Dr. Brenda Machosky awarded fellowships for Australian aboriginal research

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Posted: May 19, 2011

Dr. Brenda Machosky
Dr. Brenda Machosky
University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu’s Dr. Brenda Machosky received an award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Fellowship Endowment to be in residence this summer at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Machosky received additional funding from the University of Hawai‘i Endowment for the Humanities for her research.
 
The Harry Ransom Center houses one of the world’s finest cultural archives with over 45 million items, including extensive collections of rare books, manuscripts, photography, film, art, and the performing arts. Machosky will be working on her research project “The Absent Presence of Aboriginal Voices in Post-Contact Literature of Australia.”
 
While in residence at the Harry Ransom Center, Machosky will be looking through the materials of the various Australian collections in an attempt to hear the voice of the “absent Aborigine” in both the literary productions themselves and in the various correspondence about Australian Aboriginal affairs. Until recently, Australian literary history ignored the potential and the practice of Aboriginal voices in literature. Only three years ago, in 2008, was the first Anthology of Australian Aboriginal Literature published. The volume includes Australian Aboriginal writing dating back to 1796 and details the struggles to have Aboriginal voices heard in the canon of Australian literary and cultural history and in the political system that determined their lives.
 
Machosky is an assistant professor of English and humanities at UH West O‘ahu where she teaches drama, pre-1700 literature, and writing. After receiving her doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she held a three-year postdoctoral position at Stanford University and a one-year visiting assistant professorship at Cornell University. Machosky’s research continues her focus on allegory, following an edited volume, Thinking Allegory Otherwise (Stanford 2009) and a forthcoming book, Structures of Appearing: Allegory as the Work of Art (Fordham).
 
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