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English Professor Awarded Grant to Complete Book Project on Suicide and Race

January 2019

deanna koretskyDeanna P. Koretsky, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, has received a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to complete her book project, “Death Rights: Romantic Suicide, Race, and the Bounds of Liberalism.” 

Suicide is a social justice issue with deep historical roots, according to Dr. Koretsky. “We live in a world that tends to glamorize the suicides of famous white men and pathologize the suicides of everyone else,” she said.

Her book, which is under contract with SUNY Press, shows that there’s a racial and gendered history to how our culture understands and talks publicly about suicide.

"On a practical level, the award will allow me to finish writing the book in 2019 and see it published sometime in 2020," she said. "More generally, the award signals a willingness within the American academy to reckon with the racism and sexism inherent in many of our shared intellectual foundations.”

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