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Launch of New Digital Media Lab

May 10, 2022

On Friday, May 6, the department gathered together to celebrate the launch of our new Digital Media Lab. The Digital Media Lab is the result of an initiative by a group of English faculty members whose students were increasingly interested in using multimedia resources in their scholarly work, according to department chair Ursula Heise, who is also the Marcia H. Howard Chair in Literary Studies and director of UCLA’s Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies. “[The lab] is not only about the creation of digital works, or research on digital works,” Heise said. “We’re also envisioning video works — which, of course, are digital in format these days — and audio. Podcasts obviously have become a super popular and effective means of communicating about a lot of things, and an important area of narrative creation.” Read the full story.

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Matthew Fisher Takes Over as Editor of Viator

April 28, 2022

Professor Matthew Fisher has taken over as editor of Viator, a preeminent journal of medieval and early modern studies, with a renewed emphasis on transcultural studies from late antiquity into early modernity. In this new role, Fisher leads an editorial team composed of newly-hired Publications Manager Allison McCann and a new editorial board of UCLA faculty. Under Fisher’s leadership, Viator aims to expand the geographical and historical scope of the journal, which included assembling a new External Editorial Board of 15 international scholars. In Fisher’s debut issue as editor, Viator published its first cluster of shorter essays: “Global Exchanges in the North Atlantic, ca. 350-1300,” co-edited by Nahir Otaño Gracia, Nicole Lopez-Jantzen, and fellow UCLA English Professor Erica Weaver. The cluster features scholarship by a number of early-career scholars. Professor Andy Kelly (UCLA English, Emeritus) was the former editor. Read Professor Fisher’s essay, “Salve, Viator!” Professor Fisher will moderate Kathryn Kerby-Fulton’s Book Launch this Saturday, April 30 at 9:30am to 10:30am PST (12:30pm to 1:30pm EST). Please join Professor Fisher and Professor Arvind Thomas for this remote event in celebration of the publication of University of Notre Dame Professor Kathryn Kerby Fulton’s new book, The Clerical Proletariat and the Resurgence of Medieval English Poetry (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2021).

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Claire Stanford’s Happy for You Published by Viking

April 19, 2022

Congratulations to PhD candidate Claire Stanford whose first novel, Happy for You, was published by Viking. Happy for You has been named most anticipated book of 2022 by Glamour, Electric Lit, and The Millions. Claire achieved the feat of writing a novel and placing it with a prestigious publisher at the same time that she’s completed her dissertation and is getting ready to graduate in June. Read the review in The New York Times.   Claire Stanford’s photo (c) Laura Pardo

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Yogita Goyal Selected to Receive the Distinguished Teaching Award for Senate Faculty

April 19, 2022

Congratulations to Professor Yogita Goyal for receiving the Distinguished Teaching Award for Senate Faculty in 2022. The Academic Senate Committee on Teaching writes to Yogita: “To receive one of only six awards, in a large field of nominees with extraordinary records in the classroom, is a testimony to your accomplishments as a teacher, as well as your students’ and colleagues’ appreciation of them. The committee particularly honors your contribution to learning at UCLA across a number of levels and domains by awarding you the ‘Eby Award for the Art of Teaching.’”

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Harryette Mullen Named 2022 Humanities Division Distinguished Graduate Student Alumna

April 7, 2022

Congratulations to Professor Harryette Mullen who has been named UC Santa Cruz’s 2022 Humanities Division Distinguished Graduate Student Alumna. Each year, UC Santa Cruz’s five academic divisions—Arts, Baskin School of Engineering, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Physical and Biological Sciences—selects one graduate student alumnus/a/i as their Distinguished Graduate Student honoree. The awards ceremony for the 2022 cohort will take place on April 23 of Alumni Weekend. Read the full announcement.

