All Townsend Fellows

Rasheed Tazudeen
Dissertation Fellow
2013-2014

Rasheed Tazudeen’s dissertation in English, "Animal Metaphor and the Unmaking of the Human: Carroll, Flaubert, Joyce, Kafka, and Woolf," analyzes the “human” and the “nonhuman” as products of historical, material, cultural, and linguistic processes subject to change according to the ways they are expressed in literature.

Irina Paperno
Irina Paperno, Slavic Languages & Literatures
Professor
2013-2014

Irina Paperno conducts research mainly in the fields of Russian literature and intellectual history in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Her current research project is on Lev Tolstoy and the narrative of self.

Peter Sahlins
Peter Sahlins, History
Professor
2013-2014

Peter Sahlins is an historian of early modern France who has worked on a range of projects since his foundational work on the French-Spanish boundary and the construction of national identity in the borderland. His current research project, "The Symbolic LIves of Animals and the Making of Early French Modernity," begins at the Royal Menagerie of Louis XIV, founded in 1663, and traces the textual, anatomical, and visual representations of animal bodies across the domains of literature, art, and science.

Samuel Otter
Samuel Otter, English
Professor
2013-2014

Professor Samuel Otter's research and teaching focus on nineteenth-century United States literatures. He is particularly interested in the relationships between literature and history, the varieties of literary excess, and the ways in which close reading also can be deep and wide.

Amanda Armstrong
Dissertation Fellow
2013-2014

During the second half of the nineteenth century, railway accidents occurred in Britain with grim regularity, and such crashes frequently resulted in the injury or death of railway workers, travelers, or bystanders. In her dissertation, "After-Effects of the Crash: Labor, Time, and the Care of Bodies Injured in Nineteenth Century British Railway Accidents," Amanda Armstrong (Rhetoric) examines the phenomenon of railway accidents in nineteenth century Britain.

Jennifer Nelson
Jennifer Nelson, Robbins Collection
Library Fellow
2013-2014

In her project, "Companion Planting: The Publication History of Varro’s De re rustica and Its Interpretive Implications," rare books and special collections librarian Jennifer Nelson tests the hypothesis that publishing conventions have influenced modern readers’ interpretations of Varro, which erroneously assume that Varro, like Cato, is concerned primarily with technical farming advice.

Michael Craig
Michael Craig, East Asian Languages & Cultures
Dissertation Fellow
2013-2014

Michael Craig (East Asian Languages and Cultures) argues in his dissertation,"Beauty in / and / vs. Action: The Question of Aesthetics in 1990s Japanese Role-Playing Games," that Japanese Role-Playing Games (JRPGs) of the late 1990s, contrary to scholarly assumptions, value extended periods of inaction.

Catherine Flynn
Assistant Professor Fellow
2013-2014

In her book project, "James Joyce, Walter Benjamin and the Matter of Modernity," Catherine Flynn (English) takes a comparative approach to understand how Joyce’s formal innovations engage with the problems of the modern capitalist city.

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