Professor Wins Top Literary Studies
Prize for 'Languages of the Night'

Barry McCrea, the Donald R. Keough Family Professor of Irish Studies and a professor of English, has won the René Wellek Prize from the American Comparative Literature Association for the best book in comparative literature. The Wellek Prize is generally considered to be the most prestigious award in the field of literary studies. Read More

Novelist Lands on National Book
Foundation's '5 Under 35' List

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi, an assistant professor of English, has been named one the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35. The honor is bestowed to top young fiction writers selected by past National Book Award winners and finalists. The author of Fra Keeler, she was chosen for the list by novelist Dinaw Mengestu. Read More
When Elizabeth Troyer began diving into her senior thesis research, she wasn’t alone. She was one of 17 seniors in the English honors concentration—all of whom participated in a colloquium as they embarked on their senior thesis projects. Students in the class discussed their research in small groups, offered feedback, completed outlines and bibliographies, and shared presentations on their main ideas with the class. It’s just one example of how faculty members have worked to build a sense of community in the department and in the honors concentration. Read More
Kara Lee Donnelly wants to know why you read what you read. Many people pick up a book because they heard it was great, either from a friend or through the media. But how did they know? Who is it that makes the decisions about which books are worth our time? Donnelly, a post-doctoral fellow who completed her Ph.D. in 2015, has researched British literature from the 1950s to the present trying to find answers to those questions. Her scholarship has focused largely on the Man Booker Prize, which recognizes excellence in fiction writing published in Britain. Read More
Tim Machan believes the English language is far more than the order of letters and words. It’s the highly personal, situational expressions we use to convey our ideas and feelings. It’s how we connect with or distance ourselves from everyone around us. Machan, a professor of English, has spent 30 years researching and teaching English in its many forms and functions. His journey has pulled him further from grammatical conventions into how people around the world use English in their daily lives. Read More
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