The Department congratulates Professor Sandra Young , who has been the recipient of a long-term Fellowship at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC, during her sabbatical year. Professor Young will be working on her third monograph, Tracing racial slavery in early modern public culture and its afterlives: Reading strategies for an ambivalent archive. Her study explores an archive that conceals as much as it reveals of the racial violence that accompanied the emergent enslavement practices in early modernity. It seeks to develop interpretative tools with which to approach the imaginative and historical works that made it possible for early modern English and Anglo-American public culture to countenance the emerging economy of racial slavery. It explores a range of literary genres with a view to understanding the work of representation in shaping public culture on both sides of the Atlantic in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.