Upcoming Literary Events

Film Screening - Radical Poetics: Archives, Forms, Social Movements
April 23, 20156:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Radical Poetics: Archives, Forms, Social Movements
April 24, 20159:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Keynote Reading by Victor Hernández Cruz, Kreeger Wolf Visiting Professor
April 24, 20155:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Audrey Petty

2015 Simon Blattner Visiting Assistant
Professor in Creative Writing

Written on the Inside

Audrey Petty
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
5:15 PM in Harris Hall 108
1881 Sheridan Rd

Free and Open to the Public
No Tickets Required
Audrey Petty 2015 Carole and Gordon Segal Visiting Professor in Irish Literature Lecture

At Fault: What James Joyce Can Teach Us About the Crisis of the Modern University

Sebastian Knowles
Professor of English at Ohio State University
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
5:00 PM in Harris Hall 108
1881 Sheridan Rd

Free and Open to the Public
No Tickets Required
Reception to Follow


English Department News

A new exhibit at the Deering Library showcases the work, led by English department doctoral student Andrew Keener, of the “Renaissance Books, Midwestern Libraries” project.

Chris Abani's, The Secret History of Las Vegas has been nominated for a 2015 Edgar Allan Poe Award, an honor offered to the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, and television published or produced in 2014.

Eula Biss's On Immunity has been named one of the New York Times' Ten Best Books of 2014, and is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

Chris Abani, Board of Trustees Professor of English, was named a USA (United States Artists) Ford Fellow in Literature when they announced their list of new 2014 Fellows.

On Immunity

Senior Lecturer Eula Biss's new book, On Immunity, was reviewed in the New York Times Sunday Book Review (October 5th). Eula was also interviewed about the book at the end of September on NPR's Morning Edition.

You can read the full New York Times review here
and listen to the NPR interview here.

2014 Hooding ceremony

The English Department's newest Ph.D.s, Jackie Hendricks, Michael Slater, Rachel Blumenthal, and Christopher Shirley, were hooded in June, 2014.

Stuart Dybek & Chris Abani

In June, Chicago's Newcity Lit announced its 2014 group of Chicago's top local writers, their Lit 50. Stuart Dybek, Distinguished Writer in Residence, was at the top of the list, which also included Chris Abani, Board of Trustees Professor of English. A number of English department alumni, including Cristina Henriquez, undergrad alumna of our Creative Writing Major and former Blattner Visiting Assistant Professor of creative writing, and Veronica Roth, alumna of our undergrad Creative Writing Major," are also prominently featured.

You can see the full list here.

Susie Phillips

Associate professor and associate department chair Susie Phillips has been announced as the 2014-17 Alumnae of Northwestern Teaching Professor, one of the most distinguished teaching awards conferred by the University. The award recognizes faculty who have consistently demonstrated outstanding performance in classroom teaching or who have developed significant innovations that have influenced the teaching effectiveness of others.

Read the press release.

Erkkila & McBride

Professor Betsy Erkkila received the Faculty Award for Service from the Northwestern University Graduate School at their 2014 awards dinner.

Secret History of Las Vegas
Professor Chris Abani's newest book, The Secret History of Las Vegas, was reviewed in the January 24th, 2014 edition of the New York Times.

Read the review.

Song & Error
Averill Curdy's new book of poetry, Song & Error, was reviewed in the December 29, 2013 edition of the New York Times.

Read the review.

Abani investiture

Professor Chris Abani was invested as the Board of Trustees Professor of English
at a ceremony held on November 8th.

Brian Edwards Associate Professor Brian T. Edwards, has been selected by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as one of 21 "Emerging Leaders" for its Class of 2015.

Read the full article here or here.

TLS Davis

Professor Tracy C. Davis's article, "Bram Stoker before Dracula," was published in the January 25th issue of the 2013 Times Literary Supplement.

This issue of TLS also featured a review of Professor Davis's most recent book, the The Broadview Anthology of Nineteenth-Century British Performance.

Undergrad Research

Click on the link to watch the video, presented by the Office of Undergraduate Research, of Professor Jules Law discussing the use of the techniques and methodologies of literary criticism to open up new ideas.

TLS Masten
Associate Professor Jeff Masten's article, "Bound for Germany: Heresy, sodomy, and a new copy of Marlowe's Edward II," was published in the December 21 & 28 issues of the 2012 Times Literary Supplement.

Mourning HappinessAssociate Professor Vivasvan Soni was awarded the 2012 MLA's Prize for a First Book for Mourning Happiness: Narrative and the Politics of Modernity.

Read the full press release.




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Northwestern's English Department is an energetic, collegial community of distinguished scholars teaching and publishing in a wide range of literary, cultural, and creative fields, with a variety of disciplinary and methodological approaches.

With outstanding teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, a newly-designed undergraduate major, and a cohesive Ph.D. program, the department combines the virtues of large scope and intimate scale to foster very close work between students and faculty. Read more

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