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Distinguished Service Award
The PAMLA Distinguished Service Award was established in 2011 to honor longstanding members who have distinguished themselves through extraordinary service to the organization. The selection process is spearheaded by the First Vice-President of PAMLA, who collects nominations, carries out the election, and presents the award at the PAMLA Annual Meeting. Recipients are:
Graduate Student Scholarships
A limited number of scholarships are available to graduate students presenting at the annual conference to subsidize their travel expenses. See Graduate Student Scholarship Fund for further details.
German Studies Grant
To assist young scholars of German language, literature, and culture. In honor of cherished colleagues Gunter H. Hertling, Wolfgang Nehring, Jens Rieckmann, Thomas Saine, and Hans Wagener. See German Studies Grant for further details.
PAMLA Distinguished Service Award Recipients
The first PAMLA Distinguished Service Award was presented in 2012 to Frederick Burwick, Research Professor of English, UCLA. Professor Burwick was PAMLA President from 1997-98 and Executive Director of PAMLA from 1978-81. He served as the managing editor of Pacific Coast Philology from 1978-81 and as editor from 1997-98.
Author and editor of thirty books, one hundred forty articles, and numerous reviews, his research is dedicated to problems of perception, illusion, and delusion in literary representation and theatrical performance. He has been named Distinguished Scholar by both the British Academy (1992) and the Keats-Shelley Association (1998). His book Poetic Madness and the Romantic Imagination (Penn State, 1996) won the Outstanding Book of the Year Award of the American Conference on Romanticism. He is also recipient of the Dickson Emeritus Award (2009) for outstanding achievement, and has been awarded the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Emeritus Fellowship (2011-2012). Professor Burwick has enjoyed several visiting positions in Germany at the universities of Würzburg, Siegen, Göttingen, and Bamberg. At Göttingen he spent two years (1992-1994) as the Director of the UC Education Abroad Program. He has also lectured at the universities of Cologne, Heidelberg, Leipzig, and Munich in Germany as well as Oxford and Cambridge in England.
The 2013 PAMLA Distinguished Service Award was presented to Roswitha Burwick, Professor Emerita, Scripps College. Professor Burwick has been the co-editor, together with Friederike von Schwerin-High, of Pacific Coast Philology since 2010. She served as a member of the PAMLA Executive Committee from 1985-88 and from 2004-2006. Professor Burwick was also elected PAMLA President in 1993 and served as Second- and First-Vice President in 1991 and 1992, respectively.
Professor Burwick is a leading international scholar of German Romanticism and has published several books and countless articles on topics such as Achim von Arnim and science and women in Romanticism. She is one of the main editors of the Weimarer Arnim-Ausgabe, a historical critical edition of the complete works of the German Romantic poet Achim von Arnim. In 2007 she published a two-volume edition on Ludwig Achim von Arnim, Naturwissenschaftliche Schriften 1, which contains his publications on natural science. She is presently working on the second edited volume of Arnim's scientific writings. In collaboration with Olaf Breidbach, University of Jena, she has published a collection of essays entitled Physics Around 1800: Art, Science or Philosophy? in German and English (2012/2013). She also recently directed a collaborative student-faculty project with the title Merry Sorrows. (Un)Happy Endings. Fairy Tales For Our Time. (2010).
Although retired, Dr. Burwick continues to teach "Once Upon a Time. Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Fairy Tale," a course in the Scripps Interdisciplinary Core program. She is a member of numerous professional organizations and the Vice-President of the Internationale Arnim-Gesellschaft. In 2008 she was awarded the prestigious Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Achievement from the American Association of Teachers of German.
Steven Gould Axelrod is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside. He is a former President of PAMLA (2005-2006) and is presently a member of the Advisory Board of Pacific Coast Philology. Professor Steve Axelrod has been instrumental in helping PAMLA to develop in the areas of American literature and poetry. Like the previous recipients of this award, he has spent thousands of hours working on behalf of PAMLA, encouraging hundreds of scholars to get involved in the organization’s annual conference and prestigious journal. His service to PAMLA and the discipline is truly something to be honored.
At UCR he occupied the McCauley Chair in Teaching Excellence and currently serves in the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. He is the author of Robert Lowell: Life and Art (Princeton 1978); Robert Lowell: A Reference Guide (G. K. Hall 1982); and Sylvia Plath: The Wound and the Cure of Words(Johns Hopkins 1990). He is co-editor of the New Anthology of American Poetry, Volumes 1-3 (Rutgers 2002, 2005, 2012). He has also edited Robert Lowell: Essays on the Poetry (Cambridge 1986); Critical Essays on Wallace Stevens (G. K. Hall 1988); Critical Essays on William Carlos Williams (G. K. Hall-Macmillan 1995); and The Critical Response to Robert Lowell (Greenwood 1999). His most recent articles have appeared in The Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Bishop (Cambridge 2014); Robert Frost in Context(Cambridge 2014), and Primary Stein (Lexington 2014). He is presently writing a new book on Cold War Poetics and is co-editing Robert Lowell’s Memoirs (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, forthcoming).