Chancellor Jackman Graduate Fellowships in the Humanities, 2021-2022

Chancellor Jackman Graduate Fellowships in the Humanities, 2021-2022
Annual Theme: Pleasure

Walker Horsfall, Centre for Medieval Studies

Science and Natural Philosophy in the Poetry of Heinrich von Meissen (Frauenlob)

Walker is a literary historian whose work focuses on the medieval German poet Frauenlob (late 13th-early 14th c.). The pen-name Frauenlob, meaning “praise of ladies” or perhaps “praise of Our Lady”, lays bare the poet's main artistic preoccupation: the praise of the feminine principle, typified as either the Virgin Mary, the biblical Sapientia, personified love (Frau Minne), personified nature (Natura), and especially combinations thereof. His poetry is infamous, both among his contemporaries and among modern scholars, for its highly learned and hermetic nature: Frauenlob interlaces his poems with frequent allusions to many intellectual traditions of his day, including Christian theology, Neoplatonic and Aristotelian philosophy, visionary mysticism, and courtly romance. Walker’s investigation seeks to demonstrate further the scope of Frauenlob’s intellectualism by investigating his integration of contemporary natural science into his predominantly religious praise poetry. Frauenlob's concern with the physical and spiritual origins of the universe, as evidenced from his use of biological, medical, and cosmological source material, is united with his signature interest in women and femininity, and results in a unique world view, and accompanying poetic language, which centralizes the importance of sexual reproduction, and specifically sexual pleasure, in universal hierarchy. Supervisor: Markus Stock, FAS German and Medieval Studies

Sadie Menicanin, Faculty of Music

Gardens as Heterotopias in Early Twentieth-Century Viennese Opera

Sadie is a historical musicologist whose dissertation traces connections between gardens as built spaces and as constructed in dramatic musical works. In early twentieth-century Vienna, gardens occupied an important place in urban life as well as in the artistic imaginations of its residents. Immersive and multisensory, gardens in this context were transporting retreats from undesirable urban realities and sites for the performative display of contemporary cultural values. Using Foucault’s concept of the heterotopia, her research examines how operatic gardens engaged with contemporary cultural discourses around green space and pleasure across musical, dramatic, and visual dimensions. Supervisor: Sherry Lee, Faculty of Music

Michael Reid, English

Dangerous Pleasures: Literature, Secrecy, and Homosexuality in Eighteenth-Century England

Michael’s dissertation is an interdisciplinary study of the lived experience of gay men in eighteenth-century England. Using a range of contemporary historical and literary texts including criminal biographies, minor Gothic novels, trial records, broadsides, political and personal satires, versified love letters, newspaper accounts, commonplace books, wills, and more, he presents a series of case studies that untangle some of the most mysterious and least interpretable materials in the human record: a labyrinth of double entendres, redacted names, false trails. His research not only illuminates the what of the historical past, but also provides an interpretive framework of the how it may be understood in a closer and more intimate sense. Supervisor: Simon Dickie, FAS English