The DePaul Humanities Center
is pleased to announce our 2018-2019 Visiting Fellows.
“Filth, Cleansing, and Crime”
Melissa Lorraine is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Theatre Y. Melissa has focused her career on challenging material and international collaboration in an effort to mine the contradictions of the human experience, leading audiences on a journey of finding universally shared meaning. As a DHC Visiting Fellow, Melissa is researching social ideas of filth (and cleansing) around the subject of crime. It is imagined that prisons offer our “filthiest” citizens a kind of cleansing, and victims are also somehow “stained” or marked by (an external) filth, which sometimes they internalize. These two populations are all too often left silently enduring a body they loathe—a body in which they feel trapped or from which they feel estranged. Theatre Y is creating a practice (employing tools/methods of the theater and partnering with trained therapists and psychiatrists) to cleanse the body of trauma: to make the body of the incarcerated and the traumatized a pleasure to inhabit again, all within a community in which to rediscover their identity.
Maria Anna Mariani
Winter and Spring 2019
University of Chicago
"Italy and the Bomb: Literary Recreation in a Nuclear Age"
Maria Anna Mariani is Assistant Professor of Italian Literature at the University of Chicago. She is the author of Primo Levi e Anna Frank. Tra testimonianza e letteratura (forthcoming, Carocci 2018), and Sull’autobiografia contemporanea. Nathalie Sarraute, Elias Canetti, Alice Munro, Primo Levi (Carocci 2012). Her current book project, which is also the focus of her Visiting Fellowship at the DHC, is entitled, Italy and the Bomb: Literary Recreation in a Nuclear Age—a reconstruction of the centrality of the nuclear question in Italian Literature of the postwar years, especially in the works of Italo Calvino, Elsa Morante, Alberto Moravia, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Leonardo Sciascia.
Internal Faculty Fellowships: DePaul Faculty Fellows
Applications for the 2019-2021 theme, "AGE," are now being accepted. Applications must be received by November 26, 2018. For more information and to apply, see Fellowship Program page.
External Faculty Fellowships: Visiting Humanities Fellows
Applications for 2019-2020 Visiting Fellows under the theme of "Scale" are now being accepted, and must be received by January 25, 2019. For more information and to apply, see Fellowship Program page.