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Emma Watkins '18
Senior Thesis: Emma Watkins '18 - ‘Trailing Rhiannon’ Posted July 5, 2018

English major, Emma Watkins, who graduated in June, combined her interests in folklore, feminist music theater and environmental studies to write a play about the mythical Welsh figure Rhiannon.


Reunions: Poems before Lunch - Prof. Gleason, Schor, Anderson
Before Lunch Poems: Alums join faculty for an hour of poetry Posted June 25, 2018

Each year during Reunions the English Department invites Princeton alums to join us for an hour of poetry and conversation.

English Major, Rasheeda Saka, one of six Princeton students to join Mellon Mays Fellowship to diversify professoriate
English Major, Rasheeda Saka, one of six Princeton students to join Mellon Mays Fellowship to diversify professoriate Posted June 15, 2018

Class of 2020 members (from left to right) Kenji Cataldo, Rasheeda Saka, Jaylin Lugardo, Oluwatoyin Edogun and Matthew Oakland are among the six Princeton students named as 2018 Mellon Mays fellows. Yousef Elzalabany is not pictured.

Kernan obit
Emeritus Professor Alvin Kernan obituary Posted June 13, 2018

Alvin Kernan, the Avalon Foundation Professor of the Humanities, Emeritus, professor of English, emeritus, and former dean of the Graduate School at Princeton University, died May 17 in Skillman, New Jersey.

Click here to read the story on the University website.

Hooding Ceremony
Congratulations to our newly hooded Ph.D.s! Posted June 6, 2018

Seven students received their academic hoods in the Ph.D. hooding ceremony on Cannon Green.

Cadava receives Teaching Award
Eduardo Cadava receives the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching. Posted June 6, 2018

Congratulations to Eduardo Cadava on receiving the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching at Tuesday's Commencement Ceremony. 

Senior Krolewski receives Witherspoon Scholarship to study in Scotland
Senior Krolewski receives Witherspoon Scholarship to study in Scotland Posted May 29, 2018

Princeton University senior Sara Krolewski has been awarded a Witherspoon Scholarship to study literature at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She is an English major who is also earning a certificate in French.

Simon Gikandi
Simon Gikandi Awarded Old Dominion Fellowship Posted May 10, 2018

Simon Gikandi, Robert Schirmer Professor of English, has been awarded by the Council of the Humanities an Old Dominion Fellowship. Appointed for one year, Gikandi will be researching his book The Atlantic Crypt: Slavery and the Cultures of Modernity as well as engaging with colleagues across the University. Old Dominion scholars also serve as Faculty Fellows in Princeton’s Society of Fellows.

Princeton Poets celebrate National Poetry Month image
Princeton Celebrates Poetry: Jeff Dolven, Paul Muldoon, Esther Schor, and Tracy K. Smith Posted May 2, 2018

Listen to some great poems, selected and recited by poets in the English Department and the Lewis Center for the Arts: Jeff Dolven (Bicycle Stanzas), Paul Muldoon (Ireland), Esther Schor (A Clear Midnight), and Tracy K. Smith (Second Estrangement).

Rasheeda Saka
Congratulations to Rasheeda Saka (Class of 2020) Posted April 27, 2018

Congratulations to Rasheeda Saka (Class of 2020) who has won a Breakout 8 Writers Prize. Co-sponsored by The Authors Guild (the largest and oldest community of professional writers) and Epiphany: A Literary Journal, the Breakout Prize “celebrates the voices of exciting student writers.” The award includes a cash prize along with publication in the forthcoming spring/summer issue of Epiphany. Rasheeda Saka is a fiction writer who has studied with Neel Mukherjee, Angela Flournoy, and Kirstin Valdez Quade.

Majors Colloquium panel
Annual English Majors Colloquium Posted April 23, 2018

English majors and faculty get together for the annual Majors Colloquium. Russ Leo, Bradin Cormack, Sarah Anderson, and Christina León offered their thoughts on this year's theme "Why Words Matter." Afterwards the department adjourned to the rotunda in Chancellor Green for more conversation, a catered meal, and a celebration of our graduating seniors.

Miranda Marraccini
Graduate student, Miranda Marraccini, selected as 2018 Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Women's Studies Posted April 9, 2018

Miranda Marraccini, a graduate student in the Department of English, was selected as a 2018 Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellow in Women’s Studies. Marraccini’s dissertation, “Feminist Types: Reading the Victoria Press,” uses digital humanities methods and archival scholarship to develop a new understanding of nineteenth-century feminist print culture. This semester, Marraccini is co-teaching “Virtual Victorians” with Professor Meredith Martin through Princeton’s Collaborative Teaching Initiative.

Romantic Shades and Shadows - Wolfson (cover)
Susan Wolfson's new book "Romantic Shades and Shadows" to be released May 13, 2018 Posted April 5, 2018

Susan Wolfson's new book, Romantic Shades and Shadows, published by John Hopkins University Press will be released in May. 

Reading is a weirdly phantasmic trade: animating words to revive absent voices, rehearing the past, fantasizing a future. In Romantic Shades and Shadows, Susan J. Wolfson explores spectral language, formations, and sensations, defining an apparitional poetics in the finely grained textures of writing and their effects on present reading.

Jack Lohmann, PEI award
English major, Jack Lohmann '19, selected for Princeton Environmental Institute award Posted March 19, 2018

English major, Jack Lohmann's research project, “Nauru”, with supervision by Professor Robert Nixon, has been selected for support from the Smith-Newton Scholars Program in the Princeton Environmental Institute.

 Monique Allewaert lecturing
Visiting Fellow Monique Allewaert on Colonial Insectophilia Posted March 15, 2018

Monique Allewaert, author of Ariel’s Ecology: Personhood and Colonialism in the American Tropics, 1760-1820, visited the Department as a Humanities Council Short-Term Fellow. Allewaert, who specializes in 18th and 19th century American literature, colonialism, New World plantations, ecocriticism, and political philosophy, presented work from her new book project Cut Up: Colonial Insectophilia and Enlightenment from Below.

ENG374: Fighting Words, or Cultures of Protest, collaborating with museum exhibition Posted March 14, 2018

Prof. Zahid Chaudhary and Daniel Hazard's collaboratively taught course, ENG374: Fighting Words, or Cultures of Protest, involves students in an upcoming exhibition at the Princeton Art Museum, entitled “Picturing Protest.” Students will each write explanatory labels for two artworks, and their labels will become a part of the artwork’s online record. The course includes two visits to the museum’s study room where the students discuss the artworks to be included in the exhibition.



Novelist Kamila Shamsie visits ENG374
Novelist Kamila Shamsie visits ENG 374: Cultures of Protest Posted April 11, 2018

Novelist Kamila Shamsie visited Prof Zahid Chaudhary and Daniel Hazard’s collaboratively taught course, ENG374: Cultures of Protest. Shamsie’s recent novel, Home Fire, is an interpretation of Antigone set during the contemporary war on terror.