November 18, 2014
Despite the gloomy and windy weather on Saturday, November 1st, lecturer Marybeth Shea and her Science Writing class teamed up with University Horticulturist Sam Bahr to plant spring flowering bulbs around Tawes Hall.
November 13, 2014
The Hanford Prize for a distinguished essay is awarded, posthumously, to the late Marshall Grossman for “Poetry and Belief in Paradise Regained, to which is added Samson Agonistes.” The article was published in Studies in Philology, volume 110, and is based on a talk given at Bar Ilan University in Israel. Its final form for publication was prepared from the awardee’s papers by Gerard Passannante. Treating the two late poems as parts of single project, this essay demonstrates how Milton’s poetry contributed to debates about the nature and purposes of both reason and revelation.
November 11, 2014
The English Department is proud to announce that English major Lenaya Stewart has been awarded the prestigious 2014 Arts and Humanities Dean’s Senior Scholar Award for academic excellence in undergraduate studies, dedication to lifelong learning, exemplary leadership and commitment to community involvement.
November 7, 2014
Jane Donawerth (Professor of English), Karen Nelson (Associate Director of the Center for Literary & Comparative Studies), and Adele Seeff (retired Director of the Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies) received Lifetime Achievement Awards for their scholarship and service for the study of early modern women.
November 5, 2014
Professor Merle Collins received a Global Classrooms Initiative grant from the Office of International Affairs for a new class, "Recovering Oral Histories: Caribbean and Latin America Communities in the USA and Britain."
October 28, 2014
Stanley Plumly's new book, The Immortal Evening, was reviewed on NPR's Fresh Air on Friday, and in the New York Times Book Review on Sunday. Continue reading for links to the two reviews.
October 7, 2014
In Professor Randy Ontiveros’ Literary Maryland (ENGL428X), students are exploring the state’s rich literary and historical background.
September 3, 2014
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September 2, 2014
Jeanne Fahnestock was a keynote speaker at the meeting of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation in Amsterdam, July 1 through 4, 2014. Title of address: "Arguing in the Grooves: Genre and Language Constraints in Scientific Controversies." She also received the "Distinguished Scholarship Award" for 2014 in recognition of "a lifetime of scholarly achievement in the study of argumentation."
August 20, 2014
Congratulations to the following faculty members on their promotions to the rank of Senior Lecturer.
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The late sixteenth-century penal debt bond, which allowed an unsatisfied creditor to seize the body of his debtor, set in motion a series of precedents that would haunt the legal, philosophical, and moral problem of property-in-person in England and America for centuries. Focusing on a historical juncture at which debt litigation was not merely an aspect of society but seemed to engulf it completely, Of Bondage examines a culture that understood money and the body of the borrower as comparable forms of property that impinged on one another at the moment of default.

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