English Department News

Chris Lane's invited op-ed in the Chicago Sun-Times considers the meaning and consequences of the June 8th, 2017 British general election (read more)

English Ph.D. Candidate Bonnie Etherington's debut novel, The Earth Cries Out, offers a rare glimpse into grief and politics in West Papua. (read more)

Rachel Webster was one of the authors included in NewCity's 2017 Lit 50, the list of "Who Really Books In Chicago"

Eula Biss interviewed for Northwestern's March 2017 "Research News"

Eula Biss is careful with her words. She’s also fearless in harnessing language’s revelatory power to produce evocative essays that meld poetry, nonfiction, and myth...(read more)

"Lose Yourself in Paul Bowles's 1959 Morocco Tapes"

On the 2016 season opener for The Organist, an arts and culture podcast from McSweeney's and KCRW, Brian Edwards discusses Paul Bowles’s little known recordings of Moroccan folk music, recently released as a box set. Bowles, the author of the 1949 novel "The Sheltering Sky,” died in 1999 in Morocco where he’d lived for a half century. Edwards is working on a new book on Bowles, whom he knew in Tangier in the 1990s..

"Sow doubt, stir outrage, fabricate conspiracies and cause national havoc"

Chris Lane's op-ed in TIME magazine casts a light on Norman Vincent Peale and Roy Cohn and how they inspired Donald Trump's 2016 Presidential campaign.

Freshman Luke Peterson, a student of Jay Grossman, talks about his musical response to Harriet Beecher Stowe

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)

McCormick's "Northwestern Engineering" features Martin Mueller's summer "Engineering English" initiative.

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.

Brian Edwards considers the fate of the American century

Two articles at by Brian Edwards reflect on right-wing rhetoric, exceptionalism, and the destruction of the American century.

Northwestern alumni apply their humanities majors to their work in the healthcare industry

In a 2015 panel discussion, Weinberg alumni in the healthcare field discussed the unique professional advantages their liberal arts educations have afforded them.

Eula Biss and Andrew Leong are featured in Northwestern's 2015 Annual Research Report.

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.

Chris Abani's The Secret History of Las Vegas has been awarded an Edgar in 2015, an annual award presented by the Mystery Writers of America, for best paperback original.

Chris Abani has been elected to the 2015 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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, and listen to the NPR interview.

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 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 Erkkilä 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, 2013.

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 on Weinberg's main website or via PDF.

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.

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 Happiness

Associate 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.