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Nine English majors elected to Phi Beta Kappa

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Congratulations to the following English majors who have just been elected to the UVa chapter of Phi Beta Kappa!

Abigail McKenzie Meredith

Emily Rose Sullivan

Kevin Christian Hermann

Morgan Alayna Dresner

Seyed-Sassan Mousavi-Vapouri

Elizabeth Barrott Bickley

Katherine Todd Hutto

Laura Ritland Gaul

Sarah Elizabeth Angelo

As the oldest and most distinguished honor society in the country, Phi Beta Kappa offers membership to less than one percent of all undergraduates. Many of the leading figures in American history and culture have begun their careers with election to the society, including seventeen presidents of the United States. As a result, membership is a remarkable accomplishment, both for the student who achieves it and the faculty and staff whose support and guidance has led to this milestone.

Professor John O'Brien awarded Daniels Family NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorship

Friday, April 11, 2014

Professor John O'Brien of the English Department has been awarded the Daniels Family National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professorship, a three-year appointment. O'Brien describes his project in part thus:

"I will use the three-year term of this award to engage students in the task of editing and annotating primary literary texts for use by other students. Over time, we will build a repository on the web of fully edited and annotated literary works that will be available for use by students and teacher around the world, who will also be invited to participate by adding additional texts and supporting materials. My project will built upon this University's well-established capabilities in the digital humanities and will bring students into contact with University resources like the Special Collections Library, the Scholars' Lab, the Digital Media Lab, and SHANTI. Most important, it will demonstrate how students can work collectively to make lasting contributions to scholarship and to the digital commons. They will learn by doing, and will create something that can be shared by others. The three years of this professorship should be long enough to bring this project to the proof-of-concept stage, establishing standards of work flow and sustainability so that we can demonstrate this to teachers at other colleges and universities."

Professor A. C. Spearing awarded Doctor of Letters from Cambridge

Friday, April 11, 2014

A C Spearing, William R Kenan, Jr Professor of English, has been awarded the Doctor of Letters (Litt.D) from the University of Cambridge, an honor conferred on those who have achieved the highest national or international prominence in their field.

Doctoral candidate Laura Goldblatt awarded Graduate Teaching Assistant Award

Friday, April 11, 2014

Laura Goldblatt, a PhD candidate in the English Department, has won the 2013-14 All-University Graduate Teaching Assistant Award in Arts and Humanities.
 

Professor Bruce Holsinger on Here and Now

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Professor Bruce Holsinger was on Here and Now to talk about his new novel, A Burnable Book. Holsinger spoke to Robin Young about the bawdiness of medieval England, what he learned about the Middle Ages from the writing process, and the endurance of medieval culture in the modern world. Listen to the conversation and read an excerpt of A Burnable Book here.

Modern Love's Dan Jones returns to UVa

Sunday, March 23, 2014

UVa alumnus Daniel Jones, editor of the popular personal-essay column “Modern Love” in the New York Times, will be in the Bryan Hall Faculty Lounge this Monday, March 24, at 10am for a talk about writing, editing, and love. Jones's new book, Love Illuminated: Exploring Life’s Most Mystifying Subject (With the Help of 50,000 Strangers), is just out. You can read more about Jones, the stories of "Modern Love," and his time with the UVa English Department at the University of Virginia Magazine.

New Global English Literature and Culture track added to Undergraduate Major

Saturday, March 22, 2014

A new track has been added to the undergraduate English major. The undergraduate track in Global English Literature and Culture (GELC) allows students in the English major to extend their study into the widest contexts of international literary achievement. As with other paths through the major, it will offer engagement with major works in the Anglo-American literary tradition and will provide strong preparation in writing. Additionally, students examine the spread of Anglophone literary culture around the world, a phenomenon that has existed from the earliest stages of English literature and that has recently become one of the most striking features of our global cultural condition.

For a detailed description of the new track, including course requirements and application procedures, you can download that information here.

Professor Stephen Cushman awarded Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professorship

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Teaching Awards Committee has honored Professor Stephen B. Cushman with the Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the highest teaching award at the University. This is the 23rd year of an awards program designed to recognize outstanding teaching in all schools of the University. For a further description of the award and past winners, click here.

MFA alumna Eleanor Henderson's novel being made into a film

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Eleanor Henderson's first novel, Ten Thousand Saints, is being made into a film. Henderson is a 2005 graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing Program and began her novel, which captures the straight edge youth counterculture of the 80s, while still a student at UVa. Shari Springer Berman and Bob Pulcini wrote the screenplay and are directing the film, and the film will star Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch, Julianne Nicholson, and Ethan Hawke.

Read the full article about Henderson's novel and the upcoming film at UVA Today.

Read the Washington Post review of Bruce Holsinger's 'A Burnable Book'

Thursday, February 20, 2014

"Forget Tom Cruise scaling the Burj Khalifa tower; the hot new super-agent is 14th-century writer Geoffrey Chaucer. Thrill to his daring Middle English rimes! Gasp at his mighty scansion! Here in the pages of Bruce Holsinger’s medieval adventure, that randy old poet finally gets the 'Mission Impossible' cameo he deserves."

...says Ron Charles at The Washington Post in his review of Professor Bruce Holsinger's new novel, A Burnable Book. Check out the full review here.

