Brian Hurley Wins MLA Honorable Mention for Study of the WEAI "Confluence and Conflict"

December 12, 2023

Brian Hurley, assistant professor in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, was given honorable mention in the Modern Language Association’s competition for the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Book Prize for East Asian Studies. The award celebrates his first book, Confluence and Conflict: Reading Transwar Japanese Literature and Thought (Harvard University Asia Center, 2022), a Study of the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. 

The MLA awards this prize annually in recognition of an outstanding scholarly work in East Asian or East Asian diaspora literary or linguistic studies.  The scholars on the prize committee praised Hurley’s book for “boldly bringing into conversation prominent Japanese writers and thinkers from the 1920s to the 1950s—figures who are too often considered only within their respective disciplinary silos of literary and intellectual history.”