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Simon Gikandi appointed to British Academy
Simon Gikandi appointed Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy Posted July 28, 2022 Congratulations to Professor Simon Gikandi on his appointment as a Corresponding Fellow to the British Royal Academy.
Atlantic: Byron, Shelly and Zelinski
Susan Wolfson in the Atlantic: Byron, Shelley, and Now Zelensky Posted July 15, 2022 Susan Wolfson writes: "To appreciate the special power of the Ukrainian president, we need to listen closely to his words, and remember the inspiring poets who came before him."
2022 Department of English Prize Winners.
English Awards Thirteen Undergraduates Department Prizes Posted July 13, 2022

Every year the Department of English opens the opportunity for the undergraduate community to participate in the department's prizes in English. This year's submissions spanned academic essays to short stories, individual poems to poetry collections, and the quality of submissions did not disappoint. English's faculty evaluators were impressed with all they encountered, making this year's finalist selections a challenging one to narrow.

Class of 2022 Senior Thesis Prize Winners: Top Row (from left to right): Noah Altshuler, Zora Arum, Silma Berrada, Lucy Dever. Center Row (from left to right): Margaret King, Cammie Lee, and Samantha Liu. Bottom Row (left to right): Ana Mariana Sotomayor Palomino, Tim Peterson, Sandra Yang, and Jiwon Yun.
English Celebrates Class Day 2022 Posted July 13, 2022

The Class Day 2022 celebration for the Department of English heralded a return to an in-person festivities. This year's celebration was held Monday, May 23, 2023 at 1:30 p.m. in McCosh 50.  

With over one hundred attendees present, including concentrators, students, faculty, and friends, the department celebrated our forty English concentrators from the Class of 2022.

Gene Jarrett - Dunbar biography
Gene Jarrett takes us back to the Gilded Age in his new biography of Paul Laurence Dunbar Posted June 28, 2022

Gene Jarrett, Princeton’s dean of the faculty and the William S. Tod Professor of English, has taught students about Paul Laurence Dunbar for two decades and published book articles and chapters on the popular and accomplished writer. But it wasn’t until 2008 that Jarrett decided to tackle a biography of Dunbar, who rose to prominence in the Gilded Age and has been called the “poet laureate of his race.”

Lucy Dever - Humanities Council podcast
Department graduate, Lucy Dever '22 participates in Humanities Council podcast Posted June 14, 2022

In the first episode of this two-part series, host and producer Dexter Thomas, ACLS Emerging Voices Fellow and a postdoctoral research associate in the Humanities Council, speaks to Allie Mangel ’22 and Lucy Ellen Dever ’22 about their senior thesis research.

Class Day video
Congratulations to our 2022 Graduates! Posted May 26, 2022 Congratulations to the Class of 2022!
Anne Cheng - President's Award for Distinguished Teaching
Professor Anne Cheng recognized for outstanding teaching Posted May 25, 2022 Congratulations to Professor Anne Cheng on receiving the Presisdent's Award for Distinguished Teaching at Commencement ceremonies Tuesday, May 24.
Jacqueline Campbell
Jacqueline Campbell wins Graduate School Teaching Award Posted May 19, 2022 Congratulations to Jacqueline Campbell, a 5th Year PhD student in the Department of English, has won the Princeton Graduate School’s 2022 Teaching Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and has been further recognized as the best Assistant in Instruction in the Division of the Humanities.
Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES)
Arts in the Invisible City Posted May 9, 2022 This team-taught course was led by D. Vance Smith, professor of English, and Nyssa Chow, an oral historian and lecturer in theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Humanities Council. It was supported by the David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Project in the Humanities Council. Cross-listed in English, humanistic studies, theater and urban studies, the course is also part of the Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship (ProCES).
2022 Class Day Celebration Posted May 4, 2022

The Department of English at Princeton University warmly invites the Class of 2022, their parents, family, and friends to attend the

