Posted on | May 20, 2011 | Comments Off on Professor Recognized for Australian Aboriginal Research
West Oʻahu Assistant Professor of English and Humanities Brenda Machosky received an award from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Research Fellowship Endowment to be in residence this summer at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. Machosky received additional funding from the University of Hawaiʻi Endowment for the Humanities. Machosky will be working on her research project The Absent Presence of Aboriginal Voices in Post-Contact Literature of Australia.
The Harry Ransom Center houses one of the world’s finest cultural archives with over 45 million items, including extensive collections of rare books, manuscripts, photography, film, art, and the performing arts. While in residence there, Machosky will be looking through the materials of the various Australian collections in an attempt to hear the voice of the “absent Aborigine” in both the literary productions themselves and in the various correspondence about Australian Aboriginal affairs. Until recently, Australian literary history ignored the potential and the practice of Aboriginal voices in literature. Only three years ago, in 2008, was the first Anthology of Australian Aboriginal Literature published.