Three mem­bers of Northeastern’s human­i­ties fac­ulty have been hon­ored with pres­ti­gious fel­low­ships from highly respected insti­tu­tions across the country.

Matthew McDonald, an assis­tant pro­fessor of music, has received an Amer­ican Council of Learned Soci­eties Fel­low­ship to com­plete his book, “Breaking Time’s Arrow: Tem­po­rality in the Music of Charles Ives.” McDonald, who directs the music theory pro­gram at North­eastern, was pre­vi­ously awarded a Provost Grant by North­eastern to study the modern Amer­ican composer’s man­u­scripts at Yale University.

I’m looking for­ward to immersing myself in the project,” McDonald said. “My goal for the book is to make sense of Ives’s music—particularly the novel ways it unfolds in time, is expe­ri­enced in time, and rep­re­sents the expe­ri­ence of time—in the larger con­text of mod­ernism in the early 20th century.”

Eliz­a­beth M. Dillon, an asso­ciate pro­fessor of Eng­lish, has received a fel­low­ship from the National Endow­ment for the Human­i­ties to research the dynamics of cul­tural repro­duc­tion and the def­i­n­i­tions of race and gender that emerged in Euro­pean colonies in the West Indies during the 18th cen­tury. Dillon is focusing on the effects from the rising use of slave labor on Caribbean sugar plan­ta­tions during that time.

Dillon will com­plete her fel­low­ship at the Amer­ican Anti­quarian Society in Worcester, Mass., where she will have access to a host of source mate­rials such as diaries, plan­ta­tion records, let­ters, poems and newspapers.

Having this time is just feels like an extra­or­di­nary gift, and I’m tremen­dously excited,” Dillon said.

Erika Boeck­eler, recently hired as an assis­tant pro­fessor of Eng­lish for the upcoming aca­d­emic year, has received a fel­low­ship from the Hunt­ington Library in Cal­i­fornia to com­plete her book, “Playful Let­ters: The Drama­ti­za­tion of the Alphabet in the Renaissance.”

The book will expound upon the alphabet’s impact on early modern intel­lec­tual his­tory in the alpha­betic exper­i­men­ta­tion in Europe fol­lowing the inven­tion of the printing press. The latter event caused artists to start rethinking and testing the bound­aries of the meaning and the usage of let­ters, says Boeck­eler. The Hunt­ington Library will afford her extra­or­di­nary access to lit­er­a­ture and visual arts resources in lan­guages such as Eng­lish, French, German and Italian.

I think the project will make a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to Renais­sance studies,” Boeck­eler said.