Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr., Research Grants
The Pforzheimer Grants are awarded each year to defray travel expenses incurred in pursuing archival and/or special-collections research related to British Romanticism and literary culture, 1789-1832. Preference is given to projects involving authors featured in the bibliography of the Keats-Shelley Journal, the Association’s annual publication. Advanced graduate students, untenured faculty, and independent scholars working outside the academy are eligible. No country of origin (or destination) restrictions apply. Please note that the grants do not underwrite time off for writing or travel to conferences.
The awards honor Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr. (1907-1996), past president, vigorous advocate, and most generous benefactor of our Association. An investment banker and philanthropist, he also served as head of The Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation, established by his parents. The Foundation has long been distinguished for funding scholarship in early nineteenth-century English literature.
The Keats-Shelley Association awarded the first Pforzheimer Grants for tenure in 2000. Our roster of winners, who have ventured as far as Ghana and Jamaica in pursuit of their subjects, continues to grow and flourish.
Application Deadline: November 1.
Eligibility: Advanced graduate students, independent scholars, and untenured faculty.
Purpose: To provide funding for expenses related to research in the field of British Romanticism and literary culture between 1789 and 1832, especially projects involving authors featured in the Keats-Shelley Journal bibliography.
A complete application must include:
- Application form.
- Curriculum vitae.
- Description of the project, not to exceed three pages. This brief narrative should clearly describe your project, its contribution to the field, and your plan for use of the money.
- A one-page bibliography of publications that treat the topic.
- Two letters of reference from people who know your work well and can judge its value. These letters should be sent directly by your referees to the Chair of the Grants Committee and be postmarked before the application deadline.
Please include four copies of your application form, CV, project description, and bibliography and return them to: Chair, Grants Committee, Keats-Shelley Association of America, Inc., Room 226, The New York Public Library, 476 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018- 2788.
If you are unable to print the application form from this Website or have further questions about the awards, please contact Doucet Fischer, the Administrator of the Grants, at the address listed above (phone: 212-764-0655) or send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Report to the Association: The Keats-Shelley Association expects awardees to file project reports by the following December describing how the grants furthered their research.
Thomas Patrick Cannavino
Ph.D. candidate at the University of Minnesota. Tom Cannavino’s project, “Lamia’s Romantic Body: Denaturalizing Sex in Keats,” considers Lamia’s expression of the anxiety of sexual difference in light of Romantic-era medical literature on the nature of sex and gender.
Postdoctoral Research Associate at Notre Dame. Ian Newman’s current book project, Tavern Talk: Literature, Politics, and Conviviality, merges literary, legal, and architectural history to uncover the conversational and textual practices associated with the tavern.
Assistant Professor at Stonehill College. He is working on a book titled Shelley’s Romantic Nonviolence: Aesthetics and Politics in an Age of Revolution.
Graduate student at Newcastle University. Her project, Nation-Making and Nation-Breaking: Masculinities in European Literature, 1760-1820, traces the evolution of the relationship between masculinity and the European nation.
Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, Thora Brylowe was funded for research at the Folger, the Philadelphia Free Library, and the Yale Center for British Art for Print, Paint, Poem: The Sister Arts as Cultural Practice, which explores the complex interrelations of authorship, painting, print technology, and poetry in the Romantic period.
Assistant Professor at Mount Holyoke, Katherine Singer was funded to explore holdings in the Berg and Pforzheimer Collections at the New York Public Library for her book project entitled Against Sensibility: British Women Poets, Romantic Vacancy, and Skepticism, which focuses on the resistance of women writers to culturally embedded notions of sympathy and high feeling.
An Assistant Professor at Sam Houston State University, Michael Demson was funded for research on Shelley’s Mask of Anarchy. His graphic history, Masks of Anarchy: The Story of a Radical Poem, from Percy Shelley to the Triangle Factory Fire, is forthcoming from Verso. He is currently working on a digital edition of a pamphlet published in the aftermath of Peterloo.
