Rutgers English Department News

Professor Elin Diamond Wins Graduate Student Mentoring Award

Elin Diamond Prof EnglishProfessor Elin Diamond, an internationally-recognized scholar of comparative drama and formerly Director of Graduate Studies in Comparative Literature, has won the 2017 Geoffrey Marshall Mentoring Award granted by the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools.

Cheryl Wall receives Octavia E. Butler Award

210 5a4be69ce536e a3323Cheryl Wall received the inaugural Octavia E. Butler Award for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship on Black Women Writers, presented at the annual meeting of the American Literature Association Conference in Boston, MA, May 26 2017.

Henry Turner Wins Annual Elizabeth Dietz Award

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Henry Turner has won The Elizabeth Dietz Memorial Award, given in alternate years to the best recent book in English Renaissance studies, for his book The Corporate Commonwealth: Pluralism and Political Fictions in England, 1516-1651.

In memoriam: Tom Van Laan (1931 - 2017)

Thomas F. Van Laan Picture befe0Dear Colleagues,

On November 5, 2017, our former colleague and chair Thomas F. Van Laan died in San Diego, CA. He was 86. Tom taught in the Department of English at Rutgers for thirty-five years, arriving soon after earning his Ph.D. at Berkeley in 1961. He was Chair from 1983 to 1989.

English Department Resolution

Whereas the faculty of the department of English are committed to making the university a just and inclusive community,

Whereas President Barchi has publicly declared, on December 8, 2016, that “Rutgers is, and will always be, a sanctuary,” committing to protecting the rights of undocumented students by refusing record-sharing and physical access to federal immigration enforcement except as required by court order, warrant, or subpoena,

Sandy Flitterman-Lewis gives Keynote Address

sandy 97004In November 2016, Sandy Flitterman-Lewis gave the keynote address at "After Chantal: An International Conference on the work and legacy of Chantal Ackerman" at the University of Westminster in London.





Evie Shockley received the 2015 Stephen Henderson Award

204 5a4be02bae2f7 521f8Evie Shockley received the 2015 Stephen Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry from the African American Literature and Culture Society at a ceremony and reading held at the American Literature Association conference in Boston. 

Cheryl Wall has been named winner of the university’s Daniel Gorenstein Memorial Award.

Cheryl A.   WallThe Daniel Gorenstein Memorial Award, named to honor the memory of a noted mathematician and Rutgers University Professor, is awarded to a Rutgers faculty member who best exemplifies imaginative research and dedicated and exceptional service to the University.  I’m sure you will agree that Cheryl amply deserves such a commendation.

Cheryl Wall is only the second member of our department to win this award--and the first in nearly twenty years.

New British Studies Center Positions Rutgers as Venue for Interdisciplinary Scholarship

Shakespeare"What's in a name?" Juliet famously asks in Shakespeare's iconic tale of young love.

For the Rutgers British Studies Center – nee the Rutgers British Studies Project – a name not only confers new, formal status, but also suggests that the state university is positioning itself to become a pre-eminent venue for interdisciplinary scholarship on topics from Beowulf to Tony Blair.

Department of English Welcomes Mark Doty

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The Department of English welcomes Mark Doty who arrived in the Fall 2009 semester as Professor of English specializing in Nineteenth Century Poetry, Twentieth Century and Contemporary Poetry.