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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.
Shayani Bhattacharya and Shosuke Kinugawa are recipients of the Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award for 2015-15. Marion Quirici was awarded Honorable Mention. This award is a highly competitive honor given to the very best graduate student teachers at UB.
The riverrun Teaching Fellowship was given to Eleanor Gold, for her Science Fiction syllabus. She is a fourth-year PhD student whose dissertation examines contemporary literature and culture through a posthumanist lens, where she focuses on encounters with “non-charismatic life” and what that might mean for conservation practice and posthuman ethics.