News Archive


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.


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.

Simon Gikandi
Simon Gikandi receives Behrman Award Posted May 8, 2017

Congratulations to Simon Gikandi on receiving the University's Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities.

Margaret Wright '17
Margaret Wright '17, Martin A. Dale '53 fellowship winner Posted May 8, 2017

Margaret Wright, a senior majoring in English who is affiliated with Rockefeller College, has taken many classes at Princeton that have taught her how to better articulate and present her opinions. To add to those skills, she said, she would like to focus instead on listening to other people — "not in order to rebut an argument or support a claim, but just to try to understand."

Simon Gikandi
Featured course: Topics in Literature and Ethics: Modern Evil Posted May 4, 2017

Professor Simon Gikandi's course, "Topics in Literature and Ethics: Modern Evil", is featured on the university website. 

Bollywood Class discussion
Meenu Gaur and critic Iftikhar Dadi discuss the making of Zinda Bhaag Posted May 1, 2017

“Award-winning filmmaker Meenu Gaur and critic Iftikhar Dadi, discuss the making of Zinda Bhaag, the first oscar-nominated film from Pakistan in over 30 years, with students in Prof. Chaudhary’s course on Bollywood Cinema. Students from Cornell, also in a course on Bollywood, joined the discussion remotely.”

Daniel Blank
Daniel Blank honored by Graduate School for excellence in teaching and service Posted April 24, 2017

Congratulations to Daniel Blank on being honored by the Graduate School for excellence in teaching.

Deborah Nord and Maria DiBattista
'At Home in the World': DiBattista and Nord reframe female literary tradition Posted April 17, 2017

Congratulations to Deborah Nord and Maria DiBattista on the publication of their new book, "At Home in the World: Women Writers and Public Life, from Austen to the Present".

Dialogue China conference
A Dialogue in Chinese and English Poetics Posted April 10, 2017

A group of seven Chinese poets and poetry scholars visited the Princeton campus to participate in a week-long seminar (March 26-31) organized by Professor Susan Stewart and devoted to “A Dialogue in Chinese and English Poetics.”

NYT - Acrostic - Schor
Professor Esther Schor's new book on Esperanto, Bridge of Words, featured in New York Times Sunday Acrostic. Posted March 1, 2017 As New York Times Sunday puzzlers recently discovered, Professor Esther Schor's new book on Esperanto, Bridge of Words, was featured in the Acrostic on February 19th (constructed by Emily Cox & Henry Rathvon).
Rob Nixon
Writing environmental ruin, or how to write an obituary for an embattled planet Posted January 27, 2017

Courses taught by Prof. Rob Nixon are discussed in hompage feature story.

Read the story here:

Writing environmental ruin, or how to write an obituary for an embattled planet


Simon Gikandi
Gikandi, Leo, and Wills elected to MLA posts Posted January 10, 2017 Congratulations to Professor Simon Gikandi, who has been elected Second Vice President of the Modern Language Association (MLA)
Wolfson - Reading Keats
Susan Wolfson book award Posted January 3, 2017

Susan Wolfson's publication, Reading John Keats, published by Cambridge University Press, has received the "Outstanding Academic Title" award from Choice.