PhD Student Leslie Harkema Wins Fulbright Fellowship
Doctoral candidate and Presidential University Fellow Leslie J. Harkema has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Spain for the 2011-2012 academic year, for research on her dissertation entitled “The Aesthetics of Youth: Miguel de Unamuno and ‘la joven literatura.'” She is also the winner of a Boston University Graduate Research Abroad Fellowship.
The two awards will allow her to work in archives at the Universidad de Salamanca’s Casa Museo Unamuno, the Residencia de Estudiantes in Madrid, and the Biblioteca Nacional de España. Ms. Harkema’s dissertation focuses on the concept of youth developed in the essays and poetry of Miguel de Unamuno at the turn of the twentieth century, and its impact on the self-fashioning of Spanish poets and critics of the 1920s, who called themselves “la joven literatura” (the young literature).
She is conducting this dissertation under the supervision of Prof. Christopher Maurer.