Professor Rachel Cowgill has been awarded a visiting research fellowship from California’s Huntington Library, one of the largest and most complete research libraries in the United States in its fields of specialization.
The Huntington is particularly strong in eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century material and houses an important collection of manuscripts of plays and operas that were performed on the London stage during this period.
The fellowship will give Professor Cowgill an opportunity to spend a month at the Library pursuing research for an article entitled ‘Burlesquing Don Giovanni on the Early 19th-Century London Stage’ for a collection of essays that will be published in 2014.
A private, non-profit institution, The Huntington houses about six million items, with extensive collections in British and American history, literature, art history, and the history of science and medicine. More than 1,700 scholars from around the world use these collections each year to conduct advanced humanities research. The institution also awards 120-130 annual grants to scholars through a rigorous peer-review programme.
Professor Cowgill said: “The Huntington’s collection of rare books and manuscripts is an extraordinary resource. This fellowship award will allow me to access unique materials in these collections which will be an invaluable support to my research work”.
Professor Cowgill is currently on research leave at the University of Cambridge, where she has been awarded two prestigious visiting research fellowships.