English faculty member awarded NEH post-doctoral fellowship

Hester Blum, associate professor of English and director of the Center for American Literary Studies, has been awarded a national endowment for the humanities post-doctoral fellowship from the Library Company of Philadelphia for 2010-11, as well as two short-term grants-- Andrew W. Mellon Foundation fellowship from The Huntington Library and a Franklin research grant from the American Philosophical Society. She also was offered, but declined, a National Humanities Center fellowship.

The fellowships are supporting Blum’s current project, "Arctic and Antarctic Circles: The Print Culture of Polar Exploration" which examines the literature of polar exploration. Many Arctic and Antarctic expeditions brought a surprising piece of equipment aboard ship -- a printing press, with which crew members wrote and printed newspapers, broadsides, and plays.

She teaches and writes about 19th-century American literature and culture including author Herman Melville, 19th-century personal narratives, sentimental and sensational fiction, and the "Possibilities of English." Her book, "The View from the Mast-Head: Maritime Imagination and Antebellum American Sea Narratives," was published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2008 and is the recipient of the John Gardner Maritime Research Award.

 

Last Updated May 10, 2010