Dr. Diane Hoeveler, professor of English at Marquette University, has received the university’s 2009 Way Klingler Faculty Fellowship Award in the humanities. Her award provides $20,000 annually over three years to advance her research and scholarship.
For the past 30 years Hoeveler has concentrated her research on late eighteenth and early nineteenth century British literature. Her current focus is on English gothic chapbooks and their effect on Catholic emancipation between 1791 and 1829. The chapbooks were typically 32- or 76-page publications that selectively condensed and manipulated longer gothic novels.
Hoeveler has examined 20 of the known 1,500 known chapbooks and sees evidence that they were developed to incite anti-Catholic sentiment throughout England. The funds provided through the fellowship will allow her to examine chapbooks in Virginia, Germany and England.
“I am amazed at how virulent, crude, volatile and angry the voice was in these chapbooks. The fellowship will allow me to advance my knowledge o f these books and how they were used to influence popular thought,” says Hoeveler.
Hoeveler graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Illinois-Urbana, where she also received her master’s and Ph.D. degrees in English.
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