News Archive


Ugonna Nwabueze
English major, Ugonna Nwabueze, senior thesis project featured on University homepage Posted February 20, 2018

Princeton senior Ugonna Nwabueze, a first-generation Nigerian American, has undertaken two creative thesis projects — an original play and a production of the play “Eclipsed,” in which she played a leading role — to meet the requirements for her English major and certificates in African studies, African American studies and theater.

Writing in Public Panel discussion
Writing in Public Posted February 12, 2018

Writers need readers—and in the present moment, many academic writers are seeking ways to address a broader and more diverse readership. At the panel discussion “Writing in Public,” five members of the Princeton community shared how their work outside the academy relates to their scholarship, and how writing for different audiences has increasingly become a part of their profession, especially as early career academics.

Berg Scholarship Announcement
A. Scott Berg Fellowship - Accepting Applications in SAFE Posted February 7, 2018

Deadline for applications (extended): Friday, April 6th, 2018.

New English Courses Posted January 19, 2018 A message from Professor Sophie Gee, Director of Undergraduate Studies:   I would like to draw your attention to some classes being offered by the Department this spring, that we think are very exciting, and which may have gone under your radar.
Sarah Rivett
Professor Sarah Rivett discusses her new book, ‘Unscripted America’ Posted January 2, 2018

In November, Rivett’s latest book, “Unscripted America: Indigenous Languages and the Origins of a Literary Nation,” was published by Oxford University Press. “Unscripted America” explores the impact of colonial language encounters between indigenous and European populations on Enlightenment language philosophy and early American literary history.

Jane Austen collection
Featured course: ‘Jane Austen: Then and Now’ Posted December 14, 2017

2017 marks the bicentennial of Jane Austen’s death, and people around the world are celebrating the beloved author’s life and legacy. In the spirit of commemoration is the fall course at Princeton, “Jane Austen: Then and Now.”

Junior seminar students in front of the stage at the Globe Theatre
Princeton in London Posted November 20, 2017

Eight Princeton junior English majors and one Comparative Literature major are in London this term participating in the English Department's UCL Program. Students live in University College London housing located in the heart of Bloomsbury, just steps from the British Museum. They take their junior seminar with an English professor (this fall, Professor Tamsen Wolff) as well as three additional courses at UCL.

John Kerrigan
Professor John Kerrigan puts his best foot forward in Shakespeare lecture Posted November 8, 2017

John Kerrigan is a leading Shakespeare scholar and the Professor of English 2000 at the University of Cambridge. This fall, he was the Whitney J. Oates Visiting Fellow in the Humanities Council and the Department of English. The Humanities Council’s Short-Term Fellows Program brings scholars from around the world to Princeton for three-to-five intensive days of classes, colloquia and informal discussions. Kerrigan was in Princeton from Oct. 9-12.

Clair Wills
Professor Clair Wills Featured on BBC Radio 3 podcast, “Free Thinking” Posted October 5, 2017

Recently Professor Clair Wills discussed her new book, Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Postwar Britain, on the BBC Radio 3 podcast “Free Thinking.” Wills’ new book, just published by Penguin UK, is a portrait of Britain in the 1950s and 1960s, viewed through the experiences of both the citizens of empire and the European refugees who fled to Britain during those years.

Jeff Dolven - Cabinet Magazine 24-hour book series
Professor Jeff Dolven participates in Cabinet Magazine's "24-Hour Book" series Posted September 12, 2017

Over the summer, Professor Jeff Dolven wrote a book in a day, as part of Cabinet Books’ “24-Hour Book” series. A meditation on the animal testing enterprises of the Braintree Scientific Corporation, the book, Take Care, was printed later that same week, and launched the next month in London. 

Bronze plaque of the "New Colossus" in the Statue of Liberty Museum
Schor article, CNN op-ed: "What the Statue of Liberty says -- and doesn't" Posted August 10, 2017

English professor Esther Schor, biographer of Emma Lazarus, contributed an op-ed article to CNN in response to senior presidential adviser, Stephen Miller's dismissal of Lazurus's poem, "The New Colossus", as a symbol of American liberty "enlightening the world."

