Please see our department calendar for the
Spring 2013 Schedule of lectures and poetry readings
News and Announcements
Eric Sundquist selected as Chair of the Nonfiction Panel for 2013 National Book Awards
Professor Eric Sundquist has been chosen as chair of the nonfiction panel for the 2013 National Book Awards. Other panelists include Jabari Asim, author of The N Word and What Obama Means; André Bernard, Vice President and Secretary of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; M.G. Lord, author of The Accidental Feminist and Forever Barbie; and Lauren Redniss, a finalist for National Book Award in nonfiction in 2011 for Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout. Awards in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature will be announced in November.
For more information about this year's National Book Awards
Congratulations to graduate student, Nick Bujak
Nick's essay "The Form of Media History: Narrator-Space and The Lay of the Last Minstrel" has been accepted for publication, and is forthcoming in the autumn 2014 issue of Studies in English Literature.
Jonathan Kramnick joins the Department of English
Professor Kramnick comes to Johns Hopkins from Rutgers University, where he taught in the English Department while leading interdisciplinary initiatives across literature, philosophy, and the sciences and designing new approaches to graduate professionalization and placement. His research and teaching is in eighteenth-century literature and philosophy, philosophical approaches to literature, and cognitive science and the arts. Professor Kramnick's first book—Making the English Canon: Print Capitalism and the Cultural Past, 1700-1770 (Cambridge, 1999)—examined the role of criticism and aesthetic theory in the creation of a national literary tradition. His second—Actions and Objects from Hobbes to Richardson (Stanford, 2010)—considered representations of mind and material objects along with theories of action during the long eighteenth century. Building on this study, Professor Kramnick's current book project asks what distinctive knowledge the literary disciplines and literary form can contribute to discussions of such topics as perceptual consciousness, created and natural environments, and skilled engagement with the world. His 2011 Critical Inquiry article on literary study and evolutionary theory sparked a vigorous debate on the relations between the humanities and the sciences, with numerous responses and his long reply appearing in the journal the following year.
Despite this range of interests, Professor Kramnick maintains a firm rooting in eighteenth-century studies, having written the 2010 year-in-review article on work in the Restoration and Eighteenth Century for SEL and served on the editorial board of Eighteenth-Century Studies. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Stanford Humanities Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Huntington Library, and the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
You may read an interview with Professor Kramnick here: http://www.newappsblog.com/2012/02/new-apps-interview-jonathan-kramnick.html
Isobel Armstrong appointed John Hinkley Visiting Professor for Spring 2013
Isobel Armstrong is Hinkley Visiting Fellow in the English Department for the Spring semester. She is Emeritus Professor of English (Geoffrey Tillotson Chair) at Birkbeck, University of London, Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of English Studies and a Fellow of the British Academy. Over the last few years she has taught at Harvard, the Bread Loaf School of English, and Johns Hopkins, where she particularly enjoys teaching - this is her fourth visit to the English Department. This year she is giving a course on poetry of the long nineteenth century and optical culture – ‘From Phantasmagoria to Photography’- but has also given courses on the novel and on Victorian poetry and the passions. Her most recent book, Victorian Glassworlds. Glass Culture and the Imagination 1830-1880 (2008) won the Modern Language Association’s James Russell Lowell Prize. Her interests encompass critical and aesthetic theory and feminist writing (see The Radical Aesthetic, 2000, and the Oxford Anthology of Nineteenth-Century Women’s Poetry, 1993) and nineteenth-century literature. She is currently revising Victorian Poetry: Poetry, Poetics and Politics (1993) for a new edition and working on several projects, a book on the nineteenth-century novel and the democratic imagination, and a reading diary of a group of love poems. Poems by her appeared in Shearsman’s anthology of poetry by women, edited by Carrie Etter, Infinite Difference. Other Poetries by U.K.Women Poets, 2010.
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