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Previous Summer Graduate Fellows

Tyler Roeger

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The 2014 CALS Summer Graduate Fellow is Tyler Roeger. Roeger's dissertation project is entitled, The Gothic Goes to Town: Reading the Gothic City in Nineteenth-Century American Literature.

Jason Maxwell

Jason Maxwell

Jason Maxwell, a Ph.D. candidate, was the recipient of the 2013 CALS Summer Graduate Fellowship. Maxwell reflects on his fellowship:

I’m greatly indebted to CALS for awarding me its Summer Graduate Fellowship. My dissertation, “Professing No Longer,” explores the numerous intersections between literary theory and composition studies since their concurrent rise in the 1960s. I argue that the emergence and success of these subdisciplines must be understood in terms of broader changes affecting higher education since the end of World War II. In addition to research and writing, I spent a portion of the summer condensing one of my chapters into an article, which is currently under review at the journal Postmodern Culture.

Katie Owens-Murphy

Katie Owens-Murphy

2012 was the first year CALS awarded a Summer Graduate Fellowship. Penn State graduate student Katie Owens-Murphy was the recipient for her dissertation project, “Lyrical Strategies: The Poetics of Fiction in the 20th Century American Novel.”

On receiving this award, she writes,

I'm very grateful to CALS for the Summer Graduate Fellowship that enabled me to complete my dissertation ahead of schedule. My project, "Lyrical Strategies: The Poetics of the Twentieth-Century American Novel," takes a comparative approach to genre by examining twentieth-century American novels in relation to the lyric, rather than the narrative, tradition. I argue that many novelists from this period abandon the defining characteristics of narrative fiction for rhetorical aims that we typically associate with lyric poetry-- structural repetition, rhythm, figurative meaning, dramatic personae, and apostrophe. Thanks to CALS, I was able to make good progress on this project over the summer and I completed it just in time to look for jobs in the fall.