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.
Heather Treseler has been named a visiting scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and will spend the 2010-2011 academic year working on Lyric Letters: the American Epistolary Poem, 1945-1985.
She is one of seven awarded fellowships this year as part of the Academy’s Visiting Scholars program, which supports scholars and practitioners in the early stages of their careers – both post-doctoral fellows and untenured junior faculty – who show potential of becoming leaders in the humanities, policy studies, and social sciences.
As the recipient of the 2010 Rev. William Corby, C.S.C., Award, Captain Wendy Sue Kosek '04, '07 J.D., is recognized for her distinguished military service and for her dedication to serving her country.
Established in 1985, this award is conferred on an alumnus/alumna (living or deceased) who has distinguished himself or herself in military service. The award is presented in honor of Notre Dame's third president, who was a celebrated Civil War chaplain of the Union Army's Irish Brigade.
Sometime soon, Ted Hodges may have a difficult letter to write.
A senior English major at Notre Dame with a talent for debate, the 22-year-old fencer from Salina, Kan., isn't used to being at a loss for words.
Today marks the one-year anniversary of Hodges' heart transplant (Sept. 16, 2010.)
Joseph X. Brennan, professor emeritus of English at the University of Notre Dame, died at his home in South Bend on Oct. 25. He was 86 years old.
In a time of academic contraction, the Notre Dame English Department has this year made four new faculty appointments and could make as many as six more by spring.
Given the secular nature of many aspects of society, scholars often neglect the role that religion has played—and still plays—in the development of virtually every aspect of civilization.
Two University of Notre Dame faculty members and two graduate students recently were awarded fellowships by the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), a private, nonprofit federation of 70 national scholarly organizations and the preeminent representative of American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences.