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Jason Robert Rudy
University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)

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$50,400 (approved)
$46,200 (awarded)

Grant period:
2/1/2011 – 12/31/2011

British Poetry and National Identity en route, 1824-1868

This study analyzes nineteenth-century British poetry in a global context, from poems printed on ships sailing to Australia to poetry written in letters and journals by British citizens traveling in India, Chile, and Canada. This alternative archive of British poetry composed from abroad reshapes our understanding of poetry written during this period and, more important, suggests how poetry reflects upon and influences the construction of national identity both at home and in the world at large. The project asks questions long central to humanistic studies, but--in its global purview--frames them in importantly different ways. My work gives especial attention to poetry written by women and working-class writers. I am committed to an interdisciplinary approach that borrows from emerging work in cosmopolitan studies and that balances literary studies (close reading, textual analysis), cultural history, and political theory.