Diana Little receives 2024 Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr. Research Grant

Written by
Sarah Malone, Department of English
Jan. 12, 2024

Diana Little, a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English at Princeton, was awarded the 2024 Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr. Research Grant for field work in the south of England about chalk geology and chalk industry for her dissertation, “Imperial Erosions: The Geological Poetics of Empire in Britain and America, 1780-1850.”

Olivia Moy, associate professor of English at the City University of New York, Lehman College and a 2006 Princeton graduate in English, announced Little as the winner of the grant at the Keats-Shelley Association of America’s annual awards dinner at the 2024 MLA convention in Philadelphia. The Pforheimer grant, awarded annually, provides funding for research expenses related to scholarship in Romantic-era literature and culture.

“The prize supports research that expands traditional definitions of the field and its futures,” Moy said in her announcement, "including projects engaging race, empire, gender, class, and global Romanticisms approached through diverse methodological and theoretical frameworks.”

First awarded in 2000, the grant honors Carl H. Pforzheimer Jr. (1907-96), past president of the association.

“With the Pforheimer grant from the Keats-Shelley Association,” Little said, “I'm excited to learn more about how late 18th- and early 19th-century chalk mining in Sussex shaped the loco-descriptive poetics of a pivotal Romantic poet, Charlotte Smith. Visiting local archives such as the Amberley Chalk Pits Museum, I'll explore as well the co-evolution of geology and industrial mining in the Romantic period.”