Meet Luna Hou, ECL major and winner of the competitive One Teen Story fiction contest.
The ECL would like to congratulate sixteen of our students for their acceptance into UNC’s Phi Beta Kappa chapter, Alpha of North Carolina.
This October, the Digital Literacy Communications Lab (DLC) and the Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) program collaborated to host the first official Medieval Game Night at The Gathering Place.
The DOECL is excited to welcome Kelli Holt as Teaching Assistant Professor. Prof. Holt holds a PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill. She studies 19th-century British literature and culture (especially law) and critical animal studies.
Congratulations to PhD candidate Hannah Skjellum-Salmon for receiving the Maynard Adams Fellowship for the Public Humanities!
Meet artist and writer Tasso Hartzog!
Dr. James W. Clark, Jr., a graduate of U … Read more
The DOECL is excited to welcome Professor Daelena Tinnin-Gadson!
Congratulations to Professor David Baker and his fellow collaborators for the official launching of MACMORRIS!
In “This Isn’t Going to End Well: The True Story of a Man I Thought I Knew,” Daniel Wallace tries to come to terms with the life and death of his multi-talented longtime friend and brother-in-law, who had been his biggest hero and inspiration, in a poignant, lyrical, and moving memoir.
The DOECL is excited to welcome Dr. Sarah Ficke as Teaching Assistant Professor. Dr. Ficke holds a PhD and an MA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Meet Ana Hoppert, a senior ECL major focusing on media production. Hoppert is the president of the Carolina Film Association and an editor for Aspect.
The DOECL is excited to welcome Dr. Sarah Leilani Parijs as a Postdoctoral Research Associate through the Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity.
Please join us in congratulating DOECL Ph.D. candidate Colin Dekeersgieter on being awarded the 2023 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize for his poetry collection Opium and Ambergris!
Please join us in welcoming the twelve new PhD students joining the Department of English and Comparative Literature this fall!
Join us to hear Allison Hedge Coke, 2023 Thomas Wolfe Prize recipient, read on Tuesday, October 3 at 7:30pm in Moeser Auditorium in Hill Hall. Free and open to the public.
In the 2022-2023 school year, the ECL congratulated a great number of our doctoral and masters students on the completion of their degree. Today we’re excited to spotlight a few of our recent masters and doctoral graduates who have recently received exciting job and academic placements!
Meet Luke Morton, an English and Comparative Literature and Classics double major who published an article in the latest edition of UNC’s Journal of Undergraduate Research (JOURney) and recently presented for the Johns Hopkins Richard Macksey Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium.
Meet junior Elena Carabeau, an ECL major and Spanish and Studio Arts double minor who recently began interning with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Congratulations to all the doctoral and masters students who earned their degrees in the 2022-2023 academic year. Their research, teaching, and community were invaluable to the department and UNC.
Check out the spotlight on recent DOECL grad Sonny Griffith!
Read about the efforts of DOECL graduate students to address the stressors of graduate school.
SOUL, the Student Organization for Undergraduate Literature, was recently featured in The Daily Tar Heel.
Congratulations to all of our accomplished graduate students on another academic year! Read about this year’s graduate awardees in the department.
Congratulations to the 2022-23 Honors Poetry Thesis students!
Congratulations to this year’s Senior Honors Thesis students!
Last November, DOECL Professor Stephanie DeGooyer published Before Borders: A Legal and Literary History of Naturalization through Johns Hopkins University Press.
Congrats to the Senior Honors Fiction Thesis students graduating this May! They will be reading from their works on April 17-18.
Meet one of the most recent additions to the DOECL’s faculty: Graham Culbertson.
Skjellum-Salmon was selected for the 2023 Community Engagement Fellowship through the Carolina Center for Public Service to fund their collaboration with local drag artists in Durham, NC.
Congrats to the Senior Honors Creative Nonfiction Thesis students graduating this May! They will be reading from their works on April 19-20.
