Student Spotlight: Lydia Thompson

ECL is taking Lydia Thompson to the Happiest Place on Earth, other than Greenlaw Hall! Not only is Lydia a great student, one of the 2018-2019 “Top Ten Scholar Athletes,” but she is also now an intern at Walt Disney World!


HHIVE Lab Researchers Find Dance Can Help People Manage Chronic Illness

Can dance help people struggling with chronic illness? After a visit to the Health and Humanities Interdisciplinary Venue for Exploration (HHIVE Lab), Chancellor’s Science Scholar Maebelle Mathew was determined to find out.


Ph.D. Candidate Eddie Moore Wins Inaugural J. Lee Greene Award

In honor of Dr. Johnny Lee Greene, the Department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC Chapel Hill established the J. Lee Greene Award: for Excellence in Postgraduate Work on Race and Ethnicity.


Student Spotlight: Annabel Chung

Meet Annabel Chung, ECL and Chemistry double major and Fulbright award winner!


UNC Alumnus, Blake Crouch, and his book, Recursion, featured in News and Observer

Upon the release of his newest book, Recursion (Penguin Random House, 2019), The News & Observer featured UNC Alumnus (Class of 2000), Blake Crouch. 


Student Spotlight: Andreamarie Efthymiou

Andreamarie Efthymiou, an undergraduate who had originally placed herself on the pre-med track, quickly found herself more at home in the English and Comparative Literature Department than anywhere else.


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Dr. Jessica Wolfe on BBC’s “In Our Time”

On June 6th, Dr. Jessica Wolfe, professor of English and Comparative Literature and Director of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, spoke on the BBC’s weekly podcast, “In Our Time.”


Student Spotlight: Isabella St. Onge

Isabella St. Onge, a double ECL and theatre major, demonstrates the perfect example of one student finding a way to connect two seemingly disengaged topics for the benefit of both fields.


Dr. Shayne Legassie Awarded Mellon New Directions Fellowship

Dr. Shayne Legassie, a professor of Comparative Literature at UNC, has recently been awarded a Mellon New Directions Fellowship to pursue ethnobotany.


Student Spotlight: Chris Combemale

Chris Combemale, an ECL major who consistently works in the Department of Dramatic Art here on campus, discusses how his English studies have crossed disciplines to equip him with the fundamental skills he needs to succeed.


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Dr. Jennifer Ho Elected President of the Association for Asian American Studies

Dr. Jennifer Ho has been elected as President of the Association for Asian American Studies for a three-year term.


Student Spotlight: Emily Long

Emily Long, an English and Biology double major with a minor in Medicine, Literature and Culture, offers a look at how one student has combined the two fields of study that interest her most— STEM and literature.


Mothers & Strangers Named “Okra Pick” by the Southern Independent Booksellers Association

Mothers and Strangers: Essays on Motherhood from the New South (UNC Press, 2019) was recently named a Spring 2019 “Okra Pick” by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA).


Student Spotlight: Danielle Kruchten

Danielle Kruchten, a double major in English and History, reveals how different majors play to each other’s strengths and can lay the fundamental groundwork for her future plans of attending law school.


William Blake Archive Publishes Blake’s Handwritten Receipts

The William Blake Archive at UNC Chapel Hill unveils digital collection of Blake’s receipts, publishing rare documents from Blake’s life.


Student Spotlight: Kendrel Cabarrus

For Kendrel Cabarrus, being an ECL major not only provided him with the fundamental skills he was looking for but also represented the best option in terms of diversity and flexibility in a job market that is ever changing.


Remembering Dr. Johnny Lee Greene

“Gathering Memories: The Life and Legacy of Dr. J. Lee Greene” honors Dr. Johnny Lee Greene, distinguished Professor of African-American Literature and a pioneer of campus diversity at UNC.


Dr. Philip Gura Awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Dr. Philip Gura, William S. Newman Distinguished Professor of English & Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill, was awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine on May 7th.


Student Spotlight: Julia Whitten

Julia Whitten, a double major in English and Spanish here at UNC, demonstrates the perfect example of a student who never expected to major in the Department, but naturally found her way.


Digital Literacy and Communications Lab

The Digital Literacy and Communications (DLC) Lab launched at the start of the 2018-2019 school year in a newly renovated space in Greenlaw 321, directed by Dr. Courtney Rivard.


