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2017 First Book Institute

The 2017 First Book Institute was co-directed by CALS Director Sean X. Goudie and Priscilla Wald, R. Florence Brinkley Professor of English and Women's Studies at Duke University. Institute faculty included Penn State professors Hester Blum, Kendra Boileau (Editor-in-Chief, Penn State University Press), Tina Chen, John Marsh, Jeffrey Nealon, Anita Starosta, Matt Tierney, Sarah Townsend, Nicolai Volland, and Grant Wythoff (FBI Alumnus and Center for Humanities and Information Postdoctoral Fellow).
2017 FBI participants

2017 First Book Institute Participants

Back row: Matt Bolton, Jarvis McInnis

Middle row: Co-Director Sean Goudie, Joo Ok Kim, Jessica Hurley, Co-Director Priscilla Wald

Front row: Matt Benson, Abby Goode, Meina Yates-Richard, Sunny Yang

  • Alex Benson, Assistant Professor of Literature, Bard College
    Project Title: Alternating Sounds: American Literature and Ethnographic Transcription
  • Matthew Bolton, Assistant Professor of English, Gonzaga University
    Project Title: A Rhetorical Approach to Adaptation: Effects, Purposes, and the Fidelity Debate
  • Abby Goode, Assistant Professor of English, Plymouth State University
    Project Title: Democratic Demographics: A Literary Genealogy of American Sustainability
  • Jessica Hurley, Harper-Schmidt Fellow, Society of Fellows, University of Chicago
    Project Title: Infrastructures of the Apocalypse: American Literature and the Nuclear Complex
  • Joo Ok Kim, Assistant Professor of English, University of Kansas
    Project Title: Warring Genealogies: Race, Kinship, and the Korean War
  • Jarvis McInnis, Assistant Professor of English, Notre Dame University
    Project Title: Afterlives of the Plantation: Aesthetics, Labor, and Diaspora in the Global Black South
  • Sunny Yang, Assistant Professor of English, Louisiana State University
    Project Title: Fictions of Territoriality: Legal and Literary Narratives of Race, Geography, and U.S. Empire
  • Meina Yates-Richard, Assistant Professor of English, Syracuse University
    Project Title: Echoes of the Future-Past: Slavery and Sonic Testimony in African American and Diasporic Literature 1845-Present

First Book Institute participants Alex Benson, Jessica Hurley and Abby Goode describe their projects to Penn State Americanist graduate students Yi-Ting Chang, Derek Lee, Lisa McGunigal, Brandon Erby, and Patrick Allen.

First Book Institute participant Jarvis McInnis engages with PSU graduate students Lisa McGunigal and Brandon Erby over lunch.
PSU graduate students Michelle Huang and Leland Tabares ask Sunny Yang about her experience so far at the institute.