Friday, August 26, 2011

4 Days and Counting ... English Is Hiring

The English Department is pleased to announce two job searches for this year. One is for the 2012-13 Jenny McKean Moore Visiting Writer-in-Washington, a creative writing position supported for more than 30 years by the Jenny Moore Fund. The genre of this hire changes from year to year. This year's JMM Visiting Writer is Tim Johnston, an extraordinary prose fiction writer (check out his award-winning collection Irish Girl). For next year, we're seeking a poet.

We're also conducting a search for a British Romanticist to contribute to the department's concentration in British 19th-century literary and cultural studies. This position is at the rank of assistant professor.

Both job positions have been posted in the Chronicle of Higher Education and the MLA Job List, but full descriptions and information about how to apply are on our website.

We look forward to the opportunity to recruit new faculty to join us in Rome Hall.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

5 Days and Counting ... Faculty Kudos

After a long post-earthquake '11 day today, I was tempted to give the Blog-a-Day idea a rest, but a backlog of faculty achievements makes this post easy to assemble. Some highlights of August faculty news:
  • Prof. Jane Shore, whose "New and Selected Poems" comes out next year, is featured in the current issue of Ploughshares magazine. Read her lovely poem "Fortune Cookie" here
  • In a recent review, Prof. Andrew Hook of the University of Glasgow calls Prof. Tara Wallace's recently published book Imperial Characters an "elegantly written and exciting addition to the growing bibliography of work on the theme of empire in eighteenth-century Scottish and English literature." 
  • Prof. Gil Harris, currently on sabbatical in India where he is researching a book on India in the English Renaissance imagination, published an essay in the Hindustan Times. "Whose India is it anyway?" examines two Aamir Khan film productions, Lagaan (2001) and Delhi Belly (2011), arguing that their takes on class and caste are emblematic of larger changes. 
Congrats, all.

    Tuesday, August 23, 2011

    6 Days and Counting ... Grad Student Erin Sheley

    Six days until the start of the fall semester... and six more entries in the English Blog-a-Day countdown! 

    Yesterday I focused on the achievements of an undergraduate alumnus. Today I'm featuring English PhD student Erin Sheley, a 2006 graduate of Harvard Law School and a Law Fellow at Georgetown University. Recently featured on this blog for having had an article accepted in the prestigious Indiana Law Review, Erin was referenced in an August 7 Washington Post article about how young attorneys are positioning themselves to succeed in a shrinking law market.

    English PhD student Erin Sheley

    It turns out that one key to young attorneys' success is ... hard work. While she was an associate at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher practicing securities litigation, Erin completed a literary urban fantasy novel, Fear of Ice, which she describes as "Margaret Atwood Meets Neil Gaiman." The novel is now being shopped around by an agent.

    Oh, and while combining her Georgetown law gig with an English PhD program, Erin also contributes regularly to The Weekly Standard. (In 2001, when she was a college senior, she contributed a lively piece about being a "conservative coed" at Harvard.)

    Erin's advice to aspiring academics (according to the Post article): “Find time to write and produce scholarship. That’s the number one. You should have an article or two published. That’s the most important thing.”

    Monday, August 22, 2011

    7 Days and Counting ... Alum Thad Ziolkowski

    The summer has flown by, like it always does. As I arrived at the office this morning, I saw students wearing bright yellow "Volunteer Movers" t-shirts, and I noticed a bit more traffic in the Academic Center elevators. (One benefit of summer: press "7" and you get an uninterrupted ride to the English Department.) Personally, the big news in my life is the gradual disappearance of the old 22nd Street parking garage and the long-awaited opening of the Whole Foods on the former Square 54 site. Can you say salad bar? And did I mention it is approximately 37,000 square feet?

    Although blog activity has been quiet in August, there's lots of news to report. I'll be counting down the days until the first day of the fall semester with tidbits that have been accumulating on my desk since July.

    GW alum Thad Ziolkowski's notable 2002 memoir
    First up: News about Thad Ziolkowski, one of our English major alums. A faculty brat--his father, John Ziokowski, used to teach Classics at GW--Thad wrote and published poems, got a PhD in English at Yale, and now runs the creative writing program at Pratt Institute, where he is Professor of Humanities and Media Studies. Thad's excellent memoir, On a Wave, about his childhood (which included learning to surf in Florida and going to high school in Wichita) was  noted in The New Yorker and was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award in 2003.

    A 2008-09 Guggenheim Fellow, Thad has a new novel, Witchita, forthcoming in 2012 from Tonga Books, a new imprint of Europa Editions. The book will be published in Italian, UK, and US editions.