Written by Prof. Caroline Levine, Department Chair: When new faculty arrive at the University of Wisconsin on the tenure track, they know that they have to finish a book in five years. And not just any book. It has to make a serious contribution to knowledge, passing through a rigorous process of peer review and earning acceptance at one of the top-ranked university presses. These books allow the English Department to maintain our world-class research profile. This past year’s annual fund paid for two of our star new faculty to make progress in their research.
Written by Prof. Caroline Levine, Department Chair: In the fall of 2012, the English Department’s Annual Fund subsidized a group of undergraduates to see a play they had studied, August Wilson’s Jitney, at the Court Theatre in Chicago.
Written by Prof. Caroline Levine, Department Chair: Since the English major is huge and doesn’t always feel like a cohesive community, MUSE is a really important vehicle for building undergraduate community. And MUSE has been just terrific.
“The Great Gatsby,” by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is one of English professor David Zimmerman’s favorite novels. In advance of the May 10 release of Baz Luhrmann’s new film, Zimmerman shares insights about the book and its characters, as well as the song (see below) he plays to his students about the beautiful illusions of the infamous Jay Gatsby.
The English Department will be celebrating our graduating seniors, as well as writing prize, digital media project, and scholarship winners, at a reception on Sunday, May 5th from 4:30 – 6:30 PM in the Alumni …
Written by Prof. Theresa Kelley, Department Chair: Writing Clandestine Marriage was fascinating for me. It was challenging, too, but above all, working on this book sharpened my interest in how literature meets, or sidles up to, science. Here I want to talk about two examples from the book that present literature at work in ways that tell a good deal about the permeability between forms of thought, even those that seem so evidently distinct, like literature and science.
A student who was born in prison is now a prison chaplain. A student who immigrated to the United States is now on track to become an immigration lawyer. Students who struggled in school are now teacher’s aides, or even teachers themselves. The Odyssey Project, now celebrating its tenth year at UW-Madison, is the source of many such stories of transformation.