John Hunt Wins First Tom Brennan Prize for Excellence in Writing

Author: Karrie Fuller

On April 16, 2012, the English Department celebrated the inauguration of the Tom Brennan Prize for Excellence in Writing at the annual Ward-Phillips lectures with its winner, sophomore John Hunt. The prize is a $1,000 award for the best essay submitted among a pool of candidates taking the “Introduction to Literary Studies” course and nominated by their professors. According to the official description, “The purpose of the prize is to reward and celebrate the talent of a student who produces a piece of writing that the faculty believes is truly worthy of exaltation.”…

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Hybrid Irelands Conference at Notre Dame, March 29-31

Author: Karrie Fuller

The weekend of March 29-31, 2012 promises to be an exciting one for students and faculty interested in Irish Studies at Notre Dame. “Hybrid Irelands: At Culture’s Edge,” a conference organized by John Dillon and Nathaniel Meyers, will take place at the Notre Dame Conference Center with plenary lectures by Terry Eagleton (University of Notre Dame), Clair Wills (Queen Mary, University of London), and David Lloyd (University of Southern California). All panels and lectures are open for Notre Dame Students to attend, and the schedule can be accessed at the conference’s website: http://hybridie.nd.edu

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Margaret Doody Lectures on the Novel in China

Author: Karrie Fuller

October brought with it the experience of a lifetime for Margaret Doody, the John and Barbara Glynn Family Professor of Literature and the first Director of the Ph.D. in Literature Program, who spent the better part of the month in Singapore and China delivering lectures about the novel, women novelists, and the Enlightenment. Her trip began with a week long visit at Nanyang Technical University in Singapore followed by two weeks in China where she lectured at Beihang University and Peking University in Beijing. Professor Doody is  best known in China for her monograph The True Story of the Novel

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Stephen Fredman Awarded $125,000 for Acquisition of Robert Creeley Library

Author: Karrie Fuller

Shortly after co-editing a book titled Form, Power, and Person in Robert Creeley’s Life and Work, the English department’s Stephen Fredman has been awarded a $125,000 Library Acquisition Grant from the Office of the Provost to support the library’s purchase of the late poet Robert Creeley’s library. This grant will contribute to the $684,000 cost of the collection, $80,000 of which Creeley’s widow donated to aid the acquisition and restoration of Creeley’s library. …

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Declan Kiberd Appointed as the Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of English

Author: Karrie Fuller

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

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Special Issue of Disability Studies Quarterly Co-edited by John Duffy

Author: Karrie Fuller

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.…

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