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Khaled Mattawa wins MacArthur Fellowship

Posted: 9/17/2014 11:33:41 AM
It gives us immense pleasure to announce that Khaled Mattawa has won a MacArthur Fellowship. The NYT article is here:


Please join us in congratulating Khaled!


Inaugural Poem by Lorna G. Goodison

Posted: 9/9/2014 3:46:12 PM

Watch the poem being read at the ceremony.


Terrible News

Posted: 7/28/2014 4:18:42 PM

Professor Patricia YaegerIt is with great sorrow that we write to tell you that our brilliant, sweet colleague and friend, Patsy Yaeger, died on Friday, July 25, at home with her family, after struggling with ovarian cancer for a year and a half. As you all know, Patsy lit up every room she ever entered, and the world is a darker place now without her.

There will be no formal funeral, though the department does plan to honor her impressive career during the Fall. Her husband, Dr. Richard Miller, asks that colleagues and friends who wish to make a contribution to a charity in her memory consider one of the four below that Patsy named in her will:




  • Juvenile Law Center, 1315 Walnut St #400, Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • Planned Parenthood Federation, 434 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001
  • Natural Resources Defense Council, 40 West 20th Street, New York, NY 10011
  • Solar Electric Light Fund, 1612 K Street NW, Suite 300. Washington, DC 20006

The family has also asked that, in lieu of flowers or gifts, those who feel so inclined should send notes to the family, sharing your memories and good wishes: Rich, Kiri, and Noah Miller, 3383 River Pines Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

When an official obituary is available it will be shared on this website.

Spring Kudos

Posted: 5/9/2014 10:16:01 AM
As we exit another academic year, it gives me great pleasure to announce the following wonders that have been accomplished by the members of this amazing department:

o   Amy Carroll was presented with the 2013 Louis I. Bredvold Prize for Scholarly or Creative Publication.

o   Natalie Bakopoulos was presented with the 2014 Louis I. Bredvold Prize for Scholarly or Creative Publication.

o   Lorna Goodison was awarded the Commander of the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican Government for her service to literature. Lorna was also featured on the PBS Newshour this year where she gave a reading of her poetry. Lorna is one of three nominees for the 2014 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature.

o   Laura Kasischke is the winner of the 2013 Michigan Author Award, and her novel Bird in a Blizzard has been adapted to a film which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

o   Eileen Pollack’s essay “Pigeons” was selected for inclusion in the The Best American Essays 2013.

o   Khaled Mattawa was appointed one of two new chancellors to the Academy of American Poets.

o   Michael Byers received Rackham’s Master’s Mentoring Award.

o   Enoch Brater was on BBC-Radio to talk about his two-volume work, The Private Notebooks and Diaries of Arthur Miller.

o   Jessica Young’s collection of narrative poetry, Alice’s Sister, was published this year.

o   Gina Brandolino’s ENG290 Horror Course was featured in Concentrate, an online magazine. http://www.concentratemedia.com/features/ginabrandolino0259.aspx

o   Bill Ingram’s essay “John Cholmley on the Bankside” won Honorable Mention for the Best Essay on Theatre History from the Journal Early Theatre.

o   Van Jordan’s The Cineaste has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award.

o   Michael Awkward was interviewed on PCNtv about his new book Philadelphia Freedoms.

o   David Porter has won a prize for best app in the Teaching and Learning category of the 2014 Mobile Apps Challenge, an annual UM app development competition sponsored by Computer Science and Engineering, Information and Technology Services, the Office of Technology Transfer, and Apple.  David's app helps students of Chinese learn to read, write, translate, and recite a selection of poems from the Tang Dynasty.  It is available for free download from the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

o   Linda Gregerson has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

o   Megan Levad, along with composer Tucker Fuller, have created a song cycle, LABOR: Songs for Unmaking a Living, which the New Resonance Orchestra will be premiering this Spring at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans.

o   Melanie Yergeau’s co-authored article “Multimodality in Motion: Disability and Kairotic Spaces” in Kairos has received the Accessibility and Digital Composition Award from Computers and Composition Digital Press.

37th Annual Conference of Midwest Victorian Studies Association

Posted: 5/2/2014 5:18:37 PM
The 37th annual conference of the Midwest Victorian Studies Association was held from April 11th to April 13th at the University of Michigan.  Co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Departments of English and History and the Nineteenth Century Forum along with the University of Detroit Mercy Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Education, and Office of Academic Affairs, the 3-day conference featured lectures, panels, and seminars on the topic of "Victorian Violence."  115 scholars in the fields of History, Literature, Art History, and Musicology joined the conference from across the US and Canada as well as England, Scotland, Australia, and India.  
Highlights of the conference included panels on topics including “Violence in Industrial Fiction,” “Violence in the Age of Separate Spheres,” and “Violence in the Age of Empires”; scholarly seminars on the topics of “Colonial Violence,” “Sensational Violence,” and “Political Violence”; and a plenary panel on the “Visual Afterlives of Victorian Violence” featuring talks about nineteenth-century visual representations of Ancient Egypt, the Indian Rebellion of 1857, and the Benin Punitive Expedition of 1897.  The 2014 Jane Stedman Plenary Lecture, “Graceful Exits: War Cemeteries, Violent Legacies, and the Afterlife of the Crimean War,” was given by Lara Kriegel, Associate Professor of English and History and Director of the Victorian Studies Program at Indiana University.
Also featured were performances by the University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society, a special concert on the Charles Baird Carillon, an exhibit of nineteenth-century prints and photographs on the conference theme sponsored by the University of Michigan Museum of Art, an exhibit of nineteenth-century manuscripts on the theme of "Violence as Entertainment" organized by the University of Michigan Library Special Collections, and a docented tour of "An Eye on the Empire: Photographs of Colonial India and Egypt” at the University of Michigan Museum of Art.
Ruth McAdams, doctoral candidate in the University of Michigan English Department, was and the winner of the William and Mary Burgan Prize for best graduate student paper presented at MVSA and the runner-up for the Walter Arnstein Prize for Dissertation Research.
The complete conference program can be seen at this link.  Pictures from the conference can be seen here.


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