The Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland — the AHGBI — organises an annual search for the best PhD thesis of the year, with the winners announced at the AHGBI's convivial Easter conference (held this year in Cardiff). It's a prestigious prize to win, sponsored by the Embassy of Spain. Editors from AHGBI then work with some of the winners to publish these theses in our Legenda series Studies in Hispanic and Lusophone Cultures.

We're pleased to announce two books arising from the 2017 Prize, one winner and one runner-up, chosen from a very strong field:

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Form and Reform in Eighteenth-Century Spain: Utopian Narratives and Socio-Political Debate, by the Peruvian scholar Carla Almanza-Gálvez, will be SHLC 33. Carla looks at an unusual feature of the Enlightenment in Spain: the coexistence of reformist ideas with a strongly Christian tradition of utopian thought.

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Moving forward by a century or so, Women and Nationhood in Restoration Spain 1874-1931: The State as Family, by Rocío Rødtjer, will be SHLC 34. (That's the first "ø", or monophthongal close-mid front rounded vowel, ever to appear in the name of a Legenda author, I'm surprised to find. Rocío is half-Danish, half-Spanish, and says that in practice computers often think she's 'Roc?o R¿dtjer'.) Rocío works on family saga novels and what they tell us about the expectations of readers about the role of women in society.

It remains only to congratulate Carla and Rocío on their success. We look forward to publishing these prize-winning titles.

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