Dr. Marguerite Rippy Awarded NEH Summer Grant
Friday, June 21, 2019
Dr. Marguerite Rippy ( Department of Literature and Languages, Director of the Graduate Program in English and Humanities) recently received a prestigious Summer grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The NEH provided $6,000 in outright funding to support her research on “Orson Welles, Macbeth, and Africa: Collective Genius and the Diaspora.” This book-length project investigates the contributions made by African and African-American artists to Orson Welles’ 1936 Federal Theater Project production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.
Dr. Rippy works on 20th century film and drama, adaptations of Shakespeare, race and performance. Her research has been shared widely, and she is the author of the book Orson Welles and the Unfinished RKO Projects (U of Southern Illinois P 2009). Most recently, her article “The Death of the Auteur: Orson Welles, Asadata Dafora, and the 1936 Macbeth” was published in Orson Welles in Focus: Texts and Contexts (Eds. James Gilmore and Sidney Gottlieb. Indiana University Press, 2018). This grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities will support her second scholarly book on Welles.
Congratulations on this significant achievement, Dr. Rippy!