News Archive

2020-2021

McCosh 50 renovation preview Posted September 8, 2020
Statement on Anti-Racism banner
Statement on Anti-Racism Posted August 4, 2020 The Princeton English Department supports and actively seeks to promote anti-racism within and beyond our teaching and research.
Public Writing
Public Writing Posted August 3, 2020 This page collects recent public-facing writing by English Department alumni, faculty and current students (undergraduate and graduate) that addresses urgent contemporary topics, including the pandemic, the national reckoning with racism, the environment, and the role of arts in times of crisis.
Anti Racism image - Huerta
Monica Huerta addresses "Anti-racism and the Problem of the Soul" at the Los Angeles Review of Books Posted July 30, 2020 Assistant Professor Monica Huerta addresses "Anti-racism and the Problem of the Soul" at the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Outreach Zoom meeting
Summer 2020 Outreach Programs Posted July 24, 2020 We hope everyone is enjoying the summer. The department has been hosting ongoing Book Club and various other events to benefit all of our students. We encourage all to take advantage of this wonderful program organized by Professor Rebecca Rainof.
Autumn Womack
Summer Reads: What are Princeton Professors Reading this Summer? Posted July 20, 2020 A news feature on the University home page spotlighting English Department professors Jeff Nunokawa and Autumn Womack among others.

2019-2020

Paris Modern
Paris, Modern: graduate students explore the literature and culture of early 20th-century Paris Posted July 9, 2020

From the writers of “The Lost Generation,” who include American expatriates F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein, to Sylvia Beach’s Shakespeare and Company bookshop, and to influential French writers like Guillaume Apollinaire or the Surrealists, early 20th-century Paris continues to hold a special allure for tourists and academics alike.

Colloquia essays published in Keats-Shelley Review Posted July 8, 2020

With support from a Humanities Center Gardner Grant, Susan Wolfson’s Frankenstein@200 convened a collquium March 2019 on Teaching Frankenstein: Race, Ethics, Pedagogy,  Princeton PhD John Bugg (now a Professor at Fordham) and Adam Potkay, here in AY 2018-2019 as a Rockefeller Fellow at the Center for Human Values, and from that post interacted with a lot of our students in his classes, in colloquia.  Essays developed from this occasion have just been published in Keats-Shelley Review 34.1 (2020), attracting much interest (in ways we could not have foreseen) in br

Annabelle Barry talk: National Library of Ireland
Department alum, Annabel Barry, talk: National Library of Ireland Posted June 29, 2020 Annabel Barry, George Mitchell Scholarship, UCD discusses Yeats' influence on Heaney in this talk. She examines how Yeats influenced Heaney by tracing the images of light and darkness in some of the published works and manuscript drafts of two poets with long connections with the National Library of Ireland.
Joshua Bennett - Poets.org Poem of the Day
Joshua Bennett, PhD '16, featured on Poets.org Posted June 24, 2020 Congratulations to Joshua Bennett, PhD 2016, featured on poets.org Poem of the Day.
Autumn Womack - Los Angeles Review of Books
Assistant Professor Autumn Womack article in "Los Angeles Review of Books" responds to recent worldwide events Posted June 8, 2020 Assistant Professor, Autumn Womack, has an article published in the Los Angeles Review of Books responding to recent worldwide events: Can You Be Black and Listen to This?
Congratulations to the Class of 2020
Class Day Celebration Friday, May 29, 1:00 p.m. Posted May 27, 2020 Links to the Class Day video and program.
Center for Digital Humanities - Shakespeare and Company
The Shakespeare and Company Project, led by Joshua Kotin, featured in The Guardian Posted May 20, 2020 The Shakespeare and Company Project draws from the papers of the bookshop and lending library’s founder Sylvia Beach, which are held by Special Collections at Princeton’s Firestone Library.
Chrstina León - Curious Entanglements podcast
Christina León on "Choose to Be Curious" podcast Posted May 19, 2020 Christina León sits down to talk with Lynn Borton on her series Choose to Be Curious on “Radio Arlington” WERA-LP 96.7 FM.
McCosh 50 renovation - chair removal
McCosh 50 renovation Posted May 13, 2020

Construction work continues on campus. Renovation of McCosh 50 - old desks being removed.

Thomas P Roche obituary photo
Thomas P. Roche Jr., scholar of Renaissance poetry and ‘force of nature,’ dies at 89 Posted May 8, 2020 Thomas P. Roche Jr., the Murray Professor of English, Emeritus, and a foremost expert in epic and Renaissance poetry, died peacefully May 3 after a long illness in Beachwood, Ohio.
Vance Smith - YouTube talk
Vance Smith gives talk on pandemic for French series "Philosopher en temps d’epidimie" Posted May 6, 2020 Vance Smith gives talk on pandemic for French series "Philosopher en temps d’epidimie" [run by Jean-Luc Nancy and Jérôme Lebre].
Esther Schor
Congratulations to Esther Schor on receiving the 2020 Behrman Award Posted May 4, 2020 Professor Esther Schor has received University’s Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities.
Five Questions with D. Vance Smith, author of “The Arts of Dying” Posted April 22, 2020

Professor Vance Smith discusses his new book, "The Arts of Dying"

The Next Chapter participants
Considering Majoring? Posted April 1, 2020 Last month, seven recent alumni, who are in the fields of law, medicine, publishing, journalism, film, theater administration, and non-profit education, returned to campus to talk about their professional journeys and how majoring in English is critical to what they do now.

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