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!
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.