Department of English

English Faculty Awarded Humanities Research Fellowships

Wed, October 25, 2017
English Faculty Awarded Humanities Research Fellowships
Left to Right: Geraldine Heng, David Kornhaber and J.K. Barret

Congratulations to Geraldine Heng, J.K. Barret, and David Kornhaber for receiving the 2017 Humanities Research Awards! These fellowships support liberal arts faculty in their efforts to bring research projects to completion. Awardees receive $5,000 for three consecutive years, for a total of $15,000. All recipients will share their work at the spring symposium, to be announced. Their project titles and descriptions can be found below.




Geraldine Heng

Early Globalities: The Interconnected World, 500-1500 CE

“Globalism is a centuries-old phenomenon but while world systems theories have formulated models of an economically interlinked world in the modern era, the globalism of earlier periods is still insufficiently understood. Early Globalities: The Interconnected World, 500-1500 CE studies early sociocultural globalisms. It begins by telling the story of far-flung human voyaging and early industrialization in China through a ninth-century Arab dhow and its cargo; then traces the story of the Buddha from India to the West, where the Buddha transmogrifies into two Christian saints; and concludes with an examination of two global slave races, the Mamluks of Egypt and the Romani, and a study of eunuchs, a category of slaves found globally, in all the major civilizations of the world."

David Kornhaber

Tragedy and Postmodernity in Anglo-American Drama 

 “Tragedy and Postmodernity in Anglo-American Drama is an intertextual study of Athenian tragedy and late twentieth-century Anglophone drama focused on the two epoch’s shared preoccupation with dramatizing the intersections of suffering and subjecthood. Examining the work of playwrights including Harold Pinter, Sam Shepard, Tom Stoppard, Caryl Churchill, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Tony Kushner, this project seeks to identify in the work of some of the foremost British and American playwrights of the past half century a philosophical standpoint and dramatic impetus that might properly be called tragic.”

J.K. Barret

Pandora’s Clock: Contingent Ethics in Renaissance English Literature

"In Pandora’s Clock: Contingent Ethics in Renaissance English Literature, I argue that sixteenth- and seventeenth-century authors invented new ways of conceptualizing and interpreting time, and that such temporal inventions enabled them to theorize the capacity that imaginative literature has to shape the ethical choices upon which social forms depend. Pandora’s Clock aims to revise our assumptions about the terms of literature’s intervention into emerging ethical and aesthetic categories, and to revise the sense that external measures of time have more to tell us about the meaning of time, and especially about its ethical import, than do the imaginative productions of some of the period’s most inventive writers. As such, the project advocates for the importance, influence, and power of formal methodologies as analytical tools."


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