Professor Brad Pasanek discusses the history and future of the book

Friday, January 31, 2014

Professor Brad Pasanek talked to Ploughshares Literary Magazine as part of their "People of the Book" series, a series of interviews charting an informal ethnography of the book. Pasanek fielded questions ranging from how he defines a book to his most unusual interaction with books, in addition to discussing his own book, Metaphors of Mind: An Eighteenth-Century Dictionary, forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press. Pasanek's work, part monograph and part database, will digest thousands of metaphors of mind from eighteenth-century English literature.

Read the full interview here.

New book by Professor Jane Alison just released

Friday, January 31, 2014

Professor Jane Alison's newest work, Change Me: Stories of Sexual Transformation from Ovid, has just been released from Oxford University Press. In Change Me, Alison freshly translates and arranges selections from Amores and the Metamorphoses that focus on desire, sexuality, and the transformations brought about by powerful emotion. Read more about the work here.

Doctoral candidate William Rhodes awarded 2014 Schallek Fellowship

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

English Department doctoral candidate William Rhodes has been awarded the 2014 Schallek Fellowship by the Medieval Academy of America. Rhodes is working with Professor Elizabeth Fowler on a dissertation entitled "The Ecology of Reform: Land and Labor from Piers Plowman to Edmund Spenser." This fellowship, which is supported by the Richard III Society, American Branch, provides a one-year grant of $30,000 to support Ph.D. dissertation research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (c.1350-1500).
 

Professor Jahan Ramazani discusses judging the National Book Award for Poetry and other accomplishments

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Jahan Ramazani, Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English, talked to UVA Today about his recent professional accomplishments and service. Ramazani served as one of five judges for this year's National Book Award for Poetry, which was ultimately awarded to UVA English graduate Mary Szybist's Incarnadine. Ramazani also discussed his new book, Poetry and Its Others: News, Prayer, Song, and the Dialogue of Genres, which explores poetry's interactions with other forms of writing.

Read more about Ramazani's teaching, scholarship, and professional activities here.

New Writing Director James Seitz Discusses the Importance of Academic Writing

Monday, December 2, 2013

James Seitz, the new director of UVA's academic writing program, spoke to UVA Today about undergraduate writing requirements and the ways they might further enhance the university's educational goals. Seitz, who joined the English department faculty this semester, sees in small undergraduate writing courses abundant potential for thoughtful academic inquiry and rewarding student-teacher interaction.

Read more about these ideas and Seitz's own work here.

Former UVA English major Mary Szybist wins National Book Award for Poetry

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Mary Szybist, a graduate of the University of Virginia and former English major, has been awarded the 2013 National Book Award for poetry. Read more about Szybist and her winning work Incarnadine here.

Fourth-year English major Charles Tyson wins Rhodes Scholarship

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Charles Tyson, a fourth-year student majoring in Political and Social Thought and English, became one of two University of Virginia undergraduates to win a 2014 Rhodes Scholarship. Tyson, who has previously won Wagenheim and Pruden scholarships through the English Department, plans to pursue two one-years master's programs in Victorian literature and history of science before returning to the U.S. for a Ph.D. in English literature.

Read more about Tyson and Evan Behrle, the other UVA Rhodes recipient, at the UVA Today article here.

Professors Elizabeth Fowler, Clare Kinney, and A. C. Spearing Talk on WTJU

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Professors Elizabeth Fowler, Clare Kinney, and A. C. Spearing went on the air October 9th to talk about Sir Gawain and the Green Knight on WTJU's "Soundboard." Professor Kinney read her own translation of a passage, Professor Spearing read from the original, and all discussed the powerful resonances that the fourteenth-century work still has for us today.

UVA Today has a story about the conversation, "Living Literature: Anonymous Author Speaks to Readers Through the Ages,"  where you can read more about the exchange and Sir Gawain.

You can also listen to a recording of the session below:

 

Sir Gawain on WTJU

 

Professor Gregory Orr featured on PBS NewsHour

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Professor Gregory Orr discussed his latest collection of poems, River Inside the River, on the PBS NewsHour. Read the full article and listen to excerpts from Professor Orr's interview here.

Professor Lisa Russ Spaar wins Jefferson Scholars Faculty Prize

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Professor Lisa Russ Spaar was awarded the 2013 Jefferson Scholars Faculty Prize.

In 2005, in connection with its 25th anniversary, the Jefferson Scholars Foundation created the Jefferson Scholars Faculty Prize. The award is meant to foster an ongoing dialogue about Jeffersonian ideals and recognizes and celebrates the commitment of outstanding U.Va. faculty members to leadership, scholarship and citizenship, the criteria for the selection of Jefferson Scholars. It includes a $5,000 stipend to support future research and inquiry and the opportunity to address the U.Va. community on the ideals of leadership and citizenship as related to the recipient’s field of scholarship. The prize is awarded every other year by the Alumni Advisory Committee.

Past recipients of the Jefferson Scholars Faculty Prize:

Jahan Ramazani, Professor of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Postcolonial Literature (2005)
James Childress, Professor of Ethics and Medical Education (2007)
Kenneth Elzinga, Professor of Economics (2009)
Louis A. Bloomfield, Professor of Experimental Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics (2011)

 

Jefferson Scholars Foundation Announces 2013 Faculty Fellows

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