Department of English

Graduate student Kevin Bourque wins William S. Livingston Outstanding Graduate Student Academic Employee Award

Tue, June 1, 2010

The English Department congratulates graduate student Kevin Bourque, who won this year's William S. Livingston Outstanding Graduate Student Academic Employee Award for Outstanding Assistant Instructor.  The William S. Livingston award sprang from a 1993 fund-raising campaign to endow a program of “Livingston Fellowships in Graduate Studies." The success of the campaign has made possible the annual award of several graduate fellowships, beginning in 1995.  Named for Professor William S. Livingston, political scientist and UT Austin faculty member from 1949 to 2007, the award includes a $2,000 prize in three categories: outstanding teaching assistant, assistant instructor and graduate research assistant.

Nominated by English professor Lisa Moore, Kevin was recognized by the Livingston Award for his innovative approaches to courses including Gay and Lesbian Literature and Culture, and The Rhetoric of Country Music. For the latter, Kevin developed a podcast-based curriculum, scripting and recording twenty-two song collections exploring central themes and defining controversies of the genre (e.g., nostalgia, authenticity and regionalism; domestic violence, war, and race). Gay and Lesbian Literature and Culture approached the problem of queer visibility through history, working from Plato, the Bible and Shakespeare through to the post-Stonewall era, and introducing students to seminal texts in queer theory and criticism in tandem with the classics of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender literature.

Kevin has recently completed an annotated edition of Charles Johnstone's eighteenth-century bestseller, Chrysal, or the Adventures of a Guinea, for Valancourt Books; is former Managing Editor of GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies; and has published on the "radical regendering" of the eighteenth-century honeybee in Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century. Kevin has also been a finalist for the Maxine Hairston Prize for Excellence in Teaching and the John Slatin Prize for Mastery of Electronic Media in Education. His research interests include textual studies, narrative theory, and the history of gender and sexuality, and he is currently writing his dissertation, entitled "Blind Items: Anonymity, Notoriety, and the Making of Eighteenth-Century Celebrity."

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