The Next Chapter: A Princeton English Alumni Panel Posted February 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.

Bill Gleason and Kate Thorpe
Literature and the Environment; For the love of Earth: A humanistic inquiry Posted February 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 Posted January 6, 2020

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

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

ENG444 - Global Novel seminar
Global Novel (ENG 444/ASA 444, Prof. Nadal): In Conversation with Karan Mahajan, author of The Association of Small Bombs Posted December 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 Posted November 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 her time as Poet Laureate, featuring, reading, and discussing a poem of her choice every weekday.

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

Pictured from left to right: Professor Anne A. Cheng (English), Maxine Hong Kingston, Professor James Richardson (Lewis Center for the Arts), and Professor Paul Nadal (English).
Maxine Hong Kingston Delivers Althea Ward Clark W’21 Reading Posted September 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.

‘Juliet and Romeo’: Newly unearthed text suggests how Milton might have edited Shakespeare Posted September 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 University who has studied Milton and Shakespeare. “That’s an absolutely extraordinary thing.”

The New Colossus
Esther Schor pens New York Times op-ed Posted August 15, 2019

"What the Trump Administration Gets Wrong About the Statue of Liberty"

Click here to read the full New York Times article.

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

Deborah Nord
Course news: Interdisciplinary art history: Studying paintings from different perspectives Posted 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 English Department graduating PhDs
2019 Hooding Ceremony Posted June 27, 2019

Congratulations to our 2019 graduating PhDs!!

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

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

Jack Lohmann: Nauru
Featured Thesis: English Major Jack Lohmann explores Nauru, where the environmental future is now Posted May 21, 2019

Jack Lohmann, a Princeton English major and environmental studies certificate student, spent a month on the Pacific island of Nauru for his senior thesis documenting life and politics in a destroyed environment. Strip mining for phosphate during the 20th century reduced the 8-square-mile nation to a narrow ring of coastal plain surrounding a moonscape of towering limestone spires and deep chasms (shown). Today, roughly 80% of the island is uninhabitable. With few economic opportunities, Nauru is now home to a controversial immigrant detention center funded by Australia.

Princeton Communicates
Connect: Harnessing the Power of Words Posted May 15, 2019

University communicators gathered last week for a Princeton Writes symposium titled “Connect: Harnessing the Power of Words.” The English department's acting chair, Jeff Dolven, led a master class called “Writing with Styles.”

‘Reading’ Toni Morrison: Students explore Princeton’s literary icon from archive to page Posted May 10, 2019

This semester, two courses are immersing students in the works of writer Toni Morrison, the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus, and a Nobel laureate.

Congratulations to Mara Isaacs on her Tony-nominated musical, HADESTOWN Posted May 6, 2019

Mara Isaacs, who is currently co-teaching ENG/THR 382: International Theatre: Plays and Politics with Professor Tamsen Wolff, is the lead producer of the musical HADESTOWN, which received 14 Tony Award nominations this week, more than any other musical in the running.

Cook off 1
ENG395-AMS384: Literature, Food, and the American Racial Diet Cook-off Posted May 2, 2019

Students from ENG 395/AMS 384/GSS 301 developed recipes and cooked dishes based on their research into the relationship that food culture (broadly conceived as  including kinds of food, ideas of taste, rituals surrounding food, aspects of American foodways, environmentalism, history of food, and more) bears to American racial dynamics then and now. The goal is to combine practice with research, to encounter food as material and as a critical site for racial reflection.

English Majors Colloquium Considers “(Re)Visionary Writing” Posted May 1, 2019

On the evening of April 30, department faculty and senior English majors gathered in McCormick Hall for the annual English Majors Colloquium. Every year, the English majors of the senior class ask three professors to deliver brief talks on a theme; this year, Professors Anne Cheng, Diana Fuss, and Russ Leo addressed the theme of “(Re)Visionary Writing.”