Dr. William Andrews Wins American Literature Society's Jay B. Hubbell Medal

The Department of English and Comparative Literature's Dr. William Andrews has been awarded the Jay B. Hubbell Medal by the American Literature Society. As their website says, "The Hubbell Medal, which has been awarded since 1964, is named for the founding editor of American Literature. Jay B. Hubbell, a long-time professor at Duke University, was one of the pioneers of American literary scholarship. Hubbell championed treating American authors as objects of serious attention at a time when academic students of literature focused almost entirely on English authors. The award named for him has been awarded to some of the most distinguished practitioners of the discipline he helped create."

Dr. Andrews will receive his award in January 2018 Modern Language Association's conference in New York. 


Dr. GerShun Avilez to Receive MLA Prize

The Modern Language Association of America awarded the sixteenth annual William Sanders Scarborough Prize to GerShun Avilez, of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, for his book Radical Aesthetics and Modern Black Nationalism, published by the University of Illinois Press. Read the press release here


The Americanist Speaker Series presents: Stephanie Foote

The Americanist Speaker Series presents: Stephanie Foote Poster

The Americanist Speaker Series presents: Stephanie Foote 
West Virginia University, "Garbage Humanities” 
Thursday, December 7th 
7:00 p.m.

The Pink Parlor
East Duke Building
Duke University
Refreshments provided!
The garbage we throw away every day indexes the habits of our daily lives, the way we come to feel at home in a world defined by our ability to drain it of value. But what does it mean to be "at home" in the Anthropocene? This paper explores what the garbage generated by storms—household garbage as well as the ruins of houses themselves—tell us about the global circulation of garbage in a world now defined by increasingly frequent and catastrophic climate events.
Stephanie Foote is Jackson and Nichols Professor of English at West Virginia University. She is the cofounder and editor of Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities, and is currently a fellow at the National Humanities Center, where she is working on her third single author book, The Art of Waste. 
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