Applications are now open for academic year 2021-22. Full details can be found on our Funding page. The Research Scholarships support early career researchers who, having completed a Ph.D., are developing their thesis into what will become their first book. The four scholars who received awards in 2020-21 are:

Dr Giulia Brecciaroli (Italian, University of Warwick) for Literary Geographies of the Boom: Perceptions of Space in Post-War Italian Literature (1956-1979). An account of the post-war transition in Italy through several different literary voices and their complementary narration of Italy’s changing geography. The monograph will look at Milan and Turin, the expanding industrial cities of the North, in a series of novels by Luciano Bianciardi and Paolo Volponi, and Giorgio Scerbanenco and Fruttero & Lucentini, respectively. The focus will broaden to consider the national territory through the analysis of post-war Italian travel writing and the specific examples of Guido Piovene, Anna Maria Ortese, and Alberto Arbasino.

Dr Thomas Clark (Hispanic, University of Oxford) for The ‘príncipe dos Poetas’ and the ‘príncipe de la Luz y de las Tinieblas’: Luís de Camões and the Poetry of Luis de Góngora. Dr Clark’s monograph will be a study dedicated to the debt that Góngora’s major and minor poetic works owe to Camões.

Dr Joanna Raisbeck (German, University of Oxford) for The Philosophical Romanticism of Karoline von Günderrode. Dr Raisbeck’s monograph will aim to show that there is a main narrative thread which encompasses the majority of Günderrode’s corpus which would establish Günderrode’s distinctiveness within the literary intellectual landscape around 1800. It will be the first English-language monograph on Günderrode and will therefore act as both an introduction to and critical analysis of her work.

Dr Elizabeth Vargas-Holguin (Latin American, University of Nottingham) for A Pacific Coast Ontology of Intensity and Process in the Writings of Alfredo Vanín-Romero, Antonio Preciado-Bedoya, and Gregorio Martínez. Through an engagement with Deleuze and Guattari’s relational ontology of intensity and process, Dr Vargas-Holguin’s monograph will perform a reading of selected Pacific Coast texts from Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Concerned with the territorialization of race and the experience of material and subjective enslavement in the Pacific Coast of South America, the monograph will explore how selected authors link these subjective and material conditions with the outcome of the connection (intensity) and disconnection (process) of desire machines that make possible the subject’s experience of the real.

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