Three fellowships valued at $5,000 each were awarded for 2017-18. These fellowships are designed to address a need for funding for research that could not be accomplished otherwise in order to complete a book project, major article or series of articles, or other research project that makes an impact in the field. Money can be used for any travel, conference, archival/fieldwork, or other normally reimbursable expenses. Fellow participate in the Faculty Colloquium Series, which will function as a working group for these works-in-progress. Projects are chosen on the basis or their intellectual rigor, scholarly creativity, and potential to make a significant impact in the candidate’s career and field. Faculty in affiliated departments are eligible to apply.
Ashley Passmore is Assistant Professor of German and International Studies at Texas A&M University. Her recent articles include “The Artful Dodge: The Appearance of the Schnorrer in German Literature” (Journal of Austrian Studies) and “Their Feet Will Become Fins Again: Theodor Herzl’s View of Darwinian Transformation,” (Israel Studies). Her article on third generation German Jewish women writers, “Transit and Transfer: Between Germany and Israel in the Granddaughters’ Generation,” will appear in the forthcoming Palgrave Handbook of Holocaust Literature and Culture next year. She is currently working on a monograph called “Common Ground” about the reevaluation of the idea of “Diaspora” for third-generation Israelis and German Jews. In 2014, she was awarded a fellowship by the Schusterman Institute of Israel Studies at Brandeis University.
Marian Eide is an Associate Professor of English and affiliate faculty with Women’s & Gender Studies. She is the author of Ethical Joyce (Cambridge, 2002) as well as a dozen articles on twentieth-century literature, ethics, and feminist theory. Her next book, After Combat, a collection of narratives from veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is forthcoming from Potomac Books in 2018. She is completing a book manuscript on violence and aesthetics and beginning a new project on unmarried women of the early twentieth century tentatively titled “Modernist Magdalenes and Spinster Sisters.”
Ira Dworkin, Assistant Professor of English, will work on a project entitled, “Nicholas Said, the Civil War, and the Emergence of African American Narrative.” This book project is a study of the literary career of Nicholas Said, a Muslim man from Bornu (near Lake Chad in present-day northeastern Nigeria), who was captured and enslaved in Africa, Europe, and Asia before arriving in the United States in 1860 as a freed person, where he volunteered for the 55th Massachusetts Regiment during the Civil War. Dworkin’s research attempts to reconcile the popular appeal of Said’s Americanness—the part of his story that facilitated the publication of “A Native of Bornoo” in the Atlantic Monthly in 1867—with the actual subject of the autobiographical texts which have little to nothing to say about his Civil War service. Dworkin’s research argues that Said’s implicit rejection of the American part of his history opens up space for him to inscribe himself more substantively as an African Muslim subject, which in turn productively disrupts the established formulations of nineteenth-century American literature.