The innovative pedagogy and space of the DOECL’s Greenlaw Gameroom was recently featured by CBS17 (Raleigh).
2023 Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence, Monique Truong’s reading Tuesday, March 28, 2023 7:30pm in Moeser Auditorium in Hill Hall on UNC Campus.
The IAH recently reflected on Prof. Alan Shapiro’s two terms in the Faculty Fellowship Program.
Congratulations to Professor Inger Brodey and her team of dedicated collaborators for being awarded their second grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities!
Read more about the interview and The Latina/o Studies Program’s contributions to UNC Chapel Hill.
This February, Durham-based game designer Omari Akil visited the Greenlaw Gameroom to discuss the story and successes of their game design studio and publishing company, Colorway Game Labs.
Meet DOECL Alumnus Gavin Whitehead! Gavin is the host of the podcast The Art of Crime.
“A Long Time to Be Gone” was published by Carnegie Mellon University Press.
This February, DOECL Professor Philip Gura published a new book titled Liberty or Justice for All?: A Conversation across the American Centuries through the University of Georgia Press.
Congratulations to DOECL Professor Søren George Palmer for receiving the 2023 Chapman Family Teaching Award!
Check out what the DOECL faculty recommend for reading, listening, and watching this Black History Month!
Meet Professor Destiny Hemphill, the 2022-23 Kenan Visiting Writer in the Creative Writing Program.
Meet ECL and history double major Tyson Weeks!
Check out a few of the DOECL’s exciting graduate-run organizations!
Congratulations to the Gram-O-Rama team for another year of hard work and for an incredible show!
Please join us in welcoming one of the newest additions to the ECL faculty: Professor Steven Gotzler.
This August, DOECL Professor Courtney Rivard released her book Layered Lives: Rhetoric and Representation in the Southern Life History Project.
DOECL Professor Daniel Wallace—novelist, essayist, and illustrator—will speak to this winter’s graduates on December 11.
Dailihana Alfonesca, a Literature, Medicine, and Culture master’s student, finds herself—and success—in creative writing. Alfonesca was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Prof. Richards’ project, The Collected Works of George Moses Horton: A Critical Edition, will serve as the first complete critical edition of George Moses Horton’s work.
Department of English and Comparative Literature Ph.D. candidate Theodore Nollert just concluded his first full semester as Graduate and Professional Student Government (GSPG) President.
Early Modern Criticism in a Time of Crisis features Katharine Landers and Mary Learner, and was co-edited by Professor David Baker.
Meet Drew Jones, a recent ECL graduate that has found meaningful ways to incorporate his skills as an English major into his career as an insurance agent.
Meet Shane Peterson, one of the ECL’s newest faculty members!
Congratulations to the three undergraduates selected as Resident Writers at Short Story UNC!
Prof. Florence Dore is touring the South with a new album and book in tow.
Creative Writing Professor Michael Gutierrez released his most recent novel, “The Swill,” in late September of this year.
Cathy Choi, a 2021 graduate who completed an ECL minor in Medicine, Literature, and Culture recently published a comic in Literature & Medicine.
Congratulations, Prof. Christmas on this prestigious award!
Prof. Collins is the new chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature.
Sophomore Victoria Wlosok will be publishing her debut novel in 2023. “How to Find a Missing Girl,” is a sapphic YA thriller that follows amateur teenage detective Iris Blackthorn as she investigates the disappearance of her cheerleader ex-girlfriend—who also happens to be the creator of a notorious local true-crime podcast about Iris’s missing older sister.
Read about the exciting events this month upcoming from the Latina/o Studies Program.
The English and Comparative Literature Department congratulates this year’s winner of the 2022 Thomas Wolfe Prize, Percival Everett. This prize is awarded to contemporary writers with distinguished bodies of work in the honor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s own Thomas Wolfe.
