Rita Felski wins Niels Bohr Professorship

Rita Felski, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English and editor of New Literary History, has been awarded a Niels Bohr Professorship from the Danish National Research Foundation. Felski is one of seven international scholars and researchers to receive the professorship, and the only recipient in the humanities. Under the terms of Felski’s professorship, she will spend her fall semesters at the University of Southern Denmark over the next five academic years.

Creative Writing students benefit from Caryl Phillips residency

UVA Today spoke to graduate and undergradute creative writers who had the opportunity to learn from acclaimed writer Caryl Phillips during his stay on grounds for the Kapnick Foundation Distinguished Writer-in-Residence program. Phillips led a master class for graduate and undergraduate students and held one-on-one consultations with M.F.A. and undergraduate prose writers.

Phillips will give a lecture about James Baldwin on Thursday, April 21, at 5 p.m., in the auditorium of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library.

Paul Muldoon to deliver GESA conference keynote April 16

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon will deliver a poetry reading with commentary entitled “Rising to the Rising: Poetry and Politics in Ireland” at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 in the Nau Hall Auditorium (Nau 101). Muldoon is the featured guest and keynote speaker for the “Terrible Beauty” conference hosted by UVA’s Graduate English Students Association. The conference marks the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland and invites new takes on the relation of aesthetics to politics. Muldoon’s talk is free and open to the public.

Caryl Phillips, Kapnick Distinguished Writer-in-Residence, on Grounds April 11-22

The English Department will welcome Caryl Phillips, the 2016 Kapnick Foundation Distinguished Writer-in-Residence, to Grounds April 11 to 22. He will deliver a reading, lecture, and masterclass, as well as holding one-on-one conferences with select undergraduate and graduate students. His reading will take place April 14 at 5:00 PM, in the Special Collections Auditorium, followed by a reception. The lecture will be April 21 at 5:00 PM, also in the Special Collections Auditorium.

In Memoriam: Ralph Cohen

The English Department remembers longtime professor Ralph Cohen (b. February 23, 1917, d. February 22, 2016), an eminent educator, editor, and literary critic. Cohen joined the UVA faculty in 1967 and retired 42 years later as the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of English; he founded New Literary History, the award-winning journal of theory and interpretation, in 1969 and edited it for 40 years.

Anna Brickhouse awarded MLA's James Russell Lowell Prize

Professor Anna Brickhouse has been named the winner of the Modern Language Association's forty-sixth annual James Russell Lowell Prize for her book The Unsettlement of America: Translation, Interpretation, and the Story of Don Luis de Velasco, 1560-1945 (Oxford, 2014). The prize, one of the most prestigious awards in the profession, is awarded annually for an outstanding work—a literary or linguistic study, a critical edition of an important work, or a critical biography—written by a member of the association.

Bruce Holsinger, international team of researchers investigate parchment's origins

Professor Bruce Holsinger has led an investigation into the origins and composition of parchment, specifically the variety called "uterine vellum." Holsinger, in collaboration with British scientists Sarah Fiddyment and Matthew Collins from the bioarchaeology department at the University of York in the United Kingdom, brought together international collaborators from several disciplines across the humanities and the natural sciences to look into what uterine vellum was actually made of.

Peter Baker translates "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" into Old English

Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is turning 150 this year, and Professor Peter Baker, a scholar of medieval literature, has contributed to the celebration with a translation of the book into Old English. In honor of the sesquicentennial, Jon Lindseth, head of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, recruited translators including Baker to contribute to his three-volume Alice in a World of Wonderlands: The Translations of Lewis Carroll’s Masterpiece. The collection includes a bibliography of translations and essays about many of them.

Rare Book School Director Michael Suarez Nominated to National Council on the Humanities

President Obama last week nominated Michael F. Suarez, director of the Rare Book School and University Professor at the University of Virginia, to serve on the National Council on the Humanities, the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The council comprises 26 distinguished private citizens appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate, with each member serving staggered six-year terms. Suarez is one of four nominees.

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Jerome McGann
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Stephen Cushman
Christopher Tilghman
Andrew Stauffer
Gregory Orr
Jerome McGann
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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
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Lisa Russ Spaar
Christopher Tilghman
Andrew Stauffer
Lisa Russ Spaar
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Rita Felski
Rita Dove
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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
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Jane Alison
Debra Nystrom
Rita Felski
Debjani Ganguly
Lisa Russ Spaar
Jeffery Allen
Jeffery Allen

Events

Friday, August 17th

  1. Lisa Russ Spaar and George David Clark Poetry Reading
    • Where: New Dominion Book Shop 404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, United States
    • Start time: 06:00pm
    • End time: 07:00pm

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: TBD
    • 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.