New Visiting Fellows: Barbeito, Grasso, and Pratt
The Beinecke Library is pleased to welcome three Visiting Fellows who will be arriving today, January 3, 2007.
Patricia Felisa Barbeito, Donald C. Gallup Fellow, received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard University in 1998. Currently, she is Associate Professor of American Literature at the Rhode Island School of Design, where she teaches courses on race and ethnicity in American literature. She has published articles on the African-American women’s literary tradition, the Indian captivity narrative and accounts of alien abduction in the U.S., which are related to a book-length manuscript, recently completed, on the role of captivity in the conceptualization of race and citizenship in U.S. culture She has also published essays on modern Greek fiction and autobiography and is co-translator of the English translation of Greek author, Menis Koumandareas’s, collection of short stories, Their Smell Makes Me Want to Cry (University of Birmingham Press, UK, 2004). Her current project is a critical reappraisal of African-American author Chester Himes’s work. She examines Himes’s literary marginalization – and his enduringly controversial work -- in light of the complicated racial and literary politics of the publication and reception of African-American male writing during what is generally known as the Realist period in African-American literature (1940s to 1960s).
Linda Grasso, H.D. Fellow, is a scholar of U.S. women’s literature, history, and culture. Her current book in progress, I am Not That Name: Feminism and Georgia O’Keeffe, explores how O’Keeffe and feminism are linked in scholarship, popular culture, and the public imagination. Using a variety of published and unpublished sources, including paintings, photographs, letters, autobiography, and business documents, she examines O’Keeffe’s vexed relationship to feminism within two historical frameworks: the history of feminism, and the history of O’Keeffe’s canonization as an American and feminist icon. Grasso received a Ph.D. in American Civilization from Brown University in 1993, and is Associate Professor of English at York College, City University of New York. She also holds a faculty appointment in the M.A. Program in Liberal Studies at The CUNY Graduate Center where she teaches American Studies and Women’s Studies. Her first book, The Artistry of Anger: Black and White Women’s Literature in America, 1820-1860 (University of North Carolina Press, 2002) was a finalist for the 2003 MLA First Book Prize. Active in the profession, she co-chaired the Columbia University Seminar, Women and Society, from 2003-2005, and served on the editorial board of Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers from 2002-2005.
Lynda Pratt, Frederick A. & Marion S. Pottle Fellow, was educated at the Universities of Manchester and Oxford and is currently Reader in Romanticism and Director of the Centre for Regional Cultures at the University of Nottingham, UK. She was general editor of Robert Southey: Poetical Works, 1793-1810 (5 vols, 2004), awarded an 'Honorable Mention' in the MLA Biennial Prize for a Distinguished Scholarly Edition (2004-5). Her edited collection Robert Southey and the Contexts of English Romanticism appeared in 2005. She is co-general editor of The Collected Letters of Robert Southey (8 parts, 2007-12) and will spend her time at the Beinecke working on its collections of manuscript letters written by and to Southey.
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