News Archive


Considering Majoring?
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
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
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. The…

Sarah Rivett BBC3 Radio Interview
Feb. 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
Feb. 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.

Literature and the Environment; For the love of Earth: A humanistic inquiry
Feb. 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
Jan. 6, 2020

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

Department alum, Marc Conner *GS 96, has been named President of Skidmore College
Jan. 3, 2020

Congratulations to Marc Conner  GS 96, on being named President of Skidmore College, effective July 2020

“Marc Conner brings to Skidmore a commitment to the integrative learning our students and faculty value,” said Nancy Hamilton '77, chair of the Skidmore College Board of Trustees. “His extensive experience shaping academic programs…

T.S. Eliot letters, among best-known sealed literary archives, open at Princeton after 60 years
Jan. 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.”

Global Novel (ENG 444/ASA 444, Prof. Nadal): In Conversation with Karan Mahajan, author of The Association of Small Bombs
Dec. 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
Nov. 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…

Samuel Hynes, ‘highly respected scholar-critic’ of British literature and World War II veteran, dies at 95
Oct. 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.

Maxine Hong Kingston Delivers Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading
Sept. 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.

Jeffrey Alan Miller '06 named 2019 MacArthur Fellow
Sept. 25, 2019

Jeffrey Alan Miller received an AB (2006) from Princeton University and an MSt (2007) and DPhil (2012) from the University of Oxford. He joined the faculty of Montclair State University in 2012 and is currently an associate professor in the Department of English. Miller’s work has appeared in such publications as the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Milton Quarterly, and Milton Studies.

‘Juliet and Romeo’: Newly unearthed text suggests how Milton might have edited Shakespeare
Sept. 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…

Toni Morrison, Nobel-winning author and emeritus Princeton faculty member, dies at 88
Aug. 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.

Course news: Interdisciplinary art history: Studying paintings from different perspectives
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 Hooding Ceremony
June 27, 2019

Congratulations to our 2019 graduating PhDs!!

Congratulations to Lucina Schwartz on her Fulbright ETA Program Award
June 18, 2019

Congratulations to newly graduated senior, Lucina Schwartz on her Fulbright ETA Program Award.