Lois Cucullu, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities: “A Queer Progress: The Naturalization of Christopher Isherwood”
(Four Months)

Reid Echols, Doctoral Candidate, University of Texas, Austin, “Conservatism and Conservation: Ecology and Rural Nostalgia in Interwar Britain”
(One Month)

Jaime Harker, Professor, University of Mississippi: “Pacific Rimming: Christopher Isherwood, Queer Expatriatism, and Cold War Orientalism”
(One Month)

Jack Sargent, Doctoral Candidate, University of Exeter: “ Time, Aestheticism, and Emotion: An Aesthetic of Enduring Feeling in Illicit Homosexual Literature 1870-1969”
(Two Months)


Rebecca Chenoweth, 2016-2017 Isherwood Fellow, PhD candidate, University of California, Santa Barbara: “Memory on the Edge of World War”
One month

Rebecca Chenoweth is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She specializes in 20th century British narratives of war, and theories of trauma and memory from the cognitive sciences and trauma studies. Her dissertation project examines the fictional and semi-fictional journal-form texts of British novelists including Virginia Woolf, Christopher Isherwood, and Kazuo Ishiguro, tracing the contributions of their self-interrogating narrators to our understanding of memory and identity.


Umasankar Patra, is a PhD scholar and a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of English at the University of Delhi, New Delhi, India. He holds an MA in English from University of Hyderabad and an MPhil from EFLU, Hyderabad. He is working on the intersection of autobiography and narrative form in Christopher Isherwood for his dissertation. His project focuses on the construction of truth and the formation of self- the authorial self and the narratorial self in the texts of Isherwood. At the Huntington, consulting Isherwood’s manuscripts, correspondence and lectures will help him to map the dialogism of the texts and the inter-textual nature of Isherwood’s corpus.

Katharine Stevenson, is a PhD candidate in English at The University of Texas at Austin where she studies modern British literature. Her dissertation is on the work of Christopher Isherwood and his lifelong friend Edward Upward, focusing on their fictionalized memoirs and collaborative fictions. Her research examines the unique ways in which these authors represent themselves, practice introspection, and interpret their own experiences in public and private writing using strange and complicated genres and narrative voices. Stevenson’s project also takes into account the performative nature of much of Isherwood and Upward’s literary production. She will be teaching a course in Gay and Lesbian Literature and Culture at The University of Texas in 2016.


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Don Bachardy and Christopher Isherwood, Photo by Florence Homolka, 1962

Don Bachardy and Christopher Isherwood,
Photo by Florence Homolka, 1962