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UCR Professor Named Guggenheim Fellow

UCR Professor Named Guggenheim Fellow

(April 23, 1999)

Carole Fabricant, an English professor at the University of California, Riverside, received a 1999 Guggenheim Fellowship this month for her scholarly studies of 18th century Ireland. She is among 179 artists, scholars and scientists selected this year from nearly 2,800 applicants in the U.S. and Canada.

The foundation awards cash fellowships - over $6 million just this year - for distinguished individual achievement and exceptional promise, according to Joel Conarroe, president of the New York-based Guggenheim Foundation.

Former United States Senator and Mrs. Simon Guggenheim endowed The Guggenheim Foundation in 1925 to memorialize their son, John, who died three years earlier. Some of the most famous Guggenheim Fellows are Ansel Adams, Aaron Copland, Langston Hughes, Henry Kissinger, Vladimir Nabokov and Linus Pauling.

Fabricant's $33,000 fellowship will allow her to pursue a project called, "Speaking for the Irish Nation: Problems of Colonial Representation."

"I have a whole year off next year to do my work, for which I am very grateful," Fabricant said. "I plan to spend a few months in Dublin, where I do most of my research, at the Royal Irish Academy, the Trinity College Library, and the National Library of Ireland."

Fabricant, who has been on the faculty at UCR since 1975, said her project combines historical, theoretical, and textual approaches in studying the works of eighteenth-century Irish and Anglo-Irish writers such as Jonathan Swift, George Berkeley, Thomas Sheridan, Edmund Burke, Maria Edgeworth, Henry Brooke and Charlotte Brooke. One of the questions Fabricant will ask is what it meant for these writers, who were members of the privileged Protestant class, to be speaking for the 'whole Irish nation,' which was predominantly poor and Catholic.

Approximately 53 of UCR's current or former faculty members have won Guggenheim Fellowships, one of the most prestigious awards in academia. The most recent recipients are: Susan Straight, associate professor of creative writing, 1997; Rudolph Conrad, professor of art history, 1994; Francesca Rochberg, professor of history, 1993; and Jill Giegerich, associate professor of art, 1992.

A list of current and past Guggenheim Fellows is available on the Web at

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