News Archive

2017-2018

Simon Gikandi
Simon Gikandi Awarded Old Dominion Fellowship Posted May 10, 2018

Simon Gikandi, Robert Schirmer Professor of English, has been awarded by the Council of the Humanities an Old Dominion Fellowship. Appointed for one year, Gikandi will be researching his book The Atlantic Crypt: Slavery and the Cultures of Modernity as well as engaging with colleagues across the University. Old Dominion scholars also serve as Faculty Fellows in Princeton’s Society of Fellows.

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Princeton Celebrates Poetry: Jeff Dolven, Paul Muldoon, Esther Schor, and Tracy K. Smith Posted May 2, 2018

Listen to some great poems, selected and recited by poets in the English Department and the Lewis Center for the Arts: Jeff Dolven (Bicycle Stanzas), Paul Muldoon (Ireland), Esther Schor (A Clear Midnight), and Tracy K. Smith (Second Estrangement).

Rasheeda Saka
Congratulations to Rasheeda Saka (Class of 2020) Posted April 27, 2018

Congratulations to Rasheeda Saka (Class of 2020) who has won a Breakout 8 Writers Prize. Co-sponsored by The Authors Guild (the largest and oldest community of professional writers) and Epiphany: A Literary Journal, the Breakout Prize “celebrates the voices of exciting student writers.” The award includes a cash prize along with publication in the forthcoming spring/summer issue of Epiphany. Rasheeda Saka is a fiction writer who has studied with Neel Mukherjee, Angela Flournoy, and Kirstin Valdez Quade.

Majors Colloquium panel
Annual English Majors Colloquium Posted April 23, 2018

English majors and faculty get together for the annual Majors Colloquium. Russ Leo, Bradin Cormack, Sarah Anderson, and Christina León offered their thoughts on this year's theme "Why Words Matter." Afterwards the department adjourned to the rotunda in Chancellor Green for more conversation, a catered meal, and a celebration of our graduating seniors.

Miranda Marraccini
Graduate student, Miranda Marraccini, selected as 2018 Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Women's Studies Posted April 9, 2018

Miranda Marraccini, a graduate student in the Department of English, was selected as a 2018 Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow in Women’s Studies. Marraccini’s dissertation, “Feminist Types: Reading the Victoria Press,” uses digital humanities methods and archival scholarship to develop a new understanding of nineteenth-century feminist print culture. This semester, Marraccini is co-teaching “Virtual Victorians” with Professor Meredith Martin through Princeton’s Collaborative Teaching Initiative.

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Susan Wolfson's new book "Romantic Shades and Shadows" to be released May 13, 2018 Posted April 5, 2018

Susan Wolfson's new book, Romantic Shades and Shadows, published by John Hopkins University Press will be released in May. 

Reading is a weirdly phantasmic trade: animating words to revive absent voices, rehearing the past, fantasizing a future. In Romantic Shades and Shadows, Susan J. Wolfson explores spectral language, formations, and sensations, defining an apparitional poetics in the finely grained textures of writing and their effects on present reading.

Jack Lohmann, PEI award
English major, Jack Lohmann '19, selected for Princeton Environmental Institute award Posted March 19, 2018

English major, Jack Lohmann's research project, “Nauru”, with supervision by Professor Robert Nixon, has been selected for support from the Smith-Newton Scholars Program in the Princeton Environmental Institute.

 Monique Allewaert lecturing
Visiting Fellow Monique Allewaert on Colonial Insectophilia Posted March 15, 2018

Monique Allewaert, author of Ariel’s Ecology: Personhood and Colonialism in the American Tropics, 1760-1820, visited the Department as a Humanities Council Short-Term Fellow. Allewaert, who specializes in 18th and 19th century American literature, colonialism, New World plantations, ecocriticism, and political philosophy, presented work from her new book project Cut Up: Colonial Insectophilia and Enlightenment from Below.

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ENG374: Fighting Words, or Cultures of Protest, collaborating with museum exhibition Posted March 14, 2018

Prof. Zahid Chaudhary and Daniel Hazard's collaboratively taught course, ENG374: Fighting Words, or Cultures of Protest, involves students in an upcoming exhibition at the Princeton Art Museum, entitled “Picturing Protest.” Students will each write explanatory labels for two artworks, and their labels will become a part of the artwork’s online record. The course includes two visits to the museum’s study room where the students discuss the artworks to be included in the exhibition.

 

Ugonna Nwabueze
English major, Ugonna Nwabueze, senior thesis project featured on University homepage Posted February 20, 2018

Princeton senior Ugonna Nwabueze, a first-generation Nigerian American, has undertaken two creative thesis projects — an original play and a production of the play “Eclipsed,” in which she played a leading role — to meet the requirements for her English major and certificates in African studies, African American studies and theater.

Writing in Public Panel discussion
Writing in Public Posted February 12, 2018

Writers need readers—and in the present moment, many academic writers are seeking ways to address a broader and more diverse readership. At the panel discussion “Writing in Public,” five members of the Princeton community shared how their work outside the academy relates to their scholarship, and how writing for different audiences has increasingly become a part of their profession, especially as early career academics.

Berg Scholarship Announcement
A. Scott Berg Fellowship - Accepting Applications in SAFE Posted February 7, 2018

Deadline for applications (extended): Friday, April 6th, 2018.

New English Courses Posted January 19, 2018 A message from Professor Sophie Gee, Director of Undergraduate Studies:   I would like to draw your attention to some classes being offered by the Department this spring, that we think are very exciting, and which may have gone under your radar.
Sarah Rivett
Professor Sarah Rivett discusses her new book, ‘Unscripted America’ Posted January 2, 2018

In November, Rivett’s latest book, “Unscripted America: Indigenous Languages and the Origins of a Literary Nation,” was published by Oxford University Press. “Unscripted America” explores the impact of colonial language encounters between indigenous and European populations on Enlightenment language philosophy and early American literary history.

Jane Austen collection
Featured course: ‘Jane Austen: Then and Now’ Posted December 14, 2017

2017 marks the bicentennial of Jane Austen’s death, and people around the world are celebrating the beloved author’s life and legacy. In the spirit of commemoration is the fall course at Princeton, “Jane Austen: Then and Now.”

Junior seminar students in front of the stage at the Globe Theatre
Princeton in London Posted November 20, 2017

Eight Princeton junior English majors and one Comparative Literature major are in London this term participating in the English Department's UCL Program. Students live in University College London housing located in the heart of Bloomsbury, just steps from the British Museum. They take their junior seminar with an English professor (this fall, Professor Tamsen Wolff) as well as three additional courses at UCL.

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Novelist Kamila Shamsie visits ENG374
Novelist Kamila Shamsie visits ENG 374: Cultures of Protest Posted April 11, 2018

Novelist Kamila Shamsie visited Prof Zahid Chaudhary and Daniel Hazard’s collaboratively taught course, ENG374: Cultures of Protest. Shamsie’s recent novel, Home Fire, is an interpretation of Antigone set during the contemporary war on terror.

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