Elizabeth Robinson awarded Snouffer Dissertation Fellowship

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Elizabeth Robinson, PhD candidate of French, has been awarded the Mary Savage Snouffer Dissertation Fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year. The award is given to two doctoral candidates pursuing their degree in the Humanities. Robinson’s dissertation, presently entitled, "Gynocolonial Legacies: Lasting Influences of the French Founding Mothers in North America" looks at mothers, and specifically reproduction, via contemporary literature produced about two sets of women sent from the French crown in the 17th and 18th centuries for the express purposes of populating the North American colonies. Examining a variety of historical fictions, ranging from fiction as faithful to fact as possible, popular romance, and supernatural, the dissertation looks at the reproductive powers of the body: biological, institutional, and memory, and how all of these play into a larger cultural reproduction.