Please join us on Sunday, September 11, 2022, as we celebrate the life, work, and legacy of our beloved colleague and friend Randall Kenan.
This fall, the Department of English and Comparative Literature welcomes fifteen new PhD candidates! The department is very excited to introduce this special cohort, and their wide-ranging research interests.
Meet Denise Stroud, who recently won the spring 2022 Bland Simpson writing award!
Check out a few of the unique undergraduate classes that still have seats available this fall.
When Prof. Floyd-Wilson left the position this summer, we took a look back at her time as DOECL chair.
Meet Chelsea Deitelzweig, a pre-med English major and Morehead-Cain Scholar!
Three members of the DOECL were recently awarded prestigious fellowships from the Wilson Library.
Congratulations to all the ECL seniors who completed an Honors Thesis in the Department this year!
Ph.D. Candidate Theodore Nollert was recently elected president of the UNC Graduate and Professional Student Government.
Check out the variety of undergraduate English courses being offered for Summer 2022!
UNC students won at least one award in every category!
Dr. Fickle will give a talk titled “New Yellow Peril: Asia/America at Play.”
The People, Ideas, and Things (PIT) Journal is hosting its newly revived Undergraduate Research Conference on March 24th.
Join Anna Kornbluh for a lecture and workshop on immediacy in literature and in the university.
Varner teaches at Chatham Grove Elementary in nearby Pittsboro.
Join Christine Hong for a virtual talk and seminar on race and militarism.
Congratulations to Allison Bigelow, an alumnus of the department’s PhD program, on this prestigious award!
Join the 2022 Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence Lorrie Moore for panels and a reading.
Join Kevin Quashie for a virtual talk and seminar on Black literary criticism.
“I like writing about things that are actually happening in the world that I feel are relevant. Nonfiction can actually be super interesting if you tell the story the right way.”
Check out the DOECL Graduate Lecture Series’ exciting spring line-up!
Congratulations to ECL student Kennedy Miller, who was awarded the prestigious Marshall Scholarship!
The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded the ECL, DLC, and Dr. Courtney Rivard a $54,000 grant to develop a proposal for a gaming studies minor.
Creative Writing Professor Ross White’s ‘Valley of Want’ celebrates the beauty of the world amidst the pains of modern life.
Dr. Rick Warner was awarded the prestigious UNC Chapman Family Teaching Award this week.
Creative Writing Professor Karen Tucker’s novel ‘Bewilderness’ was longlisted for the prestigious Aspen Words Literary Prize.
DOECL Professor Jane Thrailkill released last November her new academic monograph, Philosophical Siblings: Varieties of Playful Experience in Alice, William, and Henry James.
Prof. Julia Ridley Smith’s memoir in essays, “The Sum of Trifles,” was published in November by UGA Press.
Simpson’s “North Carolina: Land of Water, Land of Sky,” an exploration of North Carolina through nonfiction narrative and photography, was released in October.
The ECL recently hosted a Super Smash Bros. tournament with a scholarly twist.
As we continue to highlight the wide array of students in the DOECL, we’re turning our attention to non-traditional student Latonya Dalton,
Congratulations to Peñaflor on being awarded the Thomas Wolfe Scholarship for her literary promise!
Congratulations to Megan Anderson Busbice, Michaela Faith Campbell, Emily Lauren Clemente, Katie Margaret Leonard, Jamie Marie Lukow, Lucas Kennedy, and Li-Anne W Wright on being inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.
Meet Jennings Dixon, senior double major in political science and ECL!
This week, Carolina Arts and Sciences featured the 225th anniversary of the study of English at the university.
This week, the Lilian R. Furst Forum in Comparative Literature announces its speaker lineup for Fall 2021.
The Department of English & Comparative Literature invites applications for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor Latinx Studies.
Congratulations to Ariannah Kubli and Jane McGrail on being named the 2021-2022 Maynard Adams Fellows!
