Heller-Roazen wins literary studies prize

Dec. 18, 2008, 4:13 p.m.

Daniel Heller-Roazen, a professor of comparative literature, has received the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Comparative Literary Studies from the Modern Language Association of America.

Heller-Roazen was recognized for his book "The Inner Touch: Archaeology of a Sensation," which reconsiders the history of a single sense, that of being sentient. The $2,000 prize is awarded annually for an outstanding scholarly work that involves at least two literatures and is written by a member of the association.

The book moves from Aristotle's thought and its legacy in late antiquity to medieval Arabic science and finally to modern thought about consciousness and sensation.

Heller-Roazen also wrote "Echolalias: On the Forgetting of Language" and "Fortune's Faces: The Roman de la Rose and the Poetics of Contingency." He has taught at Princeton since 2000.