ACLS Honors Dartmouth Professors’ Joint Work

Dartmouth’s George Edmondson, an associate professor of English, and Klaus Mladek, an associate professor of German studies and comparative literature, make up one of eight teams chosen by the American Council of Learned Societies for 2014 Collaborative Research Fellowships. Edmondson and Mladek plan to write a book together; it is to be titled “A Politics of Melancholia.”

“Long-lasting collaborations between scholars from different fields are unusual in the humanities,” Mladek says. “When George and I began working on our co-authored book, we had to get out of our customary writing habits as soon as we began developing our thoughts together—by writing and discussing at the same desk and on the same computer.”

This process, he says, “forced me to break out of my own mode of solitary thinking in reaction to the voice and ideas of my collaborator.”

The ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship Program, launched in 2007 and made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to demonstrate the creative potential of collaborative research in the humanities and related social sciences.

Dartmouth ‘Intervenes’ in Peruvian Photography Archive

Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature Silvia Spitta and Dartmouth librarian Jill Baron traveled to Cuzco, Peru, in December, to organize and catalogue more than 40,000 glass plate negatives made by the late indigenous Peruvian photographer Martín Chambi.

With financing from the Office of the Dean of the Faculty’s Scholarly Innovation Fund, as well as support from the Dartmouth Library, Spitta and Baron worked with Teo Allain Chambi, the grandson of the photographer and director of the Chambi archive.

Spitta’s exhibition of Chambi’s photos, “Interventions in the Archive,” will be held in Cuzco from September 15 to October 18, 2014. The photographs will be enlarged and hung around the city, “in the very spaces where Chambi took them almost 100 years ago,” says Spitta, the Robert E. Maxwell 1923 Professor of Arts and Sciences.

These photos document life in Cuzco from 1920-1950, and capture everything from snapshots of street vendors, to formal studio portraits, to photographs of important Incan sites such as Machu Picchu and Sacsayhuaman.

Ben Randolph ’15 Makes the Most of Faculty Accessibility

When Ben Randolph ’15 was choosing a college, Dartmouth emerged as a favorite, he says, because of its “excellent study abroad program in Spain, its small size, and the opportunity to work closely with professors.”

What he didn’t anticipate was just how extensive these faculty research opportunities would be. Randolph is now in the midst of his third faculty research project, helping Associate Professor of Spanish Antonio Gómez develop a new comparative literature class.

Since the summer after his first year at Dartmouth, Randolph has helped Department of Spanish and Portuguese Professor Pedro Palou (now at Tufts University) research his book about Mexican biopolitics in the 20th and 21st centuries and worked with Spanish and Portuguese Professor Raúl Bueno Chávez on researching transculturation in Latin America, a project Randolph is still working on.

Professor Carlos Fuentes (El País)

A feature story about the late novelist and diplomat Carlos Fuentes discusses the role teaching played in Fuentes’ career, noting the time he spent at Dartmouth as a Montgomery Fellow in 1981.

In this translated article, originally published in Spanish in El País, Beatriz Pastor, a professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature, says, “In Dartmouth (Fuentes) could enjoy a space for debate, discussions and interactions with people from different areas and departments: Performing arts, film, math, science.”

Read the full story, published 10/10/12 in El País.

Professor Granted France’s Top Award, the Legion d’Honneur

Lawrence Kritzman, professor of French and of comparative literature, has been named to the Legion d’Honneur by French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The award, created by Napoleon in 1802 to honor meritorious service to France, is the highest that the country bestows on an individual. It is reserved for those whose merits or accomplishments have made a positive and significant impact on France.

Kritzman’s recognition reflects the “quality of the entirety of [his] publications and [his] many contributions to the promotion and dissemination of French culture.” Kritzman will be inducted into the Legion this spring at a ceremony to be convened by French Ambassador to the United States François Delattre.

“I am absolutely thrilled that Larry Kritzman has been honored in this fashion,” said Adrian Randolph, associate dean of the faculty for the arts and humanities and the Leon E. Williams Professor of Art History. “This award makes visible his enormous contributions to the field of French Renaissance literature, and to the study of French culture more broadly.”

Professor Higgins to Present 23rd Presidential Lecture

Professor of French and Comparative Literature Lynn Higgins will present the 23rd Presidential Lecture on Tuesday, May 17, at 5 p.m., in 105 Dartmouth Hall. Higgins’s lecture, entitled “The Powers of Fiction,” will deal with her work on the legacy of World War II France, including the German occupation, in literature and film as well as her forthcoming book about filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier.

“I’ve been hearing echoes across the divide between my two topics for some time, and this lecture has been an opportunity to get the two subjects to talk to each other,” says Higgins, who joined the Dartmouth faculty in 1976. “I’m hoping that I’ll be able to explore some questions coming from the humanities that will be of value and interest to my colleagues and students in literature, and also to those working in fields very different from mine.”