Welcome to the English Channel, a site that highlights news and events in the English Department, as well as recent projects and publications.

Upcoming Events

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Workshop: Katherine Schaap Williams

October 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Field Trip: Early Modern Group Goes to Fales

November 4 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Paper Workshop

November 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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News and Announcements

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Golden Dozen Teaching Awards

Congratulations to Phil Harper and John Guillory, who received Golden Dozen Teaching Awards this year!


Warm congratulations to Jamie Staples, who has received the GSAS Predoctoral Summer Fellowship to study 14th- and 15th-century manuscripts containing Alain de Lille’s De planctu naturae at the British Library!


Congratulations to Carla Maria Thomas, who has received a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in the Department of English at NYU for 2016-2017! She defended her dissertation “Finding Redemption in Early Medieval English Literature” in April of [...]


Congratulations to Gina Elbert who won the Burns Literary Prize for 2016 for her essay, "Robert Burns: a Country Poet and Country's Poet."

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Fall Semester Dates Announced!

The Early Modern Working Group is excited to tentatively announce our fall 2016 schedule:   Tuesday, September 13th: Informational Meeting and Semester Planning Tuesday, September 27th: Primary Source Show and Tell Tuesday, October 11th: TBD! Tuesday, October 25th: Faculty Highlight and Workshop Tuesday, November 18th: Paper Workshop Tuesday, November 22nd: [...]

Shakespeare in the Park!

Troilus and Cressida is still playing the park until August 14th! Tony winning director Daniel Sullivan (Proof, Cymbeline) returns to Shakespeare in the Park with one of the Bard’s most rarely produced plays, Troilus and Cressida. Both warriors and lovers play hard to get in this surprisingly modern epic about the hot blood, [...]

Thanks for a great semester!

Thanks to everyone for a great semester! It's been a lot of fun working with everyone and we're looking forward to a great year next year! A special congratulations to Tanya Schmidt, who has decided to stay at NYU to keep working on her PhD!

Projects and Publications

Explore our digital projects and recent publications here.

British Literature and Visual Culture Timeline

As part of a course on the relationships between the literary and pictorial arts from the Renaissance to the modern period in England, students contribute online to a comparative timeline exploring how literary and visual [...]

Death, Mourning, and the Macabre in Antebellum Gift Books

From about 1820 through 1860, gift books were a prominent component of the antebellum literary scene. Designed to be given at Christmas time, the books had covers decorated with gold and included titles like The [...]

Playtesting Philosophy: Identity (Re)Construction and Ethical Exploration in The Talos Principle.

Playtesting, n.: “a method of quality control that takes place at many points during the video game design process. A selected group of users play unfinished versions of a game to work out flaws in [...]

Hearing the Music of the Hemispheres

[The Drama Review’s] first born-digital multimodal article by Erin B. Mee analyzes Music of the Hemispheres as a concert, a film, a portrait, an improv, and a performed (neural) performance analysis that offers new ways [...]

Writing with Literature with Mystory and Scalar

Wherein Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose and the Franciscan intellectual tradition meet Scalar

Margaret Sanger Papers Project

The Margaret Sanger Papers Project is an NYU-based historical editing project, begun in 1985 to locate, arrange, edit, research, and publish the papers of the noted birth control pioneer. The Project has so far transcribed [...]

Visualizing the Piers Plowman Manuscript Corpus

A network modeling project that looks at the co-occurrence of works bound with the Piers Plowman poem: each node represents one work that appears in a Piers manuscript; that node is connected to other nodes [...]

Organism for Poetic Research and PELT

The Organism for Poetic Research (OPR) organizes and initiates events that open a collaborative field for experimentation and research performed in the humanities, the natural sciences, the visual arts and poetry. PELT is a newly [...]