JENNIFER JODELL is a PhD candidate at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Her dissertation, Mediating Bodies in Science Fiction, explores the ways in which sf texts represent the body as a medium for various forms of cultural, technological, and intersubjective exchange. Specifically, her project tracks the 19th-century trope of the mediating woman/medium through its various mutations in early sf and connects these representations to the later figures of the cyborg and posthuman. Using a combination of feminist, film, sf, and critical race theory, she hopes to understand how these "mediating bodies" figure in the genre's representations of film and media, subjectivity, agency, creativity, sociality, race, gender, and embodiment. The first stage of the project has as its focus short stories in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror pulps in which the body is depicted as mediating the "transmissions" of various types of networks. She will visit The J. Lloyd Eaton Collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Utopian Literature at the University of California, Riverside to examine selected runs of the collection's science fiction, fantasy, and horror pulps.
BRANDON JONES is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. His dissertation argues that whereas many scientific and political discourses on ecology developed an antagonistic relationship with utopianism after World War II, certain genres of speculative and historical American fiction contributed to a rapprochement between ecology and utopia. He will visit the Huntington Library to review variant drafts of Octavia Butler’s unpublished Parable of the Trickster (1989-2006), as well as to examine Butler’s notes and outlines on the two published Parable novels, Parable of the Sower (1993) and Parable of the Talents (1998).
ANNEKE SCHWAB is a PhD candidate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her dissertation, In Situ: Scientific Space in the American Imaginary, explores scientific spaces in American sf at the turn of the 20th century. Authors deploy scientific practice as a tool to grapple with threatening and indeterminate geography in texts ranging from weird fiction to naturalism to non-fictional expedition memoirs. Texts make sense of these spaces—the Amazon, Death Valley, Antarctica—by depicting them as the site of scientific practice. The turn of the 20th century is a time when what Michael Houellebecq calls “blanks on the map” are rapidly disappearing at the same time as scientific practice is codified and institutionalized. Speculative fiction provides particularly fertile ground for reading these scientific epistemologies within a fictional space. Responding to the Antarctica that Eric Wilson has called “the world’s unconscious, a reservoir of its repressed terrors,” these texts make legible—although strange and often horrific—a continent that seems to exist in excess of attempts to tame it scientifically.
JOSHUA PEARSON is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of California, Riverside. His dissertation examines how contradictions and anxieties associated with the shift from industrial to finance capitalism are expressed via gendered subjectivity in science fiction. He will visit Stirling University to examine the recently acquired archive of Iain M. Banks’s papers, with a particular focus on reviewing differences among drafts of The Player of Games (1988), Look to Windward (2000), and Matter (2008). $2711
WALTER SHEPHERD is a PhD student in the Department of English at Stanford University. His dissertation explores the history of the complicated and under-examined relation of African American writers to speculative fiction, focused on specific representational preoccupations that both popular and canonical African American literatures share. He will visit the Huntington Library to examine its archive of Octavia Butler’s papers and compare variant drafts of Kindred (1979) and Wild Seed (1980), and to read the unpublished novel Blindsight and the out-of-print novel Survivor (1978). $3000
ANDREW UZENDOSKI is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of Texas, Austin. His dissertation considers how recent indigenous and chicano/a speculative fiction engages with contemporary discourses about human rights, paying particular attention to responses to NAFTA and to critiques of the global celebrations of the 500th anniversary of Columbus’s voyages. He will visit the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Archive at Yale University to review variant drafts of Vizenor’s speculative novels—Bearheart: The Heirship Chronicles (1978), Griever: An American Monkey King in China (1987), and The Heirs of Columbus (1991)—and to review the research materials that Silko gathered while composing Almanac of the Dead (1991). $2300
JAMES MACHIN is a PhD student in Arts and Humanities at Birkbeck College, University of London. His dissertation offers a cultural history of “weird fiction,” with a focus on its “Golden Age” of 1880-1940. He has had articles published in The Victorian and East-West Cultural Passage and has a review forthcoming in the Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies. While at the Eaton, he will explore the legacy of nineteenth-century decadence in Weird Tales magazine and will also examine the recently acquired archive of William Hope Hodgson’s papers.
