Department News

October 2, 2019
2019 MacArthur Fellow Emily Wilson, ‘01 PhD Classicist and Translator | Class of 2019 Bringing classical literature to new audiences in works that convey ancient texts’ relevance to our time and highlight the assumptions about social relations that underlie translation decisions. Title Classicist and Translator Affiliation Department of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Portrait of Samuel Hodgkin
August 29, 2019
We are pleased to welcome Samuel Hodgkin to our department! We are all very excited that Professor Hodgkin is joining our faculty. Today you can read about the new, timely, and important course he is teaching in the spring on medieval world literature:
August 28, 2019
We are pleased to announce Jing Tsu’s appointment as the John M. Schiff Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures and of Comparative Literature at Yale. You can read about Jing’s distinguished career and exciting work by clicking here. Congratulations!
August 2, 2019
Juliet Lapidos, Literature Major 2005 had a Gates Cambridge fellowship has published an academic novel. Talent by Juliet Lapidos ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2019 — LitHub, The Millions, Thrillist, Entertainment Weekly   In this “deliciously funny, sharp, and sincere (Helen Oyeyemi)” debut, a young graduate student writing about–and desperately searching for–inspiration stumbles upon it in the unlikeliest of places. Anna Brisker is a twenty-nine-year-old graduate student in...
August 2, 2019
Everything is Yours, Everything is Not Yours April 12, 2016 by Clemantine Wamariya, Elizabeth Weil   Clemantine Wamariya, who at age six fled the Rwandan genocide with her sister, spent seven years wandering central Africa as a refugee, eventually coming to the United States and succeeding by every conventional marker. Judges called the piece “clear-eyed,” “tremendously insightful,” and “gracefully and honestly told.” Originally published by Matter in June, 2015.
       True to Life: An Interview with Martin Hägglund  An interview with     Martin Hägglund   Martin Hägglund speaks about This Life, his new book about love, grief, wealth, and Karl Marx.  "View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm—The Oxbow" by Thomas Cole, 1836. Metropolitan Museum of Art / Wikimedia
May 28, 2019
True to Life: An Interview with Martin Hägglund Jacobin’s Meagan Day spoke to Hägglund about Karl Marx, C. S. Lewis, St Augustine, Martin Luther King Jr, and how democratic socialism — not liberal capitalism — can fulfill our shared commitment to the values of freedom and democracy. See full interview here.
May 23, 2019
THE THERON ROCKWELL FIELD PRIZE was awarded to Alice Yang, B.A. 2019, Literature and Comparative Cultures for her senior essay “Abounding Freedom: A Collection of Prose Poetry by Julien Gracq, Translated from the French by Alice Yang” The Theron Rockwell Field Prize is given for “a poetic, literary, or religious work” of scholarship. The award was established in 1957 by Emilia R. Field in memory of her husband, Theron Rockwell Field, 1889S. Congratulations!