John Morán González edited a new volume, The Cambridge Companion to Latina/o American Literature (Cambridge UP).
Pamela Herron’s essay, “East to West–The Inter-connectedness of All Things Created,” will be published next spring in Sustainability in/and Writing Intensive Courses, part of Lexington Books / Rowman and Littlefield’s series Ecocritical Theory and Practice.
We would like to congratulate the MLA members who have received 2016 National Endowment for the Humanities awards. The awards and recipients are as follows:
Next Generation Humanities PhD Planning Grants
Eric Hayot, project director
Pennsylvania State University
Project title: Holistic Rethinking of the Humanities PhD: Seminars, Dissertation, Internationalization, Fellowships
Project description: Penn State plans to institute wide-ranging changes in its humanities doctoral programs.
Jenna Lay, project director
Project title: Public Pedagogies: Graduate Education and the Interdisciplinary Humanities at Lehigh University
Project description: Lehigh plans to (1) integrate multiple career outcomes into the curriculum, (2) collaborate with entities on and off campus, (3) offer non-teaching-focused financial support systems for students, (4) provide alumni-oriented mentoring programs, and (5) devise alternative formats and requirements for the dissertation.
Julia Lupton, project director
University of California, Irvine
Project title: UCI Next Generation PhDs in the Humanities
Project description: The University of California, Irvine, plans to (1) engage faculty members and graduate students in rethinking PhD training and employment horizons, (2) integrate multiple career goals into graduate curriculum and training, (3) create community partnerships and mentoring opportunities, and (4) document and disseminate information about postdoctoral career paths.
Tyrus Miller, project director
University of California, Santa Cruz
Project title: UC Santa Cruz Next Generation Humanities PhD Planning Grant
Project description: The University of California, Santa Cruz, plans to expand mentoring relationships for graduate students, implement curricular changes toward transdisciplinary courses, and develop more internship opportunities. Project goals include an expanded public sphere for humanities doctoral expertise, the reorganization of doctoral programs to expand opportunities, and the identification of elements of doctoral programs that require change to meet the goals.
Helmut Muller-Sievers, project director
University of Colorado, Boulder
Project title: Next Generation Humanities PhD Planning Grant
Project description: The University of Colorado, Boulder, plans to (1) build a digital humanities foundation course, (2) reconceive the PhD dissertation, (3) establish nonacademic internships for graduate students, and (4) build a reliable humanities alumni network.
Judith Pascoe, project director
University of Iowa
Project title: The Newly Composed PhD: Writing across Careers
Project description: The University of Iowa plans to transform doctoral education, focusing on the university’s strength in writing and how new research and publication technology, along with a broad array of rhetorical modes, can help graduate students communicate effectively across a variety of platforms.
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants
Kathleen Fitzpatrick, project director
Modern Language Association of America
Project title: Humanities CORE
Project description: The project will further develop Humanities CORE, a repository framework that allows communities based in humanities disciplines to preserve and share products of scholarship and teaching.
Seminars for College Teachers
Mark Rankin, project director
Project title: The Formation and Re-formation of the Book: 1450–1650
Project description: The project involves a four-week seminar for sixteen college and university faculty members to examine the development of the book between 1450 and 1650.
Richard Strier, project director
University of Chicago
Project title: King Lear and Shakespeare Studies
Project description: The project involves a three-week seminar for college faculty members to explore a range of topics in Shakespeare studies through a close reading of King Lear.
Landmarks of American History
Heather Russell, project director (with Jacqueline May)
Florida Humanities Council
Project title: Jump at the Sun: Zora Neale Hurston and Her Eatonville Roots
Project description: The project involves two one-week workshops for seventy-two schoolteachers on the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston and Eatonville, the community that formed her identity and fueled her imagination.
Institutes for College and University Teachers
Liesl Olson, project director
Project title: Making Modernism: Literature and Culture in Twentieth-Century Chicago, 1893–1955
Project description: The project involves a four-week institute for college and university teachers to study modernist literary and artistic expression through the collections of the Newberry Library and various sites in Chicago.
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Sumie Jones, project director
Indiana University, Bloomington
Project title: Completion of an Anthology in English of Early Edo-Period Japanese Literature, 1600–1750
Project description: The project involves the preparation for publication of the final volume (1600–1750) of a three-volume anthology of Japanese urban literature (1600–1920), with translation into English.
Kenneth Price and Ed Folsom, project directors
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Project title: Unearthing the “Buried Masterpiece” of American Literature: A Digital Variorum of the 1855 Leaves of Grass
Project description: The project involves preparation for online publication of the nineteenth-century American author Walt Whitman’s first edition of Leaves of Grass, as part of an existing digital archive devoted to Whitman.
Julia Flanders, project director
Project title: Intertextual Networks: Reading and Citation in Women’s Writing, 1450–1850
Project description: The project involves research and online publications by the Women Writers Project on how reading practices influenced the literary composition of early modern women writers.
Public Scholar Program
Leah Price, project director
Project title: People of the Book: How Understanding the Printed Past Can Shape Our Digital Future
Project description: The project involves preparation for publication of a book on the history and future of books and reading in the United States.