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In Memoriam: Fred Burwick

March 22, 2022

Fred Burwick, an internationally-recognized authority on Romantic-Era British Literature, and the author and editor of over 30 books, including recently A History of Romantic Literature (published in 2019), died one day before his 86th birthday in Pomona on March 16, 2022 after suffering an abdominal aneurysm. “Fred defined indefatigability.  He simply seemed to know everything,” said Adam Komisaruk of West Virginia University. “But he wore his immense learning as comfortably as his blue blazers, never stinting in his generosity. He modeled the art of communicating complexity in clear and unpretentious terms, accompanied by an impish laugh.” “Fred was a good soul and a good citizen who lived his values. He was kind and encouraging, and always interested in sharing his learning and learning from others,” commented Susan Wolfson, Professor of English at Princeton University and former President of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers. Richard C. Sha of American University said, “He was such a genial, consistently generous and encouraging colleague. Especially, he was good at building bridges between scholars on different sides of the Atlantic—and globally.” “I doubt I will ever meet another person with such an encyclopedic mind, yet such a humane and gregarious and empathetic soul,” said Noah Comet, one of Professor Burwick’s former students now on the faculty of the U.S. Naval Academy. Other former students of Professor Burwick voiced their sense of gratitude: “Fred has been for us a mentor, colleague, and most of all friend whom we will greatly miss,” said Professor Benjamin Colbert of the University of Wolverhampton, England. Julian Knox of Georgia College added, “He made me who I am as a scholar and teacher.” Professor Burwick was born Fred Lorrain Burwick on March 17, 1936 in Pomona, California. After earning a BA at the University of La Verne, he attended Cal State LA before completing doctoral studies in English Literature at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1965. He immediately took up a position at UCLA and embarked on a highly successful career as a teacher and scholar. He was a warm and enthusiastic presence at UCLA, and became famous as a Residential Advisor in Hedrick Hall, where he persuaded students to stage productions of Romantic-era plays in the dorm, and earned the nickname “Frederick of Hedrick.” “Fred Burwick was an esteemed colleague, devoted teacher and mentor of graduate students, and extraordinarily productive scholar. We at UCLA will miss him greatly,” said Anne K. Mellor, Distinguished Research Professor of English. During his years on the UCLA faculty, Professor Burwick taught in visiting positions in Germany at the universities of Würzburg, Siegen, Göttingen, and Bamberg. He was also invited to lecture at Cologne, Heidelberg, Leipzig, and Munich, as well as Oxford and Cambridge Universities in England. An avid promoter of undergraduate and graduate educational programs, he spent two years (from 1992 to 1994) as the Director of the UC Education Abroad Program at the University of Göttingen. He was widely recognized for generosity to his students and colleagues, unfailingly willing to go the extra mile to help them in any way he could. He was virtually a fixture at the summer Wordsworth Conference in Grasmere, England, where scholars and students gathered to celebrate the life and works of British Romantic writers like William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. One of the regular attendees, Professor Drummond Bone, former Master of Balliol College, Oxford, said, “Fred was one of my heroes from the Wordsworth Summer Conference. He was just intellectually so astute!” Larry H. Peer, President of the International Conference on Romanticism, added, “Fred was known for his ebullient sense of humor and his ever-present helpfulness to colleagues and students in their endeavors. He almost never missed an annual meeting of the ICR, and was regularly present around the world at scholarly gatherings.” For many years, he was taking a group of Alumni on trips to Europe, lecturing on sites and their histories that were important to him. With an interdisciplinary approach to literature, Dr. Burwick developed and taught over thirty different courses at UCLA exploring English and German literature in relation to art, science, music, and theater. His courses were filled with challenges and surprises, with titles like “Vampire and Reader,” “The Grotesque,” and “The Dream in English and German Romanticism.” In addition to his many books, he published over one hundred fifty articles and reviews. He was well-known for his work on Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the author of “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” and he also edited four of the twenty-one volumes of the works of Thomas De Quincy, author of “Confessions of an Opium Eater.” His books spanned a wide range, from Illusion and the Drama to a book on the Marquis de Sade and a reference work listing “Keywords” for the study of Romantic Literature. In latter years, he published several books on the London Theater, including Playing to the Crowd: London Popular Theatre, 1780-1830. His love of theater led him to organize the performance of over a dozen plays, like Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” and Hannah Cowley’s 1783 comedy, “A Bold Stroke for a Husband.” Although he was an enormously productive writer, he was also an active editor, serving as a principal official and often Chief Editor for scholarly journals throughout his career, including the European Romantic Review and Pacific Coast Philology. Professor Burwick received many awards and fellowships in his career. He was named Distinguished Scholar by the British Academy in 1992 and the Keats-Shelley Association in 1998. His book on Poetic Madness and the Romantic Imagination won the Outstanding Book of the Year Award of the American Conference on Romanticism. He is also a recipient of an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Emeritus Fellowship and a distinguished Alumni Award from his alma mater, La Verne University. He is survived by his wife, Roswitha, sons Georg, Christopher and Francis, and eleven grandchildren. The family will conduct a private burial service.

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Barbara Fuchs Appointed One of Three New Articles Editors for Renaissance Quarterly

March 18, 2022

Professor Barbara Fuchs has been appointed one of three new Articles Editors for Renaissance Quarterly. Renaissance Quarterly is the leading American journal of Renaissance studies, encouraging connections between different scholarly approaches to bring together material spanning the period from 1300 to 1700. The official journal of the Renaissance Society of America, RQ presents about twenty articles and over five hundred reviews per year, engaging the following disciplines: Americas, Art and Architecture, Book History, Classical Tradition, Comparative Literature, Digital Humanities, Emblems, English Literature, French Literature, Germanic Literature, Hebraica, Hispanic Literature, History, Humanism, Islamic World, Italian Literature, Legal and Political Thought, Medicine and Science, Music, Neo-Latin Literature, Performing Arts and Theater, Philosophy, Religion, Rhetoric and Women and Gender.

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Jessica Lee Receives UC President’s Pre-Professoriate Fellowship for 2022-23

March 17, 2022

Congratulations to PhD candidate Jessica Lee, selected as one of UCLA’s two UC President’s Pre-Professoriate Fellows for 2022-23. The University of California (UC)–Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Doctoral Diversity Initiative (DDI) effort is designed to enhance faculty diversity and pathways to the professoriate for underrepresented UCLA graduate students who received their bachelor’s or master’s degree from a public or private California HSI. As part of the DDI, the UC President’s Pre-Professoriate Fellowship aims to foster students’ interest in and preparation for the professoriate. There is also additional professional development outreach and support for underrepresented PhD students with a goal to encourage and help equip them to consider careers in the professoriate. Read more about the fellowship.

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Fred D’Aguiar’s New Poetry Collection: Letters to America

March 16, 2022

Professor Fred D’Aguiar’s new poetry collection, Letters to America, is available now from Carcanet Poetry, an imprint of Carcanet Press. In Letters to America Guyanese-British poet, novelist and playwright Fred D’Aguiar has some difficult things to say. The twenty-two poems are full of lived tales and memories – of Britain, the Caribbean and the United States – and of specific and shared memory. He supplies some of the difficult detail he has omitted from earlier poems. The modern mid-city Los Angeles sun-rise we experience is a cacophony, violent and memorable music rendered in prose. The poems weave in and out of familiar forms, including terza rima, casting and breaking spells. There is peril at every turn, and opportunity. Read More. Letters to America was a UK, Poetry Book Society Winter 2020 Choice.

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