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Announcement: Graduate Fellows, 2015-2016

ANNOUNCEMENT OF GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS FOR 2015-2016

We are pleased to announce the appointment of four doctoral candidates who will be completing their dissertations on topics relevant to the JHI Annual Theme of Things that Matter at the Jackman Humanities Institute in 2015-2016.

Chancellor Jackman Graduate Fellows in the Humanities, 2015-2016

Catherine M. Schwartz, Comparative Literature
Barometric Books: The Atmospheres of Nineteenth-Century English and French Novels
Catherine’s dissertation explores the hidden influence of almanacs, barometers, smoke and sounds in the works of Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Gustave Flaubert, and Jules Verne, to examine the ways that rare, obsolete, or intrinsically evanescent objects create and represent the atmosphere in ways that still inform how we imagine our environment.

Elizabeth Parke, East Asian Studies
Infrastructures of Critique: Art and Visual Culture of Beijing, 1978-2012
Elizabeth’s dissertation tells a story about relationships between artists, their work, the physical infrastructure of Beijing, and the resulting production of a thing-centered politics, dingpolitik. She argues that the utilitarianism and everydayness of Beijing’s infrastructure has relegated it to the category of nothing to see, thereby effectively shrouding other possible interpretations. Her findings establish counter-narratives and critiques of Beijing, a city at once an emerging global capital city, and an urban space fraught with competing ways of seeing.

Alyson Brickey, English
“Fragments of cloth, bits of cotton, lumps of earth”: Lists in American Literature, 1851-1955

Alyson’s dissertation examines the use of lists by six American authors. She explores the meaning of the list as a rhetorically significant aesthetic object that both categorizes and organizes information, and playfully exploits an aesthetic of excess.

Amilcare Iannucci Graduate Fellow in the Humanities, 2015-2016

Marlo Burks, German

Art’s Challenge: An Analysis of the Role of Aesthetics in the Work of Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Marlo’s dissertation pursues the philosophical theories of Hofmannsthal around the question of why a work of art has—or fails to have—a particular effect on the viewer or reader. In his depiction of the aesthetic encounter with art, she finds that the ethical plays an essential role.


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