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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A team including Professor Stephen Railton were recently awarded one of the NEH's new Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants.

University of Virginia -- Charlottesville, VA
HD 51774, Digital Yoknapatawpha
Rafael Alvarado, Project Director
Jama Coartney, Project Director
Worthy Martin, Project Director
Stephen Railton, Project Director
Outright: $59,084
To support: The development of an expanded prototype that allows for the mapping and study of William Faulkner's fiction that took place in the imaginary county of Yoknapatawpha.

For more information, visit the NEH's website at: http://www.neh.gov/divisions/odh/grant-news/announcing-23-digital-humani...

Professor Paul Cantor Featured in UVA Today Daily Report
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Professor Paul Cantor's article was recently featured in UVA Today's Daily Report. You can read the full article at: http://beforeitsnews.com/gold-and-precious-metals/2013/03/fsn-the-walkin....

English department ranked in top ten by U. S. News and World Report
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

This year, U.S. News also conducted new peer surveys and published new rankings for Ph.D. programs in economics, English, history, political science, psychology and sociology – all parts of U.Va.’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. Those programs were last ranked five years ago.

The U.Va. English Ph.D. program is ranked No. 10, tied with the University of California-Los Angeles and Duke University. Several English specialties ranked highly, including American literature after 1865 (No. 4 tie), American literature before 1865 (No. 5), and 18th- through 20th-century British literature (No. 2 tie).

See the whole thing at http://news.virginia.edu/content/uva-graduate-schools-programs-excel-2014-us-news-rankings. You can check out the rest of the rankings at http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/....

Thursday, March 7, 2013

On Monday, March 11, English PhD student Joanna Swafford will launch the pre-release of Songs of the Victorians, an archive of parlor and art song settings of Victorian poems, and also a scholarly tool to facilitate interdisciplinary music and poetry scholarship.

It will ultimately contain four songs: Michael William Balfe's "Come into the Garden, Maud" and Sir Arthur Somervell's "Come into the Garden, Maud" (both based on Alfred Lord Tennyson's monodrama, Maud), Sir Arthur Sullivan's setting of Adelaide Procter's "A Lost Chord," and Caroline Norton's "Juanita," although for this limited release, it only includes "Juanita."

The archival portion of this site includes high-resolution images of the first edition printings of each song integrated with an audio file so that each measure is highlighted in time with the music. The scholarly component for each work includes an article-length analysis of the song's interpretation of the poem. Whenever this analysis references a specific section of the piece, the reader can click to view the score and hear the audio for this excerpt, again with the measures highlighted in time with the music. In this way all scholars, regardless of their ability to read music, can follow both the score and the thread of the argument.

Joanna has been developing this project with the generous support of a Scholars' Lab Fellowship. To learn more about the creation of this site or to receive updates on its development schedule, please visit and subscribe to her development blog, "Anglophile in Academia".

Upcoming 18th-century symposium featured on UVa Today
Monday, February 25, 2013

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