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Course spotlight: "Language to Be Looked At"
Course spotlight: "Language to Be Looked At" Posted March 19, 2021

In fall 2020, students examined modernist and avant-garde experiments in word and image in the 20th century in the course, “Language to Be Looked At,” co-taught by Joshua Kotin, associate professor of English, and Irene Small, associate professor of art and archaeology. The course was crosslisted in the Program in Humanistic Studies, English, and art and archaeology.

Cammie Lee wins Gen Z Critics' Award
Cameron Lee ’22 wins film criticism prize for essay, review Posted March 10, 2021 Film criticism can affect beyond the understanding of particular works, to cultivate living attuned to interactions between internal and external environments. So writes Princeton University junior Cammie Lee in “Searching for Meaning: The Role of the Film Critic in Everyday Life.” Lee received the grand prize in Gen Z Critics’ 2021 film criticism contest for the essay and a review of the Japanese comedy Tampopo (1985).
ENG411 Final Project: Abolition Then and Now Exhibition Posted March 8, 2021

Abolition Then and Now is a collaborative, virtual exhibition put together as part of a final project for a course on the writings of Frederick Douglass and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the fall of 2020.

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Becoming Human: Book Talk and Discussion with Zakiyyah Iman Jackson Posted March 4, 2021 Location: virtual - requires registrationSpeakers: Zakiyyah Iman Jackson, Assistant Professor of English, University of Southern California

A Book Talk and Discussion of Becoming Human: Matter and Meaning in an Antiblack World (NYU 2020) with Zakiyyah Iman Jackson. April 22, 2021 at 4:30pm via zoom. 

Before Modernism: Inventing American Lyric in the Nineteenth Century with Virginia Jackson Posted March 3, 2021

Join the Department of English in welcoming our Bain Swiggett Distinguished Visitor in Poetry & Poetics, Virginia Jackson, on March 25th at 4:30pm. 

Professor Jackson will discuss a pre-circulated section of Before Modernism: Inventing American Lyric in the Nineteenth Century. 

Paige Allen, '21
Paige Allen '21 named co-winner of the 2021 Pyne Prize Posted February 12, 2021

Congratulations to Paige Allen, an English Department concentrator, who has been named a co-winner of the 2021 Moses Taylor Pyne Honor Prize, the highest general distinction conferred on an undergraduate.

Allen, from Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, is also pursuing certificates in creative writing, humanistic studies, music theater and theater.

Click here to read the full story on the University homepage.

The Next Chapter: Alumni Discussions in the Department of English Posted February 1, 2021

The Next Chapter: Alumni Conversations in the Department of English. Please join us on March 3, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. via Zoom to meet the panel of Princeton University English Department alumni: 

Eu Na Noh '16 (Law) 
L. Driskell-Garcia '17 (Education) 
Emily Silk '10 (Publishing)
Jack Lohmann '19 (Journalism)
Veronica Pickett '10 (TV/ Media)
Claire Greene '13 (Medicine)
Gunnar Rice '17 (Graduate School) 
Bhaamati Borkheteria '20 (Tech)

Annual Report - 2019 -2020
Department of English Annual Report 2019-2020 Posted December 10, 2020

The department has published its 2019 - 2020 Annual Report.  Click the link to read the online publication: 

Department of English Annual Report 2019 - 2020.

 

Lisa Dwan in Com Toibin's "Pale Sister"
A Reading of Colm Tóibín’s Pale Sister by Lisa Dwan Posted November 17, 2020 The Department of English and the Council of the Humanities invite you to a rehearsed reading of Colm Tóibín’s Pale Sister by Lisa Dwan. Don’t miss this opportunity to witness this amazing performance.
t4t: A Trans Studies Symposium Posted October 26, 2020

The Trans Studies Symposium will bring together artists, scholars, and community organizers to be in dialogue about the current state of trans studies and movement building. Over four conversations, the symposium will help to unfurl the legacies of trans organizing, scholarship, art practices, and histories, and how we might consider this history as we move forward into a precarious future.

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Common Works Series: Lecture and Q & A with Justin Torres, We the Animals Posted October 15, 2020 Justin Torres, novelist and Assistant Professor of English at University of California, Los Angeles Justin Torres will discuss his book We the Animals.
Department Literary Review: Shelter in Place Posted October 5, 2020

Here's one way to connect while we are apart: "Here and There," the English Department podcast and literary review, made by our English Outreach Interns and featuring student prose, poetry, illustrated graphic fiction and non-fiction, visual art, radio storytelling, and interviews with English faculty and members of the Princeton community. Enjoy, submit, and join this venue for shared discussion and connection.

McCosh 50 renovation preview Posted September 8, 2020
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Statement on Anti-Racism Posted August 4, 2020 The Princeton English Department supports and actively seeks to promote anti-racism within and beyond our teaching and research.
Public Writing
Public Writing Posted August 3, 2020 This page collects recent public-facing writing by English Department alumni, faculty and current students (undergraduate and graduate) that addresses urgent contemporary topics, including the pandemic, the national reckoning with racism, the environment, and the role of arts in times of crisis.
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Monica Huerta addresses "Anti-racism and the Problem of the Soul" at the Los Angeles Review of Books Posted July 30, 2020 Assistant Professor Monica Huerta addresses "Anti-racism and the Problem of the Soul" at the Los Angeles Review of Books.
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Summer 2020 Outreach Programs Posted July 24, 2020 We hope everyone is enjoying the summer. The department has been hosting ongoing Book Club and various other events to benefit all of our students. We encourage all to take advantage of this wonderful program organized by Professor Rebecca Rainof.
Autumn Womack
Summer Reads: What are Princeton Professors Reading this Summer? Posted July 20, 2020 A news feature on the University home page spotlighting English Department professors Jeff Nunokawa and Autumn Womack among others.
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Paris, Modern: graduate students explore the literature and culture of early 20th-century Paris Posted July 9, 2020

From the writers of “The Lost Generation,” who include American expatriates F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein, to Sylvia Beach’s Shakespeare and Company bookshop, and to influential French writers like Guillaume Apollinaire or the Surrealists, early 20th-century Paris continues to hold a special allure for tourists and academics alike.

Colloquia essays published in Keats-Shelley Review Posted July 8, 2020

With support from a Humanities Center Gardner Grant, Susan Wolfson’s Frankenstein@200 convened a collquium March 2019 on Teaching Frankenstein: Race, Ethics, Pedagogy,  Princeton PhD John Bugg (now a Professor at Fordham) and Adam Potkay, here in AY 2018-2019 as a Rockefeller Fellow at the Center for Human Values, and from that post interacted with a lot of our students in his classes, in colloquia.  Essays developed from this occasion have just been published in Keats-Shelley Review 34.1 (2020), attracting much interest (in ways we could not have foreseen) in br

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