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!
As with many of us, the life of acclaimed novelist Howard Norman has had its share of incidents of “arresting strangeness.” Yet few of us connect these moments, as Norman has done in this spellbinding memoir, to show how life tangles with the psyche to become art. Norman’s story begins with a portrait, both harrowing and hilarious, of a Midwest boyhood summer working in a bookmobile, in the shadow of a grifter father and under the erotic tutelage of his brother’s girlfriend.