Ali McGhee, a candidate for a doctorate at the University of Rochester, was funded for research at the National Gallery and National Library in Kingston, Jamaica, to explore the effects of anxieties about slavery, witchcraft, contamination, and nineteenth-century Jamaican festival culture on different Romantic novels for her dissertation, “Undead Slaves and Cannibal Gods.” She is the co-author with Rachel Lee of a Romantic Circles article on digital editions of Blake.
Gregory David Murrie
Greg Murrie, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Sydney, has written articles and reviews on gay identity and theater. His funding supported work on his dissertation in progress, “The Interconnections Between Animal Rights, Radical Religious Movements and Evolutionary Theories in the British Long 19th Century.”
Visiting Assistant Professor, Sarah Lawrence College, Fiona Wilson has written articles on contemporary Scottish women’s poetry, James Hogg, and Byron. The project for which she received funding is her book in progress, Byron and Scotland: The Journey.
A College Lecturer at Oxford when he received a grant for work toward The Plays of William Godwin (Pickering & Chatto 2010), David O’Shaughnessy is now Assistant Professor at the School of English, Trinity College, Dublin. He has published articles on Godwin and the theater, and co-edited the digital edition of The Diary of William Godwin.
Now Assistant Professor of English, Boston University, Joseph Rezek was funded for research on his UCLA dissertation at the National Library in Dublin, from which he now developing a book The Aesthetics of Provinciality: Literary Expression and the Book Trade in Ireland, Scotland, and the United States. This research also produced a catalogue essay, “Transatlantic Connections in the Early Nineteenth Century,” in “The Cracked Looking Glass”: An Exhibition of the Leonard L. Milberg Collection of Irish Prose at Princeton University (Princeton University Library, 2011). A related essay on transatlantic romanticism appeared in ELH in 2011.
Emily A. Bernhard Jackson
Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas when funded for work on her first book, The Development of Byron’s Philosophy of Knowledge (Palgrave, 2010), Emily A. Bernhard Jackson is now a Lecturer at the University of Exeter. Her articles have appeared in The Byron Journal, Spenser Studies, SEL, European Romantic Review, and Victorian Review. She is currently working on a book about nineteenth-century medicine and literature.
Noah Comet has published Romantic Hellenism and Women Writers, developed from his dissertation at UCLA, “Hellenism and English Women’s Writing, 1800-1840: Poetics of the Ephemeral,” for which he received funding. An article on Felicia Hemans’s Modern Greece appeared in the Keats-Shelley Journal in 2009. He is an Assistant Professor at Ohio State University, Mansfield.
A dissertation student at Brown University when he applied for funding for “Framing Romanticism: Roberts, Shelley, and the Sublimity of the Other,” Manu Chander is now Assistant Professor, Rutgers University, Newark, with articles on art, poetry, and aesthetics. He is working on Brown Romantics, a book about the influence of British Romanticism in India and the Americas.
Lecturer at the University of Saskatchewan when she applied for funding for “Sketching the British Landscape en Plein Air: The Visual Art Origins of Dorothy Wordsworth’s Painterly Prose,” Suzanne Stewart is now Assistant Professor at St. Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia. With several articles on intersections of literature and visual art (involving, variously, Dorothy Wordsworth and John Constable, William Wordsworth and J. M. W. Turner), she is now collaborating on Literature Transfigured: Judeo-Christian Perspectives on Reading and Criticism.
An independent scholar in England, Peter Cochran was funded for an electronic edition of Robert Bloomfield’s The Farmer’s Boy. He has edited several volumes on Byron’s relationship to the theater, to London, to the Gothic tradition, and to Orientalism, as well as Teresa Guiccioli’s Lord Byron’s Life in Italy. His online projects and publications include “Byron and Shelley: Radical Incompatibles” in Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, an edition of Hobhouse’s diary, and a Byron-centric website, which continues to evolve with texts of Byron’s letters and works edited from the manuscripts.
