Field Report: Boston Athenæum Fellows Robert Riter and Jean Franzino
Please join us to hear Robert Riter, 2018-2019 Mary Catherine Mooney Fellow, and Jean Franzino, 2018-2019 Suzanne and Caleb Loring Research Fellow, discuss their research.
Robert Riter is a faculty member in The University of Alabama’s School of Library & Information Studies, where he holds the Marie Drolet Bristol-EBSCO Industries Endowed Professorship and coordinates the School’s archival studies program. His research interests address questions regarding the publication of original sources, archival readings of book art, and intellectual archival and bibliographic history. Riter’s project is "The Archival Sensitivities of Daniel Berkeley Updike.”
Jean Franzino is a scholar of disability and health in nineteenth-century U.S. literature and culture. She earned her Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Virginia, and her B.A. from the University of Michigan. Her work has appeared in American Quarterly and Disability Studies Quarterly, and is forthcoming in Literature and Medicine. Her current research explores the emerging legal category of the disabled American at the end of the nineteenth century and its relation to the construction of disability in Civil War literature, broadly conceived. Dr. Franzino has taught literature and American Studies courses at Macalester College and Beloit College. She has been named an Emerging Scholar in the Field of Disability Studies by the Society for Disability Studies and her project is “Dis-Union: Disability Cultures and the American Civil War.”