Three doctoral candidates from the Department of English Language and Literature were awarded Bilinski Fellowships for 2018-2019!
Kristen Brown, a student of late nineteenth-century American Literature, is completing a dissertation on “eco-cosmopolitics in American Indian Literature,” examining the forms of expression that American Indian authors during this period developed through the use of language- and landscape-based literacies. Kristen notes her thanks for the luxury that the Fellowship has afforded her to be able to perform archival research exploring, among others, non-digitized documents relating to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and correspondence with agents at reservations in the period.
Amber Lee, studying rhetoric and composition, is writing a dissertation that explores the problematic and complex nature of rhetorical memory, positing memory as a plastic set of generative and interactive forces. Like Kristen, Amber is grateful for the amount of research and writing that the Fellowship has allowed her to complete and the productive mental space it has provided.
Joshua Lundy is working on a dissertation on tensions and disagreements regarding representations of labor, industry, and capitalist social relations in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century America as shaped by the role of animals in several key works of literature. Joshua notes that, in addition to the Fellowship providing him with the time to focus his attention on the dissertation, it has also allowed him to travel to conferences to present his research.
Congratulations to Kristen, Amber, and Joshua for their incredible achievement and for the scholarly contributions they make to their fields through these projects!