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.


Jennifer Ho

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.