Schor states, "Thanks to Emma Lazarus, the message of the Statue of Liberty, for the vast majority of Americans who understand it as a symbol of welcome to immigrants, is not "America First," but "America, at last."

Princeton Bread Loaf Group in Oxford
Summer Study in Oxford Posted July 31, 2017

Three outstanding rising seniors attended the Princeton-Bread Loaf Summer Study Program in Oxford. For six weeks they lived in Lincoln College, took a class, and performed intensive senior thesis study under the direction of Princeton faculty member Russ Leo, who guided them through the shoals of advanced library research.

INCH group in Athens
INCH Meets in Athens Posted July 18, 2017

The Stanley Seeger Center in Athens hosted a three-day “retreat” of the International Network for the Comparative Humanities (INCH), co-directed by Professor Maria DiBattista and Notre Dame Professor (and former Princeton PhD) Barry McCrea. INCH is an international consortium that promotes interdisciplinary exchange between faculty and graduate students from English and Comparative Literature with their counterparts overseas.


Gunnar Rice
English major, Gunnar Rice '17, awarded Haarlow Prize Posted October 3, 2017

The 2016-17 Haarlow Prize was awarded to Gunnar Rice ’17 and Tali Pelts ’20 for the two best papers submitted to a 200-level Humanistics Studies course.

Frankenstein: The Musical - Performance photo
Frankenstein: The Musical Posted June 26, 2017

Recently the Princeton University Players’ staged, for the first time in over 150 years, Richard Brinsley Peake’s 1823 melodrama Presumption; or the Fate of Frankenstein, based on Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus. Newly titled Frankenstein: The Musical, it was performed to full houses in Chancellor Green Rotunda. This all-student production, an outgrowth of Professor Susan Wolfson’s class on “Frankenstein @ 200,” was produced in recognition of the bicentennial anniversary of Mary Shelley’s novel and was funded by a David A.

Jennifer Soong
Jennifer Soong poem collection selected for publication Posted June 12, 2017

Congratulations to Jennifer Soong on her first poem collection being selected for publication by Futurepoem Books.

Paul Muldoon and Lance Rutkin interview
Paul Muldoon, An Interview with Lance Rutkin (’17) Posted June 7, 2017

Graduating senior Lance Rutkin sat down for a wide-ranging and candid conversation with poet Paul Muldoon, Princeton’s Howard G. B. Clark '21 Professor and Founding Chair of the Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts. One of "the most significant English-language poets born since the second World War” (TLS), Muldoon spoke with Rutkin about his recent sea voyage around the world, his months-long drive across the United States, and his time in Ireland participating in the centenary events of the 1916 Rising, Easter Week.

Seniors, Nwabueze and Watkins, Win Lewis Center for the Arts Awards Posted May 24, 2017

Congratulations to English Department seniors, Ugonna Nwabueze '18 and Emma Watkins '18, on winning awards sponsored by the Lewis Center for the Arts that provide resources to conduct research, undertake training, and pursue other opportunities critical to achieving their senior thesis project goals.

Spirit of Princeton Award
Senior Hajrah Hussain wins a 2017 Spirit of Princeton Award Posted May 16, 2017

Hajrah Hussain is a senior from Jersey City, New Jersey, majoring in English and earning certificates in linguistics and global health and health policy. She is a peer health adviser in Forbes College, a UMatter fellow and a member of the Princeton University Mentorship Program. She has also worked as a research assistant in the Department of Sociology, where she studied access to mental health care. She has served as a member of the DREAM Team, the Muslim Students' Association Community Service Chair and was vice president of Tropical Clinics for Rural Health.

Edwin Rosales
Senior thesis: Rosales transforms his immigrant experience on page and stage Posted May 8, 2017

To meet the requirements of his major in English and certificates in creative writing, theater and Latino studies, Princeton senior Edwin Rosales had to write not one but two senior theses. The first in his family to go to college, he drew on his own experience of coming to the U.S. from Guatemala as a child and on his extensive research to write a collection of short stories and a play. Rosales said the arts at Princeton empowered him and built his confidence as a writer.