her as the greatest tragic actor of her day. ‘Tragic Pallor and Siddons’ combines … close attention to textual detail, an immersion in the documented history of the period, and clear and lucid writing enhanced by judicious illustrations.”

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