News Archive


Book with nails and photo of speaker
Department of English hosts 2023 Edward Said Memorial Lecture: On "Perfect Victims" and the Politics of Appeal Posted February 1, 2023

The Department of English is thrilled to announce the Edward W. Said '57 Memorial Lecture, On "Perfect Victims" and the Politics of Appeal with Mohammed El-Kurd.

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ENG 294 Literature & Fashion: Student Virtual Exhibition
Invitation to Explore: Literature & Fashion Student's Final Virtual Exhibition Posted December 14, 2022

For students enrolling in ENG 294 Literature & Fashion, it began with an image.

winter fountain
Winter has arrived in Princeton! Posted November 21, 2022
Judith Butler talks violence and law at campus lecture Posted October 27, 2022 The Daily Princetonian reviews the Eberhard L. Faber Class of 1915 Memorial Lecture in Literature "Fury and Justice in the Humanities" with Judith Butler that took place in McCosh 10 on Monday, November 7th.
The Next Chapter: Career Conversations with Princeton English Alumni Posted October 27, 2022 The Next Chapter: Career Conversations with Princeton English Alumni will return to its former in-person panel this year! The Department of English welcomes back eight of our recent undergraduate alumni to talk about their career paths since Princeton, and how they have used skills gained in the major in the fields of higher education, publishing, medicine, law, marketing, journalism, arts management, non-profit, tech, and library science.
A Greeting of the Spirit Selected Poetry of John Keats with Commentaries by Susan J. Wolfson
A Greeting of the Spirit Selected Poetry of John Keats with Commentaries by Susan J. Wolfson Posted October 26, 2022 October 31, 2022: 227 years ago today, October 31, 1795, John Keats was born! To celebrate, Harvard University Press is publishing A Greeting of the Spirit Selected Poetry of John Keats with Commentaries By Susan J. Wolfson
Remembering Marcia Rosh
Remembering Marcia Rosh, 1945-2022 Posted August 16, 2022 Our longtime undergraduate administrator in the English Department, Marcia Rosh, passed away on August 4.
Happy retirement, Pat
Happy retirement Pat! Posted August 11, 2022

Sending our best wishes to our colleague Pat Guglielmi on her retirement.

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.

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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.