An Assistant Professor when funded for the project that produced articles anticipating Romantic Antiquity: Rome in the British Imagination, 1789-1832 (Oxford University Press, 2010), Jonathan Sachs is now Associate Professor at Concordia University. His new work is on the concept of cultural decline in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
An independent scholar and librarian at the Mercer Library of the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland, Ronan Kelly was in New York City on a Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship when he was funded for work on Bard of Erin: The Life of Thomas Moore (Penguin 2008), which was shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award and was an Irish Times and Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year. He is a contributor to the forthcoming essay collection Commemorating Writers in Europe, 1800-1916, ed. Leerssen and Rigney (Palgrave).
Lecturer in English Literature at University of Oxford when funded for “The Cultural Reception of Byron in Nineteenth-Century America,” Matthew Scott is now Lecturer at University of Reading, with essays in Romantic Circles and European Romantic Review. A contributor to the Year’s Work in English Studies and the Oxford Handbook of Coleridge Studies, he has also edited Wordsworth in American Literary Culture (with Joel Pace, Palgrave, 2005).
Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University when funded for work towards Literary Marketing and the Shaping of British Romanticism (forthcoming, Johns Hopkins University Press), Nicholas Mason is now Associate Professor of English at Brigham Young University. His editions include collections of Romantic-era satire and a six-volume selection from Blackwood’s Magazine for Pickering & Chatto, and Edward Kimber’s The History of the Life and Adventures of Mr. Anderson for Broadview.
A Ph.D. student at the University of Iowa when he received funding for “Jane Porter and Poland,” Thomas McLean is now a Senior Lecturer at University of Otago, New Zealand. In addition to articles on Jane Porter, Joanna Baillie, and the representation of Eastern Europe in British Romanticism, he is the author of The Other East and Nineteenth-Century British Literature (Palgrave, 2012) and the editor of Further Letters of Joanna Baillie (2010).
When funded for Plagiarism and Literary Property in the Romantic Period (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007), Tilar Mazzeo was Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh. She is now Associate Professor and co-chair of the English Department at Colby College. With Marguerite Helmers she edited The Writing and Traveling Self, and she has written on wine, the history of luxury, and food. The Secret of Chanel No. 5: The Intimate History of the World’s Most Famous Perfume appeared in 2010, and The Ritz at War is forthcoming.
A graduate student at Loyola University when funded for the project that became Romantic Women Writers, Revolution, and Prophecy: Rebellious Daughters, 1786-1826 (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press), Orianne Smith is now Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She produced an edition of Mary Robinson’s Hubert de Sevrac (Pickering & Chatto, 2009) and a digital text of Betty Bennett’s British War Poetry in the Age of Romanticism 1793-1815, for Romantic Circles.
Cynthia Eve Lawford
Cynthia Lawford, an independent scholar, edited Letitia Landon’s Romance and Reality, the second novel in Pickering & Chatto’s six-volume Silver Fork Novels, 1826-1841 (2005). She has also written about Landon for Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net and The London Review of Books. Her funding was for “The Life and Work of Letitia Elizabeth Landon (1802-38).”
Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian at the University of Pennsylvania when funded for “Wordsworth and the Undivine Dante, ” Joseph Luzzi is now Associate Professor of Italian and Director of the Italian Program at Bard College. Romantic Europe and the Ghost of Italy (Yale University Press, 2008) won the MLA’s Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies. His articles on Italian Romanticism include “Romantic Allegory, Postwar Film, and the Question of Italy,” Modern Language Quarterly, 2007.
Ph.D. student at Boston University when funded for “The Subject of Theater: Theatrical Criticism and Literary Production in Britain, 1798-1832,” Jonathan Mulrooney is now Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department, College of the Holy Cross, and review editor for Studies in Romanticism. His book in progress is Romanticism and Theatrical Experience. Among his publications are “Reading Theatre, 1730-1830,” in The Cambridge Companion to Theatre, 1730-1830, and “Stephen Dedalus and the Politics of Confession,” in the Norton Critical Edition of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (2007).
