UPIKE English professor awarded prestigious fellowship

Cody Jarman, Ph.D., assistant professor of English at the University of Pikeville (UPIKE), was recently awarded a research fellowship by the University of Texas at Austin’s Henry Ransom Center. The Henry Ransom Center (HRC) is a world-renowned hub of humanities scholarship. The Center houses the personal papers of figures as diverse as James Joyce and Bob Woodward. 

The fellowship allowed Jarman to travel to Austin to review the unpublished radio play scripts produced by Irish poet Louis MacNeice for the BBC in the 1940s. The plays tackle the thorny problem of mid-century decolonization – including a series of three plays produced about India and Pakistan in 1947 and one about Ghana in 1957. Included in the fellowship was the cost of travel and an office at the HRC.

Jarman intends to use his work at the HRC for a chapter in his book studying the racial and colonial politics of the Irish Revival and Harlem Renaissance. 

“My time at the Harry Ransom Center was very rewarding. The HRC holds a world-class collection of materials and provides excellent support for its research fellows. Having time to devote yourself to your work in a focused way while having access to extremely rare collections is a dream come true for researchers,” Jarman said. “I’m very excited about the manuscripts I worked on while in Austin, and I am confident they’ll add some meaningful depth to my book on racial and colonial politics in Irish and African American literature.”

Visit upike.edu/programs/english/ for more information about the work of the UPIKE English program.