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Nagle earns summer fellowship at Notre Dame

May 16, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Christopher Nagle, Western Michigan University associate professor of English and gender and women's studies, has earned a prestigious fellowship at the University of Notre Dame to explore the work of female writers in the wake of the 1798 Irish Rising.

Sponsored by the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, the $4,000 award provides for Nagle to be a visiting scholar in residence at the institute this summer. There, he will conduct research for a scholarly monograph about the contributions of Romantic-era women writers to Anglo-Irish political and cultural conflict.

The University of Notre Dame possesses some of the most significant Irish Studies resources in the world, including the recently acquired Loeber Collection of Irish Fiction, a unique collection of rare texts comprising more than 2,000 titles of early fiction, some of which are the only known copies in existence.

"This fellowship provides a really exciting opportunity for me to spend significant time exploring the Hesburgh Library's rich Irish studies archives, and to make headway on several projects I've undertaken while on sabbatical from WMU," says Nagle. "It will be a particular pleasure to return to Notre Dame after being an NEH visiting scholar at the Keough-Naughton Institute five years ago, where I found a host of remarkably generous colleagues."

Nagle's first book, "Sexuality and the Culture of Sensibility in the British Romantic Era," was recently published by Palgrave Macmillan and is available from the publisher as well as online at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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