The AATSP Outstanding
Scholarly Publication Award is given annually to an article published in Hispania.
The focus of the award alternates on an annual basis. The focus for all
odd-numbered years is literature, film, and culture while the focus for
even-numbered years is linguistics and language science/pedagogy. Hispania Associate
Editors nominate and select the winner from all the eligible published
The recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Scholarly Publication Award
is John Maddox for his article "AfroReggae: Antropofagia,
Sublimation, and Intimate Revolt in the Favela” published in the
September 2014 issue of Hispania [97.3: 463-476].
The members of
the Selection Committee had the following comments about this article:
provides the specialist and non-specialist reader with a clear idea of the role
of AfroReggae as an artistic movement within the Brazilian literary tradition
and the complexity of its positive relationship to the favelas of Rio de
Janeiro. The author deftly takes the reader through the works of those
theorists who early on wrote about the idea of how art could transform the
favelas’ drug laden culture into a more productive space for its unfortunate
citizens. Maddox effectively demonstrates how AfroReggae does not constitute a
rupture with past literary tradition but rather a continuation of an art form
which served the inhabitants of the favelas as a way to endure their lives of
squalor and poverty.