Charles Ross, is a professor in the department of English and Comparative Literature
Title: Digitizing the Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia
The need for the digital edition of The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia (1593)—for two hundred years the most popular piece of original prose fiction written in English and a source for Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and King Lear—arises from its complex editorial history. Our digital prototype will include representations of three significant manuscripts of the Arcadia. It will allow students and general readers quickly and efficiently to compare the restoration and modernization prepared by Joel Davis (Stetson University) and Charles Ross being published in hard copy. The project also includes website design suitable for musical renderings of the Arcadia’s poetry being written by Edward Plough (Purdue Ph.D.).
Daniel Smith, is a professor in the department of Philosophy
Title: Webpage for the "Seminars of Gilles Deleuze" Project
Maren Linett, is an associate professor in the department of English; Director, Critical Disabilities Studies Program.
Title: Literary Bioethics: Disability, Animality, and the Human
This multidisciplinary project brings the voices of literary authors into debates about the value of different kinds of lives. Literary Bioethics: Animality, Disability, and the Human contends that fictional treatments of bioethical questions have the virtue of presenting vividly imagined worlds in which certain values hold sway, casting new light onto those values; and the more plausible and well-rendered readers find these imagined worlds, the more thoroughly we can evaluate the justice of those values. The study considers fictional representations of nonhuman animals, old human beings, disabled human beings, and cloned human beings in works by H. G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, Flannery O’Connor, and Kazuo Ishiguro from bioethical perspectives. It makes clear that not only philosophers but also imaginative writers have important things to tell us about the questions we must explore as we take more matters of life into our own hands.
Min Kim Park, is an assistant professor of the School of Visual and Performing Arts and Design
Title: INDECISIVE MOMENT - Finding Freedom in Photographic Form
Caroline E. Janney, is a professor in the Department of History.
Title: Going Home: The Disbanding of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia
In the years since 1865, Appomattox has become shorthand for the swift closing of the American Civil War. Under Ulysses S. Grant’s generous terms, Robert E. Lee’s Confederate soldiers were to turn in their arms and go home on parole to be left undisturbed so long as they abided by the law. But more questions remained unanswered than settled with Lee’s surrender. This book examines the disbanding of Lee’s army as part of the process of ending a great war – a process negotiated by Union and Confederate soldiers, civilians on both sides, and the United States government. It is the story of simultaneous endings and beginnings. It is an examination of the final days of the Confederacy’s principal army. But it is likewise a study of first the moments of a new and uncertain era when Confederate soldiers once again became civilians if not citizens even as their former slaves negotiated the boundaries of freedom. The disbanding of the Army of Northern Virginia provides a point of departure to understand the ever-shifting circumstances of a postwar world – of how wars come to a close, ideas about masculinity among both defeated Confederates and newly liberated slaves, questions of citizenship, and the reintegration into the nation of former rebels and slaves.
Wendy Kline, is a professor in the department of History.
Title: Coming Home: Medicine, Midwives, and the Transformation of Birth
By the mid-twentieth century, two things appeared destined for extinction in the United States: the practice of home birth and the profession of midwifery. In 1940, close to half of all U.S. births took place in the hospital, and the trend was increasing. By 1970, the percentage of hospital births reached an all-time high of 99.4%, and the obstetrician, rather than the midwife, assumed nearly complete control over what had become an entirely medicalized procedure. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, an explosion of new alternative organizations, publications, and conferences cropped up, documenting a very different demographic trend; by 1977, the percentage of out-of-hospital births had more than doubled. A quiet revolution spread across cities and suburbs, towns and farms, as individuals challenged legal, institutional and medical protocols by choosing unlicensed midwives to catch their babies at home. My book, under contract with Oxford University Press, analyzes the ideas, values, and experiences that led to this quiet revolution and its long-term consequences for our understanding of birth, medicine, and culture.