Stephen Campagna-Pinto (Department of Philosophy/Religious Studies), to initiate a series of interrelated projects that would lead to the publication of both original scholarship and anthologies for use in higher education. These include a journal article, “Worldly Asceticism and the Strenuous Mood: Max Weber and William James on Religious Experience and its Relation to Capitalism,” which would investigate the interpretation of religious experience in light of the development of modern forms of capitalism as undertaken by two of the major thinkers on the sociology and the psychology of religion; and Religious Experience and Capitalism, a book-length project that investigates the ways in which modern thinkers from Hegel and Marx through James, Weber, Durkheim, and Freud to postmodernists such as Jacques Derrida and Mark C. Taylor interpret how capitalism has shaped modern conceptions of religious or spiritual experience. Professor Campagna-Pinto will lead the Gould Center Seminar "God and Money," in the Fall semester of Academic Year 2004-05.
Robert Faggen (Department of Literature), for The Cambridge Introduction to Robert Frost, a 60,000-word volume commissioned by Cambridge University Press. Professor Faggen writes:
The commission came as a result of the success of my edition of The Cambridge Companion to Robert Frost (2nd printing 2002) which convinced the pres of the great interest in Frost not only in the United States but also in Britain, Europe, and Asia. (A Chinese publisher has acquired rights to publish the book). The Frost Companion was a collection of specially commissioned essays; this book will be a monograph.
Tobias Gregory (Department of Literature), for work on a manuscript-in-progress, The Epic Supernatural: Divine Action in Renaissance Heroic Poetry. Professor Gregory’s Study examines how poets from Petrarch to Milton handled a difficult narrative problem: in a modern epic poem, what supernatural powers should take the place of the intervening Olympian gods of Homer and Virgil? The Epic Supernatural offers a comparative study of poetic approaches to this problem, and, in so doing, engages two central and enduring subjects in Renaissance studies: the relation between classical literary models and Christian religious norms, and the intersection of religion and politics in an early modern Europe divided on confessional lines.
Ann Meyer, to continue research and writing of her second book, From Hebrew Girl to Christian Queen: The Medieval Exaltation of Mary in France, England, and the Burgundian Netherlands. In this study, Professor Meyer traces the concept of Mary, mother of Jesus, as queen of heaven from its origins in patristic writings to its great flowering in later medieval theology, art, liturgy, and political theory. After presenting a paper at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds, England, in July, 2004, Professor Meyer continued her research at the Bodleian Library in Oxford and at the Bibliothèque national de France, the Bibliothèque de L’Institut d’études augustiennes, and the Louvre’s Service d’étude et de documentation de department des peintures in Paris. Professor Meyer writes: “My special interest is in how the medieval exaltation of Mary as queen of heaven is a synthesis of religious, artistic, and political expressions, a synthesis that fulfilled cultural needs for a historically documented biblical past and served as a precursor to the modern historical imagination.”