Graduate student Tawnya Ravy has won a prestigious Summer Research Fellowship for 2013 from the Northeast Modern Languages Association. This fellowship will allow her to travel to Emory University in Atlanta to work in the newly opened Salman Rushdie Archive at the Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books Library, and to conduct critical research for her dissertation (titled Reframing Salman Rushdie: Gender, Nation, and New Media in Transnational Public Culture.)
|Salman Rushdie Archive|
Directed by Professor Judith Plotz and Professor Kavita Daiya, Tawnya's dissertation explores the critical conversations about Rushdie’s work since 1980 in relation to his recent literary and media projects and the development of his celebrity persona. The MARBL archive will enable her to analyze his journals, drafts, and notes for evidence of his engagement with the conversations surrounding his work, and examine how Rushdie has sought to shape his public image through his correspondence, collected writings, and the construction of the archive itself.
Tawnya plans to spend two weeks at the archive to make a thorough study of what is open to researchers from 215 boxes of materials and 55 oversized papers. This is a unique opportunity, and will be invaluable for Tawnya Ravy's dissertation.