May 26, 2015

RBS-Mellon Fellows for 2015–2017

In September 2012, Rare Book School received an $896,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund a new three-year fellowship program at RBS, the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography. Additional grants of $783,000 and $757,000 were awarded subsequently to fund the second and third cohorts of twenty RBS-Mellon Fellows. The aim of the fellowship program is to reinvigorate bibliographical studies within the humanities by introducing doctoral candidates, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty to specialized skills, methods, and professional networks for conducting advanced research with material texts. See the RBS-Mellon Fellowship page for more information.

Juliet Sperling is a doctoral candidate in the Department of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania. She is broadly interested in American art and visual culture from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century, with particular emphasis on the history of moving images. In her dissertation project, “Animating Flatness: Seeing Moving Images in American Painting and Mass Visual Culture, 1800-1895,” she examines movable books and metamorphic prints as visual contexts for the creation and viewing of paintings by Raphaelle Peale, David Claypoole Johnston, and Winslow Homer. Her objects of study include harlequinades, “dissected plate” anatomical atlases, metamorphic trade cards, and pop-up books.

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