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Breaking New Ground in the Digital Humanities

Author: Aaron Smith

Matthew Wilkens

Matthew Wilkens, an assistant professor in Notre Dame’s Department of English, recently won a prestigious fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) for his groundbreaking digital humanities research. In naming Wilkens one of seven scholars to receive its 2014 Digital Innovation Fellowship, ACLS described his Literary Geography at Scale as “one of the largest humanities text-mining projects to date and the first truly large-scale study of 20th- and 21st-century literature.”

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Professor John Sitter Receives 2014 Sheedy Award

Author: Carrie Gates

John Sitter

John Sitter, the Mary Lee Duda Professor of Literature in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters, will be presented with the 2014 Sheedy Excellence in Teaching Award on December 2. The Sheedy award is the highest teaching honor in the College. It was founded in 1970 in honor of Rev. Charles E. Sheedy, C.S.C., who served as dean of Arts and Letters from 1951–69.

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Yasmin Solomonescu Wins National Humanities Center Fellowship

Author: Aaron Smith

Yasmin Solomonescu

Assistant Professor of English Yasmin Solomonescu was recently awarded a residential fellowship at the National Humanities Center (NHC). The NHC is a leading independent institute for advanced study dedicated to the humanities. The North Carolina-based center selects 40 fellows annually from a pool of more than 500 applicants from around the world.

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English Professor Kate Marshall Wins Media Ecology Book Award

Author: Emily McConville and Carrie Gates

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Kate Marshall, Notre Dame’s Thomas J. and Robert T. Rolfs Assistant Professor of English, has been awarded the 2014 Dorothy Lee Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Culture for her book Corridor: Media Architectures in American Fiction. The award, presented by the Media Ecology Association, honors works that focus on the ethnographic or intercultural analysis of communication, perception, cognition, consciousness, media, technology, material culture, and/or the natural environment.

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English Alumni Succeed in Wide Range of Careers

Author: Arts and Letters

CEO of the PGA of America. Hollywood screenwriter. Prominent investment banker. Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright. Fulbright winner. Opera singer. Doctor-turned-policymaker. These are just a few examples of the successful alumni who got their start in Notre Dame's Department of English. 

 

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English Major wins Brennan Prize for Critical Essay

Author: Ben Horvath

When senior Michelle Werner wrote an essay analyzing playwright Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, she did not imagine that the class assignment would later win her a prestigious departmental award. “It felt a bit like winning the lottery without having bought a ticket,” she says. “I am incredibly grateful to the Department of English for selecting my essay.”

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English Department Deepens Expertise Across Literary Periods and Places

Author: Aaron Smith

Notre Dame’s Department of English has solidified its reputation as a top graduate program in the Medieval and Early Modern periods with the appointment of Laura Knoppers, an esteemed Miltonist who arrives in fall 2014. The department has also strengthened its focus on transnationalism, ethnicity, gender, and race studies with the appointments of three emerging young scholars: Nan Z. Da, Jesús Costantino, and Z’étoile Imma.

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Video: English Major Thrives in Marketing Internship

Author: Todd Boruff

“I’ve definitely learned a lot about the publishing industry and what it’s like to put together a book,” says Meghan Thomassen, a senior English major in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. During the summer of 2013, Thomassen interned at Sheffield Marketing Partners, a boutique agency based in Downers Grove, Illinois, specializing in narrative message development and visual storytelling.

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Recent Faculty Books

Author: Arts and Letters

The following is a list of books published by Department of English faculty members between April 2013 and April 2014. A list of 2013 and 2012 faculty books is available here

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Theresa Rebeck: Alumna, Playwright, Producer, Novelist

Author: Tara Hunt ’12

Theresa Rebeck ’80 says she has a playwright’s brain. The critics and her peers apparently agree: Not only is she an a Pulitzer Prize for Drama nominee and National Theatre Conference Award winner, but Rebeck was also invited to participate in the prestigious Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference in summer 2012 to develop her new play, Fool. She was one of just eight playwrights selected out of nearly 1,000 applicants, an honor she shared with another participant from Notre Dame, Anne García-Romero, who is an assistant professor in the Department of Film, Television, and Theatre.

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Alumnus Finds Success as Hollywood Screenwriter

Author: Gabriela Leskur

Behind the mask, the cape, and the suit of every superhero stands a seemingly ordinary individual blessed with an incredible gift. Behind Captain America stands Stephen McFeely ’91. The English and goverment major is part of the screenwriting duo behind the Captain America movies, the Narnia trilogy, and Pain & Gain, as well as the Primetime Emmy Award-winning biopic The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.

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English Professors Win Fellowships

Author: Arts and Letters

Two professors in Notre Dame’s Department of English—Sandra Gustafson and Tim Machan—recently won prestigious fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. “Gustafson and Machan both explore broad swaths of time and crucial questions that are significant culturally, historically, and artistically,” says Professor Valerie Sayers, chair of the Department of English. “It is a delight to see their work honored with major fellowships.”

 

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English Major Pursues Medical Career, Lands on Capitol Hill

Author: Mary Kate Martin

During the spring of 2012, Dr. R. Joseph Shonkwiler ’04 reached a crossroads in his career. In a few months he would graduate with a master’s degree in public policy from Princeton University, and he needed to decide his next step. Shonkwiler could return to clinical medicine and finish his surgical residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital, or he could pursue a new career in the public policy field.

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