The Department of English and Comparative Literature welcomes Julia Ridley Smith, the 2021-2022 Kenan Visiting Writer (and ECL alumna)!
CSS welcomes Dr. Anjuli Fatima Raza-Kolb and Dr. Dorothy Hale.
The Department of English and Comparative Literature is welcoming a cohort of twelve new PhD candidates!
Prof. Lithgow leads a humanities intensive for incoming student veterans.
A digital timeline of the department’s 225-year history is now live.
Celebrate the 225th anniversary of the Department of English and Comparative Literature with us!
ECL PhD student Elizabeth Shand delivered virtual lecture series called “The History of the Book” for residents at Galloway Ridge, a senior living community in Pittsboro, NC.
Meet one of the Department of English and Comparative Literature’s newest faculty members, Gabriel Bump!
Congratulations to the students who completed honors theses during Spring 2021!
Gwendalyn Flick, a double major in English and Business Administration, values the interdisciplinary focus of her classes. “I feel so lucky that I am able to be a part of two programs that see the value in cross-departmental learning,” she says.
Watch “Two Wings Take Flight: Writers, Poets, Scholars, and Artists Reflect on Randall Kenan’s South”
As members of the faculty of the Department of English and Comparative Literature, we write to express our alarm about the recent denial of tenure of Nikole Hannah-Jones for an endowed Knight professorship at the UNC Hussman School of Journalism and Media.
Prof. Gabriel Bump’s award-winning novel is being adapted for the screen.
Congratulations to Prof. Jane Thrailkill on her fellowship from the National Humanities Center!
Congratulations to ECL PhD candidate Anne Fertig! Fertig was recently awarded the American Dissertation Fellowship from the American Association of University Women
Departmental awards for ECL students were awarded on Friday, April 23. Congratulations to the awardees!
ECL PhD candidate Don Holmes has been selected as one of UNC’s four institutional nominees for the ACLS Emerging Voices Fellowship.
“My experience with literature has been a willingness to sit in the discomfort of someone else’s experience… Reading and literature have helped me to seek out different ways that people contextualize and make meaning from their experiences.”
Meet Emily Sferra! Emily is an ECL PhD student researching female friendships in 19th century British novels.
Dan Anderson’s new project, Video Scholarship and Screen Composing, takes up digital composing with a deliberate emphasis on bringing the expectations associated with print.
Get to know the DOECL’s Professor Kym Weed!
Tyree Daye, Teaching Assistant Professor of Creative Writing was surprised last semester when his class gifted him with a chapbook of their poems.
Meet Alexis Dumain, Psychology and English and Comparative Literature double major!
“It was very crucial for me to remember who I was as a writer, who I am as a person, where I want to go, who I’m looking to reach with my work—and I think that was something that I got better at understanding each English class I took.”
Asian American Center Director Dr. Heidi Kim on March 16 shootings in Atlanta. It gives me great sorrow to write to all of you again about anti-Asian violence, but I wanted to reach out in the wake of last night’s shootings.
PhD candidate Sean DiLeonardi discusses his experience writing his dissertation during the pandemic.
Honors English and Comparative Literature students tell their experiences of writing their senior theses during the pandemic.
Congratulations to Chelsea Tate Deitelzweig, Alexandra Catherine Mao, Jessica Maria Pereira, and Hannah Kaitlin Whittington!
“I’ve honestly loved every single English class I’ve taken at Carolina.”
Professor Susan Irons’ English 304 “Advanced Business Communication” course has helped create a healthier campus.
Last semester, Professors Gabrielle Calvocoressi and Courtney Rivard’s courses found success in the digital classroom.
2021 Frank B. Hanes Writers-in-Residence events, a reading and a panel, featuring Rev William Barber II and Jaki Shelton Green.
Megan Swartzfager, current ECL MA student in Literature, Medicine, and Culture, created a ArcGIS StoryMap about COVID-19 in US Prisons that was featured on Synapsis.
