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Published on Dec 14, 2010
On December 3, 2010 V.A. Kolve received the 2010 Christian Gauss Award for his book "Telling Images: Chaucer and the Imagery of Narrative II" (Stanford University Press, 2009). This award, given for books in the field of literary scholarship and criticism, was created in 1950 to honor a former Phi Beta Kappa president and distinguished scholar at Princeton University.
Kolve is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English at UCLA. One of America's foremost Chaucer scholars, he is the author of Chaucer and the Imagery of Narrative: The First Five Canterbury Tales (Stanford University Press, 1984) and The Play Called Corpus Christi (Stanford University Press, 1966). The first book in this two-part series, Chaucer and the Imagery of Narrative, won the James Russell Lowell Prize from the Modern Language Association, as well as the British Council Prize in the Humanities for the best work on a British subject by a North American scholar. Kolve has served as President of the Medieval Academy of America, as President of the International New Chaucer Society, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.