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Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr., Research Grants

The Pforzheimer Grants are awarded each year to support research in 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.

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.

Application Procedures

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: doucetfischer@nypl.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.

Past Recipients

2016

Will Bowers

Will Bowers, Junior Research Fellow at Merton College, Oxford, is working on “The Italian Idea: Anglo-Italian Radical Literary Culture, 1818-1824.” It has a chapter on the Pisan Circle, their immersion in Italy, its culture and Italian literature published in London. He plans to study two unexamined works by George Tighe in the Pforzheimer Collection and the annotated books by Leigh Hunt at University of Iowa.

Jacob Risinger

Assistant professor of English at Ohio State U, Jacob Risinger’s project, “Confirmed Tranquillity: Transatlantic Romanticism and the Stoic Tradition,” challenges the alignment of Romanticism with “fresh and authentic feeling” by exploring how a range of British and American writers confronted the limitations of sympathy and their own relations to a cosmopolitan and war-torn world. Holdings in Dr. Williams’ Library in London helps him assess the status of Stoicism in the Dissenting public sphere, its impact on Godwin, and its complex legacy in the works of Byron and Shelley.

2015

Stephanie Dumke

A postdoc in the Centre for the History of the Book at U of Edinburgh, Stephanie Dumke is a specialist in Anglo-German literary relations during the Romantic period, researching this during her grant tenure.

Emma Peacocke

Emma Peacocke used the grant to research a book-length study of “Romanticism and the University” in Britain, including undergraduate prize essays and poems. A collateral project focuses on Thomas Campbell, magazine editor, public lecturer, advocate for the foundation of a non-denominational university in London, and a hugely popular Rector of the University of Glasgow.

2014

Thomas Patrick Cannavino

Graduate student 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.

Ian Newman

Assistant Professor of English at Notre Dame U, Ian Newman is developing a book The Tavern: Literature, Politics & Conviviality, and is a contributing editor to the Keats Letters Project. His recent essay is “Civilizing Taste: ‘Sandman Joe,’ the Bawdy Ballad and Metropolitan Improvement,” Eighteenth-Century Studies (2015).

2013

Matthew Borushko

Associate Professor of English at Stonehill College, Matthew Borushko has also won the Keats-Shelley Assoc. prize for the best essay of 2013 for “The Politics of Subreption: Resisting the Sublime in Shelley’s ‘Mont Blanc’” (Studies in Romanticism). Publications after the Pforzheimer tenure include “Aesthetics of Nonviolence: Shelley, Adorno, Rancière.” in his edited collection The Politics of Shelley: History, Theory, Form, Romantic Circles Praxis Series (2015), and “History, Historicism, and Agency at Byron’s Ismail,” ELH (2014).

Helen Stark

Now project Manager at the Centre for the History of Human Emotions at Queen Mary U., London, Helen Stark was a Ph.D student at Newcastle U, when she was funded for Nation-making and Nation-breaking: Masculinities in European Literature, 1760-1820, which traces the evolution of the relationship between masculinity and the European nation.

2012

Thora Brylowe

As Assistant Professor U 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, exploring the complex interrelations of authorship, painting, print technology, and poetry in the Romantic period. She is now Assistant Professor at U Colorado, Boulder.

Katherine Singer

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 a book project Against Sensibility: British Women Poets, Romantic Vacancy, and Skepticism, on the resistance of women writers to culturally embedded notions of sympathy and high feeling.

2011

Michael Demson

Assistant Professor at Sam Houston State U, Michael Demson was funded for research on Shelley’s Mask of Anarchy. From his work at the Pforzheimer Collection he developed Masks of Anarchy: The Story of a Radical Poem, from Percy Shelley to the Triangle Factory Fire (Verso 2013). A pamphlet he found in the collection generated “Remembering John Cahuac: Post-Peterloo Repression and the Fate of Radical-Romantic Satire” (Romantic Circles 2015). A digital edition with other texts by Cahuac is in development, as is a collection of essays, co-edited with Regina Hewitt, Peterloo and the Violence of Romanticism.

Alexandra McGhee

Ali McGhee, PhD candidate at U 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.

2010

Gregory David Murrie

Greg Murrie, Ph.D. candidate at U Sydney, has written articles and reviews on gay identity and theater. His funding supported work on his dissertation, “The Interconnections Between Animal Rights, Radical Religious Movements and Evolutionary Theories in the British Long 19th Century.”

Fiona Wilson

A member of the literature Faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, Fiona Wilson has written articles on contemporary Scottish women’s poetry, James Hogg, and Byron. The grant assisted research for a book in progress, Byron and Scotland: The Journey.

2009

David O’Shaughnessy

A College Lecturer at Oxford when he received a grant for work toward William Godwin and the Theatre (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.

