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.

Anna Brickhouse wins Early American Literature book prize

Professor Anna Brickhouse has been awarded the inaugural book prize from the journal Early American Literature for her recent monograph The Unsettlement of America: Translation, Interpretation, and the Story of Don Luis de Velasco, 1560-1945 (Oxford University Press). Read the full release from EAL below:

Early American Literature Announces Winners of Inaugural Book Prize

Martin C. Battestin

The English Department mourns the loss of Martin C. Battestin, William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of English (Emeritus), a dear colleague, dear friend, eminent eighteenth-century scholar, and Henry Fielding specialist, who died Friday, May 15, 2015, at age 85. A service was held on Wednesday, May 20th at St. Paul's, Ivy. He is survived by his wife and research collaborator Ruthe Battestin.

His full obituary can be found at the Daily Progress.

Congratulations to our English majors

The English Department has awarded its annual departmental scholarships to the following excellent undergraduate majors:

Michael Wagenheim Memorial Scholarship: Elizabeth Ballou, Kelsey Becker, Vanessa Braganza, Daniel Calem, Caelainn Carney, Zoey Dorman, Alexa Hazel, Claudia Heath, Andrea Mendoza Perez, and Alex Scheinman.

Peter and Phyllis Pruden Scholarship: Emily Blase, Hillary Hylton, Charlie Micah Jones, Christine Kim, and Tanner Pruitt.

William and Charlotte Savage Scholarship: Erik Moyer, Christina Paek, and Melanie Schmidt.

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Events

Today

  1. Ardis Butterfield (Yale Universitiy) - ‘Medieval lyric: a translatable or untranslatable zone?’
    • Where: Cocke Hall - Classics Philosophy Library
    • Start time: 05:30pm
    • End time: 07:00pm
    • Ardis Butterfield

      Marie Borroff Professor of English, Professor of French, Professor of Music, Yale University

      Sponsored by Medieval Studies, The Center for Poetry and Poetics, the Department of English.

      Ph.D., M.A., Trinity College, Cambridge
      M.A. University of Bristol

      Ardis Butterfield specializes in the works of Chaucer, literatures of France and England from the 13th to 15th centuries, and in medieval music, as well as in theories and histories of language, form, and genre, city writing, bilingualism and medieval linguistic identities. Her books include the prize-winning The Familiar Enemy: Chaucer, Language and the Nation in the Hundred Years War and Poetry and Music in Medieval France. She edited Chaucer and the City, a collection of essays inspired by her undergraduate course on London in Literature.

      Co-founder of the Medieval Song Network, a collaborative, international project to encourage new interdisciplinary research on the medieval lyric, she currently co-hosts the Yale–based group Medieval Song Lab, and an annual colloquium on Anglophone Histories which she also co-founded at Yale. In 2016 she was voted President of the New Chaucer Society (2016 - 2018).

      She is currently engaged in three projects: a biography, Chaucer: A London Life; a new edition of medieval English lyrics for Norton; and a book on lyric form in the middle ages: Living Form: The Origins of Medieval Song. Before coming to Yale, she broadcasted regularly on radio and television in the UK, and continues to write reviews for BBC History magazine and the London Review of Books amongst other magazines and academic journals.

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

Friday, September 28th

  1. Erika Meitner and Emilia Phillips Poetry Reading
    • Where: New Dominion Book Shop 404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, United States
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 08:00pm

Monday, October 1st

  1. Workshop for graduate students on preparing articles for publication, led by Elizabeth Duquette, co-editor of J19.
    • Where: Bryan Hall Faculty Lounge
    • Start time: 11:15am
    • End time: 12:45pm
  2. Elizabeth Duquette (Gettysburg College) talk, "Napoleonic Codes in The Awakening."
    • Where: Bryan Hall Faculty Lounge
    • Start time: 03:00pm
    • End time: 04:30pm