The Department is saddened to learn of the passing of Professor Emerita Gladys-Marie Frye. Gladys-Marie joined the Department as an associate professor in 1969 and retired as a full professor thirty years later.
Professor Emerita Regina Harrison was awarded the Roland H. Bainton Book Prize for History or Theology for her book, Sin & Confession in Colonial Peru: Spanish-Quechua Penitential Texts, 1560-1650 (University of Texas Press, 2014).
Patrick Philips’ Elegy for a Broken Machine (Knopf, 2015) is one of the five nominees for this year’s National Book Award in Poetry. Patrick was also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship a few years ago. He teaches at Drew University.
Bob Levine gave a talk on textuality and transnationalism in Melville’s Pierre at the June International Melville Conference in Tokyo. An essay version will appear in Neither the Time nor the Place: Today’s Nineteenth Century (U of Pennsylvania Press, 2016).
Mary Helen Washington has been awarded the Bode-Pearson Prize. According to the award committee, Washington "deeply impressed" with her significant work in the field of American Studies. The award will be announced at a ceremony in Toronto on October 9th. Congratulations to Mary Helen!
Western accounts of human vision before the nineteenth century tended to separate the bodily eye from the rational mind. This model gave way in the mid–nineteenth century to one in which the thinking subject, perceiving body, perceptual object, and material world could not be so easily separated. Christina Walter explores how this new physiology of vision provoked writers to reconceive the relations among image, text, sight, and subjectivity. Read more at JHUP.
In 1975, Washington was appointed Director of Black Studies at the University of Detroit where she taught, wrote, and studied about African American literature. Throughout Washington’s career, she has taught at St. John College of Cleveland, Harvard Divinity School, Wellesley College, Mills College, and University of Massachusetts Boston.