Alexander G. Weheliye, Professor of African American Studies at Northwestern University, joins the Critical Speaker Series.
Meet Brett Harris, senior double major in ECL and European Studies!
Meet Marcy Pedzwater! Marcy is an ECL PhD student researching contemporary Latin American and LatinX writers’ depictions of dictatorship.
The Department of English & Comparative Literature is home to a new undergraduate journal! “Aspect: Journal of Film & Screen Media” launched this fall.
While we still cannot celebrate in person, we want to congratulate the ECL’s honors thesis students graduating this December!
Congratulations to ECL graduate student Trisha Remetir on being awarded the PAGE Fellowship!
Congratulations ECL graduate student Katherine Stein on being awarded the Adams Fellowship!
Professor Florence Dore is navigating distance learning and making musical community in her ENG 408 songwriting class: “Collaboration: Composers and Lyricists”!
Get to know Professor Gualtieri-Reed! Professor Gualtieri-Reed has been with ECL since 2000.
Meet Krysten Voelkner, ECL PhD student researching Latinx environmentalisms and the environmental humanities.
Please join UNC’s Department of English and Comparative Literature as we celebrate the life of our beloved colleague and friend Randall Kenan on Oct. 21 at 5:00pm.
Welcome, Karen Tucker! Tucker joined the ECL faculty this fall.
Congratulations to Chloe Hamer, Jo Klevdal, emilio Taiveaho, Nikki Roulo, Leslie Rowen, and Krysten Voelkner!
Congratulations to Molly Rose Hansen, Brett Michael Harris, Laura Jean Nelson, and Carol Rivers Seigler!
Welcome, Geovani Ramírez! Ramírez joined the faculty this fall as a postdoctoral fellow.
Meet Leticia Tuset, ECL junior, Institute for the Environment intern, and fiction editor at Arts Everywhere!
Meet Josh Massey, ECL and American Studies double major and Beinecke Scholar!
This year’s Thomas Wolfe Lecture, featuring Michael Parker, will be on October 6.
Welcome, Ruby Pappoe! Pappoe joined the ECL Department this fall.
Congratulations Dr. Heidi Kim, inaugural director of the Asian American Center!
Meet Garland Rieman, ECL senior and Jane Austen Summer Program intern!
Welcome, Melissa Faliveno! The Kenan Visiting Writer for 2020-2021, Faliveno joined the ECL Department this fall.
The Institute for the Arts and Humanities named two ECL professors, Dr. Rebecka Rutledge Fisher and Dr. Courtney Rivard, 2020-2021 Faculty Fellows.
Beloved teacher and author, Daphne Athas, died in the early hours of July 28th.
The Department of English and Comparative Literature was deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Sally Sasz ’21 last month.
This year’s Kenan Visiting Writer, Melissa Faliveno, has a new book, TOMBOYLAND, coming out August 4th from Topple Books.
George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Sandra Bland, Akiel Denkins…And too many more. A movement powered by generations that include our own students and alums- the Black Lives Matter Movement- has taken up the call. The Department of English & Comparative Literature supports the movement for Black lives.
Dr. María DeGuzmán has been appointed the Eugene H. Falk Distinguished Professor, an endowed professorship bestowed by the college.
Epps-Robertson is the Associate Director of the Writing Program, Director of Writing in the Disciplines, and studies rhetoric, composition, and literacy studies.
Meet Keely Hendricks, an ECL and French and Francophone Studies double major (class of 2020) who will be teaching English in Senegal thanks to an English Teaching Assistantship through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
UNC’s Humanities for the Public Good Initiative has awarded the Humanities Professional Pathways Award to two ECL PhD students: Nora Augustine and Jane McGrail.
With the theatres dark, ECL alumna Catya McMullen is turning her creative energy in a new direction, an online charity helping those affected by COVID-19.
With all that has been happening this semester, we wanted to make sure that we took a moment to give credit to ECL’s amazing honors thesis students.
