This prestigious prize was awarded for her second monograph, What Is a Classic? Postcolonial Rewriting and Invention of the Canon (Stanford, 2014). The citation commended Ankhi for a "major contribution to postcolonial studies and to the growing critical field opened up by the concept of world literature."
Professor of English and World Literatures in the English Faculty and Tutorial Fellow at Wadham, Ankhi was presented with her prize at the British Academy’s annual awards ceremony on 29 September. Commenting on her award, Ankhi said: “I am particularly happy to be the recipient of an international award that recognises the contributions of women scholars.”
The Rose Mary Crawshay prize was extablished in in 1888 as ‘The Byron, Shelley, Keats In Memoriam Yearly Prize Fund.' In 1914, some years after her death, the Charity Commissioners transferred the administration of the prize fund to the Academy. One or two prizes are awarded each year "to a woman of any nationality who, in the judgement of the Council of the British Academy, has written or published within three years next preceding the year of the award an historical or critical work of sufficient value on any subject connected with English Literature, preference being given to a work regarding one of the poets Byron, Shelley and Keats."
Lord Stern, President of the British Academy, stated: “We are delighted to award these prizes and medals to these scholars, in recognition of the outstanding contributions they have made across the humanities and social sciences. We see hugely valuable work and research taking place across the Academy’s disciplines, and the awarding of our prizes and medals each year is an important way of celebrating this creativity and achievement.”