More Than 50 Research Fellowships Awarded by the Harry Ransom Center

May 15, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas — The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has awarded more than 50 research fellowships for 2012–13.

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, Moon on a Hazy Night, ca. 1887, color woodcut, Thomas Cranfill collection; Claude Bragdon, plate 30 from A Primer of Higher Space, 1939; Sir Edward Charles Blount and Gertrude Frances Jerningham Blount, Children motif, ca. 1870, collage of albumen prints, watercolor, pen & pencil in unpublished album, Gernsheim collection; Charlotte Brontë, manuscript of “The Green Dwarf,” 1833, Brontë Family collection; Southeast Asian white parabaik (accordion book), Eastern Manuscripts collection.

The fellowships support research projects in the humanities that require substantial on-site use of the center’s collections of manuscripts, rare books, film, photography, art and performing arts materials.

The scholars, a third of whom will be coming from abroad, will use Ransom Center materials to support projects with such titles as “The Texts of Tennessee Williams: A Study of the Playwright in Manuscript and Print, 1957–1963,” “For Love and Money: Victorian Women Photographers in and Beyond the Studio,” “African London,” “Robert De Niro’s Method: Acting, Agency and Authorship in the New Hollywood (1967–1980),” “How to Revise a True War Story: Tim O'Brien’s Fiction and the Process of Textual Production” and “Beautiful Chaos: Music, Pantomime, and Freedom in the French Enlightenment.”

“Support of scholarly research is a primary goal of the Ransom Center,” said Director Thomas F. Staley. “With what has become one of the largest fellowship programs of its kind, we encourage scholars from around the world to make new discoveries about the writers and artists who have shaped our culture.”

The fellowships range from one to three months in duration, offering $3,000 per month. Travel stipends and dissertation fellowships are also awarded.

With the exception of those selected for dissertation fellowships, fellows are postdoctoral or independent scholars with a substantial publication record.

The stipends are funded by individual donors and organizations, including the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Hobby Family Foundation, the Dorot Foundation, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and The University of Texas at Austin Graduate School. A list of donors is available.

A list of fellowship recipients, their affiliations and their research topics can be found online.

For more information, contact: Jennifer Tisdale, Harry Huntt Ransom Humanities Research Center, 512 471 8949;  Alicia Dietrich, Harry Huntt Ransom Humanities Research Center, 512-232-3667.