Get to Know Your Fellow — Collin McKinney

Fellow Collin McKinney hard at work in the library main reading room
Fellow Collin McKinney hard at work in the library main reading room

Welcome to our newest John H. Daniels Fellow, Collin McKinney! We’d like to share a little information about our Fellows here so our NSLM community can learn about the researchers spending time with the collections in our Library. Fellowship Advisor, Erin Livengood, asked Collin a few questions, and here’s what he had to say:

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in California, but I have been living in Pennsylvania for almost 8 years now. I hate winter and so I am hoping that being a few hours further south will help me get through January and February.

Do you have any institution affiliation?

I am a professor at Bucknell University, and I teach in the Department of Spanish.

What are you researching?

My area of specialization is masculinity studies. We’ve all heard the nursery rhyme, “What are little boys made of? Slugs and snails and puppy-dog tails, that’s what little boys are made of.” But I’m curious as to what the ingredients of a man might be. I am interested in the way that cultures construct masculinity and how individuals portray their own masculinity. I have published articles on masculinity and fashion, masculinity and sex, and even the facial hair trends of the nineteenth century. My current project deals with masculinity and sport.

Why are you researching at the NSLM?

If you research sport you realize that most sports have a symbolic connection with warfare. Even the way we discuss sport is loaded with militaristic metaphors. In the case of field sports the link is much more obvious. Hunting, riding, and dueling were all meant to hone the skills needed to be effective warriors. I plan to use the library’s collection of hunting manuals from the nineteenth century to look at the way these texts implicitly shaped popular notions of masculinity.

What is your goal with your research?

My plan is to publish an article about the link between masculinity and field sports in the nineteenth century. Eventually, I hope to publish a book on Spanish masculinity in the nineteenth century.

How did you find out about the Fellowship program and the NSLM?

I am on sabbatical and was looking at a list of fellowships on the MLA (Modern Language Association) website. The description of the Daniels fellowship and the collection at the NSLM seemed like a good match with my project.

Since 2007, the NSLM has hosted the Fellowship program in honor of the legacy of sportsman and book collector John H. Daniels (1921-2006). Past Fellowship recipients include post-graduate students, authors, curators, museum professionals, professors, and scholars researching a variety of subjects related to field sports. The diversity of fellows’ projects reflects the wide variety of material within the NSLM collections. Topics include history, art, literature, anthropology, and sport, with research projects ranging from the architecture of horse stables, history of horsemanship, equestrian fashion, and poetry, to falconry, veterinary science, environmental conservation and fly fishing.

We wish Collin the best of luck in his research here at the NSLM. Feel free to leave a comment for him here and look forward to meeting a new Fellow in just a couple months.


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