MLA Members Receive 2019 NEH Grants

Congratulations to the nine MLA members who are among the winners of National Endowment for the Humanities grants announced in August 2019. Their projects include a scholarly edition of Charles W. Chesnutt’s stories; a five-day institute for using digital methods to research digital culture; and a symposium on James Baldwin and Beauford Delaney.

Scholarly Editions and Translations

Stephanie Browner (project codirector), New School

Project title: The Complete Short Stories of American Author Charles W. Chesnutt (1858–1932)

Project description: Preparation of a scholarly edition (in printed volumes) of the short stories of the American writer Charles W. Chesnutt (1858–1932).

Deborah Gussman (project codirector), California State University, Dominguez Hills

Project title: The Letters of American Novelist Catharine Maria Sedgwick (1789–1867): An Online Edition

Project description: Preparation of a digital edition of the complete letters of the early American writer Catherine Maria Sedgwick (1789–1867).

Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

Lisa Rhody, CUNY Research Foundation, Graduate School and University Center

Project title: Digital Humanities Research Institutes: Further Expanding Communities of Practice

Project description: A ten-day residential institute and follow-up activities for fifteen participants to develop core humanities computational research and project development skills, hosted at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Anastasia Salter, University of Central Florida, Orlando

Project title: Understanding Digital Culture: Humanist Lenses for Internet Research

Project description: A five-day institute for twenty-five participants, organized by and hosted at the University of Central Florida, for using digital methods to research digital culture.

Collaborative Research

Naomi Brenner (codirector), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Project title: Below the Line: The Feuilleton, the Public Sphere, and Modern Jewish Cultures

Project description: Two international conferences, a Web site, and digital resources on Jewish culture and the feuilleton, a newspaper insert popular throughout Europe from the nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries.

Maya Vinokour, New York University

Project title: The Post-Soviet Public Sphere: Multimedia Sourcebook of the 1990s

Project description: Preparation of a digital collection of bilingual scholarly essays and an open access Web site with 500 Russian-language multimedia artifacts created just before and after the collapse of the Soviet Union, between 1986 and 2000.

Public Scholar Program

Elizabeth Samet, United States Military Academy

Project title: The Nine Lives of Alexander the Great

Project description: Research and writing leading to publication of a book on Alexander the Great (356–323 BCE) as he has been interpreted in history and literature from antiquity to the present.

Collaborative Research

Amy Elias, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Project title: In a Speculative Light: The Arts of Writer James Baldwin (1924–1987) and Painter Beauford Delaney (1901–1979)

Project description: A symposium and collection of essays on the American author James Baldwin (1924–1987) and the American visual artist Beauford Delaney (1901–1979).

Institutes for School Teachers

Sean Connors, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Project title: Remaking Monsters and Heroines: Adapting Classic Literature for Contemporary Audiences

Project description: A two-week institute for thirty K–12 educators on Frankenstein, Cinderella, and adaptations of these classic texts.