Branka Arsić Receives MLA's James Russell Lowell Prize for Bird Relics: Grief and Vitalism in Thoreau
The Modern Language Association of America today announced it is awarding its forty-eighth annual James Russell Lowell Prize to Branka Arsić for her book Bird Relics: Grief and Vitalism in Thoreau, published by Harvard University Press. The prize is awarded annually for an outstanding book—a literary or linguistic study, a critical edition of an important work, or a critical biography—written by a member of the association.
Dennis Tenen Receives Research Fellowship at the Center for Digital Cultures at Leuphana University, Germany
Ph.D. candidates Jess Engebretson and Milan Terlunen have spent the past year creating a new podcast series to share ideas developed by literary scholars with listeners outside of the classroom. Despite the explosion of new podcasts hosted by academics—from Nigel Warburton and David Edmonds’ Philosophy Bites to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s astronomy show, StarTalk— Engebretson and Terlunen point out that there are few platforms for literary scholars. Given that void, Terlunen started to wonder whether a similar format could be made for literary studies.
After fifteen years of teaching at Columbia, Professor Susan Crane is retiring this Fall, leaving behind an exceptionally close group of colleagues in her field and a generation of new scholars in medieval studies inspired by her work and teaching. “Her intellectual legacy here at Columbia and in the field more broadly will continue to inform cutting-edge research for years to come, not only in the areas of romance and courtly culture, for which she is perhaps best known, but also in the areas of animal studies and ecological philosophy,” says colleague Eleanor Johnson.