The Modern Language Association congratulates the nine MLA members who were awarded National Endowment for the Humanities grants in April 2018. Their various projects include an interdisciplinary undergraduate course on war led by student veterans and a study on the literary cultural connections between the Philippines and Latin America.
Dialogues on the Experience of War
Rosemary Johnsen, co–project director, Governors State University
Project Title: War, Memory, and Commemoration in the Humanities
Project Description: The training of five student veterans to lead discussions for an interdisciplinary undergraduate course on war and its remembrance and four off-campus public discussions in the region.
Humanities Connections Planning Grants
Amy Woodbury Tease, Norwich University
Project Title: Developing an Interdisciplinary Curriculum to Foster Citizen Scholars Project Description: Planning for five interdisciplinary courses on the theme of resilience, taught by faculty members in humanities and nonhumanities fields.
Anne Dwyer, Pomona College
Project Title: Literary Theorist Viktor Shklovsky (1893–1984) and the Arts Policies of the Soviet Union
Project Description: Research and writing leading to publication of a book on the Russian literary theorist Victor Shklovsky.
Patrick Erben, State University of West Georgia
Project Title: German Pietism and American Literature of the Late Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Project Description: Research leading to an article and book on the influence of German Pietism on late-eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American literature.
Sarah Gardner, Mercer University
Project Title: Reading during the American Civil War, 1861–65
Project Description: Research and writing of a book on reading practices and literary interpretation during the American Civil War.
Kathleen Newman, University of Iowa
Project Title: Argentine Early Sound Film, 1933–35
Project Description: Research and writing leading to publication of a book about Argentinian film from 1910 to 1935.
Paula Park, Wesleyan University
Project Title: Latin America in the Philippines: Rethinking Intercoloniality across the Hispanic Pacific (1898–1964)
Project Description: Research and writing of a book-length study on literary and cultural connections between the Philippines and Latin America.
Nathan Suhr-Sytsma, Emory University
Project Title: The Role of Poetry in Contemporary African Literary Communities
Project Description: Research and preparation of an article on the role of poetry in African literary communities.
Elizabeth Wright, University of Georgia
Project Title: Theater and the Slave Trade in Fifteenth- and Sixteenth-Century Spain and Portugal
Project Description: Research for a book-length study of relationships between the Atlantic slave trade and the emergence of professional theater in early modern Spain and Portugal.