2022 - 2023
Sending our best wishes to our colleague Pat Guglielmi on her retirement.
2021 - 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.
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, 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.”
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.
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
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.