Richman to Conduct Research at Folger Shakespeare Library
Assistant English Professor Jared S. Richman has been awarded a competitive research fellowship from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.
The award supports Richman's residency at the Folger Institute this summer, where he will use the library’s archival collections to conduct research for a project titled, “(In)audible Bodies and (In)visible Voices: Elocution and Disability in the Long Eighteenth Century.”
The project focuses on works relating to deafness, oratory, elocution, medicine, and pronunciation, many of which offer potential historical touchstones for tracing the development of 18th-century speech pathologies. Ultimately, Richman hopes to establish a historical trajectory for the growth of elocutionary science and early modern approaches to verbal disability from the early 17th through the mid-18th century.
The research is part of an ongoing project in which Richman hopes to develop a better understanding of modern attitudes toward communication disorders by tracing historical representations of the disability and the place of disabled people in early modern Britain.
The Folger Shakespeare Library is home to the world’s largest and finest collection of Shakespeare materials and to major collections of other rare Renaissance books, manuscripts, and works of art. A world-class research institute, the Folger helps set the intellectual agenda for early modern humanities. Through their interpretations of primary source materials, its associated scholars bring to light important issues from early modernity that still resonate today.