Sheila Spector, an independent scholar in Brooklyn, New York, published Byron and the Jews (Wayne State University Press, 2010), developed with her funding for “The Function of Jewish Stereotypes in British Romantic Literature.” Among the volumes she has edited are The Jews and British Romanticism: Politics, Religion, Culture, Romanticism/Judaica: A Convergence of Cultures, and an electronic edition of Benjamin Disraeli’s Alroy for Romantic Circles. She also translated and edited Sketch of Christian Kabbalism by Francis Mercury van Helmont.
Research Associate at the Northrop Frye Center, Victoria University, when funded for Leigh Hunt and the London Literary Scene (Routledge, 2005), Michael Sinatra is now Associate Professor of Nineteenth-Century British Literature, University of Montreal. He has three books in development: Remapping Leigh Hunt’s Literary World, Queering Film Adaptations, 1816-2005, and Leigh Hunt as Victorian Writer, 1830-1860. He is founding editor of the online Leigh Hunt Archive.
Ph.D. student at Princeton University when funded for “The Shelleys and the Science of Life,” Denise Gigante is now Professor of English at Stanford University. The Keats Brothers: The Life of John and George (Harvard University Press, 2011) follows Life: Organic Form and Romanticism, Taste: A Literary History, Gusto: Essential Writings in Literary Gastronomy, and The Great Age of the English Essay: An Anthology.
Distinguished Scholar Award
Recipients of the Distinguished Scholar Award of the Keats-Shelley Association of America, Inc.
The directors of the Keats-Shelley Association welcome nominations from members of the Association for scholars who might appropriately be honored in the future.
- Jerrold Hogle (presented by Michael Gamer)
- Steven Jones (presented by Orianne Smith)
- Marjorie Levinson (presented by Andrea Henderson)
- David Wagenknecht (presented by Charles Rzepka)
- Frances Ferguson (presented by Andrew Franta)
- Marshall Brown (presented by Gary Handwerk)
2011 (Los Angeles)
- Christopher Ricks (presented by Susan J. Wolfson)
- Julie A. Carlson (presented by Mary A. Favret and Sonia Hofkosh)
- Jeffrey Cox (presented by Mark Lussier)
- Timothy Webb (presented by Charles Robinson)
2008 (San Francisco)
- Alan Richardson (presented by Ashton Nichols)
- Doucet Devin Fischer (presented by Jeanne Moskal)
- Paula Feldman (introduced in the K-SJ by Daniel Robinson)
- James Chandler (presented by Julie A. Carlson)
- Nora Crook (presented by Lisa Vargo)
- Michael Henry Scrivener (presented by Terence Hoagwood)
2005 (Washington, D.C.)
- Tilottama Rajan (presented by David L. Clark)
- Stephen Behrendt (presented by Kevin Binfield)
- Theresa M. Kelley (presented by Julie Carlson)
- Charles Rzepka (presented by Jonathan Mulrooney)
2003 (San Diego)
- Hermione de Almeida (presented by Ben P. Robertson, Troy State University, Alabama)
2002 (New York)
- Morton D. Paley (presented by Donald H. Reiman)
2001 (New Orleans)
- Neil Fraistat (presented by Stuart Curran)
- Susan J. Wolfson (presented by Peter J. Manning)
- Nancy Goslee (presented by Theresa Kelley)
- Robert Ryan (presented by Regina Hewitt)
- John Clubbe (presented by Peter Manning)
- Anne K. Mellor (presented by Clifford Siskin)
1998 (San Francisco)
- Frederick Burwick (presented by Grant Scott)
- Marilyn Gaull (presented by Peter Manning)
1997 (Toronto) Robert M. Ryan presiding
- Geoffrey H. Hartman (presented by Frances Ferguson)
- William Keach (presented by Anne Janowitz)
- [Frederick L. Beaty was nominated but could not attend the Awards Dinner]
