Each year, the Modernist Studies Association seeks nominations for its First Book Prize, awarded to a book published in the previous year. A panel of judges determines which book has made the most significant contribution to modernist studies. This year, Cóilín Parsons' The Ordnance Survey and Modern Irish Literature has been shortlisted.
The committee writes, Cóilín's book offers a "lively account of the genealogy of the Survey... [that] launches revelatory readings of the Survey archive as a dialectics of the epistemological interventions of colonial governance. This deep dive into the archive critically reframes literary adventures of scale in Synge, Joyce, and, finally, Beckett."