Department of English

Graduate Student Jonathan Lamb Wins ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Tue, May 5, 2009

The Department of English congratulates graduate student Jonathan Lamb, who has been awarded the American Council of Learned Societies Dissertation Completion Fellowship.  This fellowship will fund a year of work and research expenses for Jonathan to work on his dissertation, Shakespeare's Writing Practice: "Literary" Shakespeare and the Work of Form.

"Shakespeare's Writing Practice" argues that we can understand the "literary" nature of Shakespeare's works and career only by examining the formal features of his plays and poems.  I show how those features, which range from reflexive pronouns and conditional statements to the prose/verse distinction and the soliloquy, engage with Renaissance literary culture even as they work meaningfully within the plays. Throughout his career, Shakespeare used and exploited these features to various effects, but in certain plays they prove highly meaningful in ways that negotiate with other texts in the literary world around them.  The project contains chapters on Richard II, The Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Hamlet, and Troilus and Cressida.

Jonathan P. Lamb is a fifth-year graduate student.  He graduated from Kansas State University before heading to UT's PhD program.

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