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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.

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