The Trustees of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have elected Elizabeth Alexander to be the Foundation’s next President, effective March 2018. Alexander will succeed Earl Lewis, who has served as President since 2013.
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.