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Announcing 2021 Literature Award Winners

Please join the Literature Program in congratulating the winners of this year’s English Department awards. Thank you to all the faculty who wrote with recommendations, and to all the students who submitted writing.

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"Literary Field Studies” offers new perspective on literature

In the fall of 2020, students engaged with virtual sessions of the Black Study Intensive, organized by the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics. In this session, Poet and UCLA Professor Harryette Mullen reads from her workalong with Canadian poet, novelist, and essayist Dionne Brand.

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Literature Graduate Student Wins Humanities Engage Award

Congratulations to third-year graduate student in literature, Sritama Chatterjee, who won a Humanities Engage Curriculum Development grant! Working with Dr. Julie Beaulieu and the Transgender Studies course, Chatterjee is creating an archive-based learning module on "Reimagining Global Trans History." 

By the Book | ‘The Odyssey’ and Navigating Gender

In this Pitt News article on "Navigating Gender," Megan Williams describes their response to reading Emily Wilson's translation of Homer's Odyssey. Williams was inspired by readings from Ben Parris's "Reading Poetry" course. 

This English Class Has Things Sorted

Lori Campbell-Tanner, a senior lecturer and advisor in the literature program, designed the popular course, Harry Potter: Blood, Power, Culture, in 2012. Based on the bestselling fantasy series by J.K. Rowling, the course regularly attracts 50 students or more—and becomes increasingly relevant every year.

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Literature Faculty Member Reverse Engineers First Video Game Console

Professor Zach Horton is reverse engineering the first video game console, the 1972 "Odyssey," with the assistance of undergraduates working in Pitt's Vibrant Media Lab.

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Pitt Literature Major Emma Wolinsky Hosts Podcast

Working with faculty members in English and Nursing, Emma Wolinsky presents  the podcast "Remains to be Seen," which examines bodies healthy and ill, living and dead, fictional and factual. Wolinsky is a pre-med student and Honors College Brackenridge Fellow who brings a unique perspective to this crossroads of the health professions and the humanities.

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Popular English Literature Faculty Member Wins Bellet Teaching Award

Geoff Glover was selected as a winner of this year's prestigious Bellet teaching award. Glover, who teaches popular literature classes like Introduction to Science Fiction, called the award...

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Unusual Classes: Students Learn Pittsburgh’s Secrets Firsthand

On the site of the Civil War’s worst single day of civilian casualties — Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville, where a munitions factory exploded on Sept. 17, 1862.

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English Literature Graduate Studies in Dublin

Esther Reilly reads a 1622 First Folio edition of Shakespeare's works in the Early Printed Books room of Trinity College, Dublin! Esther graduated with an English Literature major last June, and she is currently pursuing her M.Phil. in Children’s Literature at Trinity College.

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Zach Horton and Undergraduates Work in Pitt's Vibrant Media Lab

English faculty member Zach Horton is reverse engineering the first video game console, the 1972 "Odyssey," with the assistance of undergraduates working in Pitt's Vibrant Media Lab.

Literature Major

The Literature major includes exciting concentrations in areas such as the Invention of Literature; Media and Technology; English for the World; Environment, Science, and Culture; and Children and Culture.

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