Graduate student Meghan Andrews wins Mellon/ACLS Fellowship
Posted: April 9, 2013
The Department of English congratulates graduate student Meghan Andrews for winning a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship. The fellowship supports a year of research and writing for advanced doctoral candidates in the humanities to allow them to finish their dissertations.
According to the Mellon/ACLS wesbite, applicants are judged based on the potential of the project to advance the field of study in which it is proposed and make an original and significant contribution to knowledge; the quality of the proposal with regard to its methodology, scope, theoretical framework, and grounding in the relevant scholarly literature; the feasibility of the project and the likelihood that the applicant will execute the work within the proposed timeframe; and the scholarly record and career trajectory of the applicant. Andrews' award letter explained that she is "one of seventy awardees selected from a total of nearly 1,000 completed applications from advanced graduate students at 115 universities. This year's awardees represent thirty-two universities, and seventeen disciplines."
Her winning proposal:
"Shakespeare's Networks" argues that Shakespeare's social relationships and institutional affiliations greatly affected the composition of his works. Combining an examination of his intertextual engagements with an investigation of the social contexts through which he knew his fellow authors, it traces how Shakespeare’s writing practice grew in a dialectical process with his peers', and how institutional atmospheres such as the Middle Temple's conditioned this dialectic. This dissertation, contending that we need to study these influences when assessing his literary agenda, reads Shakespeare's works against the backdrop of his social networks in order to achieve a fuller understanding of the works themselves, his writing practice, and his place in early modern literary culture.