University of Rochester

Rochester Scholar Receives Guggenheim Award

April 28, 1994

Linda Levy Peck, professor of history at the University of Rochester, has won a 1994 Guggenheim Fellowship. Peck is among 147 artists, scholars and scientists chosen from a nationwide pool of 3,157 applicants. This year's awards total $4,070,000.

Guggenheim fellows are appointed on the basis of unusually distinguished achievement in the past and exceptional promise for future accomplishment. This year's fellows include poets, novelists, a playwright, a radio documentary artist, painters, sculptors, photographers, film and video makers, a choreographer, scientists, and scholars in the humanities. Many fellows hold appointments at U.S. and Canadian universities, but there are also numerous fellows not associated with an educational institution.

Peck specializes in early modern British history. Her research project, titled "Britain in the Age of the Baroque," is a "study of 17th-century British culture and the impact of continental material culture and political thought on England, Scotland, and Ireland in the 17th century."

Peck's research combines political, intellectual and cultural ideologies. "I want to understand how the Stuart court 'translated' and assimilated continental texts and art, material objects and habits of thought, to a British context," said Peck. "This study will draw attention to the complex relationship of and tension between the word, whether written or verbal, and the visual, which is present in 17th-century court ritual, religious ceremony and political thought."

Peck is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society; she has served on the advisory board of the Yale Parliamentary Diaries Center since 1984 and on the editorial board of the Huntington Library Quarterly from 1987 to 1990. Peck is a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Huntington Library, and a fellow at the National Humanities Center.

Peck will spend the 1994-95 school year in England conducting research. She earned her doctorate in 1973 from Yale University and joined the University of Rochester in 1992 as a professor of history.