The scholarship and other creative work and teaching of English faculty cover a broad range that includes literature, language, creative writing, literacy and rhetorical studies, linguistics and cultural inquiry, as well as the theories and documents that inform and critique these disciplines. Based on the study and practice of writing and speech, the explorations of histories and cultures, and the examination of languages, literatures, and aesthetics, our scope is international and our approach is interdisciplinary.
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Assistant Professor Amit Yahav joined the English faculty this spring semester, after teaching at the University of Haifa and Johns Hopkins. A scholar of 18th-century literature, she graduated from Tel-Aviv University and earned her PhD in English Literature at Johns Hopkins University. When she's not immersed in the 18th century, she can be found reading picture books to "very short people with an even shorter attention span"--and also checking out contemporary fiction (she recommends Chinghiz Aitmatov's The Day Lasts More Than a Hundred Years). Read more to find out about her current research and what she misses about her hometown, Tel Aviv.
Professor Timothy Brennan was named the Samuel Russell Chair in the Humanities for the College of Liberal Arts for a three-year period, 2014-17. The Russell Chair is intended to promote outstanding teaching and scholarship in the humanities and involves an annual allocation of $25,000 in support. Brennan publishes Borrowed Light: Vico, Hegel, and the Colonies with Stanford University Press in March. He has also been awarded Sabbatical Leave with Supplement for the calendar year 2015. Congratulations!02/27/14
The Association of Writers & Writing Programs holds its annual conference starting Thursday, February 27, in Seattle. Because the schedule is an eye-drying monument of panel and reading information, we made it easy with a quick compendium of what 16 faculty and alums are doing at the festival (which draws 10,000 some attendees). From Professor Peter Campion weighing in on John Berryman to BA alumna Cheryl Strayed addressing the rise of Rumpus.com, there's a plethora of "must see." (Plus, at the conference's book fair, student Carrie Lorig will be unveiling her new chapbook with Forklift, OH, and alumnus Josh Ostergaard his nonfiction debut with Coffee House Press.) Read on.02/26/14