Professor Michèle Longino has been awarded a two-month Brown Foundation residential fellowship at the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France. The fellowship provides residencies for professionals in the arts and humanities to concentrate on their fields of expertise.
Longino, professor of French & Italian studies in the Department of Romance Studies, will be at Dora Maar House in March and April of this year reading, researching and writing. She is currently working on a long essay on the function of fables and fairy tales and identity formation. Her research examines the fairy tales of Charles Perrault and the fables of La Fontaine, both 17th Century writers of the French classical period, and she is particularly interested in those writings that have proven to have enduring value. Longino is looking at what grounds the continuing cultural investment in these tales and their morals.
The Brown Foundation Fellows Program at the Dora Maar House is made possible through a grant from the Brown Foundation Inc., in Houston. The program has been directed by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, since 2006.