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“We the Animals” film, based on Justin Torres novel, set for release

July 31, 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 Los Angeles on August 17, 2018.  View the trailer here.
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The Quad: Professors recommend their favorite books for summer reading

July 16, 2018

Kyran Randolph, Daily Bruin

Summer can feel a long way from a vacation for some college students. Between internships, jobs, summer classes and various exams, it is hard to find a moment that is not related to the future. When we have a free moment, it’s easy to get lost in the flights of fancy that tickle the mind such as TV and streaming sites, but an interesting alternative for a break is a book. Literature is an extremely magical entity when syllabi and coursework aren’t dictating the reading list. Free reading takes on a different form from reading for class that can provide wisdom, entertainment, humanity and knowledge beyond the classroom.
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Eleanor Kaufman receives UC President’s Faculty Research Fellowship & Guggenheim Fellowship

June 12, 2018

Congratulations to Eleanor Kaufman, who has received two prestigious fellowships: a University of California President’s Faculty Research Fellowship as well as a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.  Eleanor Kaufman’s primary research is on twentieth-century French philosophy, with secondary interests in Medieval and Late Antique philosophy and monotheistic theology.
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Former lecturer Stacie Cassarino publishes new book, “Culinary Poetics”

June 5, 2018

Congratulations to Stacie Cassarino on the publication of her new book, Culinary Poetics and Edible Images in Twentieth-Century American Literature (The Ohio State University Press).  Culinary Poetics traces the tradition of avant-garde food experimentation across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries to show how a fixation on the materiality of edible things, expressed through the language of food, became a way for American writers to respond to the culinary, political, and aesthetic tastes of the nation. 
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Karen Cunningham and Dana Cairns Watson receive Distinguished Teaching Award

May 29, 2018

Congratulations to our colleague, Karen Cunningham, who has received the Distinguished Teaching Award for Non-Senate Faculty.  Dana Cairns Watson, a UCLA Ph.D. in English and Continuing Lecturer in Writing Programs and Electrical and Computer Engineering, has also received the Distinguished Teaching Award for Non-Senate Faculty.  Karen and Dana are two of only three campus-wide recipients of this prestigious award.  These awards recognize their superb accomplishments as teachers and their students’ and colleagues’ appreciation of their achievements and their commitment to excellence in writing.  
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English undergraduates receive prestigious Library Prize for Undergraduate Research

May 22, 2018

The Department of English celebrates the achievement of undergraduate students Erin Severson and Sophia Sidhu, who received the 2018 UCLA Library Prize for Undergraduate Research. Erin Severson’s project was the winner of this year’s Library Prize for Undergraduate Research, Clark Library Prize. Erin Severson will be recognized for their project “The Academic Goose Chase: Swift’s Tale of a Tub Between Print and Manuscript.” Their faculty sponsor was Professor Helen Deutsch.
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Favorite Poem Project comes to campus

May 18, 2018

Jessica Wolf, UCLA Newsroom

UCLA’s English department will host a “Favorite Poem” event on May 22 featuring an introduction from Robert Pinsky, the former U.S. Poet Laureate who started the wide-ranging initiative two decades ago. More than a dozen readers from the campus and local literary community, including David Schaberg, dean of the humanities division of the UCLA College and philanthropist and film director Susan Bay Nimoy. They’ll share excerpts from writing by William Butler Yeats, Robert Frost, Jack Keuroac, Mary Oliver and more. 
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