In a recent interview with The Well, ECL Professor Christopher Armitage discussed his time at Oxford with J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis.
ECL PhD candidate Geovani Ramírez has won a Diversity Award and been selected for induction into the Frank Porter Graham Honor Society.
The university-wide award honors the member of the faculty who “has best exemplified the ideals and objectives of Thomas Jefferson.”
In an interview with The Well, ECL Teaching Associate Professor Jennifer Larson discusses her work as a peer mentor helping faculty transition to online teaching.
On the basis of a remarkable body of fiction and creative nonfiction, Professor Bland Simpson has been inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.
Meet Elliot Melfi, the Game Studies Specialist Intern for Digital Literacy as part of the new Greenlaw Gameroom Initiative!
Creative writing students had the opportunity to hear Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times correspondent David Zucchino discuss his new book.
Four ECL instructors among 25 recipients of University Teaching Awards.
Nan Z. Da, Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, will deliver a public talk and seminar on March 4 and 5.
Nikky Finney, ECL’s 2020 Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence, will be giving a public reading on February 25 and participating in two panel discussions on February 24 and 27.
Professor Gingher’s course used resources from UNC BeAM’s Makerspace to give students practical experience with cutting-edge technologies as they honed their creative writing and performance skills.
The course gave students firsthand experience in field research and brought creative writing together with the marine sciences.
Can the world of video games connect to the world of ECL? As Joi Dunston’s story demonstrates, a humanistic perspective can contribute quite a lot to the world of video games and eSports.
Coleman joined the ECL faculty in 1990. The department has set up a memorial page where his students and colleagues can share tributes.
This updated article includes a video, narrated by Professor Daniel Wallace, showing the machines in action.
Spencer served as a visiting writer in UNC’s creative writing department from 1986 to 1992. A funeral service will be held on February 1.
The Department of English & Comparative Literature fully endorses the statement composed by the council of chairs of the College of Arts and Sciences of UNC Chapel Hill.
Professor Gabrielle Calvocoressi and undergraduate Marina Greenfeld worked together to create the chapbook “Bounty Everlasting.”
Meet Sophia Purut, this week’s undergraduate student spotlight! Sophia interned for W. W. Norton over the summer.
NASA astronaut candidate Zena Cardman discusses her time with ECL and how creative writing and science have worked together in her career.
Students in two sections of ECL’s new ENGL 105i course, Writing in the Digital Humanities, presented their work at academic conferences.
ECL Professor of Film Martin L. Johnson has been listed as a finalist for the Richard Wall Memorial Award for his 2018 book “Main Street Movies.”
ECL PhD Candidate Rachel Warner has won the inaugural Paul Green Prize from the North Carolina Literary Review.
On October 21, ECL Teaching Associate Professor Michael Keenan Gutierrez made an appearance on the Institute for the Arts and Humanities podcast.
A recently published list of ten classic novels by North Carolina writers features five graduates of the Department of English & Comparative Literature.
Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, ECL Professor Hilary Lithgow is codirecting the “Troops to Teachers” project at the National Humanities Center.
Two of the four Distinguished Alumni selected as part of UNC’s University Day celebration—Jill C. McCorkle and Robert D. Newman—are graduates of the Department of English & Comparative Literature.
Students with an interest in oral history, folklore, and languages are invited to the Scottish Gaelic Studies Symposium on October 22, part of a series of programs promoting Scottish culture and language.
ECL faculty and graduate students connected with the public to explore Austen’s novel and its afterlives through academic presentations and a range of other activities.
This Friday, October 4, come learn about the programs available in English & Comparative Literature and join us in celebrating the department’s history.
Sculptor Patrick Dougherty, who holds a BA from UNC’s Department of English & Comparative Literature, displayed a large-scale art installation outside the Ackland Art Museum this August.
Professor Jordynn Jack discusses her new book “Raveling the Brain: Toward a Transdisciplinary Neurorhetoric.”
