Departmental News


Sharon Cameron, William Kenan Jr. Professor Emerita at Johns Hopkins University, will deliver a lecture on "Tolstoy, Bresson, and the Ground of the Ethical" on Wednesday, March 8, at 5 p.m. in the University Room in Hyde Hall. All are welcome to attend. "This lecture considers the relation between the sight of death and ethical understanding in Leo Tolstoy's writing and in Robert Bresson's L'... read more
Major congratulations are due to Professor Jane Thrailkill, who has won the 2017 Board of Governors' Award for Excellence in Teaching. This teaching award, one of UNC's most prestigious, is given to one faculty member at UNC-Chapel Hill each year. Professor Thrailkill joins UNC English and Comparative Literature faculty Darryl Gless (2013), Christopher... read more
2017 Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence Reading Ted Conover Tuesday, February 28 Genome Sciences Auditorium 7:30 p.m. UNC Campus Free and Open to the Public  Click here for more information about the reading and the Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence program.
The HHIVE Lab, created in the spring of 2015 by English professors Jane Thrailkill and Jordynn Jack, was featured in an article in Endeavors, an online magazine that covers current research and creative initiatives at UNC. Housed on the fifth floor of Greenlaw Hall, the HHIVE lab promotes research projects that link humanities scholarship to contemporary questions in the... read more
In her work for English 120 with Professor Reid Barbour, UNC sophomore Grace Towery discovered in the Rare Book Collection a manuscript poem written on the flyleaf of a 1617 print edition of Edmund Spenser's poetry. Through careful research, she went on to discover that this poem is hitherto unknown by scholars. The poem is an especially interesting and complex response to the execution to the... read more
                    On March 3, 2017, the National Humanities Center will host Novel Sounds II, its second conference on the relationship between literature and rock and roll (click here for a write-up on the first Novel Sounds conference). Organized by Professor Florence Dore, a current NHC fellow, the... read more
Professor Mary Floyd-Wilson was recently interviewed in a podcast for the National Humanities Center. A current NHC Fellow, Professor Floyd-Wilson discusses her research on the role of the supernatural and the demonic in Shakespeare's plays and how this connects to larger Elizabethan debates about mind, religion, and causal forces. You can listen here to Floyd-Wilson's... read more

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