The commencement of the 2011-2012 school year brought with it the joint appointment of world-leading scholar Declan Kiberd to the department of English and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies. Professor Kiberd, who will teach at Notre Dame during the fall semesters and in the Irish Institute’s Dublin center during the spring and summer, specializes in modern Irish literature and culture with an emphasis on postcolonial theory. He is known for his many books on the subject, including Inventing Ireland: Literature of the Modern Nation…
John Duffy, associate professor in the English department and the Francis O’Malley Director of the University Writing Program, has recently co-edited the latest issue of Disability Studies Quarterly with Melanie Yergeau of the University of Michigan. This special issue entitled “Disability and Rhetoric” promotes new methodological possibilities for applying rhetorical approaches to the burgeoning study of disability. The issue’s goal––to raise questions about the relationship between rhetoric and disability––emphasizes how our conceptions of disability emerge out of a culturally and socially constructed set of symbols and narratives.…
Susan Blackwell Ramsey, a 2008 graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s M.F.A. in Creative Writing Program, is the winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry for 2011. She will receive a $3,000 prize and publication of her manuscript, A Mind Like This, by the University of Nebraska Press.
Gerald L. Bruns, William P. & Hazel B. White Professor Emeritus of English, taught at Notre Dame from 1984 to 2008. In “retirement” he has recently published several studies, including, On Ceasing to Be Human (Stanford University Press, 2011), of which Professor Steve Tomasula writes:
The genius of Gerald L. Bruns has always been his ability to ask exactly right questions about exactly right subjects to reveal why people write literature, how we read, and what the literature of the past can tell us about the world outside the book at our contemporary moment. When the very idea of meaning was under question, Bruns gave us Inventions: Writing, Textuality, and Understanding in Literary History…
Campus Compact, a coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents, has named Stuart Greene, an Institute for Educational Initiatives fellow and director of the Education, Schooling, and Society (ESS) program at the University of Notre Dame, one of four finalists for the 2011 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award.
Stephen Fredman had a year worth celebrating in 2010. He published two books: a cultural history of mid-twentieth century American poetry and the arts entitled Contextual Practice: Assemblage and the Erotic in Postwar Poetry and Art; and a collection on the poet Robert Creeley, Form, Power, and Person in Robert Creeley’s Life and Work, which he edited with Steve McCaffery.
Laura Dassow Walls, a distinguished scholar of 19th century American literature and culture, will join the Notre Dame faculty in fall 2011 as the William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English. Her arrival, notes Professor John Sitter, chair of the Department of English, is the latest in a series of recent hires that have been critical to the growth of the department.
Declan Kiberd, one of Ireland’s most prominent intellectuals, has been appointed Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Irish Studies and professor of English at the University of Notre Dame.
You can find Notre Dame graduates with degrees in English almost everywhere—and not just working in the classroom as teachers or professors. Indeed, according to a survey of alumni, they are thriving in a broad range of professions. Consider, as just one example, the members of a virtual departmental dynasty: brothers Greg ’87, Jeff ’89, and Mark Miller ’05. All three received English degrees before moving into careers that include finance, medicine, publishing, and higher education.
Pride in his cultural heritage and a love of literature prompted senior English major Matthew Coyne to delve into the origins of the Appalachian literary journal Cold Mountain Review last summer—a research project he then expanded into a senior thesis on influential regional writers.
To Steve Tomasula, literature is the “wild west” of the arts today. “As an artistic medium, the revolution that’s gone through music and the visual arts is now happening in books,” said Tomasula, an associate professor in the Notre Dame Department of English and director of its Creative Writing Program.
Three English professors at the University of Notre Dame—Stephen M. Fallon, Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, and Peter Holland—have been singled out for their outstanding scholarship. “Any of the three major honors accorded to these professors would alone be welcome news for Notre Dame—together they signal the highest distinction,” says Professor John Sitter, chair of the Department of English.
Women in the Department of English accounted for three of the four American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) fellowships the University of Notre Dame received in 2010. The recipients include John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., Associate Professor of EnglishSusannah Monta, Assistant Professor Katherine Zieman and Ph.D. candidate Hilary Fox.
Recent books from the Department of English faculty.
Distinguished scholar of 19th-century American literature and culture Laura Dassow Walls will join the faculty this fall as the William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English.
Notre Dame’s third annual Graduate Research Symposium showcased the accomplishments of Notre Dame graduate students in the Graduate School’s four divisions: humanities, social science, engineering, and science.
First place: Patrick Mello, English
“Sir Charles Grandison and the Post-Jacobite Novel”
To some observers and critics, there is a stark divide between Notre Dame and the communities in the South Bend area. Two recent graduates of the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program worked diligently for their two-year tenure at Notre Dame to bridge those worlds, bringing Notre Dame into South Bend’s underprivileged communities, and poignantly likewise, those communities into Notre Dame.
José Limón, one of the country’s foremost scholars of Latino literature, will soon become the Notre Dame Professor of American Literature.
“This change of address is very good news for Notre Dame undergraduates and graduate students, who will now have access to a towering figure in Latino/Latina literary studies,” says Professor John Sitter, chair of the Department of English.
Stephen M. Fallon has been named the 2011 Honored Scholar by the Milton Society of America. The honor is the association’s lifetime achievement award, and past winners include C.S. Lewis, William Empson and Stanley Fish.
“Milton scholarship is an important—and crowded—field in literary scholarship. To be recognized as being at the top of that field is a very high honor,” says Professor John Sitter, chair of the Department of English. “If there were a Nobel Prize for Miltonists, Steve Fallon would be on his way to Stockholm.”
Katherine Zieman, an assistant professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, has been awarded a National Humanities Center Fellowship. She is one of just 36 fellows selected to spend the 2010-11 academic year working at the North Carolina-based center.
Zieman also has been awarded a month-long fellowship at the Huntington Library in San Marino, Calif., and a one-year fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.