New CLAGS Fellowship

Constance Jordan, Professor of English at the Claremont (California) Graduate School, has provided CLAGS with a doctoral dissertation award for a topic in “gay or lesbian literary studies with historical content.” The award is $4,000 per year for each of the academic years 1995-96, 1996-97 and 1997-98. The first-year winner will be eligible to reapply once. The award is confined to CUNY Graduate School students and applications will be judged by an outside jury independent of CLAGS. First-year applications wi ll be due on May_1, 1995. Call the CLAGS office at 212-642-2924 for more information. Constance Jordan is herself a literary scholar of distinction. Her books include Renaissance Feminism: Literary Texts and Political Models (Cornell University Press, 1990), and Pulci’s Morgante: Poetry and History in Fifteenth-Century Florence (Folger Books, in association with Associated University Presses, 1986). She has taught at Columbia, Bryn Mawr, Northwestern, and Yale, and for the academic year 1994-95 wi ll be resident at the Folger Library. In making this award to CLAGS, Jordan eloquently expressed her wish that “more stra ight people might want to support lesbian and gay studies or indeed the larger movement for lesbian and gay civil rights of which such ‘studies’ are a crucial component. The fact is that I – who am straight -am outraged that lesbians and gays cont inue to be the object of legally sanctioned discrimination . For in an important sense their situation is also mine; I too am affected by the bigotry that sustains prejudice, it curtai ls my freedoms as well as theirs.” “This bigotry,” Jordan continued, “means that I am having to live my life as a citizen of a society that, contrary to all the principles of equity it so proudly professes to uphold with respect to all other cat egories of person, has yet to recognize the vicious inconsistency of its oppression of lesbians and gays, must less to throw out the laws that make such oppression legal.” “Of course,” Jordan concluded, “it is easy to denounce homophobia; it is doubtless harder to know what exactly to do about it. But of one thing I’m sure: I have no reservations about supporting CLAGS and what it stands for.