Julia Schleck, assistant professor of English and acting director of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program, has been awarded a fellowship to pursue research next spring at a world-renowned research center on Shakespeare.
The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., has awarded a short-term fellowship to Schleck to pursue her latest book project, "The Genres of Early Capitalism." She will examine the ways British trading companies sought to control the form as well as the content of writing to describe their activities abroad during the late 16th and early 17th centuries. The project provides literary critics, historians and historians of science alike with a new perspective on the mercantile beginnings of the British Empire, and on the manner in which representations in text intersected with other forms of engagement in foreign lands, Schleck said.
The Folger is known as one of the top three research libraries in the country for those working in Renaissance history and literature. It 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," according to its website. The library awards approximately 35 short-term fellowships annually.
Earlier this year, Schleck was awarded a Franklin Research Grant from the American Philosophical Society that will support research in London for two months this summer for the same book project.