List of 2022 Amherst Fellows

From January 5-21, the Folger Shakespeare Library hosted five undergraduate students from Amherst College. The fellows conducted research on a project of their choosing with the guidance of Folger staff. See Amherst fellows for more information about the program in previous years.

The 2022 Amherst Fellows

Participants and Project Descriptions

A screenshot of "Perdita Manuscripts, 1500-1700"
Olive Amdur '23

My project is intended to explore our daily integration with our environment. Through an examination of journals, letters, miscellanies, commonplace books, and writings of the everyday, I hope to shape an argument for new ways we might engage—feel, write, think, and live—with climate and our relationship to it in the Anthropocene.

Folger 236- 024q from the Folger Reference Image Collection
Anurima Chattopadhyay '24

I'm interested in investigating the link between identity and cultural devastation for Indigenous populations at the start of the 15th century. More specifically, how representations of geographic landmarks and ceremonies on maps made by colonists painted a narrow and deeply flawed picture of Indigenous culture and customs.

ART File S528t4 no.10 (size XS) from the Folger Digital Image Collection
Sarah Lapean '23

In examining the representation of rape in early modern literature, I have found there to be a deafening silence about the act itself. Therefore, using the idea of negative space, I have been exploring rape in this era by what leads up to it and what happens as a consequence.

ART File S528o1 no.66 (size XS) from the Folger Digital Image Collection
Muhammad Sabally '23

I will be examining illustrations (drawings/paintings/digital images) of Act 5 scene 2 of Othello. My goal is to explain how the images portray innocence and the violent frustrations caused by sexual betrayal (cuckoldry).

A text-book of mental diseases : with special reference to the pathological aspects of insanity, page 27. From the Wellcome Online Collection.
Sydney Scanlon '22

My project is an exploration into early modern treatment and medicinals for mental health, the connection seen between the body and external environment, and the placement of women in healing. This is explored in conversation with the early moderns influence on current treatment and the pharmaceutical industry.