Harry Ransom University of Texas Visiting Scholar
In 2017 I won a Harry Ransom Center Research Fellowship in the Humanities, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Fellowship Endowment from the University of Texas at Austin.
Why the Harry Ransom Center? The Harry Ransom Center holds the abundant records of nineteenth century actresses–American especially–who moved between the live stage and early motion pictures. No one has yet attempted to illuminate their work. I saw the need to move away from the idea of the single actor or single director changing the theatrical (or early film) topocosm and, instead, sought to identify change in a constellation of performers, artists, directors and thinkers who differently (and rarely jointly) brought these changes and enabled the production of narrative film which rose to notable artistic levels.
And, of course, for all Sarah Bernhardt fans: there is the Sarah Bernhardt Collection at the Center. So in addition to reading about other actress who moved between stage and screen, I could peruse these holdings. Bliss.
With the wonderful Katie Cooper at a baseball game!