2015 Cushing-Glasscock Graduate Award Recipients Named

The Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research and Texas A&M University’s Cushing Memorial Library and Archives are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 Cushing-Glasscock Graduate Award. The 2015 recipients are graduate students Kate Ozment and Hilary Anderson. This award supports research projects in the humanities that are based on the collections of the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives. The awards provide graduate students in the humanities with $2,000 to cover research expenses for projects based in the collections of Cushing Library. Both students will present their research at the Cushing Library in fall 2015.

Kate Ozment, PhD candidate in the Department of English, will work on a project titled, “The Page and the Stage: Women’s Commercial Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century.” This project examines the female author as she conceived herself as a commercial proprietor of a literary commodity in the long eighteen century in England. Of primary interest are investigations of why these writers made the decision to participate in multiple genres of commercial literature, specifically fiction and drama, and what monetary or social gains they envisioned they could amass. While at the Cushing Memorial Library & Archives, Kate will study the work of four authors: Aphra Behn, Delarivier Manley, Eliza Haywood, and Frances Burney. She hypothesizes that these authors saw fiction and drama as different but equally fruitful opportunities for commercial success, and she intends to discover what conclusion can be drawn about audience appetites and the commercial literary market from exploring authorial changes or adaptation between genres. In addition, Kate will explore what role the author plays in imagining expectations of genre when that position is complicated by the desires of a diverse reading public and the publisher.

Hillary Anderson, PhD candidate in the Department of History, will work on a project titled, “Radicalizing the South: Race and Sexuality in the 1970s Civil Rights Struggles.” This project focuses on the activism of and treatment of lesbians of color in civil rights movements during the 1970s. Contemporary documents as well as monographs in women’s history, women’s and gender studies, and sociology have noted the interplay of race and sex. Scholars assert that sexism existed in the civil rights and Black Power movements, as well as the movement for gay rights, and it is also argued that racism existed in the feminist and gay rights movements. In addition, some scholars contend that there was homophobia present in within Black Power and feminism. But often these works neglect the role that conceptions of sexuality played or they do not explain how race changed the equation of gender and sexuality. Hillary’s proposed research will examine more deeply these entanglements of race, gender, and especially sexuality as they affected the activism of African American lesbians in the South. In order to do so, she will make use of both the Africana Collection and the Don Kelly Collection of LGBTQ literature.

Applications will be accepted again spring 2016 for summer 2016. For further information visit http://glasscock.tamu.edu/grants-funding or contact the Glasscock Center at glasscock@tamu.edu or (979) 845-8328.

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