Batten's project, English Romanticism and the Ethics of Contemporary Irish Poetry, is the first book-length study to relate two periods of literary revival-English Romanticism and the current revival of Irish poetry in response to the Ulster Crisis of the late nineteenth century. Specific, she addresses how living Irish poets have interpreted, and put into practice, the questions that Romantic poets have been credited with introducing into our conception of the ethical role of literature during a time of political upheaval for which "woman" is at once a symptom and a symbol.
Ph.D., Associate Professor of History and Women & Gender Studies
Friedman’s project, Democracy in (Cold War) America: Gender, Race, and the Problem of Citizenship at Mid-Century, explores the ways those longstanding contradictions in the contours of American democracy and the practices of American citizenship were sharpened during the early cold war era. She will use a series of biographical studies to investigate the racial and gender tensions in cold war era citizenship to illustrate the ways that the boundaries of postwar citizenship were being tested, defended, and sometimes redrawn.
Kapczynski’s book project is entitled Leading Men: Remaking Masculinity in 1950s West German Cinema. She aims to show that the men of 1950s cinema do not so much lead as they are led. By examining a wide range of filmic production of the 1950s, Kapczynski will argue that the films of the early Federal Republic privilege a masculinity that receives, rather than takes, one that is borne along by history, rather than actively shaping it, constructing the ideal postwar democratic male subject as an armchair onlooker in the course of world events.