In 2013 the Wellek Prize, formerly awarded every two years to the best book in "literary theory," began to be awarded annually to the best book in the field of Comparative Literature. Full citations for all prize-winning books are here.


Kader Konuk. East West Mimesis: Auerbach in Turkey. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2010. 

Honorable mention: Karen Thornber. Ecoambiguity: Environmental Crises and East Asian Literatures. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2012. 
Honorable mention: Subramanian Shankar. Flesh and Fish Blook. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012.


Lauren Berlant. Cruel Optimism. (Durham: Duke UP, 2011). 


Anne-Lise Fran├žois, Open Secrets: The Literature of Uncounted Experience (Stanford UP, 2007) 

Honorable Mention: Barbara Johnson, Persons and Things (Harvard UP, 2008) 


Joseph Slaughter, Human Rights, Inc.: The World Novel, Narrative Form, and International Law(Fordham UP, 2007) 

Honorable Mention: Natalie Melas, All the Difference in the World: Postcoloniality and the Ends of Comparison (Stanford UP, 2007) 


Peggy Kamuf, Book of Addresses (Stanford UP, 2005) 


Barrett Watten, The Constructivist Moment: From Material Text to Cultural Poetics (Wesleyan UP, 2003) 

Honorable Mention: Margaret W. Ferguson, Dido's Daughters: Literacy, Gender and Empire in Early Modern England and France (U of Chicago P, 2003)
Honorable Mention: Eric L. Santner, On the Psychotheology of Everyday Life: Reflections on Freud and Rosenzweig (U of Chicago P, 2001)