Professor Patrick Burke will conduct research for Come In and Hear the Truth: Jazz and Race on Manhattan's 52nd Street, 1930-1950, an examination of New York's 52nd Street nightclub district from the Great Depression into the postwar era. Burke argues that jazz of the period both reflected and helped to create U.S. notions of racial identity and proposes a new model of jazz history, one that addresses music's power to inform and subvert racial ideology.
Gerald Izenberg's project will involve researching and writing a history of the concept of identity, tentatively titled Identity: From Individual Crisis to Collective Politics. It will be an essay in cultural and intellectual history, covering the period from the 1920â€™s to the present in both European and American thought.
Professor Akiko Tsuchiya's Gender and Deviance in Nineteenth-Century Spain will scrutinize the cultural meanings and anxieties underlying the obsessive fin-de-siècle interest in "gender trouble." In particular, Tsuchiya will examine literary and visual representations--as well as medical, anthropological and political writings on women--to contextualize female deviance and explain how social deviance of any type was often characterized as "feminine" in discourses of the period.