English Professor Awarded Literary Fellowship


High Point University English Professor Laura LinkerHIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 10, 2012 – Dr. Laura Linker, assistant professor of English at High Point University, was awarded a $2,000 fellowship from the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) and the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Linker was awarded the fellowship to research the Folger Shakespeare Library collections and participate in the upcoming Folger seminar, Early Modern Cities in Comparative Perspective. The fellowship will support travel and research for her book project, “The Theater of Medicine.” The book will consider the way Restoration and 18th-century writers staged theories of madness in works written from 1660-1750.

The intent of the conference is to generate discussion among scholars working on extensive, ongoing research projects related to the conference theme. The conference is about London and its intellectual communities. The research Linker undertakes on London at the Folger will enhance her existing work with students. She has developed a digital, interactive map of London from the British Library for her students, who create content on map markers related to historical sites as part of their coursework.

“I am excited to represent High Point University at the Folger Shakespeare Library, and I look forward to involving students in my research,” says Linker.

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