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Loss of Arthur Miller

Posted: 2/18/2005
Arthur Miller died earlier today, February 11th, 2005. He was a distinguished alum of this program – and a long-time friend of the Department and the University.

The University of Michigan Press has just issued Enoch Brater’s edited collection entitled "Arthur Miller’s America: Theater and Culture in a Time of Change." It is a fitting tribute to Miller and the reach of his influence.

Tribute to Lemuel Johnson

Posted: 1/11/2005
The first issue of the new on-line electronic "Gefame: Journal of African Studies" has appeared. The first issue contains a section of tributes to our beloved late colleague Lemuel Johnson, including contributions from Lincoln Faller and George Bornstein, and a selection of Lem's online criticism. Department members and others are encouraged to check out the website:

January Kudos

Posted: 1/6/2005
Sara Blair has received two fellowships, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship and a Michigan Humanities Award, in support of her book project entitled "Harlem Crossroads: The Novel and the Photograph in the Twentieth Century."

George Bornstein has been appointed Co-General Editor of the Collected Works of W B Yeats project published by Scribner in this country and Palgrave in the U.K. This is the ongoing 14-volume standard edition of Yeats that establishes more authoritative texts than before and provides full apparati, including introductions, notes, and other scholarly materials.

Enoch Brater’s edited volume, Arthur Miller’s America: Theater and Culture in a Time of Change, has been published by the University of Michigan Press.

David Halperin has received a Michigan Humanities Award in support of his new book project on gay men’s cultural practices as they refract gay men’s subjectivities.

John Knott’s Imagining Wild America is the 2004 winner of the University of Michigan Press Book Award. This award is given to the best work published by the University Press in the prior two calendar years and written by a member, or members, of the University of Michigan faculty. The Award carries an honorarium of $1,000.

In her capacity as Director of the Atlantic Studies Initiative, Ifeoma Nwankwo has received $10,000 from Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Lester Monts to support a conference entitled "Rhythms of the Atlantic World: Rituals and Remembrances."

Nancy Reisman’s novel The First Desire was selected as a 2004 New York Times Notable book. And more. The 2005 O’Henry Award Stories anthology will include the novel excerpt/story "Tea" (originally published in MQR, the "Jewish in America" special issue).

Patsy Yaeger has been awarded a Collegiate Professorship in LSA, one of the highest honors the College and the University can bestow upon members of the faculty. She is now the Henry Simmons Frieze Collegiate Professor of English.

Google to digitize 'U' libraries

Posted: 1/3/2005
The University announced a partnership with Google in which the the internet search engine will digitally scan all University books and media and make them available to anyone worldwide with an internet connection. For more information on this project, please see link below:

English Gets A Facelift

Posted: 9/1/2004
Over the summer months the web development team in the English Department worked to redesign the Department's website. The goal was to bring a greater amount of interactivity to its users, to make the site easier to navigate, and to be able to offer information tailored to specific audiences. We hope you like the changes we've made, and we are working to improve upon the site even further in the near future. Look around and let us know what you think. Problems, praise, questions, concerns—all are welcome at:


If you suggest a change or improvement, the web team will do its best to see that it is implemented.

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