Brian Martin: Awarded the Laurence Wylie Prize in French Cultural Studies

Posted Feb. 4, 2013: Brian Joseph Martin, associate professor of French and comparative literature, has been awarded the Laurence Wylie Prize in French Cultural Studies for his book “Napoleonic Friendship: Military Fraternity, Intimacy, and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century France” (Durham: University of New Hampshire Press, 2011). Recognized as one of the most prestigious prizes in the field, the Wylie Prize is awarded biennially to the best book in French social or cultural studies. The jury this year includes prominent scholars in French history and literature from NYU, Harvard, Tufts, and Duke, who chose Napoleonic Friendship from among 65 books under consideration in 2010-2011. The prize ceremony will take place at NYU’s Institute of French Studies on March 27, 2013, at 7PM, when Martin will give a lecture titled “Queer Napoleon: from Napoleonic Friendship to Gays in the Military.” Based on extensive archival research in France, Napoleonic Friendship examines the history of male intimacy in the French military, from Napoleon to the First World War. One of the first books on “Gays in the Military” published following the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” in 2011, Napoleonic Friendship is the first book-length study on the origin of queer soldiers in modern France. The book was nominated for a Lambda Literary Prize in LGBT Studies in 2012, and has been praised as “the postmodern military history that Foucault never wrote” (H-France Review), and “a remarkable contribution to historical, literary, military, and queer studies” (American Historical Association’s Committee on LGBT History). For more, see: