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Romantic Lit, English Cooking, Leopold & Loeb

Kaplan Institute fellowships free up faculty, staff for book projects on diverse topics

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Four Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences faculty members and a Northwestern University Library staff member have been named 2012-13 Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities Fellows. The fellowships will afford them time in the upcoming academic year to work on book projects covering a range of topics, from the Nazis’ persecution of Jews to aesthetics and semantics in Romantic literature.

Nathalie Bouzaglo, assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese, will use the Kaplan fellowship to explore the subject of adultery in late 19th-century Venezuela; Benjamin Frommer, associate professor of history, will research the Jews of Moravia and Bohemia; Emily Rohrbach, assistant professor of English, will explore aesthetics and semantics in Romantic literature and Wendy Wall, the Avalon Foundation Professor of the Humanities who has written on food and domesticity, will work on “Strange Kitchens: Knowledge and Taste in Early English Recipe Books.”

University Library communications specialist Nina Barrett, who recently earned a prestigious James Beard Journalism Award, will work on a book about two of Chicago’s most infamous murderers to be published by Northwestern University Press. She curated “The Murder that Wouldn’t Die: Leopold and Loeb in Artifact, Fact and Fiction,” a 2009 exhibition drawn from the library’s collections.

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