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Tribute to Professor Kenneth Silverman

The Department of English remembers retired faculty member, Ken Silverman, who passed away on July 7th, 2017, at age 81. Ken was born in Manhattan on February 5th, 1936 to immigrants who after World War [...]

The Department welcomes two new faculty

The English Department is excited to announce two new faculty members that will be joining the department this fall. The department welcomes Ato Quayson and Lenora Hanson. Quayson, who received his B.A. at the University [...]

Congratulations to Elizabeth McHenry!

Congratulations to Elizabeth McHenry for receiving a Golden Dozen Teaching Award this year! She will be duly honored at the College’s Baccalaureate Ceremonies on May 18th.


Warm welcome to Richard Halpern, who will be serving as the next Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of English! Professor Halpern has worked closely with graduate students for a number of years, including [...]


Congratulations to Peter Tasca, for receiving the 2016-2017 Master's Award for Academic Achievement in the Humanities! A formal presentation of the award will take place at the GSAS Master’s Convocation at the Beacon Theatre on Tuesday, May [...]

Congratulations to Robert Young!

 Robert Young was presented with the "Distinguished Achievement Award for Outstanding Scholarship" at the annual conference of the South Asian Literary Association, an affiliate organization of the Modern Language Association.

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Field Trip to the Morgan!

Many thanks to the Morgan Library for their warm hospitality in letting us play around in their rare book collection! Highlights from the visit included a copy of Hanns Rüst's Mappa Mundi, De humanis corporis fabrica, and a fabulously grim murder ballad.

Field Trip to Fales!

Exciting and rare opportunity this week! NYU's very own Charlotte Priddle gave the Early Modern Working Group a hands-on tour of some of the Fales' collection highlights of early modern cookery, including: Marthe Smithe her booke, a handwritten collection of 17th-century recipes bound in its original vellum, Early 18th-century seasonal cooking in Royal Cookery: [...]

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: [...]

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

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Qui bien aime a tarde oblie’: Lemmata and Lists in the Parliament of Fowls

Congratulations to Martha Rust, whose essay, “‘Qui bien aime a tarde oblie’: Lemmata and Lists in the Parliament of Fowls" has just been published in the scholarly volume, Chaucer: Visual Approaches! "This collection looks beyond [...]


“Pricking in Virgil”: Early Modern Prophetic Phronesis and the Sortes Virgilianae

This essay explores the early modern reemergence of the sortes Virgilianae, a practice that involves opening a bound copy of Virgil (often with a pin) and finding prophecy in the verse upon which the seeker [...]