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Richard Doty

Last modified: Wednesday, April 17, 2002

Two IU faculty receive Guggenheim Fellowships

Guggenheim Fellowships for 2002 have been awarded to two Indiana University faculty members, Jeffrey Gould, professor of history and director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Rosemary Lloyd, Rudy Professor of French.

The awards are presented on the basis of distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. Each of the IU recipients will receive approximately $36,000 to help free them from teaching responsibilities for a year so they can pursue their research.

Since its creation in 1925, the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in New York City has awarded more than $200 million in fellowships to some 15,000 individuals. More than 100 have been IU faculty members.

Sharon Stephens Brehm, chancellor of the IU Bloomington campus, said, "These prestigious awards are highly sought after, and the campus takes great pride in Professor Gould's and Professor Lloyd's achievements. They are outstanding examples of the extraordinary level of academic excellence that characterizes the Bloomington faculty."

Gould said the Guggenheim award will help him publish a book with a new perspective on the 1932 rebellion and mass repression in El Salvador involving a massacre of some 10,000 people. His research on this project has included interviews with approximately 150 survivors of the massacre as well as 15 months of field research. "This book will be of direct relevance to students of peasant and indigenous movements, the politics of collective memory, and the formation of modern Latin American political culture," he said.

Gould, an IU faculty member since 1988, specializes in Central American history and has published two previous books on Nicaraguan history. He also is working on a documentary film entitled Scars of Memory: El Salvador, 1932 that is based on this research project.

Lloyd's research deals with the purpose of still life in arts and letters. She will use the Guggenheim award to help in writing a book on still life in modernist and post-modernist literature and art that would interest students of comparative studies and others interested in the issues of modernism and post-modernism.

"My contention is that the still life, in art and in literature, becomes a means for transferring the anxiety aroused by the contingency of a society in flux onto objects whose stubborn thereness is at once a reality and an illusion. My central concern lies with the ways in which the still life, written or painted, both evokes and attempts to deal with that sense of contingency," she explained.

Lloyd, an IU faculty member since 1990, concentrates her teaching on providing historical contexts and theoretical frameworks for 19th-century French prose and poetry.