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.”
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 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.
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.