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About the Friedrich Ulfers Prize

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The Friedrich Ulfers Prize was established in 2013 and is awarded annually by Deutsches Haus at New York University to a leading publisher, writer, critic, translator, or scholar who has championed the advancement of German-language literature in the United States. The fourth recipient of the prize will be recognized during the opening ceremony of this year’s Festival Neue Literatur on February 25, 2016, at the Goethe-Institut New York. Translator Shelley Frisch will give the laudatio at the reception. A jury composed of representatives of FNL’s participating institutions and organizations selects the winner each year. The prize winner will receive $5,000, donated by Professor Ulfers, a renowned NYU scholar and former director of Deutsches Haus at NYU. The Friedrich Ulfers Prize is Festival Neue Literatur’s testimony to the rising importance of German-language literature in America. Former recipients of the prize include Robert Weil of Liveright Publishing Corporation, Sara Bershtel of Metropolitan Books, and Carol Brown Janeway of Alfred A. Knopf.

About Burton Pike – Prize Winner 2016

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Burton Pike is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and German at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He has also taught at the University of Hamburg, Cornell University, Queens and Hunter Colleges of CUNY, and has been a Visiting Professor of German at Yale University, as well as department chair at Cornell, Queens College, and the CUNY Graduate Center. He has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Medaille für Verdienste um Robert Musil from the city of Klagenfurt, Austria, and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Internationale Robert Musil Gesellschaft, and was also active in both the American and International Comparative Literature Associations.  He is a member of the PEN Translation Committee. He has written extensively on Musil, has edited and co-translated Musil’s The Man without Qualities (finalist and Special CitatioPEN Translation Prize) and a book of Musil’s essays, Precision and Soul, as well as editing a collection of Musil’s stories. He has also translated and written the introductions to Goethe’s novel The Sorrows of Young Werther, Rilke’s The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge, and Gerhard Meier’s Isle of the Dead, which won the 2012 Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize for the best translation of a literary work from German. He translated a story by Proust for Conjunctions, a story by Ingeborg Bachmann for Grand Street, and stories by Alissa Walser for Chicago Review and Painting in a Man’s World. More of his translations of prose and poetry from German and French have appeared in Fiction, Grand Street, Conjunctions, and other magazines.

About Friedrich Ulfers

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Friedrich Ulfers is Associate Professor of German at New York University, in the past also serving as Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Science, the German Department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of the NYU in Berlin Summer and Director of Deutsches Haus at NYU. Winner of NYU’s Distinguished Teaching Medal and Great Teacher Award, and twice winner of the College of Arts and Science’s Golden Dozen Award for Excellence in Teaching, he has taught not only in the German Department but also in NYU’s interdisciplinary programs,offering courses that engage a range of interests, including literary theory, continental philosophy, and the relationships between science, literature, and philosophy. Friedrich Ulfers also serves as a professor of philosophy at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, where he teaches an intensive Summer Seminar on Nietzsche and 20th-Century Thought. He is Senator and Secretary of the American Council for the School’s Media and Communications Division.


Past Recipients

2015: Bob Weil [press release, acceptance speech transcript]
2014: Sara Bershtel [press release]
2013: Carol Brown Janeway [press release]