1996 (Washington, D.C.) Stuart Curran presiding
- Peter J. Manning (presented by Susan J. Wolfson)
- Marion K. Stocking (presented by Donald H. Reiman)
1995 (Chicago) Stuart Curran presiding
- Charles E. Robinson (presented by Betty T. Bennett)
- Emily Sunstein (presented by Jeanne Moskal)
1994 (San Diego) Betty T. Bennett presiding
- Helen Vendler (presented by Hermione de Almeida)
- [Christopher Ricks was nominated, but would not attend MLA]
1993 (Toronto) Betty T. Bennett presiding
- Milton Wilson (presented by J. Douglas Kneale)
- Ross Woodman (presented by Tilottama Rajan)
1992 (New York) William T. Buice III presiding
- Betty T. Bennett (presented by Charles E. Robinson)
- Stuart Curran (presented by Neil Fraistat)
1991 (San Francisco) William T. Buice III presiding
- Robert F. Gleckner (presented by Jerome C. Christensen)
- Peter L. Thorslev, Jr. (presented by Frederick L. Burwick)
1990 (Chicago) Stuart Curran presiding
- David Perkins (presented by Paul D. Sheats)
- Karl Kroeber (presented by Michael C. Neth)
1989 (Washington) William T. Buice III presiding
- Jerome J. McGann (presented by Marjorie Levinson)
- [Harold Bloom, though nominated by the Directors would not attend the Dinner to receive the Award]
1988 (New Orleans) Betty T. Bennett presiding
- Morse Peckham (presented by L.J. Swingle)
- Stuart M. Sperry (presented by Leon Waldoff)
1987 (San Francisco): Jack Stillinger presiding
- M. H. Abrams (presented by Stuart Curran)
- Donald H. Reiman (presented by Neil Fraistat)
1986 (New York): William T. Buice III, host; David V. Erdman presiding
- Jack Stillinger (presented by Beth Lau)
1985 (Chicago): Carl Woodring presiding
- Richard Harter Fogle (presented by Mary Lynn Johnson [Grant])
- [Truman Guy Steffan, though nominated by the Directors, was unable to attend the Annual Awards Dinner]
1984 (Washington): Donald H. Reiman presiding
- Carlos Baker (presented by George Bornstein)
- Willard B. Pope (presented by Leonidas M. Jones)
1983 (New York): William T. Buice III, host; Donald H. Reiman presiding
- Aileen Ward (presented by Mary Ann Shea, reading citation by Irene Tayler)
- Ralph M. Wardle (presented by Emily Sunstein)
1982 (Los Angeles): Donald H. Reiman presiding
- Kenneth Neill Cameron (presented by Betty T. Bennett)
- David V. Erdman (presented by Stuart Curran)
- Carl Woodring (presented by Hermione de Almeida)
1981 (New York): Lola L. Szladits presiding
- Leslie A. Marchand (presented by John Clubbe)
- Walter Jackson Bate (presented by Stuart M. Sperry)
K-SAA Essay Prize
Recipients of Keats-Shelley Association Essay Prize
2014: Matthew C. Borushko, “The Politics of Subreption: Resisting the Sublime in Shelley’s ‘Mont Blanc,’” Studies in Romanticism 52.2 (Summer 2013), 225-252.
2012: Colin Jager, “Shelley After Atheism,” Studies in Romanticism 49.4 (Winter 2010), 611-632.
2011: Nancy Yousef, “Romanticism, Psychoanalysis, and the Interpretation of Silence,” European Romantic Review 21.5 (October 2010), 653-672.
2009: Brendan Corcoran, “Keats’s Death: Towards a Posthumous Poetics,” Studies in Romanticism 48.2 (Summer 2009), 321-48.
2008: Timothy Morton, “John Clare’s Dark Ecology,” Studies in Romanticism 47.2 (Summer 2008), 179-93.
2007: Stephen Cheeke, “‘What So Many Have Told, Who Would Tell Again?’: Romanticism and the Commonplaces of Rome,” European Romantic Review (December 2006).
2005: Mary Favret, “Everyday War” ELH 72.3 (2005), 605-33; and Jennifer Jones, “Sounds Romantic: the Castrato and English Poetics Around 1800,” in Romanticism and Opera, ed. Gillen D’Arcy Wood, Romantic Circles Praxis (May 2005).
