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Lanier Walker

April 23, 2018

Degrees

2014, BA English, Harvard University

2015, postgraduate study, History of Design, Royal College of Art/ Victoria & Albert Museum

Bio

Lanier’s research interests include early modern drama, material culture, and the history of the book. In her free time, she is an avid baker and printmaker.


Awards

  • Caroline H. and Thomas S. Royster Fellow

Eleanor Griggs

April 23, 2018

Degrees

2015, BA English and History, Grinnell College

Bio

Eleanor Griggs is a doctoral student studying Medieval Literature. Her work focuses on ecology, historiography, and time in Middle English poetry, romance, and encyclopedic writing.


Publications:

“The Orchard and the ‘Ympe Tre’: Gardening, Mastery, and Ecology in Sir Orfeo” Comitatus 50:1 (2019): 97-118.


Awards

2018 Joseph Breen Award for Outstanding Work in the Field of Medieval Studies


Anne Fertig

April 23, 2018

Degrees

2013, Honors BA English Literature, Rollins College
2014, MLitt Scottish History, University of Glasgow
2015, MPhil English Literature, University of Glasgow

Bio

Anne Fertig is currently a doctoral student in English Literature. Her research centers around history writing in the long eighteenth century, including historiography, historical fiction, and antiquarianism. With interest in the Scottish Enlightenment and Romanticism, her work uses English, Scots, and Scottish Gaelic to explore the intersections of culture and language in Scotland and Britain. She was a former Fulbright Postgraduate Scholar at the University of Glasgow (2013-2014) and the co-editor of A Song of Glasgow Town: The Collected Poems of Marion Bernstein (Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 2013).


Publications:

  • “Castle Howard”; “Conirdan”; “Julius Fitz-John,” The Cambridge Guide to the Eighteenth-Century Novel, 1660-1820, (Forthcoming).
  • “’Ancient, Hardy, Pugnacious, and Poor’: Margaret Oliphant’s Form and Conformation in ‘Scottish National Character’ and Kirsteen.” The Essay: Forms and Transformations. (Universitätsverlag Winter: Heidelburg, 2017)
  • Cohen,  Edward H. and Anne Fertig, “A Curious Exchange between Marion Bernstein and Mary Inglis,” Studies in Scottish Literature 41 (2016): 267-276.
  • Cohen,  Edward H. and Anne Fertig,  “Marion Bernstein and the Glasgow Weekly Mail in the 1870s,” Victorian Periodical Review 49.1 (2016): 9-27.
  • Cohen, Edward H., Anne Fertig, and Linda Fleming, eds. ‘A Song of Glasgow Town’: the Collected Works of Marion Bernstein. (Association of Scottish Literary Studies: Glasgow, 2013)

Awards

  • Merit Assistant Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015-2016
  • Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship, University of Glasgow, 2013-2014

Curriculum Vitae / Resume

Kristján Hannesson

April 23, 2018

Degrees

MA in Comparative Literature, University of Iceland

BA in Comparative Literature, University of Iceland

Bio

Kristján studies problems of grace and cultural continuity in Renaissance literature.


Publications:

Hannesson, Kristján. “Making Sense of Form: The Semantic Implications of Structure in Petrarch’s Double Sestina.” MLN, vol. 135, no. 1, 2020, pp. 34-54.


Morgan Souza

April 22, 2018

Degrees

2014, MA English, Florida Gulf Coast University

2011, BA English, Florida Gulf Coast University

Bio

I’m a Ph.D. student in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC Chapel Hill studying medieval and early modern literature. I’m specifically interested in early modern encyclopedias, epistemology, and the history of science. I’m also interested in insects, gastropods, gender and sexuality, power dynamics, amphibians and amphibiousness, fungi, and the confluence of natural philosophy/magic/religion.


Awards

  • Folger Shakespeare Library Grant-in aid, After the Great Instauration taught by Reid Barbour, 2018
  • Folger Shakespeare Library Grant-in aid, Introduction to English Paleography taught by Heather Wolfe, 2016
  • Folger Shakespeare Library Grant-in aid, Scale of Catastrophe taught by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, 2015

Rory Sullivan

April 9, 2018

Degrees

2017, MA English, University of Virginia

2014, BA English, The College of William and Mary

Bio

Rory Sullivan studies medieval literature, with a focus on the visual and spatial elements of poetry. He is particularly interested in the intersections between literature and the visual arts.


Awards

  • Balch Prize for a Masters Student in English, University of Virginia, 2017

Curriculum Vitae / Resume

Martin J. Groff

April 5, 2018

Degrees

2015, BA English and German, Lebanon Valley College

Bio

I am a PhD candidate in the English and Comparative Literature department at UNC – Chapel Hill. I graduated from Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania with a BA in English and German and a creative writing minor. I began in the graduate program at UNC in Fall 2015. My dissertation, “Royal Democrats: American Dignity and the Aristocratic Impulse,” traces the nineteenth-century development of the concept of “dignity” from its origins in aristocratic exclusivity to its later association with democratic equality. I argue that a racialized logic of rank and status remains a central component of this process and underlies how many Americans conceptualize democracy. By recognizing the instability and uneven development of American ideas of dignity and democracy, we can better understand why they remain such important yet contested concepts in U.S. politics today.


Publications:

  • “‘To continue their illustrious breed’: Aristocracy, Democracy, and the Search for Dignity in The House of the Seven Gables.The Nathaniel Hawthorne Review, vol. 47 (Fall 2021). Forthcoming.
  • “Digging Up Emerson’s Garden: Competing Notions of Transcendentalist Temporality in The Dial,” American Notes and Queries (2021). Forthcoming in print. Online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/0895769X.2021.1933372.
  • Review of The Introspective Art of Mark Twain by Douglas Anderson. American Literary Realism, vol. 51, no. 2 (Winter 2019), pp. 187-188.
  • “Nature in American Realism and Romanticism and the Problem with Genre.” Valley Humanities Review, vol. 6 (Spring 2015).

Awards

  • The Dr. Nancy C. Joyner Summer Research Fellowship, Graduate School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2021)
  • Albrecht B. Strauss SAMLA Travel Grant, Department of English & Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2020)
  • Professional Development Award, Writing Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2019)
  • Roy C. Moose Graduate Student Travel Grant, Department of English & Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2017, 2018)
  • Agnes Boyle O’Donnell Literature Award, Department of English, Lebanon Valley College (2015)
  • The Dr. George R. Struble Memorial Award, Department of English, Lebanon Valley College (2015)

Curriculum Vitae / Resume