The Wake Forest University English Department is pleased to announce that six English and Creative Writing faculty have been awarded research and travel funds for the spring and summer of 2019. These faculty will conduct primary research, attend scholarly conferences, and give lectures across the United States as well as in Scotland and France.
Joanna Ruocco was awarded funding from the Zachary T. Smith Faculty Development Fund to travel to Portland in March 2019 to the American Writers and Writing Programs Conference along with FC2 Graduate Assistant Jennifer Champagne.
Susan Harlan was awarded funding from the Kenyon Family Faculty Development Fund to travel to Paris to present on her new humor book, Decorating a Room of One’s Own (Abrams, 2018), at the American Library in Paris. She read from the introduction and discussed the book’s genesis and her interest in satire more broadly.
Jessica Richard was awarded funding from the Susan & Gene Goodson Faculty Development Fund to support travel to Pennsylvania in May 2019 for the Digital Mitford Coding School and to Chapel Hill, NC, in summer 2019 for research on the Edgeworth Letters.
Jennifer Greiman was awarded funding from the Bitove Family Faculty Fund for Faculty Support to travel to New York in June 2019 to the conference of The Melville Society for research on a book project titled Melville’s Ruthless Democracy.
Randi Saloman was awarded an Archie Fund for the Arts and Humanities grant for travel to France and Scotland for research in June 2019. She will be working on multiple projects involving the early 20th century writer Arnold Bennett.
Meredith Farmer was awarded an Archie Fund for the Arts and Humanities grant to travel to New York in August 2019. She’ll be doing research at the New York Public Library, home to both an extraordinary set of lion gargoyles and the largest collection of manuscripts related to Herman Melville. She’ll be focused on material that sheds light on Melville’s early years, especially the development of his profoundly influential interest in mathematics and science. Her research will be part of both a biographical project tentatively titled “Outside the Cold War Frame: Melville’s Education in Mathematics and Science” and her book project, Melville’s Leaks: Science, Materialism, and the Reconstitution of Persons.