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The Berkeley English Ph.D. program has been ranked the top graduate English program in the country, according to the most recent guide to "America's Best Colleges" published by the U.S. News and World Report.  Faculty in the English Department have received more university Distinguished Teaching Awards—26—than any other department.

Featured Events

Holloway Series: Ed Roberson Reading
Thursday, September 18, 6.30 pm (Maude Fife Room)
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On Thursday, 18 September, the poet Ed Roberson—the 2014 Holloway Lecturer in Poetry and Poetics—will give a reading of his work in the Maude Fife Room of Wheeler Hall on the Berkeley campus of the University of California.  The reading, which begins at 6:30, is free and open to the public.   A reception will follow the reading.

 Ed Roberson is the Distinguished Artist in Residence at Northwestern University.  His books of poetry include When Thy King is a Boy The New Wing of the LabyrinthAtmosphere Conditions Voices Cast Out To Talk Us In, and, most recently, To See the Earth Before the End of the World, these among other books.  He’s won the Shelley Memorial Award, the Iowa Poetry Prize, and the Stephen Henderson Award, among others honors.

 The event is sponsored by the Roberta C. Holloway Fund and the U.C. Berkeley Department of English.

On or About 1814
A Symposium on Literature in History
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September 20-21, 2014
300 Wheeler, UC Berkeley

Co-sponsored by the Center for British Studies, the Andrew Mellon Foundation,
the Florence Green Bixby Chair in English, the Townsend Center for the Humanities,
and the Department of English

On or About 1814 brings together a group of scholars to mark the bicentenary of Walter Scott’s Waverley, published in July 1814, and other literary events associated with ‘that fated year’ (Robert Louis Stevenson). Along with works published in Britain in 1814, participants explore a range of ways of thinking about historical dates and periods and what such data might mean for the study of literature. The format will feature short (15-20 minute) papers with plenty of time for discussion and a seminar-style workshop on Waverley and Jane Austen’s Persuasion.

Speakers include: James Chandler (Chicago) on Austen’s Mansfield Park; Adriana Craciun (UC Riverside) on Helen Maria Williams’s translation of Alexander von Humboldt’s Personal Narrative; Claire Connolly (Cork) on inheritance, property, and Maria Edgeworth’s Patronage; Simon During (Queensland) on William Wordsworth's The Excursion and Post-Revolutionary Anglicanism; Penny Fielding (Edinburgh) on Scott’s northern lighthouse tour; Rae Greiner (Indiana) on wartime idiots in Scott and Thackeray; Sara Hackenberg (San Francisco State) on mutations of Romanticism by Victorian writers born in 1814 (Sheridan Le Fanu, G. W. M. Reynolds, James Malcolm Rymer); Yoon Sun Lee (Wellesley College) and Ian Duncan (UC Berkeley), leading the Waverley and Persuasion workshop; Deidre Shauna Lynch (Harvard) on Austen, Scott, the novel and the scrap-book; Ann Rigney (Utrecht) on Waverley and the culture of commemoration; and Matthew Wickman (Brigham Young) on 1814 in 1936.

The symposium will run from 9:20 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday, Sept. 20th and 9:00 to 11:45 am on Sunday, Sept. 21st. Admission is free and open to the public; however space is limited and participants are encouraged to attend all sessions. The full program and further details will be announced shortly. Please address inquiries to Ian Duncan <iduncan@berkeley.edu>

On or about 1814 is dedicated to the memory of the late Susan Manning, Grierson Professor of English at the University of Edinburgh.


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