David Alworth awarded 2016 Erving Goffman Award - 6. 24. 16
David Alworth awarded 2016 Erving Goffman Award
The Department of English congratulates David Alworth who was awarded the 2016 Erving Goffman Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Social Interaction from the Media Ecology Association for his book Site Reading: Fiction, Art, Social Form.
“Site Reading offers a new method of literary and cultural interpretation and a new theory of narrative setting by examining five sites—supermarkets, dumps, roads, ruins, and asylums—that have been crucial to American literature and visual art since the mid-twentieth century. Against the traditional understanding of setting as a static background for narrative action and character development, David Alworth argues that sites figure in novels as social agents. Engaging a wide range of social and cultural theorists, especially Bruno Latour and Erving Goffman, Site Reading examines how the literary figuration of real, material environments reorients our sense of social relations.”