Congratulations to third-year Ph.D. students Michael Chiappini and Megan Weber and fourth-year Ph.D. student Megan Griffin, who have been selected for Arthur Adrian and Roger B. Salomon fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year! The awards will enable each to have a service-free period next year to devote to the writing of dissertations.
Chiappini, Weber, and Griffin will be celebrated at 2017 Adrian-Salomon event on Friday, April 28 at 3:00 p.m. This event will feature lectures by the 2016-2017 fellows, Evan Chaloupka, Ray Horton, and Jess Slentz. Chaloupka will present “Cognitive Disability and Narrative in Of Mice and Men;” Horton, “Willa Cather’s Modernist Religion;” Slentz, “Taking Rhetorical Experience and Sensation from the Museum to the Writing Classroom.”
Chiappini’s research areas include classic and contemporary rhetorical theory, medical rhetoric, and literature of the AIDS Crisis.
Weber’s primary research focuses on the development of language through the Restoration period, examining shifting gender roles and definitions of masculinity. Using plays and novels, she explores the gap between the public and private, and the different language used in each.
Griffin presented elements of her dissertation in her 2016 Neil MacIntyre Essay Prize lecture, titled “Unbearable Representations: Dismembering the Sovereign in Aphra Behn’s Oroonoko.” Her main area of specialization is in Early Modern literature, with a particular focus on issues of genre and on the development of the rhetoric of sovereignty from the English Reformation to the English Civil War.