New Book Project by Prof. Sharon Marcus Earns a Trio of Fellowships

Friday, September 29, 2017

Prof. Sharon Marcus has been awarded fellowships by the Radcliffe, the Guggenheim, and the Ransom Center fellowships for a book about the history of celebrity culture, The Drama of Celebrity, under contract with Princeton University Press.

Prof. Susan Crane Retires

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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.

A New Podcast Series by Ph.D. Candidates Jess Engebretson and Milan Terlunen

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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.

Emily Bloom Awarded 2017 MSA Prize for a First Book Winner

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The Modernist Studies Association awards its Prize for a First Book to Emily C. Bloom's The Wireless Past: Anglo-Irish Writers and the BBC, 1931-1968 (Oxford University Press, 2016).

James Shapiro Wins 2017 NEH "Public Scholar" Award

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Despite calls for its elimination by the Trump administration, the National Endowment for the Humanities continues its mission to support new scholarship and education.  Over $1 million of NEH's $39 million 2017 budget has been set asside for projects by 28 "public scholars," including the Department's own Prof. James Shapiro, who will contribute to produce work directed at the general public. Prof. Shapiro will be working on a book about Shakespeare in America.