ECL Celebrates 2019 Commencement

The Department of English & Comparative Literature celebrated its 2019 Commencement on Saturday, May 11.


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Jessica Wolfe to deliver the annual Patrides lecture at the University of York

Jessica Wolfe to deliver annual Patrides lecture at the University of York.


Remembering Dr. James Kimball King

Remembering Dr. James Kimball King

Dr. James Kimball King, Professor Emeritus in the English and Comparative Literature department who taught for 40 years and adjunct professor in the Dramatic Arts department, passed away on April 26.


Collaborative Digital Humanities Project, MACMORRIS, is 2019 Winner of the Irish Research Council’s Advanced Laureate Award

Collaborative Digital Humanities Project, MACMORRIS, is 2019 Winner of the Irish Research Council’s Advanced Laureate Award

This award will fund research on MACMORRIS, a collaborative digital humanities project founded by Palmer, UNC’s own Dr. David Baker, and Dr. Willy Maley, of the University of Glasgow.


Sarah George-Waterfield Blends Text and Textiles in Alternative Dissertation

Sarah George-Waterfield Blends Text and Textiles in Alternative Dissertation

Under the directorship of Professor Jennifer Ho, Sarah designed an interactive art installation, Text and Textile, that weaves together—literally and figuratively—fabric and narrative.


Congratulations to the DOECL Small Award Recipients

Congratulations to the DOECL Small Award Recipients

The following graduate students in the Department of English and Comparative Literature have won awards for their accomplishments in the 2018-2019 academic year.


Cherríe Moraga Speaks at Sonja Haynes Stone Center

Cherríe Moraga Speaks at Sonja Haynes Stone Center

Moraga is one of the most influential Chicano/a writers in the U.S. today. Among other notable works, she is the playwright of Heroes and Saints and the editor for the collection This Bridge Called My Back.


Remembering Dr. Howard Harper

Remembering Dr. Howard Harper

He joined the faculty of the English department at UNC where he instructed and inspired undergraduate and graduate students for 43 years.


Professor Candace Epps-Robertson Publishes Book on Race, Literacy, and Citizenship in the American South

Professor Candace Epps-Robertson Publishes Book on Race, Literacy, and Citizenship in the American South

Resisting Brown examines how African American community members in Prince Edward County, Virginia, responded to the county’s decision to close all public schools from 1959 to 1964 rather than desegregate as demanded by Brown v. Board of Education.


UNC Graduate Students to Lead Inaugural Veterans Writing Workshop

UNC Graduate Students to Lead Inaugural Veterans Writing Workshop

The two-part event will begin with a panel discussion led by four veterans discussing the ways in which American popular culture has impacted the divide between the military and civilians.


UNC English Alumnus Andrew Carlberg on his Oscar-Winning Short Film, Skin

UNC English Alumnus Andrew Carlberg on his Oscar-Winning Short Film, Skin

Skin is a short film that follows a young boy who has an innocent encounter with a black man at a supermarket. His white supremacist parents react to the exchange with racial violence, and the two families “find themselves in a clash with shocking consequences.”


Short Story Vending Machines Installed on Campus Connect UNC Writers and Readers

Short Story Vending Machines Installed on Campus Connect UNC Writers and Readers

Talent abounds at UNC, in Greenlaw and beyond, and the story machines are an innovative means of making that talent visible.


Dr. Florence Dore to Lead Discussion about Southern Fiction and Rock and Roll at Vanderbilt University

Dr. Florence Dore to Lead Conversation about Southern Fiction and Rock and Roll at Vanderbilt University

Incorporating the spirit of Southern rock and roll into the event, Nashville musician Kevin Gordon will also perform and participate in the conversation.


English Graduate Student James Cobb Celebrated by University Office for Diversity & Inclusion

English Graduate Student James Cobb Celebrated by University Office for Diversity & Inclusion

Professor Gabrielle Calvocoressi, the department diversity liaison, says of Cobb, “in everything he does, James works to not only increase diversity on the campus, but to deepen the notion of what diversity and inclusion means in the classroom and in the world.”


Ross White Wins Sexton Poetry Prize for New Poetry Collection

Ross White Wins Sexton Poetry Prize for New Poetry Collection

His forthcoming book, Charm Offensive, was selected as a co-winner of the Sexton Poetry Prize for the best unpublished poetry collection by an American poet.


