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A Tidal Wave of Text from English Faculty

At least 15 books to be published in 2017-18
April 14, 2017

Detail from Professor Julie Schumacher's DOODLING FOR ACADEMICS

Detail from Professor Julie Schumacher's DOODLING FOR ACADEMICS
Detail from Professor Julie Schumacher's DOODLING FOR ACADEMICS

The Department of English currently employs 34 English professors. Over the 18 months, nearly half will publish a book. The torrent includes veteran and debut authors, creative writers and scholars, with topics from the sublime to the farcical. Professor Julie Schumacher, who won the Thurber Prize for American Humor for her splendid campus novel Dear Committee Members, next month ventures into new territory with Doodling for Academics: A Coloring and Activity Book (University of Chicago Press). More good news for fans of Dear Committe Members: Schumacher is at work on another novel, and it sounds like it may be based in academia.

Cover of John Watkins' After Lavinia

Other books out in 2017 include Regents Professor Patricia Hampl's seventh memoir, an ode to idleness entitled The Art of the Wasted Day (Viking Penguin); her last book, The Florist's Daughter, won a 2008 Minnesota Book Award.

McKnight Distinguished University Professor John Watkins in May presents After Lavinia: A Literary History of Premodern Marriage Diplomacy (Cornell University Press), his sixth book and third as sole author; and medievalist Associate Professor Rebecca Krug this spring publishes her second, Margery Kempe and the Lonely Reader, also with Cornell. In February, poet and Associate Professor Peter Campion collected the proceedings of our popular 2014 conference "John Berryman at 100" in John Berryman: Centenary Essays (Peter Lang).

As you'll see below, our professors' writings have attracted top academic presses (Stanford, Oxford, Cambridge) and trade giants (Bloomsbury, Doubleday, Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, Viking). We are especially proud that four assistant professors of English will see their cutting edge research between covers for the first time: Elaine Auyoung, Nathaniel Mills, Christopher Pexa, and Amit Yahav

A taste of our literary future:

Elaine Auyoung, Reading for the World (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)

Timothy Brennan, Places of Mind, Occupied Lands—Edward W. Said, An Intellectual Biography (Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2018)

Cover of Professor Mills book Ragged Revolutionaries

Peter Campion, John Berryman: Centenary Essays, co-edited with Philip Coleman (Peter Lang, February 2017)

Andrew Elfenbein, The Gist of Reading (Stanford University Press, forthcoming)

Patricia Hampl, The Art of the Wasted Day (Viking Penguin, late 2017)

Rebecca Krug, Margery Kempe and the Lonely Reader (Cornell, spring 2017)

Josephine Lee, Asian American Literature in Transition, Volume IV: 1850-1930, co-edited with Julia H. Lee (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)

Nathaniel Mills, Ragged Revolutionaries: The Lumpenproletariat and African American Marxism in Depression-Era Literature (University of Massachusetts Press, May 2017)

Christopher Pexa, Translated Nation: Rewriting the Dakota Oyate, 1862-1934 (University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming)

Katherine Scheil, Imagining Shakespeare’s Wife: The Afterlife of Anne Hathaway (Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Cover of Professor Sprengnether's Mourning Freud

Julie Schumacher, Doodling for Academics: A Coloring and Activity Book (University of Chicago Press, April 2017)

Julie Schumacher, The Shakespeare Requirement (Doubleday, forthcoming)

 

Madelon Sprengnether, Mourning Freud (Bloomsbury, February 2018)

John Watkins, After Lavinia: A Literary History of Premodern Marriage Diplomacy (Cornell University Press, May 2017)

Amit Yahav, Feeling Time (University of Pennsylvania Press, forthcoming)