American Literature

Funding for the study of American Literature

Various funding opportunities and awards are available to prospective or current graduate students focusing in American literature:

  • The Booth Tarkington Fellowship ($15,000), for an entering graduate student in American literature. Preference is for those interested in African American literature, race studies, and/or ethnic studies.
  • The Booth Tarkington Dissertation Fellowship ($8,000), for students working on their dissertations, to release them from teaching duties. One is awarded each semester.
  • The J. Albert Robbins Award, for an outstanding graduate student in American Literature.
  • The Dickason Prize, for an outstanding essay on any topic in American Literature.

The Lilly Library & American Literature

Researchers have easy access to the rich resources of the Lilly Rare Book and Manuscript Library, home of the principal archives of Sylvia Plath, Galway Kinnell, Max Eastman, Clifford Odets, and Orson Welles, among others, and significant collections of rare editions of the work of Whitman, Poe, Stowe, Melville, and others.

The Lilly Library also has important collections of manuscripts and other materials related to the Beats, Amiri Baraka, and nineteenth-century American drama; and one of the best collections of popular and pulp fiction, sheet music, and film scores.