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Release: Feb. 10, 2003

English Professor Wins Major Research Fellowship

A University of Iowa English professor has won one of the largest research fellowships available in his field. The American Council of Learned Societies awarded Doug Trevor, an assistant professor of English in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, a Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship, which provides nearly $76,000 to fund research and travel for one academic year and a summer.

Trevor will use the fellowship to work on his second book, "The End of Belief: Theology and Gender in Seventeenth-Century England." This book analyzes the poet John Milton's high estimation of different-sex relations in Paradise Lost by arguing that the poet's emphasis on the merits of companionate marriage force him to downgrade a theological rationale for divine love in favor of domestic accord. More broadly, the book approaches the sex-gender system of early modern England from the vantage point of theological speculation-not only Milton's but also significant female religious thinkers such as Rachel Speght, Anne Askew, and Lucy Hutchinson.

Funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in honor of Charles A. Ryskamp, a literary scholar and long-serving trustee of the Foundation, these fellowships support advanced assistant professors in the humanities whose scholarly contributions have advanced their fields and who have well designed and carefully developed plans for new research. The fellowships seek to provide time and resources to enable these faculty members to conduct their research under optimal conditions.

Trevor, who specializes in Renaissance literature, has taught at the UI since 1999. He earned a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a master's and doctorate from Harvard University.

The American Council of Learned Societies is a private non-profit federation of sixty-six national scholarly organizations. The mission of the ACLS, as set forth in its Constitution, is "the advancement of humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences and the maintenance and strengthening of relations among the national societies devoted to such studies."

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