Ahmanson Undergraduate Research Scholarships

Up to ten undergraduate scholarships are offered every year to support undergraduate student research at the Clark Library. These are intended for UCLA upper-division students who enroll in a designated course (usually open to upper division students from any UCLA department). Program details, seminar descriptions and requirements, and application procedures are announced each year.

2017–18 Ahmanson Undergraduate Seminar

Pope Alexander Satirical print, 1729.

English 182C.2: Savage Indignation: Satire, Anger, and Misanthropy in the Eighteenth Century
Directed by Professor Helen Deutsch, UCLA Department of English,
Winter Quarter 2018, Wednesdays 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Held at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library (off campus)

ENROLLMENT BY INSTRUCTOR CONSENT ONLY (see below for application instructions)

On successful completion, students receive a $1,000 scholarship, funded by the Ahmanson Foundation and administered through the Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies.

Overview of the topic

The eighteenth century was the first great age of print, the age that invented the professional author, and above all the age of satire. This course focuses on three satirists who were bound by both friendship and enmity: Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope, and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu.  We will pay particular attention to the way that the first two of these authors defined themselves and their authorial personae through their careful manipulation of print, while the third, bound by social convention and liberated by aristocratic privilege, worked largely anonymously to equally fascinating effect. The original forms in which the works of these authors appeared, and the vast catalog of personal pamphlet attacks and caricatures that appeared in response to their writings, will provide the framework with which we read some of the most witty, vicious, and visceral literature in English.

The seminar is open to upper-division students from any UCLA department; no special technical knowledge is required. Interested students should send an e-mail to Professor Deutsch (hdeutsch@humnet.ucla.edu) with the following information, by Monday, November 13, 2017.

  • your name, major, and year
  • a list of any courses you have taken that prepare you in some way for this seminar, either in subject matter (early modern and/or eighteenth-century history and literature, history of the book) or in research methods (any course with a research paper)
  • A clear statement of what interests you about this course, and what you hope to get out of it.

Enrollment is limited to ten participants, and those who successfully complete the course requirements receive an award of $1,000.

The annual Ahmanson undergraduate seminar is held 13 miles southeast of campus at the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.

Questions about the program:
Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies
310 Royce Hall, UCLA