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2012/2013 Warren Center Graduate Student Fellows

MICHAEL J. ALIJEWICZ is a doctoral candidate in English. His dissertation, "'Nothing Is but What Is Not': Subjunctive Aesthetics in Early Modern England," outlines planning as a distinct form of narrative-image that moves through multiple probable timelines. He uncovers a wide spectrum of plans from the period, from buildings and Shakespearean bed-plots, to recipes, and navigational routes. In particular, his work focuses on connecting architectural images and government calculations of policy to their literary and theatrical manifestations. But his method also gives thinkers the space to re-imagine the relationship between theory and empiricism by connecting material constructions, such as buildings, to their imaginative constructions—their plans.

ELIZABETH S. BARNETT, American Studies Fellow, is a doctoral candidate in English. Her dissertation, "Aboriginal Issues: Shifting Perspectives from the 'Indian Vogue' to Native American Modernisms," reassess the exoticized indigeneity in modernist literature by putting it into dialogue with the work of Native American poets writing from the 1890s through the 1930s. Analyzing Native American literatures as modernist literature suggests two key interventions. It fosters new insights into the relation between social and institutional structures and formal experimentation that is a central component of literary modernism and offers a sustained analysis of indigenous writers working well before the better-known "Native American Renaissance" of the 1960s and 70s.

G. CORY DUCLOS is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. His dissertation, "Fighting from the Margins: Discourse, Subversion, and Realism in Early Modern Spanish Narrative," explores the connections between Spanish colonial texts from the Americas and the development of the novel. Using the approaches of cultural theory, he argues that the globalizing effect of the Spanish conquest led to social shifts that are reflected in the new form of artistic expression found in picaresque novels and Don Quixote. These works develop innovative literary techniques as a reply to the cultural hegemony of early modern Spain in a way that defined the parameters of the novel as a genre.

LARA L. GIORDANO, George J. Graham Jr. Fellow, is a doctoral candidate in philosophy. Her theoretical approach is largely informed by the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory and it is from this perspective that she investigates the intertwinement of history, aesthetics, and politics. Her dissertation, "Redemptive Criticism: Sigmund Freud, Walter Benjamin, Stanley Cavell and Democratic Culture," brings together the three aforementioned theorists as thinkers of the affective constitution of modernity and furnishes, through a critical re-reading of their texts, a model of democratic solidarity.

CAROLINE L. HOVANEC, Elizabeth E. Flemming Fellow, is a doctoral candidate in English. Her research interests include modernist literature, early film, and the history of biology in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her dissertation, "Zoological Modernism: Literature, Science, and Animals, 1895-1933," explores how writers and biologists in early-twentieth-century Britain mutually influenced each other's work on questions of the animal. This dissertation examines texts by H.G. Wells, D.H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, Julian Huxley, and J.B.S. Haldane, and argues that zoological, ethological, and ecological approaches to understanding animals played an often-overlooked but nonetheless crucial role in modernist literature and culture.

PADDY M. MCQUEEN, a doctoral candidate in philosophy, is the Warren Center's Visiting Graduate Student Fellow from Queen's University, Belfast. His thesis, "Rethinking Recognition: Establishing the Conditions of a Livable Life," examines the political and philosophical dimensions of recognition. The overarching aim of the thesis is to identify the most promising form of contemporary feminism, and to develop a distinctive understanding of recognition which can do justice to the insights of this form of feminism, thus producing a critical perspective on existing political theories of recognition. The thesis advocates a feminist politics inspired by Judith Butler and Michel Foucault, and demonstrates how their respective theories can be used to reveal fundamental problems for many existing theories of recognition.

ROSIE M. SEAGRAVES, Joe and Mary Harper Fellow, is a doctoral candidate in Spanish who has also completed the requirements for a graduate certificate in women and gender studies. Her dissertation, "She as He: Cross-Dressing, Theater, and 'In-Betweens' in Early Modern Spain," combines historical research, literary criticism, gender studies, and performance studies to examine the nature of the theatrical representation of transvestism that constituted, as well as surpassed, the formal confines of the commercial stage in early modern Spain. The project explores the way in which Spain's imagination of the female cross-dresser in the seventeenth century offers a paradigm for understanding the creative self-consciousness that made both early modern society theatrical and early modern art unique.

JENNIFER A. VOGT is a doctoral candidate in anthropology specializing in community and economic development in Andean societies of Peru and Latin America. Her dissertation, "Respecting the Competition: Artisans, Development, and Cooperative Practices in Peruvian Andes," examines how artisans from the community of Quinua, Peru engage recent state policies of legal reform that promote new forms of economic organization, and specifically, how these artisans negotiate understandings of community and cooperation\in the context of national development planning and global markets. Her primary research interests include: economic anthropology, community development studies, transformations in socio-cultural organization, and local and collective experiences of macrolevel economic policy reform.

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