Acclaimed writer Dorothy Allison will deliver this year’s Thomas Wolfe lecture next Tuesday, October 1, at 7:30 p.m.
Cary Wolfe, Professor of English at Rice University, will deliver a seminar and talk this week for ECL’s Critical Speaker Series.
Meet Tiffany Tran, this week’s undergraduate student spotlight! “Picking up the ECL minor helped me find new enjoyments while also improving skills that I believe are essential!”
ECL Assistant Professor Danielle Christmas was interviewed by UNC’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities in a September 8 podcast.
The DLC Lab has been awarded the Center for Faculty Excellence/Lenovo Instructional Innovation Grant for the development of the new Greenlaw Gameroom.
ECL Professor Michael Chitwood is a finalist for the Library of Virginia’s 22nd Annual Literary Awards for his poetry collection, Search & Rescue.
Anne Fertig and Sarah Schaefer Walton earned HPP Fellowships awarding $5,000 in summer funding.
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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!
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.
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.
Meet Annabel Chung, ECL and Chemistry double major and Fulbright award winner!
Upon the release of his newest book, Recursion (Penguin Random House, 2019), The News & Observer featured UNC Alumnus (Class of 2000), Blake Crouch.
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.
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.”
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, a professor of Comparative Literature at UNC, has recently been awarded a Mellon New Directions Fellowship to pursue ethnobotany.
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.
Dr. Jennifer Ho has been elected as President of the Association for Asian American Studies for a three-year term.
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 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).
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.
The William Blake Archive at UNC Chapel Hill unveils digital collection of Blake’s receipts, publishing rare documents from Blake’s life.
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.
“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, 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.
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.
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.
The Department of English & Comparative Literature celebrated its 2019 Commencement on Saturday, May 11.
Jessica Wolfe to deliver annual Patrides lecture at the University of York.
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
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.
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.
The following graduate students in the Department of English and Comparative Literature have won awards for their accomplishments in the 2018-2019 academic year.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
“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.”
The new Archive Exhibitions space allows viewers to browse through curated presentations and special topics related to Blake’s work.
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
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.
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.
“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.”
Battle Lines charts the transformation of Civil War poetry and its symbiotic relationship with the development of mass media networks and modern warfare.
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
SURF is a program through which students engage in undergraduate research, scholarship, or performance for at least 9 weeks.
The Faculty of the Department of English and Comparative Literature pledge through our teaching, research, and public service to continue the hard work of rooting out racism and inequality and to replace them with “light and liberty,” the motto of our university.
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.
Through these pencil sketches, viewers are given a unique perspective into the thought process behind the creation of a masterpiece.
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 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
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.”
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.
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.
The Department of English and Comparative Literature strongly encourages candidates interested in modernism and transatlantic literature to apply.
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.
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.”
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.
The new DLC Lab opened this fall under the direction of Dr. Courtney Rivard with assistance by new and returning graduate and undergraduate students.
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.
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.
Join us for this year’s Thomas Wolfe Lecture on October 2nd at 7:30PM with award-winning composer-lyricist-performer Gillian Welch.
Blake’s newly digitized notebook offers a look at the evolution of Blake’s art throughout the Romantic Period.
The quickly-growing ECL Honor Society has a ton of great events lined up for the Fall semester.
Associate Professor of Creative Nonfiction Stephanie Elizondo Griest appeared on C-Span this weekend, discussing her latest book at the Brooklyn Book Festival.
The ECL Department welcomes Dr. Helen Cushman, Dr. Candace Epps-Robertson, and Dr. Tiber F.M. Falzett.
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.
The Shapiro Lounge will be open for graduate student use throughout the academic year.
This fall, the Department of English and Comparative Literature (ECL) began offering seven new concentrations within a newly revised major.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, a doctoral candidate in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, has been awarded the Initiative for Minority Excellence (IME) Doctoral Candidacy Award.