Rita Dove remembers the life and work of Maya Angelou

Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English, has released the following statement on Maya Angelou's life and work:

Maya Angelou was indeed a phenomenal woman – rising from the ashes of a childhood that would have rendered many of us mute and enraged, she made her way in a world that all too often despised her kind – a black woman, tall, fierce, and most fearsome of all, unafraid. 

Jerome McGann elected to the American Philosophical Society

Jerome McGann, University Professor and John Stewart Bryan Professor of English, has been elected to the American Philosophical Society. He becomes the eighth U.Va. scholar to join the ranks of the country’s first learned society, joining such previous members as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Darwin, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, and Robert Frost. Election to the society honors extraordinary accomplishments in all fields.

Emeritus Professor Charles Wright named America's Poet Laureate

The Library of Congress will name Charles Wright, Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Virginia, America's next poet laureate. Wright, whose work he once described as reckoning with “language, landscape, and the idea of God,” has formerly won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Bollingen Prize and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize.

Read more about Wright and his poetry at the New York Times article here.

Lisa Woolfork's 'Game of Thrones' class captivates students, media

Professor Lisa Woolfork has garnered a flurry of media attention with her popular 'Game of Thrones' course. The class, offered this summer as a four-week, discussion-based seminar, focuses on the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning HBO series and George R. R. Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire' novels, on which the series is based. In their discussions, students analyzed the series in light of topics including racial and cultural allegory, gender roles and power, identity formation, and fan fiction.

Lisa Woolfork's 'Game of Thrones' class in the WSJ

Professor Lisa Woolfork's recent summer class on 'Game of Thrones' continues to capture media attention. The following article in the Wall Street Journal gives an in depth look into the class, talking to students about their experiences immersing themselves in the 'Game of Thrones' world from a literary perspective. It also contains the exciting news that Professor Woolfork is considering offering the course again in different iterations, including possibly as a regular spring semester course.

English PhD Audrey Golden wins third place in National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest

Audrey Golden, a recent PhD and lecturer in the English Department, has been named third prize winner in the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest. Contestants include the winners of three dozen book collecting contests held at colleges and universities across the country. Her entry, “Pablo Neruda and the Global Politics of Poetry,” had won first place in the 50th Student Book Collecting Contest sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia last spring.

The press release from the Bibliographical Society of UVA explains further:

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Micheline Aharonian Marcom
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
Jerome McGann
Jerome McGann
Jerome McGann
Jerome McGann
Stephen Cushman
Christopher Tilghman
Andrew Stauffer
Gregory Orr
Jerome McGann
Jerome McGann
J. Daniel Kinney
Lisa Russ Spaar
Gregory Orr
John Casey
John Casey
Elizabeth Denton
Rita Dove
Jon D'Errico
Stephen Cushman
Stephen Cushman
Stephen Cushman
Anna Brickhouse
John Casey
Rita Dove
A.C. Spearing
Cynthia Wall
Christopher Tilghman
James (Jeb) Livingood
Rita Dove
Rita Dove
Lisa Russ Spaar
Christopher Tilghman
Andrew Stauffer
Lisa Russ Spaar
Lisa Russ Spaar
Rita Felski
Rita Dove
Rita Dove
Rita Dove
Rita Dove
Lisa Russ Spaar
Jahan Ramazani
Michael Levenson
Gregory Orr
Lisa Russ Spaar
Rita Dove
Robert Langbaum
Mark Edmundson
Arthur Kirsch
Christopher Tilghman
Patricia Meyer Spacks
Christopher Tilghman
Stephen Cushman
Jerome McGann
Jerome McGann
Jerome McGann
Gregory Orr
Debra Nystrom
Debra Nystrom
Bruce Holsinger
Bruce Holsinger
Stephen Cushman
Jeffery Allen
Jeffery Allen
Jeffery Allen
Jane Alison
Debra Nystrom
Rita Felski
Debjani Ganguly
Lisa Russ Spaar
Jeffery Allen
Jeffery Allen

Events

Friday, September 14th

  1. Dissertation Presentation by Samuel Lemley
    • Where: Bryan Hall Faculty Lounge
    • Start time: 12:00pm
    • End time: 01:00pm

Thursday, September 20th

  1. Mark Doty Reading
    • Where: Newcomb Hall Ballroom
    • Start time: 05:00pm
    • End time: 06:00pm

Friday, September 21st

  1. Dissertation Presentation by Peter Miller
    • Where: Bryan Hall Faculty Lounge
    • Start time: 12:00pm
    • End time: 01:00pm

Tuesday, September 25th

  1. Ardis Butterfield - Medieval Lyric Lecture
    • Where: Cocke Hall - Classics Philosophy Library
    • Start time: 05:00pm
    • End time: 06:00pm
    • Reception to follow in Bowers Library.

Thursday, September 27th

  1. Aminatta Forna Fiction Reading
    • Where: UVA Bookstore, 400 Emmet St S, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA
    • Start time: 05:00pm
    • End time: 06:00pm
  2. Matt Rubery - Lecture
    • Where: Bryan Hall Faculty Lounge
    • Start time: 05:00pm
    • End time: 07:00pm