June 27, 2022

Ben LaBreche Awarded Fellowship at UCLA

LaBreche, Ben10Ben LaBreche, assistant professor of English, has been awarded a Clark Short-Term Fellowship for research at the University of California, Los Angeles William Andrews Clark Memorial Library. The fellowship will support a month of research at the Clark Library through the UCLA Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies. His research will focus on Milton’s conception of liberty, 17th-century natural law, and debates in modern political theory.

LaBreche also is the recipient of a Solmsen Fellowship for 2013-2014. The fellowship will support a year of research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Research in the Humanities.

UMW English Professor Awarded National Fellowship

Ben LaBreche, assistant professor of English at the University of Mary Washington, has been awarded a Solmsen Fellowship for 2013-2014. The fellowship will support a year of research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Institute for Research in the Humanities. As a fellow, LaBreche will research 17th-century conceptions of natural law and the problems of rationality in modern politics. The Institute for Research in the Humanities offers four to five external Solmsen Fellowships each year to scholars working on literary and historical studies of the European classical, medieval and Renaissance periods up to about 1700. “Although still early in his career, Ben LaBreche has already established himself as a meticulous scholar publishing ground-breaking, award-winning analyses of John Milton and other elements of 17th-century British literature and culture,” said Gary Richards, associate professor and chair of the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication. “It’s so gratifying to see that work acknowledged and enabled by fellowships like the Solmsen.” An expert on 16th- and 17th-century British literature and history, LaBreche received the Milton Society of America’s James Holly Hanford Award for the most distinguished essay on John Milton in 2010. He also has received fellowships from the Folger Institute and the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, the Beinecke Library, and the Mellon Foundation, and he has recently been a seminarian at the National Humanities Center and the Folger Shakespeare Library. LaBreche has published on authors including John Milton, Edmund Spenser, and Francis Bacon, and topics that include free speech and religious liberty, the politics of gender, and Elizabethan patronage strategies. He is currently working on a book that will examine John Milton’s changing conception of liberty both in its historical contexts and in connection with the debates of 21st-century political theory. LaBreche received a bachelor’s in comparative literature and a Ph.D. in English and renaissance studies from Yale University.

Ben LaBreche’s Article Accepted for Publication

Assistant Professor of English, Linguistics and Communication Ben LaBreche’s journal article “‘The Wheat From the Tares’: Areopagitica and the Limits of Pluralism” has been accepted for publication by Milton Studies. The article will appear in volume 53 in 2013.

Ben LaBreche Receives Milton Society Award

Ben LaBreche, assistant professor in English, has been selected to receive the prestigious James Holly Hanford Award from the Milton Society of America.

The award recognizes a distinguished published article on John Milton, the 17th century poet and author of Paradise Lost, and will be shared this year by two recipients. LaBreche won the prize for his essay, “Espousing Liberty: The Gender of Liberalism and the Politics of Miltonic Divorce.” The essay, selected from among the more than 100 Miltonic articles published each year, appeared in English Literary History, a quarterly journal of The Johns Hopkins University for scholars and educators in English and American literature, literary history and theory. The Milton Society will present the award to LaBreche at the annual dinner meeting of the society at the Modern Language Association convention in Seattle in January 2012.

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