Department of English

Graduate Student Charlotte Nunes wins AAUW fellowship

Fri, April 8, 2011
Graduate Student Charlotte Nunes wins AAUW fellowship

The Department of English congratulates graduate student Charlotte Nunes on winning the American Association of University Women fellowship. The $2,000 stipend will allow Charlotte to spend the next year completing her dissertation, This Novel Social Fabric: Transnational Anti-imperialism and British Literary Modernity, 1913–1936.

 This Novel Social Fabric brings together a selection of British and Anglophone Indian novels published between 1913 and 1936 that probe the discontinuity between law and justice in the context of the British Empire.  Setting their novels in colonial outposts in Asia and Africa, E.M. Forster (1879–1970), Leonard Woolf (1880–1969), Winifred Holtby (1898–1935), Evelyn Waugh (1903–1966), George Orwell (1903–1950), and Mulk Raj Anand (1905–2004) voiced anti-imperial dissent at a moment when European imperial expansion was authorized and enacted by international law, yet also implicated in some of the worst instances of political disenfranchisement and economic exploitation in twentieth-century history.  By tracing the lines of influence between British colonial fiction, international law, and transnational anti-imperialism, she advances a version of British literary modernity characterized by its ambivalent relationship to institutional power.  The novels register the essential paradox of law as having the potential to both speak truth to power and power to truth—in other words, as having simultaneously emancipatory and subordinating potential.  By tracing the ways in which these novels narrate injustice and theorize justice—as it manifests legally, but also in terms of cultural traditions, social norms, and economic systems—the project demonstrates the extent to which the writers complicate and subvert, yet also perpetuate and rely upon, the values and assumptions underpinning British imperialism.

The American Association of University Women offered 1-3 fellowships to female doctoral candidates at The University of Texas at Austin for the 2011–2012 academic year. Beginning in the academic year of 1985–1986, the academy has awarded sixty–four women this fellowship to assist them during the final year of their doctoral studies. The AAUW committee made their selection of awardees based on "need, academic record, submitted reference letters, and the applicant's statement," among other criteria. Nunes will accept her award during the AAUW luncheon on May 14, 2011 following a brief presentation on her dissertation. 

Charlotte Nunes is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English at the University of Texas at Austin.  Her dissertation is titled “‘This Novel Social Fabric’: Transnational Anti-Imperialism and British Literary Modernity, 1913-1936.”  Her publications include “In the Name of National Security: Torture and Imperialist Ideology in Sheridan’s In the Name of the Father and Jordan’s Breakfast on Pluto” in the November 2009 issue of Human Rights Quarterly, and “‘Return to the Lonely Self’: Autonomy, Desire, and the Evolution of Female Identity in The Country Girls Trilogy” in the Autumn 2007 issue of the Canadian Journal of Irish Studies.  She is the co-Editor-in-Chief of the English Department’s Ethnic and Third World Review of Books.

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