Cavanagh Named Fulbright Distinguished Chair

From the announcement on the Global Shakeseare website:

Sheila T Cavanagh will be serving as the Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Queen Mary University of London and Warwick University for the academic year 2015-2016.

Professor of English at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, Sheila is Founding Director of the World Shakespeare Project , Director of theEmory Women Writer’s Resource Project and Director of Emory’s Year of Shakespeare, working in conjunction with The Folger Shakespeare Library and American Library Association traveling exhibit “The First Folio: The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare.”

The World Shakespeare Project uses video conferencing to unite Shakespearean students, faculty, and arts practitioners around the globe in diverse discussions, performance exercises, and joint projects, with an emphasis on bringing local cultural traditions into international Shakespearean dialogues. Current partners include Tribal Colleges in India and North America; universities in South America, Morocco, Uganda, Ethiopia, Europe, Asia and Australia; and Shakespeare in Prison programs in North America and Europe.

Author of books on Edmund Spenser and Lady Mary Wroth, as well as numerous articles on pedagogy and Renaissance literature, during her time in the UK Sheila will be focused on a book tentatively entitled The Curiosity of Nations: Shakespeare in the International Electronic Age.

The Department extends its heartiest congratulations to Sheila!

Reiss Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

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Professor Ben Reiss has been named a 2015-2016 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for his project entitled Thoreau’s Bed:  How Sleep Became a Problem in the Modern World.

The Department extends its warmest congratulations!

Loichot Wins MLA Award

The English Department would like to congratulate Prof. Valerie Loichot, the winner of MLA’s Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies for her book The Tropics Bite Back.  The Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Literary Studies is one of sixteen awards that
will be presented on 10 January 2015, during the association’s annual convention, to be held in
Vancouver.  The committee’s citation for Loichot’s book reads:

In The Tropics Bite Back: Culinary Coups in Caribbean Literature, Valérie Loichot
offers an ambitious, at times audacious, and ultimately compelling analysis of the cultural
construction of a Caribbean self, both individual and collective. Judiciously combining
archival research, literary analysis, and cultural critique, The Tropics Bite Back presents
an insightful reflection on creolization in its culinary, linguistic, literary, cultural, and
psychic dimension. Thanks to a series of deftly conducted readings of major Caribbean
theorists and authors, Loichot sheds new light on Caribbean writing, providing a fresh
and critical understanding of the place the Caribbean occupies in the contemporary
cultural imaginary.

Our sincerest congratulations on a well-deserved honor.

Jackson Essay Selected for Best American Essays

A creative non-fiction essay that Lawrence Jackson wrote was selected for the Best American Essays 2014. The collection is published annually by Houghton Mifflin and Harcourt and the guest editor this year is John Jeremiah Sullivan. The series editor is Robert Atwan. His essay is called “Slickheads,” and it appeared in the journal N+1 in winter 2013. Dr Jackson’s previous essays, “To Danville” (2007), “Christmas in Baltimore, 2009,” (2011) and “The Ledger” (2012),  had previously been selected as honorable mentions.