English Professor Wins Fulbright Award
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Associate Professor of English Joselyn Almeida-Beveridge was awarded a prestigious Fulbright award, which will allow her to study and research abroad in Spain.
Almeida-Beveridge specializes in the literature of British Romanticism, especially its Atlantic and hemispheric reach. She explains, "Britain's relationship with the United States is the best-known story of this context... for example, the work of Wordsworth and Coleridge influenced Emerson and the Transcendentalists. My own work has been focused on a lesser-known genealogy." She cites Britain's interests, economic and otherwise, in the South Atlantic and the Luso-Hispanophone Atlantic as encouraging further influence on the literature of the 1780s-1840s and "bringing to the foreground an early generation of bilingual writers who were living and working in London." Almeida-Beveridge claims these writers as predecessors of today's bilingual writers.
Her Fulbright award will support research on her next book project, "provisionally titled Britain, Spain, and North Africa in the Romantic Era." On this project, Almeida-Beveridge will continue to trace the "roots and routes" of British Romantic literature by analyzing the works of such writers as Ottobah Cugoano and Robert Southey as they relate to Orientalism and abolition.
"In some ways, my sources have influenced my choice of Spain," Almeida-Beveridge explains. "Both Southey and Byron traveled there extensively, and Southey published several translations of Spanish and Portuguese poetry." Her interest in Spain was also prompted by the conversation many Spanish scholars are having about the need to examine the role of the country's North African past. Almeida-Beveridge anticipates that, "this Fulbright Research Award will permit me to directly benefit from and collaborate with the latest conversations and insights of my Spanish colleagues."
Considering the trans-Atlantic and hemispheric works that primarily interest her, it's fitting that Almeida-Beveridge's research will connect her with her European counterparts. She hopes to bring this connection back to working groups at UMass and the Five Colleges, like the World Studies Interdisciplinary Project; the Global Cultures of the 19th Century and Atlantic Studies Seminars; and the Center for Latin American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies.
Almeida-Beveridge points out that the Fulbright Commission is part of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State, whose motto is "Promoting Mutual Understanding." "It is an honor to be part of this mission, and I am also delighted that this Fulbright award will allow me to contribute to the internationalization goals of UMass," she says. "I am especially proud to be representing the humanities. Without them, we could not even begin to take the first step towards the understanding that makes co-existence possible between people, communities, and nations."