UNC Alumna Ashley Harris Publishes Poetry Chapbook Exploring Race and Racism Through the Legend of Zelda

The poems in her chapbook address the lack of representation and consideration for people of color in video game design, while also using Legend of Zelda as a lens through which to view contemporary society.


Dr. Hilary Lithgow Welcomes UNC Class of 2023 with Powerful Speech

Dr. Hilary Lithgow Welcomes UNC Class of 2023 with Powerful Speech

Lithgow foregrounded her talk with her belief “in the power of stories” and then spoke about her class on the literature of war in which she brings in local veterans to share their experiences with the civilian and veteran students taking the class.


UNC Creative Writing Lecturer Tyree Daye Wins 2019 Whiting Award

UNC Creative Writing Lecturer Tyree Daye Wins 2019 Whiting Award

Since 1985, the Whiting Foundation has supported creative writing through the Whiting Awards, given annually to ten emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama.


UNC Alumni David B. Woronoff to be inducted into the NC Media and Journalism Hall of Fame

UNC Alumni David B. Woronoff to be inducted into the NC Media and Journalism Hall of Fame

Woronoff is now the president and publisher of The Pilot of Southern Pines, a twice-weekly local newspaper that has grown into a statewide media company.


Eight ECL Majors to be Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Eight ECL Majors to be Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Our departmental inductees include Emily Sonia Danes, Marina Hays Greenfeld, Olivia Christine Jones, Emily Mae Krupa, Kent Matthew Mcdonald, Wyatt Ross Mcnamara, Savannah Nicole Morgan, and Matthew Jacob Williams.


ECL Doctoral Student Anne Fertig Curates Exhibit at Wilson Library on the History of Scottish Gaels in North Carolina

ECL Doctoral Student Anne Fertig Curates Exhibit at Wilson Library on the History of Scottish Gaels in North Carolina

Drawing on the wealth of archival resources in Wilson Library’s Special Collections, this exhibit explores the beliefs, experiences, and traditions of the Scottish Gaelic-speaking community in North Carolina.


Tayari Jones to Give Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence Reading

Tayari Jones to Give Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence Reading

Her reading will take place on the UNC campus on Tuesday, March 19 at 7:30 pm in the Genome Sciences Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.


Three English and Comparative Literature Instructors Honored at University Teaching Awards

Three English and Comparative Literature Instructors Honored at University Teaching Awards

“These award-winning scholars exemplify the dedication of Carolina faculty members,” said Provost Bob Blouin. “Their work in the classroom and through their research demonstrates dedication and determination to uphold Carolina’s mission of inspiring the next generation of leaders and guiding them to learn and grow.”


William Blake Archive Opens New Digital Archive Exhibitions Wing

William Blake Archive Opens New Digital Archive Exhibitions Wing

The new Archive Exhibitions space allows viewers to browse through curated presentations and special topics related to Blake’s work.


The Critical Speaking Series Presents Dr. Cary Wolfe

The Critical Speaking Series Presents Dr. Cary Wolfe

Dr. Wolfe will give a talk entitled “(Auto)immunities” on Wednesday, April 3rd and lead a seminar about “Anti-Reductionism in Deconstruction and Theoretical Biology” the next day.


National Humanities Center Fellow Dr. Matthew Rubery to Discuss Autism, Literature, and Surface Reading Next Week

National Humanities Center Fellow Dr. Matthew Rubery to Discuss Autism, Literature, and Surface Reading Next Week

His work focuses on modern literature, media, disability studies, and reading practices, lending new light to accessibility of literature through various rhetorical practices and technologies.


2019 Boundaries of Literature Symposium Hosts Keynote Speaker Dr. Alex Galloway

2019 Boundaries of Literature Symposium Hosts Keynote Speaker Dr. Alex Galloway

The Boundaries of Literature Symposium is an annual speaker series put on by CoLEAGS to highlight the work and research of a scholar in digital humanities and media studies.


Christine Zimmerman (UNC ‘18) to Screen Short Film at the Cannes Film Festival

Christine Zimmerman (UNC ‘18) to Screen Short Film at the Cannes Film Festival

“After working on ‘Just a Phase’ with such an incredible group of fellow artists, and seeing where our passion took us, … Cannes didn’t seem so out of reach.”


Eliza Richards Publishes Monograph on Mass Media and Poetry in the Civil War

Battle Lines charts the transformation of Civil War poetry and its symbiotic relationship with the development of mass media networks and modern warfare.


