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Prof. Douglas Mao Assumes Senior Editorial Role at ELH

This summer, Professor Douglas Mao became senior editor of ELH, the renowned journal of literary criticism that has issued from the Johns Hopkins English Department since 1934. Professor Mao looks forward to continuing the ELH tradition of publishing first-rate scholarship on literatures in English from all periods and without restriction as to methodology or theoretical approach. […]

Prof. Drew Daniel Featured in A&S Magazine

As one half of the instrumental electronic duo Matmos, Daniel has toured with well-known singer Bjork, performed at the Guggenheim, and DJ’ed at Yoko Ono’s art opening in San Francisco. And as an associate professor in Hopkins’ English department, he spends several months a year lecturing on Shakespeare. Click to read the article in Arts & Sciences Magazine.


Chris Nealon’s Heteronomy is built out of five long poems, including The Dial. Together they form an overlapping set of mediations on love and friendship and political life. Taking inspiration from a long poetic tradition of self-referential frame devices, Nealon wrote the poems so that each refers to the others, and each is built out […]

In Memoriam, Allen Grossman: January 7, 1932-June 27, 2014

Allen Grossman, an award-winning poet who joined Johns Hopkins University’s English Department in 1991 as the Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, died June 27 in Chelsea, Mass. He was 82. Click to continue reading.

JHU Press Blog Post by English Major

Laura Ewen

“Reflections of a Marketing Intern”: Click to read a terrific blog post by JHU English major Laura Ewen, which appears on the JHU Press Blog today.

Announcing the English Senior Essay Award

The Department of English is pleased to announce the establishment of an award of $250 for the best essay by a senior English major. The award will be presented each spring prior to graduation and will be included officially in the university commencement program. Made possible by a generous gift from an anonymous alumni donor, […]

The Melancholy Assemblage: Affect and Epistemology in the English Renaissance

This book considers melancholy as an “assemblage,” as a network of dynamic, interpretive relationships between persons, bodies, texts, spaces, structures, and things. In doing so, it parts ways with past interpretations of melancholy. Tilting the English Renaissance against the present moment, Daniel argues that the basic disciplinary tension between medicine and philosophy persists within contemporary […]

Abolitionist Places

From David Brion Davis’s The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution to Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic, some of the most influential conceptualizations of the Atlantic World have taken the movements of individuals and transnational organizations working to advocate the abolition of slavery as their material basis. This unique, interdisciplinary collection of essays […]

The Matter of Capital: Poetry and Crisis in the American Century

In this highly original reexamination of North American poetry in English from Ezra Pound to the present day, Christopher Nealon demonstrates that the most vital writing of the period is deeply concerned with capitalism. This focus is not exclusive to the work of left-wing poets: the problem of capitalism’s effect on individuals, communities, and cultures […]