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UD's Julian Yates wins national Kendrick Book Prize for "Of Sheep, Oranges, and Yeast"

The Society for Literature, Science and the Arts (SLSA) has awarded its 2017 Michelle Kendrick Memorial Book Prize to Julian Yates, professor of English at the University of Delaware, for Of Sheep, Oranges, and Yeast: A Multispecies Impression. The Kendrick Prize is awarded annually for the best academic book on literature, science and the arts published during the last year. It was established in 2006 in memory of literature and science scholar Michelle Kendrick of Washington State University-Vancouver.

The Kendrick Prize Committee, chaired by Robert Markley of the University of Illinois, praised Of Sheep, Oranges, and Yeast for its success in bringing together animal studies, plant studies, eco-theory and bio-politics in new and fascinating ways.

Published by the University of Minnesota Press, the book imagines ways for literary and historical scholars to explore how humans exist in relation to other animal, plant, fungal, microbial, viral, mineral and chemical actors.

Yates asks the question: In what senses do animals, plants and minerals “write”? He then traces how the lives of sheep, oranges, gold and yeast mark the stories of those animals we call “human.”