Professors Elizabeth Fowler, Clare Kinney, and A. C. Spearing went on the air October 9th to talk about Sir Gawain and the Green Knight on WTJU's "Soundboard." Professor Kinney read her own translation of a passage, Professor Spearing read from the original, and all discussed the powerful resonances that the fourteenth-century work still has for us today.
Charles Tyson, a fourth-year student majoring in Political and Social Thought and English, became one of two University of Virginia undergraduates to win a 2014 Rhodes Scholarship. Tyson, who has previously won Wagenheim and Pruden scholarships through the English Department, plans to pursue two one-years master's programs in Victorian literature and history of science before returning to the U.S. for a Ph.D. in English literature.
Mary Szybist, a graduate of the University of Virginia and former English major, has been awarded the 2013 National Book Award for poetry. Read more about Szybist and her winning work Incarnadine here.
James Seitz, the new director of UVA's academic writing program, spoke to UVA Today about undergraduate writing requirements and the ways they might further enhance the university's educational goals. Seitz, who joined the English department faculty this semester, sees in small undergraduate writing courses abundant potential for thoughtful academic inquiry and rewarding student-teacher interaction.
Read more about these ideas and Seitz's own work here.
Jahan Ramazani, Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English, talked to UVA Today about his recent professional accomplishments and service. Ramazani served as one of five judges for this year's National Book Award for Poetry, which was ultimately awarded to UVA English graduate Mary Szybist's Incarnadine. Ramazani also discussed his new book, Poetry and Its Others: News, Prayer, Song, and the Dialogue of Genres, which explores poetry's interactions with other forms of writing.
English Department doctoral candidate William Rhodes has been awarded the 2014 Schallek Fellowship by the Medieval Academy of America. Rhodes is working with Professor Elizabeth Fowler on a dissertation entitled "The Ecology of Reform: Land and Labor from Piers Plowman to Edmund Spenser." This fellowship, which is supported by the Richard III Society, American Branch, provides a one-year grant of $30,000 to support Ph.D. dissertation research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (c.1350-1500).
Professor Jane Alison's newest work, Change Me: Stories of Sexual Transformation from Ovid, has just been released from Oxford University Press. In Change Me, Alison freshly translates and arranges selections from Amores and the Metamorphoses that focus on desire, sexuality, and the transformations brought about by powerful emotion. Read more about the work here.
Professor Brad Pasanek talked to Ploughshares Literary Magazine as part of their "People of the Book" series, a series of interviews charting an informal ethnography of the book. Pasanek fielded questions ranging from how he defines a book to his most unusual interaction with books, in addition to discussing his own book, Metaphors of Mind: An Eighteenth-Century Dictionary, forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press.
"Forget Tom Cruise scaling the Burj Khalifa tower; the hot new super-agent is 14th-century writer Geoffrey Chaucer. Thrill to his daring Middle English rimes! Gasp at his mighty scansion! Here in the pages of Bruce Holsinger’s medieval adventure, that randy old poet finally gets the 'Mission Impossible' cameo he deserves."
Eleanor Henderson's first novel, Ten Thousand Saints, is being made into a film. Henderson is a 2005 graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing Program and began her novel, which captures the straight edge youth counterculture of the 80s, while still a student at UVa. Shari Springer Berman and Bob Pulcini wrote the screenplay and are directing the film, and the film will star Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch, Julianne Nicholson, and Ethan Hawke.
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