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Elizabeth Fowler is a literary scholar with a background in architectural practice. Her book project, The Flesh of Art: Poetry and the Built Environment, is nearing completion and she is working on the texts and material cultures of prayer, a project stimulated by teaching “world prayer” and “world heritage” in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas on several academic voyages around the world. Her work concerns language in the context of other cultural practices; Literary Character (Cornell, 2003) considers how literary representations of the person draw upon those in law, philosophy, and economics. She is a General Editor of the Oxford Collected Works of Edmund Spenser (in progress), for which she has made a penitential pilgrimage with Prof. Victor Luftig to teach “literature and place” in Galway and Dublin, Ireland, many years during January term. She works with undergraduate and graduate students in medieval and early modern literature; lyric and narrative poetry in English across time (especially Chaucer, Spenser, Heaney); literature and architecture; the history of English landscape; theories of spatiality, material culture, devotional poetics, book history, feminism, political thought. She has an abiding interest in what people do with poems in real places.
- Student Council Teaching Award, College of Arts and Sciences, UVa, 2019
- Visiting Faculty, The Paul Mellon Centre for British Studies, London, England, 1997.
- Isabel MacCaffrey Prize, International Spenser Society, 1997.
- Yale’s Poorvu Prize for Interdisciplinary Teaching (with Christy Anderson, History of Art), 1997.
- Junior Fellow, The Society of Fellows, Harvard University, 1991–1993, 1994–1995.
- American Council of Learned Societies International Travel Grant, 1994.
- Whiting Fellow, 1990–1991.
- Harvard’s Danforth Distinction in Teaching Prize, 1990.
- Frances A. Yates Fellow, The Warburg Institute, University of London, 1989.
- Fulbright Scholar, London, England, 1989–1990.