Friends of
Rutgers English Spring/Summer 2006
A Newsletter for Alumni and Friends of the Department of English

Inside This Issue
Barry Qualls is New VP
From the Chair
Derek Attridge Departs
John McClure Wins Susman Award
Regina Masiello Honored for Teaching
Aresty English Researchers
George Levine Retires
Richard Miller Wins Scholar-Teacher Award
Martin Gliserman Wins Teaching Award
William Walling Retires
Cheryl Wall Wins Research Award
Writers at Rutgers:
      Susan Wheeler
      Jonathan Franzen
A History of Rutgers English
What's in a Name?
In Memoriam:
       Horace E. Hamilton
       Peggy Friedman
Student Awards and Honors
An English Major in England
Howard Fellowship Continues
New Face at the Plangere Center
Thanks to Our Interns
Alumni Enjoy Book Fair
New Alumni Book Corner
Thanks to Our Supporters

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Derek Attridge Departs


Derek AttridgeRutgers English bid farewell to Professor Derek Attridge this spring, when he finished his tenure as a Distinguished Visiting Professor. Professor Attridge has taught at Rutgers since 1984, and was the Director of the Graduate Program from 1994 to 1998. He has supervised the work of many Ph.D. students, both as a full-time Rutgers professor and since, as a frequent visitor. He is currently a Leverhulme Research Professor at the University of York in the UK, a position he has held since 1998.

Although his Ph.D. thesis at Cambridge University was on poetic meter in Elizabethan verse, his interests since then have ranged broadly through theoretical and philosophical questions about what qualities make language literary, and what responsibilities literary language entails. Along the way, he has published influential essays and books on James Joyce, on the philosopher of ethics Emmanuel Levinas, on the philosopher Jacques Derrida (whose writings he has also edited), and on the Nobel Prize-winning South African author J. M. Coetzee. His last official visit to Rutgers was to present new work at a symposium on Coetzee, held in Professor Attridge’s honor in April.

As a scholar, a mentor, and a warm and friendly colleague, Professor Attridge will be greatly missed by Rutgers English. We wish him all the best.


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