2004: Orrin N. C. Wang, “Coming Attractions: Lamia and Cinematic Sensation,” Studies in Romanticism 42.4 (Winter 2003), 461-500.
2003: Charles Rzepka, “‘Cortez–or Balboa, or Somebody Like That’: Form, Fact, and Forgetting in Keats’s ‘Chapman’s Homer’ Sonnet.” Keats-Shelley Journal 51 (2002), 35-75.
2002: Denise Gigante, “Keats’s Nausea,” Studies in Romanticism 40 (2001); Honorable Mention: Andrew Elfenbein, “Byron and the Fantasy of Compensation,” European Romantic Review 12.3 (Summer 2001).
2001: Gary Dyer, “Thieves, Boxers, Sodomites, Poets: Being Flash to Byron’s Don Juan” PMLA 116.3 (May 2001), 562-78; runner-up: Deidre Lynch, “Gothic Libraries and National Subjects” Studies in Romanticism 40.1 (Spring 2001), 29-48.
2000: Tricia Lootens, “Receiving the Legend, Rethinking the Writer: Letitia Landon and the Poetess Tradition,” in Romanticism and Women Poets: Opening the Doors of Reception, ed. Harriet Kramer Linkin and Stephen C. Behrendt. (Lexington, KY: UP of Kentucky, 1999): 242-59.
1999: Noah Herringman, “‘Stones so wondrous cheap’” Studies in Romanticism 37.1 (Spring 1998), 43-62.
1998: Ina Ferris, “Writing on the Border: the National Tale, Female Writing, and the Public Sphere,” in Romanticism, History, and the Possibility of Genre, ed. Tilottama Rajan and Julia Wright (CUP, 1998).
1997: Maureen Noelle McLane, “Literature Species: Populations, ‘Humanities,’ and Frankenstein” ELH 63.4 (Winter 1996), 959-88.
1996: Julie A. Carlson, “Forever Young: Master Betty and the Queer State of Youth in English Romanticism,” South Atlantic Quarterly 95.3 (summer 1996), 575-603.
1995: Sonia Hofkosh, “Sexual Politics and Literary History: William Hazlitt’s Keswick Escapade and Sarah Hazlitt’s Journal,” in At the Limits of Romanticism: Essays in Cultural, Feminist, and Materialist Criticism, ed. Mary A. Favret and Nicola J. Watson (Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana UP, 1994), 125-42.
1994: Jerome Christensen, “The Romantic Movement at the End of History,” Critical Inquiry (Spring 1994), 452-76; and Neil Fraistat, “Illegitimate Shelley: Radical Piracy and the Textual Edition as Cultural Performance,” PMLA (May 1994), 409-23.
1993: Anne D. Wallace, “Farming on Foot: Tracking Georgic in Clare and Wordsworth,” Texas Studies in Literature and
Language 34 (Winter 1992), 509-40.
1992: Alan Bewell, “Keats’s ‘Realm of Flora,’” Studies in Romanticism 31.1 (Spring 1992), 71-98.
1991: Margaret Homans, “Keats Reading Women, Women Reading Keats,” Studies in Romanticism 29.3 (Fall 1990), 341-370.
1990: Kim Ian Michasiw, “The Social Other: Don Juan and the Genesis of the Self,” Mosaic 22.2 (1989), 29-48.
1989: Tilottama Rajan, “Wollstonecraft and Godwin: Reading the Secrets of the Political Novel,” Studies in Romanticism 27.2 (Summer 1988), 221-251.
1988: Susan Wolfson, “‘Their she condition’: Cross-dressing and the Politics of Gender in Don Juan,” ELH 54.3 (Autumn 1987), 585-617.
1987: Mark Edmundson, “Keats’s Mental Stance,” Studies in Romanticism 26.1 (Spring 1987), 85-104.
1986: Nancy Moore Goslee, “Shelley at Play: A Study of Sketch and Text in his Prometheus Notebooks,” The Huntington Library Quarterly 48.3 (Summer 1985), 211-255.