Department of English

Janine Barchas, Allen MacDuffie, and Julie Minich Awarded 2019 Fellowships

Thu, March 14, 2019
Janine Barchas, Allen MacDuffie, and Julie Minich Awarded 2019 Fellowships
Janine, Allen, and Julie from left to right

Congratulations to Fellowship-Winners Janine Barchas, Allen MacDuffie, and Julie Minich!

Professor MacDuffie has won a residential fellowship from the Humanities Center at Pittsburgh, where he will have an office in the Cathedral of Learning.

The Humanities Center hosts one to two Early Career Fellows per academic year. During their stay, Fellows work on their book manuscripts and contribute to the Center's life. During their appointment, fellows are required to reside in Pittsburgh, to present at least one lecture and one colloquium, and to participate regularly in the Humanities Center's activities.

The book project Allen will be working on is called The Victorian Pre-History of Climate Change Denial and is about the representation of science denialism in nineteenth and twentieth century literature. A chapter from that project appears in the most recent issue of Victorian Studies and can be found here!  

Professor Barchas and Professor Minich have both won ACLS fellowships. The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) has been providing fellowships for scholars in the humanities and related social sciences for nearly 100 years.  Awards range from $40,000 to $70,000, depending on the scholar’s career stage, and support scholars for six to twelve months of full-time research and writing. This year’s full list of fellows has not yet been formally announced on their own website but last year, fewer than 80 fellows were selected by peer reviewers from a pool of roughly 1,150 applicants. This national fellowship, therefore, is very selective and prestigious.

Professor Barchas has been offered an ACLS Fellowship for a new book project entitled Renting in the Age of Austen that mixes economic history and literary studies. 


"When Jane Austen is born in 1775, the burgeoning consumer culture of late-Georgian England increasingly allowed temporary ownership over some luxury goods for a fee. Books and artworks could be borrowed, furniture and musical instruments rented, carriages or horses hired, and whole country mansions let. Rentals complicated identity politics by blurring traditional social signals of rank.  Whereas old sumptuary laws aimed to fix luxury goods as markers of class, in Austen’s era privilege could suddenly be flaunted with kit and carriages not one’s own. Renting in the Age of Austen explores the messy logistics of what was rented (where, to whom, and at what prices?) to reveal the social implications for an early economy of temporary possession.”

Professor Minch has been offered an ACLS Fellowship for her new book project entitled Enforceable Care: Health, Justice, and Latina/o/x Expressive Culture.


"Enforceable Care examines how Latina/o/x literature (along with other aesthetic forms like film and visual art) illuminates the social determinants of health and offers a fresh perspective for evaluating health care access in the contemporary United States. The book additionally makes an argument for literary and cultural criticism as an important resource for the study of racial health disparities. Within its archive of contemporary U.S. Latina/o/x expressive culture, Enforceable Care uncovers challenges to dominant perceptions of health and well-being, offering an important alternative to the individualist rhetoric guiding current health care policy, which posits that good health results from good behavior. In response, the texts examined in this study reveal the factors beyond individual control – access to nutritious food, medical care and information, clean air and water, and cultural representations portraying one’s life as valuable and worth living – that affect physical and mental well-being. As a result, these texts enable us to reimagine health care in new and more just ways."

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