CLAGS Prizes

The 2002 Undergraduate Student Paper Award went to Mubbashir Abbas Rizvi for
“Reconciling Identity: Islam and Homosexuality,” which looks at the history of gender variation and
sexual plurality that existed in Muslim communities in the past and how reductionary narratives of
Islamic radicals and Western liberals have supplanted this interesting history along arbitrary cultural lines.
Rizvi wrote the paper for his English 2 composition class at Brooklyn College, taught by Jeannette
Debra Michaud was the winner of the 2002 Graduate Student Paper Award for: “Victorian Ladies,
Mannish Monsters, and Sexual Transgressions: The Trials of Lillian Duer and the Making of a Modern
Lesbian Scandal.” A Ph.D. candidate in History, Michaud wrote the paper for a class with professors
Blanche Wiesen Cook and Jerry Markowitz.
The Monette-Horowitz Dissertation Prize was awarded to Bruce Kirle, Ph.D. in Theater, for
“Cultural Collaborations: Re-Historicizing the American Musical.” Kirle argues that musical theater texts
are not fixed by authorial intent or by the authenticity of an original production, but can be read in
relation to their cultural moments. To explore this phenomenon, he focuses on three successful
Broadway musicals that featured queer characters and opened in the season following the Stonewall
riots: Company, Coco, and Applause.
The winner of the Sylvia Rivera Prize in Transgender Studies was Benigno Sifuentes-Juáregui
for his 2002 book Transvestism, Masculinity, and Latin American Literature: Genders Share Flesh. Sifuentes-
Juáregui describes his recent Palgrave publication as “a detailed analysis of the relation among
transvestism, male homosexuality, and gender figurations in contemporary Latin American cultural,
social, and literary texts.” In 2003, with the generous support of an anonymous donor, the Rivera Prize
will be increased to $1,000.