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Literary thought—both theory and criticism—is the prerequisite for situating literature and its function in a society, especially one that viewed letters as its preeminent civilizing enterprise. Over the course of early and medieval Chinese history, the character wen 文came to stand for the dynastic enterprise defined as a civilization of culture, scholarship and literature. The arc and substance of a literary tradition are not merely, or even mostly, penned by authors, but are no less equally inscribed (...)

Aresty Research Assistant
SAS - Asian Languages and Cultures

Several years ago we created a Google Map of places in New Jersey related to Thomas Edison, who spent most of his career working in the state. This map is accessible under Resources on the Edison Papers website. We need a student to update that map to ensure its historical accuracy and to add historic photographs and links for key documents related to each site. After the existing map has been updated the student would examine other mapping tools and apps to see if they might better serve the (...)

Aresty Research Assistant
SAS - Thomas A. Edison Papers

Modern Hindi-Urdu uses many English words. This feature has become more dramatically increased in the past few years. They are spoken and written using the Devanagri script and assigned a masculine or feminine gender. However, English nouns do not have gender, rather they categorized as neuter. The proposed study will find the criteria of how native speakers assign gender to English nouns without prescribed rules. After conducting the survey, we will prepare a list of vocabulary for learners and (...)

Aresty Research Assistant
SAS - African, Middle Eastern & South Asian Lang (...)
Language , Linguistics

Throughout my career in social and cultural history, I have been using oral interviews to uncover stories of black activism that were not recorded in documents and books. Recently, I have begun exploring digital platforms to tell these stories (see website link below). Most of my work has been in Brazil, but I also have a collection of interviews with former students and faculty at Rutgers who were instrumental in creating a more inclusive and diverse university community. In this project, I am (...)

Aresty Research Assistant
SAS - Africana Studies
History, Popular culture , Information Technology

Frank Sinatra, Whitney Houston, and Bruce Springsteen are just a few of the artists who have called New Jersey home, but for centuries the Garden State has been fertile ground for musical creativity. In this project we will work with Rutgers’s incredible, rare, and unique New Jersey sheet music collection, making the materials freely accessible and comprehensible around the globe.

Aresty Research Assistant
MGSA - Music, Research & Instructional Svcs-Libraries
History, Music, Popular culture , Historic Preservation, (...)

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