English professor receives UNCF/Mellon grant


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (March 5, 2013) — Eleanor Blount, assistant professor of English, has been awarded a faculty residency grant from the United Negro College Fund/Andrew W. Mellon Programs. The UNCF/Mellon Faculty Residency Program provides opportunities for selected UNCF faculty to spend up to a semester away from their home institutions to pursue scholarly projects. Blount will spend the 2013 fall semester studying the Alice Walker papers at Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library.

Her proposed project is related to her ongoing research on the effects of racism and sexism on African-American female writers. Her aim is to discover and develop new insights concerning the difficulties black women novelists like Walker have faced in finding and expressing their voices.

Blount herself is a novelist. She earned her Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Georgia, and for her dissertation, she researched the lives and literature of black Americans during the slave era and produced a novel centered on African-American women and slavery.

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