Recent News

  1. Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE): American Voices from the Past Live Again

    Written by Joan Hall on July 31, 2017

  2. MUSE Literati Conference Invigorates Undergrad Intellectual Environment

    Written by Eliza Weisberg on May 10, 2017

    English major Eliza Weisberg photographed MUSE's 2017 Literati conference. If you missed the conference, Eliza highlights how the polished and professional performances of MUSE members make it possible for undergraduates from UW and across the country to share and discuss their amazing work.
  3. Reflections on the First Folio Exhibit

    Written by Kaydian Campbell on March 14, 2017

    English graduate student Kaydian Campbell offers her reflections on the First Folio exhibit. From Nov-Dec 2016, the Chazen Museum of Art hosted "the book that gave us Shakespeare," or the First Folio, as part of the folio's 50-state tour, giving our campus and the community a chance to engage with this most significant relic of literary history.    

  4. English Department Scholarship and Writing Prize Winners 2016

    Written by Lauren Hawley on July 20, 2016

    Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016 English Department Scholarships and Writing Prizes!

  5. English Department Commencement Speeches Spring 2016

    Written by Sarah Dimick on May 13, 2016

    On Friday, May 13th, the English Department held its annual commencement ceremony.  Read on for transcripts of speeches from this ceremony.

  6. DeShawn McKinney Wins the National Truman Scholarship

    Written by Sarah Dimick on May 03, 2016

    Our undergraduate advisor, Dr. Karen Redfield, reached out to DeShawn McKinney (who is currently studying abroad in Japan) and asked him to reflect on winning the Truman Scholarship.  
  7. NC Poet Laureate Selected to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award

    Written by Vanessa Lauber on March 17, 2015

    The English Department's Board of Visitors is please to announce that it has selected Shelby Stephenson ('74), Poet Laureate of North Carolina, as the recipient of its 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award. Stephenson will be honored at an annual ceremony for students and their families, to be held in May. 

  8. Learning to Advocate: An Interview with Attorney Robert Barnett

    Written by Vanessa Lauber on December 09, 2014

    Attorney Robert Barnett ('68), a partner at the DC law firm Williams and Connelly, has represented major corporations before almost every executive department and administrative agency in Washington. He is also one of the premier authors' representatives in the world, with clients such as Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Tim Russert, Mary Higgins Clark, Khaled Hosseini and many others. But his work with books extends back to his years at Wisconsin, and he took the time to talk with us recently about the value of a UW education.

  9. Exercising Your Brain: A Conversation in Two Parts with Wren Singer, Director of Undergraduate Advising

    Written by Nathan Jandl on September 29, 2014

    Wren Singer recently sat down to talk about both her time as an English major at UW-Madison and her current work here as Director of Undergraduate Advising. See what she had to say about the role of a trusted adviser and the value of a major that challenges you.

  10. English Majors Reception and Awards Ceremony, May 4

    Written by Emily Madsen on May 07, 2014

    The Department held its annual English Majors Reception and Awards Ceremony on May 4, 2014. Click through for a list of the winners!

  11. Graduating Seniors Reception, May 16th

    Written by Karen Knipschild on April 29, 2014

    Join the Department May 16, 2014, as it celebrates its graduating seniors. 3-5:30 p.m. at the Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 610 Langdon Street.

  12. Memories of Helen C. White

    Written by Emily Madsen on December 05, 2013

    The feature from our spring edition of Annotations that received the largest number of responses by far was the piece on Helen C. White. Many alumni wrote in to tell us about their wonderful interactions with Professor White, and to recount memories of her influence in the Department. We've excerpted some of them here.

  13. Identifying Professors from 1922

    Written by Emily Madsen on December 05, 2013

    Who's who in this who's who of 1922?

  14. Summer apprenticeship offers unique opportunity for undergraduate research

    Written by Vanessa Lauber on October 09, 2013

    Brontë Mansfield ('15) spent the summer working with Prof. Susan Bernstein, cataloging the images from an original copy of Dickens's Our Mutual Friend. Learn more about her time in Special Collections.
  15. Outstanding Digital Media Project Awards

    Written by Prof. Caroline Levine, Department Chair on August 28, 2013

    The UW-Madison English Department has an unusual new strength. We boast a number of faculty working in the cutting-edge world of "Digital Humanities." These professors invite students to think about writing as a kind of "design-thinking"; they ask them to think critically about the history of media, and they work with them to develop new media fluencies. In recognition of this departmental strength, we have established two prizes, both of which have been made possible by alumni gifts: outstanding digital media projects by an undergraduate and a graduate student. 

  16. Program for Junior Faculty Leave

    Written by Prof. Caroline Levine, Department Chair on August 28, 2013

    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. 

  17. A Memorable Field Trip

    Written by Prof. Caroline Levine, Department Chair on August 28, 2013

    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. 

  18. Building Undergraduate Community

    Written by Prof. Caroline Levine, Department Chair on August 27, 2013

    Two years ago, our majors founded a new organization, called MUSE: the Madison Undergraduate Society for English. Please like them on Facebook!
  19. Anticipating “The Great Gatsby” with David Zimmerman

    Written by Mary Ellen Gabriel, Staff Writer, College of Letters & Sciences on April 25, 2013

    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 he plays to his students about the beautiful illusions of the infamous Jay Gatsby.

  20. English Majors Reception & Awards Ceremony | Sunday, May 5

    Written by Kevin Boettcher on April 16, 2013

    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 Room in the Pyle Center. The reception is free for students and will include appetizers and a cash bar. The event will also feature remarks from distinguished English alumnus Dr. Daniel Socolow, a former Director of the MacArthur Fellows Program. Read more about the schedule of events, our alumni speaker, and our full list of award winners...

  21. English Professor Levine talks Mad Men

    Written by Tom Ziemer, Staff Writer, College of Letters & Sciences on April 09, 2013

    Caroline Levine is a scholar of Victorian literature — one who’s spent plenty of hours poring over the words of Charles Dickens, George Eliot and the Brontë sisters. Yet one of the University of Wisconsin-Madison English professor’s newest publications is an essay on the popular television series Mad Men, an edgy drama centered on a Madison Avenue ad agency in the 1960s.

  22. Prof. Kelley: On writing about the remarkable intersection of literature and science

    Written by Prof. Theresa Kelley, Department Chair on February 20, 2013

    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.

  23. Milestones: Odyssey Project celebrates tenth year

    Written by Emily Madsen on February 20, 2013

    The Odyssey Project, now celebrating its tenth year at UW-Madison, is the source of many stories of transformation. The program, directed by UW English and Continuing Studies Professor (and UW English department alum) Emily Auerbach, aims to assist adults who are seeking a way out of poverty by giving them access to a free two-semester intensive course in the humanities. By the end of the 2012-13 school year, the program will have served 300 students, and its impact resonates in the lives around those 300 hundred students as well.