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David Michael Alff
SUNY Research Foundation, Buffalo State College (Buffalo, NY 14222-1004)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

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$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2015 – 8/1/2015

Projects in British Culture, 1660-1730

Summer research and writing on British History and Literature, and Western Civilization.

My book manuscript investigates the idea of projects, concrete yet incomplete schemes for advancing British society during the 1600 and 1700s. Then, as now, a "project" was a discrete effort to achieve some goal, be it the construction of a bridge, the relief of the poor, or the composition of a poem. The word meant both a unit of human endeavor and a genre of writing for proposing new enterprise through specific literary devices and persuasive strategies. By attending to the rhetorical, material, and performative aspects of a broad range of proposals, my research argues for a more comprehensive British historiography attentive to old plans for futures that could have been.