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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

 

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