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Stephen Yenser publishes new critical edition of James Merrill’s “The Book of Ephraim”

April 17, 2018

The English Department congratulates Distinguished Professor Emeritus Stephen Yenser on his new publication, a critical edition of James Merrill’s The Book of Ephraim.  Professor Yenser, Merrill’s co-literary executor, has produced the first stand-alone edition of this important work, which is the final piece in Merrill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning collection Divine Comedies, and which became the opening segment of his epic, The Changing Light at Sandover
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Special issue of “Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory” released, edited by Uri McMillan

March 27, 2018

Uri McMillan has edited a special issue of Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory, which has just been released.  The special issue is titled “Surface Aesthetics: Race, Performance, and Play.”  Surface has emerged recently as a key word across a variety of disciplines including art history, literary studies, cinema studies, and critical race theory.
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Allison Carruth receives $15,000 UCLA Arts Initiative Grant

March 13, 2018

Congratulations to Professor Allison Carruth, who has been awarded a $15,000 UCLA Arts Initiative “Campus as Canvas” grant for a project called “Artful Food, Climate Chaos,” which she will be collaborating on under the auspices of UCLA’s Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS) next year with New York artist Marina Zurkow (whose work has shown at the Smithsonian and SFMOMA) and LA chefs Henry Fischer and Anna Rose Hopkins.
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Film adaptation of Justin Torres’ novel premieres at Sundance Film Festival

March 7, 2018

Congratulations to Justin Torres, whose highly-praised debut novel, We the Animals, was recently adapted to a film of the same name and shown at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The film, the directorial debut of Jeremiah Zagar, won the festival’s NEXT Innovator Award. The Orchard distribution company has bought the domestic distribution rights to the film, which is slated for release in late summer or early fall 2018.
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UCLA, KCET team up for environmental storytelling and public media collaboration

February 21, 2018

Cailey Hall, UCLA Newsroom

Hurricanes, floods, droughts, wildfires, extinctions: with near-constant coverage of disaster scenarios, communities around the country can be forgiven for experiencing environmental news fatigue. How can we engage 21st century audiences with new kinds of environmental stories? UCLA’s Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies is trying to do just that. In partnership with KCET, the nation’s largest independent public television station, LENS has launched a yearlong collaboration to develop models and media for reporting environmental stories. Allison Carruth, faculty director of LENS and associate professor of English, is spearheading the project, which brings together the fields of anthropology, documentary filmmaking, English and environmental science.
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Sholeh Wolpé, UCLA’s inaugural writer in residence, retains author’s intent when translating poetry

February 20, 2018

Kristin Snyder, Daily Bruin

Sholeh Wolpé said translating poetry is like the sky’s reflection in the sea – similar, but never exact. The process of transferring a poem from one language to another requires more than just direct translation, UCLA’s inaugural author-in-residence said. She must retain the poetic integrity of the original work. In translating the works of Iranian poets, such as Forough Farrokhzad and Attar of Nishapur, Wolpé said she hopes to bring an aspect of Iranian culture to an English-speaking audience.
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Give the devil his due – In new book, UCLA professor says Satan was not originally presented as the implacable enemy of God

February 16, 2018

Jessica Wolf, UCLA Newsroom

Henry Kelly’s five-plus decades of studying Satan have made him one of the world’s leading experts. Modern Judeo-Christian rhetoric and imagery purports that Satan is an evil opponent to all that is good and godly — a literal opponent of God. But that characterization doesn’t hold up under critical scrutiny of the Bible, says Henry Ansgar Kelly, UCLA distinguished research professor of English and one of the world’s leading experts on Satan. His 2006 book “Satan: A Biography” was a top seller for Cambridge University Press.
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PhD Graduate Elizabeth Goodhue launches new graduate student course

January 23, 2018

Elizabeth Goodhue, UCLA English PhD (2011) and Associate Director for Engaged Teaching at the UCLA Center for Community Learning, launched a new course on community-engaged pedagogy and public scholarship for graduate students in Winter 2017.  The course, which supports the new graduate certificate in writing pedagogy and the English department’s growing professionalization initiatives, formed the basis for an article that appeared in the Fall 2017 edition of the Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning

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Michelle Huneven wins 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship in Creative Arts

January 18, 2018

Congratulations to our colleague Michelle Huneven, who has received a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship in Creative Arts. A Continuing Lecturer in the department’s Creative Writing wing, Michelle Huneven is the author of four novels. Round Rock (Knopf, 1997) and Jamesland (Knopf, 2003) were both New York Times Notable Books and also finalists for the LA Times Book Prize. Her third novel, Blame (Sarah Crichton Books, FSG, 2009), was a finalist for both the National Book Critics Circle Award and the LA Times Book Prize. Her fourth novel, Off Course, (Sarah Crichton Books, FSG, 2014), was a New York Times Editor’s Choice. She is currently finishing her latest novel, Searchabout a church search committee charged with finding their next senior minister. Learn more here.
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