Lionel Trilling Book Award

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The Lionel Trilling Book Award has been awarded annually by the Academic Awards Committee of CCSC since 1976.

Named for Lionel Trilling, one of Columbia's legendary professors, the award is given to a faculty member who teaches in the College in recognition of a book published in the previous calendar year. Members of the awards committee read and review all of the recent scholarly book-length publications of the faculty.

The winner of the Trilling Award has traditionally been recognized in conjunction with the winner of the Mark Van Doren Award for teaching.

Edward Said and Andrew Delbanco are the only professors to have won the award twice.

The only professors to have won both the Van Doren and Trilling awards are Fritz Stern, Robert Murphy, Caroline Bynum, Wm. Theodore de Bary, and Carol Gluck.

Past Recipients

Year Recipient Book Department
2012 David B. Lurie Realms of Literacy: Early Japan and the History of Writing East Asian Languages and Cultures
2011 James S. Shapiro Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? English and Comparative Literature
2010 Katherina Volk Manilius and his Intellectual Background Classics
2009 Mark Mazower Hitler's Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe History
2008 Joseph Massad Desiring Arabs Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures
2007 Sheldon Pollock The Language of the Gods in the World of Men: Sanskrit, Culture and Power in Premodern India Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures
2006 Andrew Delbanco Melville: His World and Work English and Comparative Literature
2005 Alan D. E. Cameron Greek Mythography in the Roman World Classics
2004 Philip Kitcher In Mendel's Mirror: Philosophical Reflections on Biology Philosophy
2003 William V. Harris Restraining Rage: The Ideology of Anger Control in Classical Antiquity History
2002 Nicholas Dirks Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India Anthropology; History
2001 Jonathan Crary Suspension of Perception: Attention, Spectacle, and Modern Culture Art History and Archaeology
2000 Hamid Dabashi Truth and Narrative: The Untimely Thoughts of 'Ayn al-Qudat al-Hamadhani Middle East and Asian Languauges and Cultures
Brian Greene The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory Mathematics; Physics
1999 Robert Lieberman Shifting the Color Line: Race and the American Welfare State International and Public Affairs; Political Science
1998 Robert Jervis System Effects: Complexity in Political and Social Life Political Science
1997 Ira Katznelson Liberalism's Crooked Circle: Letters to Adam Michnik Political Science; History
1996 Ann Douglas Terrible Honesty: Mongrel Manhattan in the 1920s English and Comparative Literature
Simon M. Schama Landscape and Memory History; Art History and Archaeology
1995 Robert Pollack Signs of Life: The Language and Meanings of DNA Biological Sciences
1994 Edward Said Culture and Imperialism English and Comparative Literature
Diana Trilling The Beginning of the Journey: The Marriage of Diana and Lionel Trilling (Special Award)
1993 Karl Kroeber Retelling/Rereading: The Fate of Storytelling in Modern Times English and Comparative Literature
1992 Caroline Bynum Fragmentation and Redemption: Essays on Gender and the Human Body in Medieval Religion History
1991 David Cannadine The Decline and Fall of the British Aristocracy History
1990 Andrew Delbanco The Puritan Ordeal English and Comparative Literature
1989 Eric Foner Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution 1863-1877 History
1988 Robert Murphy The Body Silent: The Different World of the Disabled Anthropology
1987 Carol Gluck Japan’s Modern Myths: Ideology in the Late Meiji Period History; East Asian Languages and Cultures
1986 No Award
1985 No Award
1984 W. T. H. Jackson The Hero and the King: An Epic Theme History
1983 Wm. Theodore de Bary Neo-Confucian Orthodoxy and the Learning of the Mind-and-Heart East Asian Languages and Cultures
1982 Arthur Danto The Transfiguration of the Commonplace: A Philosophy of Art Philosophy
1981 Peter Pouncey Necessities of War: A Study of Thucydides’ Pessimism Classics
1980 Istvan Deak The Lawful Revolution: Louis Kossuth and the Hungarians, 1848-1849 History
1979 No Award
1978 Morton Smith Jesus the Magician: Charlatan or Son of God History
1977 Fritz Stern Gold and Iron: Bismarck, Bleichröder, and the Building of the German Empire History
1976 Edward Said Beginnings: Intention and Method English and Comparative Literature

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