TAMU-CC English Professor Awarded Prestigious ‘Shakespeare’ Grant

Published: May 25, 2016

TAMU-CC English Professor Awarded Prestigious ‘Shakespeare’ Grant

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Kathryn Vomero Santos, Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, has been awarded a “Teaching Shakespeare” grant from the Folger Shakespeare Library and the National Endowment for the Humanities for a project developed in collaboration with professors at Texas A&M University, College Station.

The $6,000 grant will fund a year-long project developed by Santos, and two Texas A&M University, College Station faculty, Dr. Hilaire Kallendorf, Professor of Hispanic and Religious Studies, and Dr. Laura Estill, Assistant Professor of English.

Santos, Kallendorf, and Estill will execute the project with Island University students enrolled in Santos’ “Literature of the English Renaissance” and “Shakespeare’s Exiles” classes during the 2016-2017 academic year. The purpose of the project is to strengthen college-level instruction of Shakespeare’s plays. Students will create and use a digital edition of Jorge de Montemayor’s Spanish pastoral romance, the “Diana,” which scholars have identified as one of the sources Shakespeare used for “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.” Students will work in teams and in stages to transcribe, modernize and annotate the text.

“This project will create a partnership among early modern scholars on both campuses, engage our students at TAMU-CC in exciting new research methods, and provide a valuable digital resource for students and scholars beyond our institutions,” said Santos.

To prepare for the project, Santos will attend the faculty workshop at the Folger Shakespeare Library from June 13-15. The workshop will explore how cross-institutional dialogue, interactive curricula and digital resources for undergraduate research can enrich the teaching of Shakespeare.

Santos will also work in consultation with the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media and Culture at Texas A&M in College Station during the summer.