New Directions in the Humanities International Award for Excellence

The New Direction in the Humanities Journal Collection offers an annual award for newly published research or thinking that has been recognized to be outstanding by members of the New Direction in the Humanities Research Network.

Award Winner for Volume 16

Rethinking Nostalgia: Commodification Theory in Terms of the Allegory versus Symbol Debate

This article reappraises commodification theory in light of literary-aesthetic categories, specifically, allegory vs symbol, as analyzed in Walter Benjamin’s criticism on German drama. As a larger framework of a modernity critique, the symbolic theory of Georg Lukács is read against the allegorical, critical impulse of Walter Benjamin.

Past Award Winners

Volume 15

Ecocriticism of Nineteenth-Century Taiwan in John Dodd’s “Formosa”

Li-Ru Lu, The International Journal of Literary Humanities, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp.1–8


Volume 14

From Egypt to the Arizona Desert to Places Still to Come: The Ongoing Meta-literary Journey of Eliza’s Escape to Freedom in "Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Kenneth DiMaggio, The International Journal of Literary Humanities, Volume 14, Issue 3, pp.41–49


Volume 13

Anticipating Nietzsche: Culture and Chaos in “The House of Usher” and "Wuthering Heights"

Fred Mensch, The International Journal of the Humanities: Annual Review, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp.1–15


Volume 11

Cross-Cultural Studies and Aesthetics Discursive Transformations in China

Li Qingben, The International Journal of the Humanities: Annual Review, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp.113–122


Volume 10

Role of Kant’s “Schematism of the Pure Concepts of Understanding” in Hannah Arendt’s Theory of Judgment

Tama Weisman, The International Journal of the Humanities: Annual Review, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp.1–13


Volume 9

VideoPoetry: Collaboration as Imaginative Method

Peter Lutze, James Armstrong, and Laura Woodworth-Ney, International Journal of the Humanities: Annual Review, Volume 9, Issue 5, pp.107–122


Volume 8

Cultivating Moral Sensibilities through Aesthetic Education: The Power of Everyday Cosmopolitanism

Suzanne S. Choo, International Journal of the Humanities: Annual Review, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp.109–118