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BUFFALO, N.Y. – Marion Quirici, a PhD student in the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of English, has received a $20,000 American Fellowship award from the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Marion Quirici has been awarded  the Krause Research Fellowship in Irish Studies. It is a $700 travel grant to be used for archival research. Marion plans to go to the National Library of Ireland to consult the newly acquired Christy Brown papers for the final chapter of her dissertation.
The winners of the 2015-16 Opler-Doubrava Fellowships are
Her dissertation, “Fitness for Freedom: Disability and Irish Modernism,” considers the legacies of colonial and postcolonial discourses of Irishness that classify the nation as disabled, and its citizens as unfit for freedom. In an international context of eugenics and degeneracy theory, Irish writers traffic in disability aesthetics as a means of critiquing political metaphors of embodiment. Authors considered include Yeats, Gregory, Pearse, Joyce, Beckett, Brian O’Nolan, Christy Brown, Christopher Nolan, and Edna O’Brien.
Patricia will attend an NEH institute on “Paul Laurence Dunbar and American Literary History.” The institute will be held this summer in Columbus, Ohio, and will be directed by Becki Trivison, of the Creative Learning Factory, and Thomas Morgan, a graduate of UB’s Ph.D. program in English who is now an Associate Professor of English at the University of Dayton.