Folger Institute Assistant Director for Fellowships Amanda Herbert said the application process Wolfe participated in was very rigorous.
“Jessica Wolfe’s award was made from a very competitive pool of international candidates — the largest that the Folger has seen in several years,” she said. “We asked a committee of interdisciplinary, highly-respected scholars external to the Folger to make recommendations to us on the basis of each project’s scope, promise and high quality.”
Herbert said Wolfe will contribute a valuable perspective to the Folger Shakespeare Library.
“Jessica Wolfe is known for her work on the literature and history of early modern science, the influence of classical literature on the early modern period and the history of the book,” she said. “I am really excited about the discussions that we’ll all have over the course of the year as we explore the ways that early modern people approached thinking, reasoning, discovery and learning.”
Wolfe said she is especially looking forward to the opportunities the Folger provides.
“I’m quite excited to immerse myself in a brand-new project and get to spend an entire year working on it and nothing else because that hardly ever happens in academia, given that most of our research as professors gets done in scraps of time in between teaching, administrative work and other responsibilities,” she said.
“I’m also pretty excited to get to spend a year at the Folger in particular, both because it’s simply a fabulous library for working on Renaissance literature and culture and also because, over the course of a year, so many scholars in my field and related fields will be passing through for their own research.”
She said a major component of her application to Folger was a written proposal.