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Oxford University fellowship allows close study of Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I at Hardwick HallKaara PetersonElizabeth I at Hardwick HallAssociate professor of literature, Kaara Peterson, was recently elected to a Spring 2019 Plumer Visiting Research Fellowship at St. Anne's College, and an appointment as a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Early Modern Studies, both at Oxford University.

"Oxford is the ideal place to advance my research, a monograph I am writing on portraiture and literature depicting Queen Elizabeth I." Peterson said. "Not only do Oxford colleges possess paintings of Elizabeth in their collections not normally on view to the public, but I will also be able to travel to several nearby sites to view important artworks that I write about in the larger book project, Pictures of Health: Portraying Elizabeth I in 16th-and 17th-c. English Art, Literature, and Culturesuch as the interesting portrait of Elizabeth at Hardwick Hall."

Thanks to the Plumer Fellowship and the support of Miami University, Peterson will also be able to devote the spring term to intensive writing and research in the Bodleian Library, one of the most comprehensive library collections in the world.