Albert Christ-Janer Creative Research Award 2019
Elizabeth Wright, professor of Spanish, studies how empire building shaped Spanish literature and culture at the dawn of the modern era. Her scholarship combines an imaginative and dexterous use of literary texts and archival materials to offer subtle insights and new ways of understanding the cultural ferment associated with modernity. Since 2017, she has been the editor of the Bulletin of the Comediantes, the premier journal in her field. Her current book project, Stages of Servitude: Scenes from the Atlantic Slave Trade, ponders how slave trafficking took root even though rulers and the population at large took note of its cruelty and illegality. But this study also explores how enslaved and free blacks negotiated economic advancement and even claimed artistic validation, thereby casting new light on a long-neglected dimension of Spain’s Renaissance.
- Creative Research Medal 2017