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Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies Symposium Focuses on “The Future of Teaching Shakespeare”

When the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies began in 1990, the University of Alabama and the discipline of literary studies were very different from what they are today. At that time, UA had a total enrollment of under twenty thousand students. Now commonplace scholarly methods like, the digital humanities, were either unheard of or […]

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Tuscaloosa Through Time: A Local Journey with Serena Blount

Serena Blount earned her bachelor’s degree from Mississippi University for Women and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Alabama in the field of American Literature. She lives in one of Tuscaloosa’s historic districts and is currently compiling historical documents relating to the settlement of Newtown, which slightly predates the establishment of Tuscaloosa, […]

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Heather Wyatt’s New Book My Life With(out) Ranch

According to her publisher, Heather Wyatt is a “teacher and writer by day and food-TV junkie by night.” As an undergraduate, she majored in American Studies at The University of Alabama and earned her MFA from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. Her poetry has been published in a number of journals including Number One, Puff […]

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Welcoming UA’s New Victorianist: A Conversation with Professor Daniel Novak

Associate Professor Daniel Novak recently joined UA’s English department after previously teaching at Tulane University, Louisiana State University, and the University of Mississippi. He received his doctorate from Princeton University in 2002, specializing in Victorian literature. He is the author of Realism, Photography, and Nineteenth-Century Fiction (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and co-editor of ‘Masculinity Lessons’: Rethinking […]

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Public Statement to President Bell regarding Dean Riley’s resignation

Note from the Chair: On 9/23/19, the English department faculty voted unanimously to release the following statement. –David Ainsworth, Chair Dear President Bell, This letter is written on behalf of concerned faculty in the English Department in the wake of the recent departure of Dr. Jamie Riley, formerly Vice President and Dean of Students at […]

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Freedom to Write: The University of Alabama Prison Arts Fellowship

The most direct route between the William E. Donaldson Prison Facility and Tuscaloosa, Alabama winds through the bucolic hills of the Cumberland Plateau, along the Black Warrior River. It’s a road that Brett Shaw came to know well while serving as a University of Alabama Prison Arts Fellow. In 2017, Shaw led a class on […]

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Dr. Deborah Weiss Discusses The Female Philosopher and her Afterlives: Mary Wollstonecraft, The British Novel, and the Transformation of Feminism, 1796-1811

Deborah Weiss has taught in the English Department since 2008. She received her BA summa cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis and her PhD from the University of Chicago. A specialist in the long eighteenth century, Professor Weiss is particularly interested in the engagements of women novelists with the ideas of the Enlightenment. […]

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