Juchau wins 2020 Walkley-Pascall Prize for arts criticism
Novelist, essayist and critic Mireille Juchau has won the 2020 Pascall Prize for arts criticism for her essays ‘How Dreams Change Under Authoritarianism’ (The New Yorker), ‘Twilight Knowing: Jenny Offill’s “Weather”’ and ‘Missing Witnesses: Valeria Luiselli’s Lost Children’s Archive’ (both the Monthly).
Juchau was chosen as the winner from a shortlist that also included:
- Jack Callil for ‘You But Not: A Review of Esmé Weijun Wang’s The Collected Schizophrenias’ (the Lifted Brow)
- Melinda Harvey for ‘Verisimilitude’ (Sydney Review of Books).
The judges said, ‘In a strong and diverse field of entries, Juchau stood out for her insightful contextualisation of the work, elegant storytelling and depth of research.’
Referring to ‘How Dreams Change Under Authoritarianism’, the judges said Juchau’s ‘standout review revisited a 1966 book about dreaming in Nazi Germany and considered the ways authoritarian regimes—past and present—can impact the collective unconscious’.
Juchau receives $5000. The Pascall Prize for arts criticism was announced as part of the Walkley Foundation’s Mid-Year Celebration. For a full list of prizes and winners, visit the Walkley website here.