Department of English

Professor Marjorie Curry Woods wins Rhetoric Society of America Book Award

Mon, April 25, 2011
Professor Marjorie Curry Woods wins Rhetoric Society of America Book Award

The Department of English congratulates Professor Marjorie Curry Woods, who won the 2010 Rhetoric Society of America Book Award for her most recent work, Classroom Commentaries: Teaching the Poetria nova Across Medieval and Renaissance Europe (Ohio State, 2010).

The RSA recognizes the nation’s best rhetorical work in a given year with its annual Book Award. Cara Finnegan, Chair of the RSA Awards Committee, said the lucidity of Woods’s prose and the thoroughness of her research especially distinguished her book.

“The committee…took up an unusual number of outstanding nominees this year, but we were unanimous in our view that [Woods’s] work stands out for the clarity of its argument, the rigor of its research, and the maturity of its scholarly contribution,” Finnegan wrote in an e-mail to Woods.

The RSA will recognize award winners at their June 2011 institute in Boulder, Colo., with a formal presentation at the 2012 RSA conference in Philadelphia, Pa.

Professor Marjorie (Jorie) Woods grew up in the military and moved almost every year. Changing schools so often generated her interest in teaching, and she now studies both how students were taught to write in medieval schools and the use of premodern classroom exercises in the modern classroom. Currently she is working on how female characters from classical texts were studied and used as the basis of composition exercises for boys during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

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