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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

The Department of English Congratulates Jorie Woods

Recipient of Rome Prize for Renaissance Research

Posted: May 4, 2007
The prestigious prize is awarded annually to only 30 recipients, who participate in a residential fellowship at the academy lasting from six months to two years. Prizes are awarded for research in the fields of archeology, architecture, classical studies, art history, historic preservation, literature, visual arts, musical composition and humanistic studies.

Woods earned the fellowship for her research project, ''Weeping for Dido: Male Writers and Female Emotions in the Medieval and Renaissance Classroom.'' She will examine 14th and 15th century manuscripts of classical texts in the Vatican and other Italian libraries to understand how female emotions were taught in the all-male Renaissance-era classroom.

''This new project combines archival research into how students were taught during the Renaissance with insights I've gained from the pre-modern literature courses I teach at UT,'' Woods said. ''Spending eleven months in Rome will be a dream come true.''

Established in 1894 and chartered by an Act of Congress in 1905, the academy is the oldest American overseas center for independent study and advanced research in the arts and the humanities. It is located on the Janiculum, Rome's highest hill.
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