STEVEN MOLLMAN is a PhD student in English at the University of Connecticut-Storrs. His dissertation examines scientists in Victorian literature and the way that thinking like a scientist is represented as a visual practice. He has had articles published in English Literature in Transition and Gaskell Journal and has presented his work at numerous conferences. His time in the Eaton will be spent reading rare future-war stories from the turn on the twentieth century, investigating the ways in which science and scientists were mobilized in fictional scenarios of large-scale conflict and revolution.
HANNAH MUELLER is a PhD student in German Studies at Cornell University, where she is pursuing Minors in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Film Studies. She has had chapters published in books on gender in Sherlock Holmes stories and on nudity in “quality television” series and has also done extension translation work. While at the Eaton, she will examine materials relevant to her ongoing study of “transformative media fandom,” with particular attention to the influence of media fans on the representation of female and sexual minority characters in popular culture.
M. LOHMAR is a PhD student in Classics at the University of Florida. His dissertation studies representations of violence in ancient Roman epic and their echoes in modern horror media. He has presented his work at the Classical Association of the Middle West and South and at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, and has published reviews in Classical Outlook and in Extrapolation. While at the Eaton, he will review coverage of horror cinema in such publications as Famous Monsters of Filmland, Cinefantastique, and Gore Creatures, and will also survey the collection's holdings of EC Comics.
MICHELLE K. YOST is a PhD student in English at the University of Liverpool. Her dissertation -- which has already been infused with archival research conducted at Ohio State University and at the Library of Congress -- seeks to develop a comprehensive bibliography of "hollow earth" narratives and to offer a critical-historical study of their speculative geology. She has written reviews for Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction and entries for the third edition of the Science Fiction Encyclopedia. During a three-week trip to the Eaton, she plans to read several very rare hollow earth stories, as well as to explore more recent pastiches of the genre in professional fan publications.
MARK T. YOUNG is a PhD student in English at the University of California, Riverside. His dissertation examined modes of musical "retro-futurism" in postwar American literature, including scxience fiction. He has presented work at the annual SFRA Conference, the Eaton Conference, and the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association Conference, and his reviews have appeared in most major outlets in the field: Science Fiction Studies, The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts, Extrapolation, and the SFRA Review. The fellowship will provide summer support enabling him to examine representations of jazz, blues, and rock music in magazine science fiction of the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, as well as coverage of the rock scene in SF fan publications.
ANDREW FERGUSON is a PhD student in the English Department at the University of Virginia. His dissertation examines the aesthetics of “glitching” in modernist and postmodernist fiction, videogames, and sf. He received the award for best student paper delivered at the 2009 SFRA conference and the 2012 top prize from the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia for his work collecting the print materials of R.A. Lafferty. His work has appeared in SFS, the New York Review of Science Fiction, and other venues. He will spend ten days in the Eaton researching the “Shaver Mysteries” promoted in Amazing Stories during the mid-to-late 1940s.
MATTHEW HOLTMEIER is a PhD candidate in Film Studies at the University of St. Andrews. His research, on “biopolitical production and cinematic subjectivity,” uses fan culture studies to examine the dynamics of affect and belief in popular film and television audiences. His essays have appeared in Short Film Studies, Leonardo Electronic Almanac, and the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture. He will spend a week in the Eaton studying the emergence of fan communities surrounding The X-Files, including working in the Mari Ruíz-Torres Collection of books, scripts, posters, photographs, and fan club materials relating to the program.
MALISA KURTZ is a PhD student in Interdisciplinary Humanities at Brock University. Her dissertation examines the intersections of (post)colonialism, technoculture, and race in twentieth-century sf. She has presented her work at the Popular Culture Association of Canada conference and the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts, and has won a number of competitive research fellowships. During a month in the Eaton, she plans to explore “the cultural construction of a pan-Asian identity” in early pulp sf.