|Professor Plotz’s Award Plaque|
|Professor Emerita Judith Plotz|
UPDATE: Professor Emerita Judith Plotz has now received the Anne Devereaux Jordan Award, at a ceremony on June 20, 2015. She received a plaque that included images from Rudyard Kipling’s own illustrations to Just So Stories, a text which she has edited.
The occasion was particularly memorable as one of Professor Plotz’s earliest GW graduate students, Richard Flynn, now a major children’s literature scholar, made the presentation. Professor Flynn is the author of Randall Jarrell and the Lost World of Childhood, which was published in 1992 and was named an Outstanding Academic Book by Choice magazine. The book’s first form was as a dissertation directed by Professor Plotz.
Professor Plotz’s sons John and David Plotz, moreover, surprised our award-winner by creating an annual Children’s Literature Association Award for Developing Scholars in her name. The board, as well as Professor Plotz’s sons, kept the announcement secret until the moment of the award presentation. Understandably, Prof. Plotz was delighted with the surprise!
At the June 2015 meeting of the Children’s Literature Association, GW English Professor Emerita will be awarded the Anne Devereaux Jordan Award for Outstanding Achievement in the field. The award recognizes significant contributions in scholarship and/or service to the field of children’s literature. Professor Plotz is well-known in a wide variety of scholarly fields, including British Romanticism, colonial and postcolonial literatures, and children’s literature. She is the author of Romanticism and the Vocation of Childhood (Palgrave, 2001) and numerous other scholarly articles and projects.
The Anne Devereaux Jordan Award is considered annually and given as merited; it is the highest honor in the Children’s Literature Association. Congratulations, Professor Plotz!