Distinguished Professor and Novelist Daniel Wallace to Receive the 2019 Harper Lee Award

Distinguished Professor and Novelist Daniel Wallace to Receive the 2019 Harper Lee Award

Established in 1998, this award is given annually to a “living, nationally recognized Alabama writer who has made a significant lifelong contribution to Alabama letters.”


Michael McFee Awarded Thomas and Ellie D. Chaffin Prize for Appalachian Writing

Michael McFee Awarded Thomas and Ellie D. Chaffin Prize for Appalachian Writing

McFee is the 23rd recipient of the Chaffin Award and will lead discussions and workshops at Morehead State University this coming academic year.


Dr. Marc Cohen’s English 105 Class Collaborates with UNC Emergency Department in Immersive Shadowing Experience

Dr. Marc Cohen’s English 105 Class Collaborates with UNC Emergency Department in Immersive Shadowing Experience

Each student in Dr. Cohen’s English 105 class spent four hours shadowing a medical professional in the UNC Emergency Department, immersed in the organized chaos of emergency medicine.


Bo McMillan (UNC ‘16) Publishes in Gastronomica

McMillan’s article, entitled “Food is the New Jazz: Jack Kerouac and Food Writing,” is a modified version of his undergraduate honors thesis written at UNC.


DLC Hosts Series of Successful Digital Pedagogy Workshops

These workshops aim to incubate, encourage, and share innovative pedagogical practices being used by Department of English and Comparative Literature graduate teaching fellows and faculty.


ENGL105i student, Mehal Churiwal, publishes in Carolina Scientific Magazine

Mehal Churiwal, a student in Sarah Singer’s ENGL105i class, published an article, “Molecular Mysteries of Medulloblastoma,” in the Fall 2018 issue of Carolina Scientific Magazine.


The New Yorker Publishes New Poem by Creative Writing Professor Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Calvocoressi is the author of three books of poetry, The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart, Apocalyptic Swing, and Rocket Fantastic, winner of the 2018 Audre Lorde Poetry Prize.


Dr. John Ribo (PhD ‘15) Honored for Accomplishments at Florida State University

Earlier this year, Ribo received a McKnight Junior Development Fellowship from the Florida Education Fund, an award that aims to promote “excellence in teaching and research by underrepresented minorities and women.”


ECL Faculty Use SURF Grants to Promote Undergraduate Research in the Humanities

SURF is a program through which students engage in undergraduate research, scholarship, or performance for at least 9 weeks.


Alane Salierno Mason (‘86) Discusses Her Career in Publishing at Flyleaf Books

This coming Monday, November 19 at 5PM, UNC Department of English and Comparative Literature alumna and senior editor at W. W. Norton & Company Alane Salierno Mason will discuss editing and publishing at Flyleaf Books.


William Blake Archive Publishes Digital Edition of Blake’s Early Pencil Drawings

Through these pencil sketches, viewers are given a unique perspective into the thought process behind the creation of a masterpiece.


English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta Welcomes 21 New Members

Founded in 1924, Sigma Tau Delta is an international organization that recognizes excellence in English and Comparative Literature. Only students in the top 35% of their undergraduate class are eligible.


Dr. David Davis (PhD ’06) awarded 2018 Eudora Welty Prize

Dr. David A. Davis, assistant professor of English at Mercer University (PhD ’06, UNC-CH), was awarded the Eudora Welty Prize during the 30th annual Eudora Welty Writers’ Symposium


Randall Kenan Inducted into NC Literary Hall of Fame

The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame celebrates and promotes the state’s rich literary heritage by “commemorating its leading authors and encouraging the continued flourishing of great literature.”


The Critical Speaking Series Presents Dr. Mark Seltzer

Dr. Seltzer will lead a seminar entitled “Systems as Usual: Art in the Epoch of Social Systems” and give a talk about “Exercise Machines” on November 1st.


Dr. Connie Eble Awarded Thomas Jefferson Award

The Department of English and Comparative Literature would like to extend a hearty congratulations to Dr. Eble and thanks her for her many exemplary years of research, teaching, service, and dedication to the Department.


Applications Invited for the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity

The Department of English and Comparative Literature strongly encourages candidates interested in modernism and transatlantic literature to apply.


