Announcing the 2021 Tisch Library Graduate Fellows in Arts & Humanities
In partnership with the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Center for the Humanities at Tufts, Tisch Library is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Tisch Library Graduate Fellowship in the Arts & Humanities, whose thesis and dissertation research projects make "creative use of collections, services, and expertise at Tufts libraries."
Sophia Cocozza • Music (MA)
Sophia's thesis will include several case studies of gesture’s role in sound art, focusing on the historical development of this artistic discipline. She plans to focus specifically on the work of Christine Sun Kim, a sound artist who radically defies the nature of sound and perception of d/Deaf individuals’ connection with music. In addition to identifying an impressive source base drawing from Tufts libraries, Sophia is committed to developing an open access website to accompany her thesis project.
Hannah Herndon • English (PhD)
Hannah's dissertation will trace the verbal history of rape culture through a multiethnic archive of women writing about sexual violence from the survivor’s perspective. She examines six literary texts for evidence about rape culture’s historical and contemporary operation through language: Hannah Webster Foster’s The Coquette (1797), Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861), Zitkala-Ša’s American Indian Stories (1921), Alice Walker’s The Color Purple (1982), Helena María Viramontes’ Their Dogs Came with Them (2007), and Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments (2019). Taking a cue from restorative and transformative justice initiatives, Hannah argues that these texts not only demonstrate the necessity of listening to survivors but also teach audiences how to begin. This summer Hannah will draft her chapter about Their Dogs Came with Them, taking an interdisciplinary approach that draws upon sources and methods from Latin American studies and urban planning.
Lee Nevitt • English (PhD)
Lee’s dissertation asks what the relationship between space and sexuality looks like in the 19th-century American countryside. While the study of space and sexuality predominantly focuses on rapid urbanization and modernism’s attendant miseries, he wants to look at how the rigors of rural life in 19th-century America helped enable new possibilities for queer pleasure and experimentation. He argues that, by shifting the lens from the field’s fetishistic focus on the dynamism of the modern city to the open and undeveloped spaces of the 19th-century American countryside, readers can begin to identify a queerness that embraces diffusion and dispersion rather than concentration and height. This summer Lee will focus on completing his first two chapters about the New England countryside and local history, focusing on The Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne and The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett. He will engage with the Tisch Library Pamphlets Collection for grounding his literary analysis in the historical context of 19th-century Maine and Massachusetts.
Cat Rosch • History (MA)
Cat's thesis centers on birth control activism in Massachusetts between 1965 and 1972, a critical time when birth control was available to married women, but not to single women, in the commonwealth. She will focus in particular on the role young, unmarried women in the Boston area played as activists and supporters of legal birth control in Massachusetts. Her research draws heavily upon resources available through Tisch Library and the Tufts Digital Collections and Archives (such as digitized collections of the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, and student columns in the Tufts Weekly and Observer). Cat will also expand the source base available to other researchers by conducting oral history interviews with people who were birth control activists during this time, capturing the voices of those who were most intimately involved in the movement.