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Meredith Martin named recipient of Graduate Mentoring Award
May 17, 2021

Congratulations to Meredith Martin on being named a recipient of the McGraw Center's Graduate Mentoring Award.

The mentoring award recognizes Princeton faculty members who nurture the intellectual,…

Call for Proposals: Princeton Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities
May 11, 2021

The Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities invites proposals for collaborative faculty-student summer research projects. These projects may include examinations of archives, work with data sets, the creation of maps, the development of renderings and/or visualizations, conducting interviews, and other…

Longtime English Professor, James Richardson, transfers to emeritus status.
May 11, 2021

Congratulations to James,“Jim” Richardson, professor of creative writing in the Lewis Center for the Arts, will transfer to emeritus status on July 1, 2021, after teaching at Princeton for forty-one years. Jim was born January 1, 1950, and grew up in Garden City, New York, not far from where Charles Lindbergh took off in the Spirit of St…

2021 Majors Colloquium: Your Faves are Problematic: Reading and Teaching Fraught Texts
May 3, 2021

The Majors' Colloquium addresses a topic that our Undergraduate Advisory Council chooses each year; four faculty members are nominated by the senior class to speak. For 2021, it was professors Autumn Womack, Jeff Nunokawa, Kinohi Nishikawa and Anne Cheng.

Alumus, Adrienne Raphel, published in "Common Books" magazine
April 26, 2021

"When the Writing Takes Over the Writer," in which Adrienne Raphel (Princeton University) explores how Louise Fitzhugh—author of Harriet the Spy—and James Merrill—the poet—were…

Graduate alumnus, Joshua Bennett, wins 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship
April 14, 2021
Joshua Bennett, a 2016 graduate alumnus, Jacobus Scholar and the Mellon Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth College, was awarded in the field of American literature.
News report on Annabel Barry, Princeton University Class of 2019
April 9, 2021
It’s not every graduate student who sees work begun in a course flourish into a professionally consequential publication in the first year of study. And it’s a rare, extremely rare, undergraduate who sees this accomplishment. Annabel Barry is this exception.
Minari Screening and Conversation with Filmmaker Lee Isaac Chung and Professor Anne A. Cheng
April 7, 2021

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and a Golden Globe, “Minari” is a delicately wrought drama that follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. Tracing the material and emotional challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks for this young family, “Minari” shows the…

RL Goldberg, Mary Naydan and Liora Selinger selected for Graduate School Teaching Award
April 6, 2021

Congratulations to RL Goldberg, Mary Naydan and Liora Selinger on being selected to receive a Graduate School Teaching Award for…

Course spotlight: "Language to Be Looked At"
March 19, 2021

In fall 2020, students examined modernist and avant-garde experiments in word and image in the 20th century in the course, “Language to Be Looked At,” co-taught by Joshua Kotin, associate professor of English, and Irene Small, associate professor of art and archaeology. The course was crosslisted in the Program in Humanistic Studies, English,…

Cameron Lee ’22 wins film criticism prize for essay, review
March 10, 2021
Film criticism can affect beyond the understanding of particular works, to cultivate living attuned to interactions between internal and external environments. So writes Princeton University junior Cammie Lee in “Searching for Meaning: The Role of the Film Critic in Everyday Life.” Lee received the grand prize in Gen Z Critics’ 2021 film criticism contest for the essay and a review of the Japanese comedy Tampopo (1985).
ENG411 Final Project: Abolition Then and Now Exhibition
March 8, 2021

Abolition Then and Now is a collaborative, virtual exhibition put together as part of a final project for a course on the writings of Frederick Douglass and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the fall of 2020. Supported by a 250th Fund for Innovation in Undergraduate Education, the course…

Becoming Human: Book Talk and Discussion with Zakiyyah Iman Jackson
March 4, 2021
Location: virtual - requires registrationSpeakers: Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, Assistant Professor of English, University of Southern California

A Book Talk and Discussion of Becoming Human: Matter and Meaning in an Antiblack World (NYU 2020) with Zakiyyah Iman Jackson. April 22, 2021 at 4:30pm via zoom. 

Register here: 

Before Modernism: Inventing American Lyric in the Nineteenth Century with Virginia Jackson
March 3, 2021

Join the Department of English in welcoming our Bain Swiggett Distinguished Visitor in Poetry & Poetics, Virginia Jackson, on March 25th at 4:30pm. 

Professor Jackson will discuss a pre-circulated section of Before Modernism: Inventing American Lyric in the Nineteenth Century. 

Virginia Jackson is UCI Endowed Chair of Rhetoric…

Paige Allen '21 named co-winner of the 2021 Pyne Prize
Feb. 12, 2021

Congratulations to Paige Allen, an English Department concentrator, who has been named a co-winner of the 2021 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, the highest general distinction conferred on an undergraduate.

Allen, from Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, is also pursuing certificates in creative writing, humanistic studies, music theater and…

The Next Chapter: Alumni Discussions in the Department of English
Feb. 1, 2021

The Next Chapter: Alumni Conversations in the Department of English. Please join us on March 3, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. via Zoom to meet the panel of Princeton University English Department alumni: 

Eu Na Noh '16 (Law) 
L. Driskell-Garcia '17 (Education) 
Emily Silk '10 (Publishing)
Jack Lohmann '19 (Journalism)
Veronica Pickett …

Department of English Annual Report 2019-2020
Dec. 10, 2020

The department has published its 2019 - 2020 Annual Report.  Click the link to read the online publication: 

Department of English Annual Report 2019 - 2020.


A Reading of Colm Tóibín’s Pale Sister by Lisa Dwan
Nov. 17, 2020
The Department of English and the Council of the Humanities invite you to a rehearsed reading of Colm Tóibín’s Pale Sister by Lisa Dwan. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness this amazing performance.
t4t: A Trans Studies Symposium
Oct. 26, 2020

The Trans Studies Symposium will bring together artists, scholars, and community organizers to be in dialogue about the current state of trans studies and movement building. Over four conversations, the symposium will help to unfurl the legacies of trans organizing, scholarship, art practices,…

Common Works Series: Lecture and Q & A with Justin Torres, We the Animals
Oct. 15, 2020
Justin Torres, novelist and Assistant Professor of English at University of California, Los Angeles Justin Torres will discuss his book We the Animals.