Joseph Rezek

Assistant Professor of English at Boston U, Joseph Rezek was funded for research on his UCLA dissertation at the National Library in Dublin, which led to London and the Making of Provincial Literature: Aesthetics and the Transatlantic Book Trade, 1800-1850 (U Pennsylvania P, 2015). 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 (2011).  A related essay on transatlantic romanticism appears in ELH 2011.

2008

Emily A. Bernhard Jackson

Assistant Professor at U 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 U 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

Noah Comet has published Romantic Hellenism and Women Writers (Palgrave 2013), developed from his dissertation at UCLA, for which he received funding. An article on Felicia Hemans’s Modern Greece appeared in the Keats-Shelley Journal in 2009. He is Assistant Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy.

2007

Manu Chander

A dissertation student at Brown U when he received the award for “Framing Romanticism: Roberts, Shelley, and the Sublimity of the Other,” Manu Chander is now Assistant Professor, Rutgers U, 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.

Suzanne Stewart

Lecturer at U 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 U, 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.

2006

Peter Cochran [deceased]

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 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 offers texts of Byron’s letters and works edited from the manuscripts.

Jonathan Sachs

An Assistant Professor when funded for the project that produced articles anticipating Romantic Antiquity: Rome in the British Imagination, 1789-1832 (Oxford UP, 2010), Jonathan Sachs is now Associate Professor at Concordia U. His new work is on the concept of cultural decline in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

2005

Ronan Kelly

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 Postdoc when he was funded for work on Bard of Erin: The Life of Thomas Moore (Penguin 2008), shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex New Writers Award and named an Irish Times and Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year. He is a contributor to Commemorating Writers in Europe, 1800-1916, ed. Leerssen and Rigney (Palgrave, 2014).

Matthew Scott

Lecturer in English Literature at Oxford when funded for “The Cultural Reception of Byron in Nineteenth-Century America,” Matthew Scott is now Lecturer at U 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).

2004

Nicholas Mason

Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University when funded for work towards Literary Marketing and the Shaping of British Romanticism (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013), Nicholas Mason is now Professor of English at Brigham Young University.  His other publications include an anthology of Romantic-era satire, a 6-volume Pickering and Chatto edition of highlights from early Blackwood’s, and a co-edited Romantic Circles edition of William Wordsworth’s Guide to the Lakes.

Thomas McLean

A Ph.D. student at the U Iowa when he received funding for “Jane Porter and Poland,” Thomas McLean is now a Senior Lecturer at U 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).

2003

Tilar Mazzeo

When funded for Plagiarism and Literary Property in the Romantic Period (Univ. of Pennsylvania P, 2007), Tilar Mazzeo was Assistant Professor at U Wisconsin, Oshkosh. She is now Professor 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.

Orianne Smith

A graduate student at Loyola U when funded for the project that became Romantic Women Writers, Revolution, and Prophecy: Rebellious Daughters, 1786-1826 (Cambridge UP 2013), Orianne Smith is now Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department at U 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.

2002

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 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).”

Joseph Luzzi

Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian at U 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 UP, 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.

2001

Jonathan Mulrooney

Ph.D. student at Boston U when he was funded for “The Subject of Theater: Theatrical Criticism and Literary Production in Britain, 1798-1832,” Jonathan Mulrooney is Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department, College of the Holy Cross, review editor for Studies in Romanticism, and the author of Romanticism and Theatrical Experience (Cambridge UP 2017). Other publications include “Reading Theatre, 1730-1830,” in The Cambridge Companion to Theatre, 1730-1830, “How Keats Falls” (Studies in Romanticism 2011), “Keats’s Avatar” (European Romantic Review 2011).

Sheila Spector

Sheila Spector, independent scholar in Brooklyn, New York, published Byron and the Jews (Wayne State UP, 2010), developed with her funding for “The Function of Jewish Stereotypes in British Romantic Literature.” She is the author of British Romanticism and The Jews (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2005), Romanticism/Judaica: A Convergence of Cultures, (Ashgate, 2011), and editor of The Jews and British Romanticism: Politics, Religion, Culture, Romanticism (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2005); an edition of Benjamin Disraeli’s Alroy for Romantic Circles. She also translated and edited Sketch of Christian Kabbalism by Francis Mercury van Helmont.

2000

Michael Eberle-Sinatra

Research Associate at the Northrop Frye Center, Victoria University when he was funded for Leigh Hunt and the London Literary Scene (Routledge, 2005), Michael Sinatra is now Associate Professor at University of Montreal. He is founding editor of the online Leigh Hunt Archive, and the editor (or coeditor) of Selected Writings of Leigh Hunt (6 volumes).

Denise Gigante

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 U. The Keats Brothers: The Life of John and George (Harvard UP 2011) follows Life: Organic Form and Romanticism (2009), Taste: A Literary History (2005), Gusto: Essential Writings in Literary Gastronomy (2005) and The Great Age of the English Essay: An Anthology (2008).