Alumni News

Ugonna Nwabueze
English major, Ugonna Nwabueze, senior thesis project featured on University homepage Posted February 20, 2018

Princeton senior Ugonna Nwabueze, a first-generation Nigerian American, has undertaken two creative thesis projects — an original play and a production of the play “Eclipsed,” in which she played a leading role — to meet the requirements for her English major and certificates in African studies, African American studies and theater.

Writing in Public Panel discussion
Writing in Public Posted February 12, 2018

Writers need readers—and in the present moment, many academic writers are seeking ways to address a broader and more diverse readership. At the panel discussion “Writing in Public,” five members of the Princeton community shared how their work outside the academy relates to their scholarship, and how writing for different audiences has increasingly become a part of their profession, especially as early career academics.

New English Courses Posted January 19, 2018 A message from Professor Sophie Gee, Director of Undergraduate Studies:   I would like to draw your attention to some classes being offered by the Department this spring, that we think are very exciting, and which may have gone under your radar.
Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus
PAW article: A 'Monster' and Its Humanity - Susan Wolfson Posted January 17, 2018

Professor Susan Wolfson reflects on the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus in a recent edition of the Princeton Alumni Weekly. 

Sarah Rivett
Professor Sarah Rivett discusses her new book, ‘Unscripted America’ Posted January 2, 2018

In November, Rivett’s latest book, “Unscripted America: Indigenous Languages and the Origins of a Literary Nation,” was published by Oxford University Press. “Unscripted America” explores the impact of colonial language encounters between indigenous and European populations on Enlightenment language philosophy and early American literary history.

Jane Austen collection
Featured course: ‘Jane Austen: Then and Now’ Posted December 14, 2017

2017 marks the bicentennial of Jane Austen’s death, and people around the world are celebrating the beloved author’s life and legacy. In the spirit of commemoration is the fall course at Princeton, “Jane Austen: Then and Now.”

Junior seminar students in front of the stage at the Globe Theatre
Princeton in London Posted November 20, 2017

Eight Princeton junior English majors and one Comparative Literature major are in London this term participating in the English Department's UCL Program. Students live in University College London housing located in the heart of Bloomsbury, just steps from the British Museum. They take their junior seminar with an English professor (this fall, Professor Tamsen Wolff) as well as three additional courses at UCL.

John Kerrigan
Professor John Kerrigan puts his best foot forward in Shakespeare lecture Posted November 8, 2017

John Kerrigan is a leading Shakespeare scholar and the Professor of English 2000 at the University of Cambridge. This fall, he was the Whitney J. Oates Visiting Fellow in the Humanities Council and the Department of English. The Humanities Council’s Short-Term Fellows Program brings scholars from around the world to Princeton for three-to-five intensive days of classes, colloquia and informal discussions. Kerrigan was in Princeton from Oct. 9-12.

Clair Wills
Professor Clair Wills Featured on BBC Radio 3 podcast, “Free Thinking” Posted October 5, 2017

Recently Professor Clair Wills discussed her new book, Lovers and Strangers: An Immigrant History of Postwar Britain, on the BBC Radio 3 podcast “Free Thinking.” Wills’ new book, just published by Penguin UK, is a portrait of Britain in the 1950s and 1960s, viewed through the experiences of both the citizens of empire and the European refugees who fled to Britain during those years.

Gunnar Rice
English major, Gunnar Rice '17, awarded Haarlow Prize Posted October 3, 2017

The 2016-17 Haarlow Prize was awarded to Gunnar Rice ’17 and Tali Pelts ’20 for the two best papers submitted to a 200-level Humanistics Studies course.

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.

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.

Aaron Hostetter philly.com story
Aaron Hostetter: Poop, Seinfeld, and Anthony Bourdain: How college course makes the abstract real Posted May 10, 2017

Aaron Hostetter, an English professor at Rutgers-Camden, is teaching a course on consumption. He aims to help students relate abstract theory to their personal lives and the world around them.

Kalin Blount '16
Alumni News: Kaylin Blount '16 Posted October 7, 2016

At the end of September, I arrived in the city of Jishou in Hunan Province, China to begin teaching for the first time ever.  I have about 135 students who are depending on me to improve their oral English skills, so I've had to make the daunting transition from student to teacher pretty quickly.

Alumnus Jeffrey Miller '06
Alumnus Jeffrey Miller '06 discovers earliest known draft of King James Bible. Posted October 21, 2015

Congratulations to former Princeton English major and Rhodes Scholar Jeffrey Miller '06, who has unearthed the earliest known draft of the King James Bible.