2022 Class Day Celebration

Monday, May 23, 2022  at 1:30 p.m. EDT 

McCosh Hall 50  with refreshments to follow in McCosh Courtyard

Prof. Anne Cheng's ENG 571: The Human Ornament visits Art Museum Study Room Study Room Posted May 4, 2022

“ENG 571: The Human Ornament,” which is interested in the confusion between persons and things, was able to go to the Art Museum’s off-site Study Room where they studied and were able to be in the same room with original artworks from contemporary artists such as Lorna Simpson, Hannah Wilke, Dennis Oppenheim, and Yeesookyung. Of particular interests to the class were these artists’ deployment of anthropomorphic objects, their highly mediated approaches to self-representation and embodiment. 

Prof. Josh Kotin's "Special Studies in Modernism: 1922" explore Princeton Library's Special Collections Posted May 4, 2022

Joshua Kotin, associate professor in the Department of English, offers his class, “Special Studies in Modernism: 1922,” a chance to explore James Joyce’s work as well as contemporary publications from T.S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, and Claude McKay in consideration of their influence 100 years later. 

“This class presents a way to think about modernism and to reflect on the importance of that year to the development of cultural history, especially Anglophone literary history,” Kotin explained. 

Co Winners from left to right: Zachary Sahin '23, Cassy James '23, Right Top: Co-Runner-up Priyanka Aiyer '23 and Right Bottom: Co-Runner-up Sierra Stern '24
Four Undergraduates Awarded the A. Scott Berg Fellowship for Summer Study Posted April 27, 2022

Each year the Department of English’s Undergraduate faculty select from a pool of rising junior and senior concentrators to determine the winner of the A. Scott Berg Fellowship, a scholarship endowed by the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer A. Scott Berg `71 h.c. '03.

Esther Schor: 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship
Professor Esther Schor receives 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship Posted April 8, 2022

Congratulations to Professor Esther Schor, chair of the Humanities Council and the Leonard L. Milberg ’53 Professor of American Jewish Studies and Professor of English on receiving the 2022 Guggenheim Fellowship in the field of intellectual and cultural history.

Students and Faculty work with ink & movement: Col(LAB) 3:0 Self -Portraiture: Autobiography and its Discontents
Cameron Lee '22 "Inking Movements into Moments for Col(LAB) 3.0" Posted March 8, 2022

Senior concentrator, Cameron Lee '22, penned the article, Inking Movements into Moments for Col(LAB) 3.0, sharing her experience as a participant with the Col(LAB) 3.0: (Collective) Self-Portraiture: Autobiography and its Discontents led by two New York-based dance artists, Yin Mei, an internationally-renowned dancer and choreographer originally from China, and Dahlia/Dixon Li, an artist, writer, scholar, and Princeton English department alumna.

Leo Bersani
The Messy Humanity of Leo Bersani Posted March 8, 2022 Two friends and colleagues remember the late Leo Bersani.
Nobel Prize winner Maria Ressa '86 receives Woodrow Wilson Award on Alumni Day Posted February 21, 2022

Ressa, a member of the Class of 1986 who received her bachelor’s degree in English and a certificate in the program in theater and dance, received the Woodrow Wilson Award. This award was presented on Alumni Day, held on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022.  

The Next Chapter 2022: Career Conversations with Princeton English Alumni Posted February 16, 2022

An English Alumni panel to share how majoring in English shaped their career experiences in theatre, tech, medicine, finance, marketing, publishing, and library science. Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. Learn more here.  

Conference poster: The Netherlands: Culture and Global History. 1500 - 1700
The Netherlands: Culture and Global History. 1500 - 1700 Posted February 4, 2022 An interdisciplinary conference exploring the place of the Netherlands and its culture in the later 16th and 17th centuries as it began to exert influence across the globe and as it acted as a distinctive conduit for the transmission of American, African and Asian elements back into Europe.

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