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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

Annabelle Barry talk: National Library of Ireland
Department alum, Annabel Barry, talk: National Library of Ireland Posted June 29, 2020 Annabel Barry, George Mitchell Scholarship, UCD discusses Yeats' influence on Heaney in this talk. She examines how Yeats influenced Heaney by tracing the images of light and darkness in some of the published works and manuscript drafts of two poets with long connections with the National Library of Ireland.
Joshua Bennett - Poem of the Day
Joshua Bennett, PhD '16, featured on Posted June 24, 2020 Congratulations to Joshua Bennett, PhD 2016, featured on Poem of the Day.
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Assistant Professor Autumn Womack article in "Los Angeles Review of Books" responds to recent worldwide events Posted June 8, 2020 Assistant Professor, Autumn Womack, has an article published in the Los Angeles Review of Books responding to recent worldwide events: Can You Be Black and Listen to This?