Tamsen Wolff and Sarah Chihaya at Labyrinth
Recent faculty talks at Labyrinth Books Posted November 30, 2018

Labyrinth Books feature department Professors Dolven, Wolff and Chihaya in recent book talks.

Annabel Barry
Annabel Barry '19 receives George J. Mitchell Scholarship Posted November 28, 2018

English major Annabel Barry ’19 has received a George J. Mitchell Scholarship, which funds American students of exceptional “academic distinction, leadership, and service” to pursue a year of graduate study in Ireland.

Frankenstein's Progeny panel
Frankenstein's Progeny Posted November 15, 2018

In Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein, the scientist Victor Frankenstein refuses to obey the wishes of his monstrous creation and make a female of the same species. If the two creatures were to procreate, he reflects, “a race of devils would be propagated upon the earth who might make the very existence of the species of man a condition precarious and full of terror.” In revenge, the monster hunts down Frankenstein and kills his bride on their wedding night, ensuring that Frankenstein’s only progeny remains the monster himself.

15th Annual Edward W. Said Memorial Lecture
15th Annual Edward A. Said Lecutre Posted November 12, 2018

We are proud to announce this years Edward W. Said Memorial Lecturer, Professor Moustafa Bayoumi. A former student of Edward Said’s, Professor Bayoumi is currently a professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY).

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Frankenstein Commemoration Posted November 7, 2018

Princeton University hosted a reading of Mary Shelley’s Gothic novel Frankenstein, which is celebrating its bicentennial this year. Each night was dedicated to one volume of the novel. This event, presented by Princeton’s English Department and Humanities Council, belonged to the worldwide Frankenreads initiative organized by the Keats-Shelley Association of America.

Intersections working group talk
Intersections Working Group Posted November 2, 2018

On Monday, Oct. 22nd, Leigh Raiford, Associate Professor & H. Michael and Jeanne Williams Chair in African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley, presented “Burning All Illusion: Abstraction, Black Life, and the Unmaking of White Supremacy” as part of the ongoing Intersections Working Group series. The event was hosted by Professor Autumn Womack and co-sponsored by the departments of English and African American Studies.

Frankenstein at 200 Posted October 30, 2018

An exhibition celebrating the 200th anniversary of the release of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, prepared in coordination with the “Frankenstein at 200” programming lead by Professor Susan Wolfson of the English department. Learn more about upcoming related talks, lectures and events at:


Frankenread! Posted October 25, 2018

The reading commences on Halloween and continues over the next two evenings, Nov. 1 and 2, from 6:30-10:30 p.m. in the Chancellor Green Rotunda. Princeton’s Frankenread is free and open to the public.

Virtual Victorians
Virtual Victorians: Using 21st-century technology to evaluate 19th-century texts Posted October 23, 2018

In the 19th century, printing technology changed the way readers experienced texts. Today, students and researchers are using digital technology to access historical literary texts in new ways and finding surprising echoes of the past in their own lives.

ENG 300: "Speculative Fiction and the Ends of Man" student photo
Junior Seminar: "Speculative Fiction and the Ends of Man" Posted October 17, 2018

ENG 300 Junior Seminar students, Jonathan Alicea, John Baek, Caroline Bailey, Seb Benzecry, Alex Chien, Destiny Eisenhour, Todd Gilman, David Loughran, Christian Novogratz, Abby Spare, Manuel Torres-Llompart, Jacob Wheeler, Chamari White-Mink, Charity Young and Professor Russ Leo standing in front of McCosh Hall.

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Junior Seminar: "Literature, Radicalism and Protest" Posted October 16, 2018

Professor Nigel Smith and his junior seminar students, Tessa Albertson, Kwame Amaning, Emma Hopkins, Seamus McDonough, Pamela McGowen, Henry McGrath, Alexander Paternostro, Rasheeda Saka, TJ Smith, Sylvie Thode and Alice Xu.

Junior Seminar: "Reading Bodies"
Junior seminar: "Reading Bodies" Posted October 11, 2018

Junior seminar students class photo.

Group Shot
Greetings from London! Posted October 8, 2018

PU English majors attended a production of Underground Railroad Game at Soho Theatre followed by dinner at Hoppers, a well-known Sri Lankan restaurant.

Featured Author: Monica Pelaez ’97 Assembles the Poetry of Liberation Posted October 8, 2018

 Alumni author Monica Pelaez ’97 featured in PAW article.

Gauss award finalists
"At Home in the World" shorlisted for the 2018 Christian Gauss Award Posted September 24, 2018

AT HOME IN THE WORLD: Women Writers and Public Life, from Austen to the Present, a book by Maria diBattista and Deborah Nord, is one of four titles shortlisted for the 2018 Christian Gauss Award of Phi Beta Kappa.  The award is one of three that Phi Beta Kappa confers, and it’s meant to celebrate outstanding books in the field of literary scholarship or criticism.

Jane Austen - The Beautiful Cassandra
Congratulations to Claudia Johnson on the release of her new edition of Jane Austen's "The Beautifull Cassandra" Posted September 13, 2018

Claudia L Johnson's edition of Jane Austen's The Beautifull Cassandra, which she wrote when she was about 12, has been released.

Pre Read
Pre-read to be distributed to entire University for first time ever Posted September 13, 2018

“Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech,” will be distributed to all undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and interested staff.

Bread Loaf Fellows in Bath
Bread Loaf School of English in Oxford Posted July 26, 2018

This year’s Bread Loaf fellows, Annabel Barry, Julia Mosby, and Lucina Schwartz, have been making the most of Oxford and its environs!

Summer Reads 2018: What are Princeton professors reading this summer? Posted July 9, 2018

Diana Fuss, Simon Gikandi and four other Princeton professors talk about how the books on their shelves relate to their work and share what’s on their summer reading lists. We also have some movie recommendations.

Read the full story on the University website.

Emma Watkins '18
Senior Thesis: Emma Watkins '18 - ‘Trailing Rhiannon’ Posted July 5, 2018

English major, Emma Watkins, who graduated in June, combined her interests in folklore, feminist music theater and environmental studies to write a play about the mythical Welsh figure Rhiannon.