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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.

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