2021 - 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
“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.
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.
The Modern Language Association of America today announced it is awarding its twentieth annual William Sanders Scarborough Prize to Joshua Bennett, department alum and professor of English and creative writing at Dartmouth College, for his book Being Property Once Myself: Blackness and the End of Man, published by Harvard University Press.
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The Advisory Council of the American Literature Society has awarded the 1921 Prize to Professor Paul Nadal for his essay, "Cold War Remittance Economy: US Creative Writing and the Importation of New Criticism into the Philippines,” in American Quarterly. The 1921 Prize is awarded annually for "the best article in any field of American literature."
Click here to read Professor Nadal's article.
The department has published its 2020 - 2021 Annual Report. Click the link to read the online publication:
Department of English Annual Report 2020 - 2021
Branka Arsić: Class of 1932 Long-Term Visiting Fellow in the Humanities Council and Department of English and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University
Robbie Richardson, a member of Pabineau First Nation (Mi’kmaw) in New Brunswick, Canada, and an assistant professor of English at Princeton University, specializes in 18th-century British and transatlantic literature and culture. His research into interactions between Indigenous and European cultures connects interests in Indigenous studies, art and material culture, the history of museums and collecting, and the literature of empire.
The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov, for their longstanding efforts to safeguard freedom of expression in the Philippines and Russia.