UNC’s Michael McFee to receive 2018 North Carolina Award for Literature

Professor Michael McFee is among this year’s recipients of the state’s highest civilian honor, the North Carolina Award. The Award was created in 1961 to recognize significant contributions to the state and nation in the fields of fine arts, literature, public service and science.


Bland Simpson Awarded Edward Kidder Graham Faculty Service Award

Established in 2010 to recognize outstanding service by a UNC faculty member, the award nods to the University’s mission to “extend knowledge‐based service world‐wide.”


Looking Back on “Reconstructing Frankenstein’s Monster: Mary Shelley’s World in Print”

Students in Dr. Jeanne Moskal’s class created the exhibit to showcase rare books and artifacts that provide cultural context for Frankenstein in celebration of the novel’s bicentennial.


Digital Literacy and Communications Lab Brings New Vision to ECL Department

The new DLC Lab opened this fall under the direction of Dr. Courtney Rivard with assistance by new and returning graduate and undergraduate students.


DLC Hosts Inaugural Digital Pedagogy Workshop

Laurel Foote-Hudson introduced attendees to innovative pedagogical techniques she uses in her English 105 class, in which she leads her students in designing a game over the course of the semester.


NC Humanities Council Honors Jane Austen Summer Program

The Jane Austen Summer Program was recognized for its educator capacity-building efforts, a key component of the mission of the North Carolina Humanities Council.


The Story and Song: Music and Conversation with Gillian Welch and David Rawlings

Join us for this year’s Thomas Wolfe Lecture on October 2nd at 7:30PM with award-winning composer-lyricist-performer Gillian Welch.


William Blake Archive Announces Publication of Digital Edition of Blake’s Notebook

Blake’s newly digitized notebook offers a look at the evolution of Blake’s art throughout the Romantic Period.


Sigma Tau Delta: Applications Open for UNC’s ECL Honor Society

The quickly-growing ECL Honor Society has a ton of great events lined up for the Fall semester.


Stephanie Elizondo Griest discusses U.S. Borderlands on C-Span

Associate Professor of Creative Nonfiction Stephanie Elizondo Griest appeared on C-Span this weekend, discussing her latest book at the Brooklyn Book Festival.


Welcoming New and Visiting Faculty to the Department of English and Comparative Literature

The ECL Department welcomes Dr. Helen Cushman, Dr. Candace Epps-Robertson, and Dr. Tiber F.M. Falzett.


CURE Courses Introduce Students to Research in ECL

The two CURE courses offered this fall are ENGL 353: Metadata, Mark-up, and Mapping: Rhetoric and Digital Humanities, taught by Dr. Courtney Rivard, and ENGL 385: Literature and Law, taught by Dr. Jennifer Larson.


Come study, chat, or take a break in the new Alan Shapiro Graduate Lounge

The Shapiro Lounge will be open for graduate student use throughout the academic year.


Double Up with ECL’s Redesigned Undergraduate Major

This fall, the Department of English and Comparative Literature (ECL) began offering seven new concentrations within a newly revised major.


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Prof. Jennifer Ho on WCHL’s show “Oh the Humanities”

Listen to Professor Jennifer Ho discuss the importance of multiculturalism in the humanities and the film “Crazy Rich Asians” with WCHL’s host of “On the Humanities,” Aaron Keck.


Departmental Statement on Silent Sam

On Monday August 20, 2018, the Confederate monument known as Silent Sam was toppled to the ground. ECL faculty to respond to this historic moment.


Publication: “Dangerous Conjectures: Ophelia’s Ballad Performance”

Professor David Baker and graduate students, Travis Alexander, Adam Engel, Katharine Landers, Mary Learner, and Ashley Werlinich recently published a chapter within Ballads and Performance: The Multimodal Stage in Early Modern England.


Bland Simpson Receives NC Humanities Council’s Highest Honor

The North Carolina Humanities Council awarded Bland Simpson the 2017 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, in recognition of his extensive contributions to the field of the humanities in North Carolina.


Reconstructing Frankenstein’s Monster: Mary Shelley’s World in Print

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of the groundbreaking modern novel, members of Professor Jeanne Moskal’s English class reconstruct the world in which Mary Shelley created Frankenstein’s monster.


María J. Durán Receives IME Doctoral Candidacy Award

María J. Durán, a doctoral candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, has been awarded the Initiative for Minority Excellence (IME) Doctoral Candidacy Award.