Gallo to receive MLA book award

Dec. 20, 2006 12:50 p.m.

A book by Rubén Gallo, assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese languages and cultures at Princeton, has been chosen for the Modern Language Association's Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize.

"Mexican Modernity: The Avant-Garde and the Technological Revolution," published in 2005 by MIT Press, was selected for the award for an outstanding book published in English in the field of Latin American and Spanish literatures and cultures. The $1,000 prize will be presented on Dec. 28 during the association's annual convention in Philadelphia.

The book is a study of how five artifacts -- cameras, typewriters, radio, cement and stadiums -- shaped the representation of modernity in Mexican art and literature of the post-revolutionary period. In selecting the volume, a committee of the association said: "Dynamically written, strikingly conceived and beautifully executed, 'Mexican Modernity' is a highly original contribution to our understanding of the post-revolutionary period in Mexico, with suggestive resonance for the rest of Latin America as well. … [The book] is certain to have as lasting an influence on the field as the turn-of-the-century technological innovations Gallo describes."

Gallo has been a faculty member at Princeton since 2002.