Weissman Professor Esther Allen Wins Cullman Center Fellowship

Prof. Esther AllenProfessor Esther Allen, from Weissman’s Department of Modern Languages & Comparative Literature, has been awarded a 2009-2010 Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library (NYPL). This is a first for a Baruch faculty member.

Professor Allen’s project is the English translation of a Spanish book called Borges, by Adolfo Bioy Casares. Originally published in 2006 and more than 1,500 pages long, the book is an in-depth diary that Casares kept about his best friend, Jorge Luis Borges, who has been hailed as one of Argentina’s great literary heroes.

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Allen’s work on the book will involve restructuring and re-annotating the text. Her fellowship allows her full access to the NYPL’s Humanities and Social Sciences Library, which holds a vast collection of rare documents, pamphlets, books and other items that came out of the longtime collaboration between Casares and Borges.

Cullman Fellows receive $65,000, an office, a computer, and full access to the library’s physical and electronic resources. The term runs from September through May during which time Fellows work at the center. Among Allen’s other upcoming projects is the publication, this month, of a novel called Rex, written by her friend Jose Manuel Prieto and translated by Allen.

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