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In Memory of Darryl Gless

A memorial service for Darryl James Gless, Distinguished Professor of Renaissance Studies in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina, will take place 4 p.m. Sunday, August. 24, at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on campus.  
 
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Professor Tyler Curtain Appointed to PMLA Advisory Committee

UNC English Professor Tyler Curtain has been appointed by the MLA Executive Council to the Publication of the Modern Language Association (PMLA) Advisory Committee for a three-year term, from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2017.  Members of the committee advise the Editorial Board and the editor on articles submitted to PMLA. Professor Curtain replaces...

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Ethos Journal Issue 1.1 Released

Click here to read the first journal issue of Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics. The newly-published issue's theme is “Cultural Politics and Material Experience,” and its contributors address a variety of topics ranging from Carl Sandburg's poetry...

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Job Listing: Assistant Professor in Digital Humanities

Assistant Professor in Digital Humanities 
The Department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC Chapel Hill (http://englishcomplit.unc.edu/) seeks a digital humanist with experience in digital methods applied to an additional area of literary or rhetorical studies. Successful candidates will demonstrate a record of digital engagement either through project development, significant deployment of digital methods, and/or innovations in digital composing, publishing, or pedagogy. We encourage candidates with interests at the intersections of the digital with poetry, medieval, modernist, and/or rhetorical studies, but depth of digital engagement applied to a subject area is most important. The position begins 1 July 2015 and carries a 2-2 teaching load with significant expectations for research as well as departmental service.

The hire will participate in The Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative (http://digitalhumanities.unc.edu) and collaborate with the University’s Digital Innovation Lab (http://digitalinnovation.unc.edu/). The position carries a $50,000 start-up fund with the expectation that the candidate will arrive on campus prepared to pursue a robust and innovative digital research agenda. (This fund includes moving expenses.)

Candidates are required to hold a PhD from an accredited institution of higher learning (degree in hand by 18 August 2015). Candidates are also expected to present evidence of excellence in teaching at a college or university and of a promising research agenda in their field of specialization.

Applicants must apply online at http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/60182 by 5:00 p.m. on December 10, 2014 and submit a cover letter, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and a writing sample demonstrating the candidate’s digital research. At the time of application candidates will also be required to identify the names, titles, and email addresses of professional references (four are required). The recommenders candidates identify will be contacted via email with instructions for uploading their recommendation letters. Alternatively, applicants may list Interfolio as a reference and the application system will solicit recommendations directly from Interfolio. Please see http://help.interfolio.com/entries/24062742-Uploading-Letters-to-an-Online-Application-System for instructions. 
Review of applications will begin on 10 November 2014 and interviews will be conducted at the MLA convention in January.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities

 
 

Professor Tyler Curtain Appointed to PMLA Advisory Committee

UNC English Professor Tyler Curtain has been appointed by the MLA Executive Council to the Publication of the Modern Language Association (PMLA) Advisory Committee for a three-year term, from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2017.  Members of the committee advise the Editorial Board and the editor on articles submitted to PMLA. Professor Curtain replaces renowned Stanford linguistic anthropologist Shirley Brice Heath.

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Undergraduate Research in ENGL 438: Nineteenth-Century Women Writers

"What if Jane Eyre had decided to live in sin with Mr. Rochester? Would Frankenstein’s Creature have been less destructive if his maker had been a woman? What if Sir Thomas Bertram had satisfied Fanny Price’s curiosity about the slave trade by taking her to his sugar plantations in Antigua? These are some of the questions posed by students in English 438, Nineteenth-Century Women Writers. During the Spring 2014 semester, I had the privilege of working with these students as a graduate research consultant for Professor Jeanne Moskal."

-Rachael Isom

Click here to continue reading this blog entry by Rachael Isom, GRC and graduate student in the Department of English and Comparative Literature.

Carolina Scientific Spring 2014 Issue Published

The Carolina Scientific has published its Spring 2014 issue, featuring articles on self-healing materials, narrative medicine, star-shaped neural cells, the effect of happiness on health, and much more. You can read it, and also past issues, at http://issuu.com/uncsci. For more information about the magazine, please visit https://carolinascientific.web.unc.edu/.

Gregg Flaxman Wins Mellon New Directions Fellowship

The Department of English and Comparative Literature congratulates Dr. Gregg Flaxman on winning a very prestigious, highly competitive fellowship that will fund a full research year bookended by two summers.  He was one of only ten individuals nationwide who were selected for Mellon New Directions Fellowships.  His plan is to pursue intensive training in the field of art history, more narrowly the development and deployment of perspective, to ground his study of film’s “off-screen space.”  His immersion in art history will take him to libraries, art collections and art classes in places including Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Rome, and Amsterdam.

Congratulations to David Ross!

The Department of English and Comparative Literature congratulates Dr. David Ross on his election as the 2015 President of the Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (SEC/AAS), an organization analogous to SAMLA. He also is currently the editor of the organization's journal, The Southeast Review of Asian Studies. Dr. Ross is the first member of an English department to hold this position. 

 

 

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Ethos Journal Issue 1.1 Released

Click here to read the first journal issue of Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics. The newly-published issue's theme is “Cultural Politics and Material Experience,” and its contributors address a variety of topics ranging from Carl Sandburg's poetry and political rhetoric of "hope" to Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho and 20th-century advertising.

Also, on Friday, April 18, Ethos published a podcast that features Drs. Matthew Taylor, Jane Thrailkill, and Tyler Curtain. This podcast is a conversation with these three faculty members on "The Future of Graduate Studies in the Humanities." After viewing our journal, we hope you'll return to the project for this podcast and our other weekly forum posts.

We're grateful for the wide-ranging interest and support that we've received from the department.  We hope you'll enjoy Ethos and consider contributing, if you haven't already.

Download the issue, read the forums, and see the next call for papers at Ethos: http://www.ethosreview.org.

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The University Gazette Features C19

Earlier this week, UNC's University Gazette covered last week's highly successful C19: The Society of Nineteenth-Century Americanists Spring 2014 Conference. The conference was hosted by UNC Department of English and Comparative Literature, led in particular by the efforts of Professors Eliza Richards and Jane Thrailkill. 

The full article from the Gazette can be found here.

2014 University Teaching Awards

Congratualtions to four members of our department who won University Teaching Awards:
 
  • Ben Bolling, who won a Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant
  • Dr. Jane Danielewicz, who won a J. Carlyle Sitterson Freshman Teaching Award* 
  • Dr. Heidi Kim, who won a J. Carlyle Sitterson Freshman Teaching Award*
  • Dr. Jennifer Larson, who won a Tanner Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
*There are two Sitterson Awards - the department won both! 
 
 
We rejoice in this recognition of your outstanding teaching.
 

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Wilson Library Exhibit: Imagining the Civil War, 1861-1900

On Friday, April 24th at 5:30pm, UNC undergraduates will open, introduce, and provide tours for the Wilson Library's new exhibit, "Imagining the Civil War, 1861-1900." The students have spent the semester studying Civil War literature with Professor Eliza Richards and Graduate Research Consultant Leslie McAbee.

The exhibit will run from April 24th to July 20th. For more information, visit the UNC Library blog.

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Fri, 04/25/2014 - 5:30am

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