some recent program news


Literature PhD student Marguerite Happe received a $1000  Katheryne B. Willock Library Research Award, from the GPSC Student Showcase. Her presentation was entitled, "MS 112: Descriptive Bibliography of Manuscripts Imitating Printed Typography."

The Second Annual McLaughlin-Weber Lecture in British and World Literature, featuring Anna Kornbluh (UIC) will be presented on January 26. Professor Kornbluh will hold a conversational seminar on a recent article in the morning, as well as a lecture on the relationship between the novel and critique in the afternoon.

All are welcome, and we hope you’ll make plans to join us!

Thursday, January 26th
10:30am–12:00pm, 453 Modern Languages

Graduate/faculty seminar on Professor Kornbluh’s article, “The Realist Blueprint” (attached here and available in The Henry James Review) on the roles of architecture in the works of Henry James and Fredric Jameson.

3:30pm–5:00pm, 453 Modern Languages

Second Annual McLaughlin-Weber Lecture: “We Have Never Been Critical: Toward the Novel-as-Critique”

Anna Kornbluh is the author of Realizing Capital: Financial and Psychic Economies in Victorian Form, and she is Associate Professor and Associate Head of English at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is also a founding member of the V21 Collective, a group of Victorianist scholars with shared interests in critical theory and what they’ve called “strategic presentism." Professor Kornbluh has co-edited a special issue of Boundary 2 Online on “Presentism, Form, and the Future of History,” and she edited a special issue of Mediations, “Lukᣳ 2016: Theory of the Novel at 100.” She has also published articles in ELHNOVELVictorian StudiesHenry James ReviewMediationsLos Angeles Review of BooksPublic Books, and elsewhere. 


Literature Professor Paul Hurh won this year’s Hennig Cohen Prize from the Melville Society. The prize "honors the memory of Hennig Cohen with an annual award for the best article, book chapter, or essay in a book about Herman Melville.” It was awarded, at MLA, to Paul’s "Dread: Space, Time, and Automata in The Piazza Tales,” which is the fifth chapter of his 2015 bookAmerican Terror: The Feeling of Thinking in Edwards, Poe, and Melville.


Literature Professor Scott Selisker has just published a monograph, Human Programming: Brainwashing, Automatons, and American Unfreedom (Minnesota, 2016). The book examines the roles that a literary figure—what Erich Fromm called the “human automaton”—has played in American scientific and popular conversations about totalitarianism, extremism, and fundamentalism. In 2015, he published two articles, both of which were awarded prizes: “The Bechdel Test and the Social Form of Character Networks” (New Literary History; Ralph Cohen Prize 2015) and “Stutter-Stop Flash-Bulb Strange: GMOs and the Aesthetics of Scale in Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl” (Science Fiction Studies; SFRA Pioneer Award 2016). A short essay of his, “Digital Humanities Knowledge,” was included, by nomination, in Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016 (Minnesota, 2016), the new annual publication of record for the subfield. He’s currently working on a book project that considers how fiction models social networks, in conversation with social network analysis, media studies, privacy law, and political theory.


Mary Bell (PhD 2014) has accepted a position as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Office of Digital Initiatives and Stewardship at the UA Libraries. She will be supporting a research study on campus research data management


Jayda Coons, PhD candidate in our Literature program, has won first prize awarded by the Jane Austen Society of North America in the graduate divison for her essay, ‘“The vehicle for gallantry and trick’: Educating Emma’s Readers.”


Hunter Knox, PhD candidate, is the 2016 recipient of the prestigious Leon Edel Prize awarded by The Henry James Review (Johns Hopkins University Press), for his essay, "Some Unexpected Occupant: Elaborating the Invisible in 'The Jolly Corner.’” The prize is given to the best essay on James written by a scholar no more than four years beyond the PhD and includes a cash award of $500 and publication in The Henry James Review, an internationally renowned peer-reviewed journal.


Professor Johanna Skibsrud’s new novel Quartet for the End of Time was released by Norton in paperback in November.


Andy Doolen (PhD 2001) recently published Territories of Empire: U.S. Writing from the Louisiana Purchase to Mexican Independence (Oxford University Press, 2015). He's Professor of English at the University of Kentucky and Director of Graduate Studies.

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