In Memory of Darryl Gless

Darryl GlessA 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. 

With great sadness, we meet the loss of our beloved Darryl Gless. Since joining us in 1980, Darryl brought to our department and the University a spirit of generosity and an unmatched ability to lead and create. His scholarship and teaching inspired generations of students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, as recognized by his receiving a University Tanner Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1983 and the Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013. Darryl also provided a vital voice for the humanities, and he translated that voice into action as both Chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature and Senior Associate Dean for the Humanities. Darryl’s tireless work in defense of the humanities garnered the attention of President Clinton, who appointed him to the National Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1994. Invaluable as a colleague, visionary as a leader, cherished in the classroom, Darryl embodied every aspect of what it means to be a person and professor. We celebrate his life even as we recognize just how dearly he will be missed.

Darryl Gless's family asks that memorial gifts be made to the Darryl Gless Graduate Student Support Fund at UNC-Chapel Hill. Please send checks by mail to Arts and Sciences Foundation, Campus Box 6115, Chapel Hill, NC, 27599-6115, with a note in memo line (or attached correspondence) that the gift is for the Darryl Gless Graduate Student Support Fund or follow this link to make a contribution online.

The family also requests that friends consider donating blood and platelets and register as bone marrow donors in his memory. The News and Observer has posted more details about Darryl’s life and achievements.

A memorial service for Darryl will take place 4 p.m. Sunday, August. 24, at the George Watts Hill Alumni Center on campus.  

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"Shakespeare in Performance" with The UNC Honors Summer Program

The UNC Honors Summer Program in London and Oxford runs for six weeks from mid-June to late July, the first three centered on UNC's Winston House adjacent to the British Museum, then moving to St Edmund Hall, an Oxford College originating in the 13th century. 

The "Shakespeare in Performance" course requires attending 9 or 10 plays, mostly by Shakespeare with one or two by playwrights such as Ben Jonson, O'Neill, Pinter, and four papers plus a final exam. Minimum GPA is 3.0 (Students who have previously passed English 225, "Shakespeare,"earn credit for an Honors Course. There is insufficient time for Independent Study courses.) 













Classes take place four days a week, with free weekends Friday through Sunday which allow individual travel to Scotland, Paris, etc. At St Edmund Hall weekday meals are included in the Program cost. Professor Christopher Armitage has been involved in directing this Program or earlier versions since 1975. He is a graduate of Oxford and since 2013 an Honorary St Edmund Fellow.  For details on costs and enrolling, consult Ms Gina Difino at (919)962-9680 or


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Assistant Professor

Kimberly J. Stern earned her Ph.D. from Princeton University, with a special focus on Victorian literature and culture. Although much of her research engages with the history and politics of intellectual culture, Stern’s teaching and scholarly interests include several broader fields of inquiry, including women’s writing, the novel, aesthetic theory, drama, and the British fin de siècle.

Stern’s first book, The Social Life of Criticism: Gender, Critical Writing, and the Politics of Belonging, is forthcoming with the University of Michigan Press in 2016. Tracing the work of aspiring female critics from the eighteenth century to the end of the Victorian period, Stern demonstrates that a sustained engagement with gendered forms of sociability shaped the critical work of women writers (including Anna Jameson, George Eliot, Vernon Lee, and others). As the book explores representations of critical communities—from the Spectator Club and the “tavern sages” to the “antisocial” impulses of the 1890s—it argues that the history of criticism is inextricable from the history of gender.

In 2015, Stern published an edition of Oscar Wilde’s controversial play Salome with Broadview Press. Her work on this play reflects her larger interest in the writings of Oscar Wilde, which she examines in her current book project, Lessons of the Aesthete: Liberal Education and the Pedagogical Style of Oscar Wilde. Placing Wilde in dialogue with important educational reformers of the nineteenth century (including Jeremy Bentham, Matthew Arnold, and John Henry Newman), Stern investigates how Wilde’s understanding of aesthetic education both anticipates and enriches contemporary debates about the cultural value of humanistic study. The project was originally inspired by Stern's work in the classroom, where she has found her students to be enthusiastic and astute readers of Wilde's work. 

Stern was the recipient of a Humanities Writ Large fellowship at Duke University in 2014.  She currently serves on the Board for the Nineteenth Century Studies Association, and is Assistant Editor of Nineteenth Century Studies.


Selected Publications

“At Wit’s End: The Aesthetic Pedagogy of Oscar Wilde” (forthcoming in Nineteenth Century Studies)

“The One Liner.” The Pocket Instructor, ed. Diana Fuss and Bill Gleason. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015.

“ ‘A Want of Taste’: Carnivorous Desire in Charles Dickens’s The Pickwick Papers.” Victorian Review 38.1 (2013): 155-72.

“The Poetics of Criticism: Philosophical Discourse and George Eliot’s ‘A College Breakfast Party.’ ” George Eliot and the Poetics of DisbeliefGeorge Eliot-George Henry Lewes Studies 60-1 (September 2011): 91-106.

“Rule Bohemia: The Cosmopolitics of Subculture in George du Maurier’s Trilby.” Victorian Literature and Culture 38.2 (September 2010): 547-70.

 “A Common Fund: George Eliot and the Gender Politics of Criticism.” Prose Studies 30.1 (2008): 45-62.



Fall 2015

ENGL 121: British Literature (Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century) 

ENGL 842: British Literature at the Fin de Siècle

Spring 2016

ENGL 339: Nineteenth-Century Drama

ENGL 89: Oscar Wilde



Hire Date: 2015

Ph.D. Princeton University, 2005


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