Lisa Siraganian’s latest book, Modernism and the Meaning of Corporate Persons (Oxford University Press, 2020) has been awarded the MSA Book Prize. Each year, the Modernist Studies Association seeks nominations for its Book Prize, awarded to a book published in the previous year. A panel of judges determines the book that made the most significant contribution to modernist studies.
“They do everything people do—except breathe, die and go to jail for dumping 1.3 million pounds of PCBs in the Hudson River.” You may recognize this characterization of corporations from the satire of Stephen Colbert, but it is Lisa Siraganian who unearths the legal and literary foundations of corporate personality in her extraordinary Modernism and the Meaning of Corporate Persons. …. The brilliance of Modernism and the Meaning of Corporate Persons lies in its dedicated multidisciplinarity. Siraganian honors the means and ends of the law, literature, and philosophy and uses their disparate ways of thinking, feeling, and reasoning to illuminate the soulless corporation in all its unnatural personhood.
– The 2020 Modernist Studies Association Book Prize Committee
For more details, see The Modernist Studies Association Book Prize