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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.
Modern Heroes with No Poets to Tell Their Courage Posted March 26, 2020 Faculty member Jeff Dolven and two other poets published poems in Cabinet magazine recognizing the courage of doctors and nurses fighting the coronavirus.
A. Scott Berg Fellowship - Accepting Applications in SAFE Posted March 3, 2020

Endowed by the Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer A. Scott Berg `71 h03. The scholarship provides a stipend of up to $3,500 and is designed to meet the living, travel, or research expenses of undergraduate English majors who wish to use the summer for writing or research in connection with their Princeton independent or course work.

BBC3 - The Verb - Sarah Rivett Interview
Sarah Rivett BBC3 Radio Interview Posted February 6, 2020

Professor Sarah Rivett interviewed on BBC3 Radio program: "The Verb" speaking about Native American Writing. The broadcast will include two native American poets as well as Professor Rivett.

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The Next Chapter: A Princeton English Alumni Panel Posted February 6, 2020

The Department of English welcomes back eight of our recent undergraduate alumni talk to talk about their career paths since Princeton, and how they have used skills gained in the major in the fields of publishing, medicine, law, marketing, journalism, arts management, non-profit, and film production.

Bill Gleason and Kate Thorpe
Literature and the Environment; For the love of Earth: A humanistic inquiry Posted February 3, 2020

Kate Thorpe (left), a doctoral candidate in English, and William Gleason, the Hughes-Rogers Professor of English and American Studies, lead a class discussion. Their collaboration on the course is part of the Collaborative Teaching Initiative, which fosters graduate students’ professional experience through the design and co-teaching of an innovative undergraduate course

Professor Sarah Chihaya article: Elena Ferrante’s Form and Unform Posted January 6, 2020

Congratulations to Professor Sarah Chihaya on her recent article published in the in "The New York Review of Books".

T.S. Eliot letters, among best-known sealed literary archives, open at Princeton after 60 years Posted January 3, 2020

“The approaching release of T.S. Eliot’s letters to Emily Hale is already generating excitement on campus,” said Joshua Kotin, associate professor of English at Princeton. “Students who have been fascinated by ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’ (1915) and ‘The Waste Land’ (1922) are now asking questions about Eliot himself. But this interest is not limited to Eliot’s love life. Students are excited to learn more about Eliot’s religious conversion and attitudes toward women, and about his decisions at Faber & Faber and their impact on British culture.”

ENG444 - Global Novel seminar
Global Novel (ENG 444/ASA 444, Prof. Nadal): In Conversation with Karan Mahajan, author of The Association of Small Bombs Posted December 12, 2019


Students from Professor Paul Nadal’s ENG 444/ASA 444 Global Novel seminar celebrated the end of semester with novelist Karan Mahajan.

Jennifer Soong poem featured in Tracy K. Smith podcast Posted November 13, 2019

Poet and Chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts, Tracy K. Smith, selected Jennifer Soong’s poem “The Voyage Nowhere” for the November 13 episode of Smith’s podcast “The Slowdown.” Smith began the podcast during her time as Poet Laureate, featuring, reading, and discussing a poem of her choice every weekday.

Samuel Hynes
Samuel Hynes, ‘highly respected scholar-critic’ of British literature and World War II veteran, dies at 95 Posted October 23, 2019

Samuel Hynes, the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature, Emeritus, and professor of English, emeritus, died at home in Princeton on Oct. 10. He was 95.

Pictured from left to right: Professor Anne A. Cheng (English), Maxine Hong Kingston, Professor James Richardson (Lewis Center for the Arts), and Professor Paul Nadal (English).
Maxine Hong Kingston Delivers Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Posted September 27, 2019

On Wednesday, Sep. 25th, Maxine Hong Kingston, delivered a reading from her new work-in-progress in celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Program in Creative Writing at Princeton.

‘Juliet and Romeo’: Newly unearthed text suggests how Milton might have edited Shakespeare Posted September 17, 2019

Professor Rhodri Lewis states in a recent Washington Post article, that “We now have firsthand evidence — literally, firsthand evidence — of arguably the second-greatest 17th-century writer reading the first,” said Rhodri Lewis, an English professor at Princeton University who has studied Milton and Shakespeare. “That’s an absolutely extraordinary thing.”

The New Colossus
Esther Schor pens New York Times op-ed Posted August 15, 2019

"What the Trump Administration Gets Wrong About the Statue of Liberty"

Click here to read the full New York Times article.

Toni Morrison
Toni Morrison, Nobel-winning author and emeritus Princeton faculty member, dies at 88 Posted August 9, 2019

World-renowned writer and Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus, at Princeton University, died Monday, Aug. 5. She was 88.

Deborah Nord
Course news: Interdisciplinary art history: Studying paintings from different perspectives Posted July 9, 2019

This year, Bridget Alsdorf, associate professor of art and archaeology, taught two courses on 19th-century French painting: “Painting and Literature in 19th-Century France and England,” co-taught with Deborah Nord, the Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature, and “Self and Society in 19th-Century French Painting.”


2019 English Department graduating PhDs
2019 Hooding Ceremony Posted June 27, 2019

Congratulations to our 2019 graduating PhDs!!