We would like to congratulate the following MLA members, all of whom are recipients of 2016 NEH awards.
Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Julia Flanders, Project Director
Project Title: TEI and Humanities Pedagogy: Building TAPAS Classroom
Project Description: The development of a platform for teaching the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI), which would allow for shared instruction materials, collaborative
teaching, and student evaluation, all built within the NEH-funded TAPAS infrastructure.
John Shanahan, Project Director
Project Title: Reading Chicago Reading: Modeling Texts and Readers in a Public Library System
Project Description: A pilot study on how analyzing patron responses to a citywide reading program can help scholars and librarians better understand which book genres and styles prove most meaningful to the community.
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Project Title: The Idea of Authorship in Early African American and Native American Literatures
Project Description: A book-length study of collaborative authorship in early African
American and Native American literature.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Project Title: Chance, Providence, and Overseas Exploration in Early Modern English Drama
Project Description: Completion of a book-length study on British maritime exploration, ethics, and the concept of fortune in 17th-century English drama.
Project Title: “Othello Was My Grandfather”: Shakespeare and Race in the African Diaspora
Project Description: Research for a book on the relationship between William Shakespeare’s play Othello and African American culture, 19th century to the present.
Project Title: Disability in English Renaissance Literature
Project Description: Completion of a book-length study of disability in English Renaissance literature.
Valdosta State University
Project Title: Aging and the Elderly in 19th- and 20th-Century British Novels
Project Description: Completion of a book-length study on aging and the elderly in 19th- and 20th-century British novels.
University of South Florida
Project Title: Detroit Is Conflict Graffiti from a Global Perspective
Project Description: The ethnographic and cultural analysis of conflict graffiti in Detroit and cities in the Middle East.
Purdue University, West Lafayette
Project Title: The Image in the Text: Intermediality, Illustration, and Nineteenth-Century American Literature
Project Description: A book-length study of the relationship between illustration and text in 19th-century American literature.
James Madison University
Project Title: Mind-Body Relationship in Animate Body in Antebellum American Literature
Project Description: A book-length study of the relationship between mind and body in antebellum American literature.
Troy State University, Main Campus
Project Title: The Plays of the English Author and Critic Elizabeth Inchbald (1735–1821)
Project Description: Preparation of the first complete scholarly edition of plays by the English writer Elizabeth Inchbald.
Graduate Theological Union
Project Title: Hebrew and Yiddish Languages in the Work of Sigmund Freud (1856–1939)
Project Description: Research for a book-length study of the role of the Hebrew and Yiddish languages in the work of the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud.
Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
Patricia Fumerton, Project Director
University of California, Santa Barbara
Project Title: EBBA: Rare Broadside Ballad Collections in the US and UK
Project Description: The digitization and integration of 900 new images and 1,882 updated images into an electronic archive of 17th-century English broadside ballads, along with accompanying text transcriptions of ballads and musical scores, recordings, and informational essays. The project would also enhance Web site displays and add a range of analytical tools for computational analysis and visualized results.