English Department News
Inspired by "Uncle Tom's Cabin," Harriet Beecher Stowe’s seminal work, Luke Peterson, a first-year mathematics and physics major in Associate Professor Jay Grossman’s “Big Books” seminar, crafted a short blues composition titled “Feelings of Living Property,” a nod to the novel’s fifth chapter in which the title character is brutally sold from one slave owner to another. (read more)
The Fall 2015 issue's article "D●rty W●rds: Eng●neer●ng a L●terary Cleanup" looks at Professor Emeritus Martin Mueller's project to use machine learning to correct glitches in digitized historic texts.
In a 2015 panel discussion, Weinberg alumni in the healthcare field discussed the unique professional advantages their liberal arts educations have afforded them.
Transnational literary studies is flourishing in the English Department, Professors John Alba Cutler, Harris Feinsod, Rebecca Johnson, and Andrew Leong, received recognition for their work from the Weinberg College in 2015. (read more)
"Renaissance Books" Project at Deering Library
In 2015, an exhibit at the Deering Library showcased the work of the “Renaissance Books, Midwestern Libraries” project, led by English department doctoral student Andrew Keener.
Undergraduates curate "Fugitive Pamphlets" exhibit at Deering Library
Exhibiting items from NU's special collections and produced by English & Comparative Literary Studies majors, "Fugitive Pamphlets: Anthologizing Poetry in the Global Sixties" will be on display until December 30th, 2015.
Three rising senior English literature majors have received significant awards to support research this summer on their honors projects:
Manal Saleh has been awarded a Katherine L. Krieghbaum Award for “Examining the Translation of Legal Discourse to Drama in Early Modern Witch Plays,” supervised by Prof. Kasey Evans. The award's $4,000 stipend will support Manal’s research into witchcraft trials and early modern drama.
Alana Basil and Caroline Brown each won University-wide Undergraduate Research Grants. Caroline was awarded $3,000 to work with Prof. Harris Feinsod on her project, “Representations of Seafaring Women.” Alana received the same amount to support her research into “African Adventures in Victorian Literature,” supervised by Prof. Jules Law.
For more information about undergraduate research opportunities, click here.
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.
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.
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.
Associate professor 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.
Professor Betsy Erkkilä received the Faculty Award for Service from the Northwestern University Graduate School at their 2014 awards dinner.
Professor Chris Abani was invested as the Board of Trustees Professor of English at a ceremony held on November 8th, 2013.
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.
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.
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.
Associate Professor Vivasvan Soni was awarded the 2012 MLA's Prize for a First Book for Mourning Happiness: Narrative and the Politics of Modernity.