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Department of English Language and Literature


Books

Faculty Awards

Research

Robert Brinkmeyer's book The Fourth Ghost: White Southern Writers and European Fascism, 1930-1950 was the 2008 winner of the Warren-Brooks Award for Outstanding Literary Criticism. Named in honor of noted Southern writers Robert Penn Warren and Cleanth Brooks, the award is given each year to an outstanding work of scholarship that exemplifies the spirit of the critical tradition established by Warren and Brooks.

Kwame Dawes was inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors on April 25, 2009. Dawes has published more than 13 books of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and literary scholarship, and has previously won a Pushcart Prize and a Hollis Summers Poetry Prize.

Kwame Dawes was named the winner of the 2008 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundations Hurston/Wright Award for Debut Fiction for his novel Shes Gone.

Janette Turner Hospital was one of five finalists for the inaugural, 2008 Asia-Australia Literary Prize. Orpheus Lost, the novel that was nominated for the prize, has also been named to Booklists Top 30 novels of the year for 2008, and the American Library Associations Best 25 Books of the Year.

Paula Feldman won the Distinguished Scholar Award for 2007 from the Keats-Shelley Association of America. The award was presented at a dinner in her honor at the 2007 Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago.

Ed Madden was selected for inclusion in Best New Poets 2007, the annual anthology of the best poetry by emerging writers. His poem Sacrifice was also chosen as one of the collections three open competition winners.

Ed Madden won the 2007 South Carolina Poetry Book Prize for his collection Signals.

Meili Steele has won the 2007 Russell Research Award for Humanities and Social Sciences, one of the universitys most prestigious annual prizes for research and scholarship. This is the third time in five years that the award has gone to a member of the English department.

Mindy Fenske was awarded the 2006 Golden Anniversary Monograph Award at the National Communication Association convention. This annual award honors the best essays published by the members of the association.

Bill Rivers was awarded the 2006 William L. Mitchell Prize for Bibliography or Documentary Work, given by the Bibliographical Society of America, for his accomplishment in Nicholas Amhurst, Terrae Filius; or, The Secret History of the University of Oxford.

Stanley Dubinsky won the 2006 Russell Research Award for Humanities and Social Sciences. Established by Judge Donald S. Russell in 1957, the award recognizes faculty for outstanding research and scholarship, and is one of the universitys most prestigious faculty awards.

Teaching

Elise Blackwell received the 2009/2010 Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award. The Mungo Awards are among the universitys highest faculty honors and are designed to recognize outstanding teaching, advising, and mentoring of undergraduate students.

Leon Jackson received a 2008 Excellence in Teaching Award from the South Carolina Alpha Chapter of the Mortar Board Society.

Dan Smith received the 2008/2009 the Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award.

Fellowships

Gretchen Woertendyke was awarded a prestigious ACLS Fellowship for 2010-2011. The award will support her current book project, entitled Romance to Novel in Early America.

Holly Crocker, along with graduate student Melissa Crofton, received a 2007-2008 research fellowship from the Graduate School.

Scott Gwara won an award of $8,000 from the Humanities Council of S.C./National Endowment for the Humanities for the project, Pages from the Past: A Legacy of Medieval Books from South Carolina Collections.

Nina Levine was awarded an English department Research Fellowship for Spring 2008, to complete a book on drama and early modern London, titled Practicing the City.

Holly Crocker was awarded the 2007 Josephine Abney Research Award from the USC Womens Studies Program. With this award, she will write the title chapter of her next book, Conductive Subjects: Engendering Virtue in Premodern England, which examines the impact of a cultivated ideal of femininity on an empowered model of masculinity in England between 1350 and 1625.

Holly Crocker was awarded the 2007 Josephine Abney Research Award from the USC Womens Studies Program. With this award, she will write the title chapter of her next book, Conductive Subjects: Engendering Virtue in Premodern England, which examines the impact of a cultivated ideal of femininity on an empowered model of masculinity in England between 1350 and 1625.

Holly Crocker was awarded the 2007 Josephine Abney Research Award from the USC Womens Studies Program. With this award, she will write the title chapter of her next book, Conductive Subjects: Engendering Virtue in Premodern England, which examines the impact of a cultivated ideal of femininity on an empowered model of masculinity in England between 1350 and 1625.

Tony Jarrells was awarded a 2008 Visiting Research Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Edinburgh University, in support of his project, "The Time of the Tale: Romanticism, Genre, and the 'Intermixing' of Enlightenment."

David Millers Spenser Project received an NEH Scholarly Editions Grant in the amount of $150,000. With support from the College of Arts & Sciences, the Division of Instructional Technology, the Research and Productive Scholarship program, and a fellowship from the NEH during the current year, the Spenser Project has made rapid progress toward both the hardcover edition of Spenser's collected works, under contract to Oxford University Press, and the digital archive to support research and teaching of Spenser's works.

Laura Walls was awarded a research fellowship for Spring 2007 from the Center for Humans and Nature (based in New York and Chicago), in support of her book project, The Passage to Cosmos, on the concept of Cosmos in nineteenth-century American literature and culture. As part of her Research Professorship, she delivered a public lecture entitled The Passage to Cosmos: Alexander von Humboldt and American Literature."

Holly Crocker received a Short-Term Fellowship from the Folger Shakespeare Library for her project John Foxes Chaucer: Reading the Aesthetics of Reform in Early Modern England, which examines the growing connection between reformist aesthetics and reading practices in early modern England.

David Shields was Visiting Humanities Fellow at Princeton University from October 13th to 18th, 2006.

Meili Steele was selected for the NEH Institute Human Rights in Conflict: Interdisciplinary Perspectives at CUNY Graduate Center, July 2006, in support of his project, Imagining Human Rights, which develops a philosophical problematic that enables us to conceive of rights in terms of social imaginaries rather than simply as rules and principles.

Service

Thorne Compton was awarded the 2009 Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Justice Award by the University of South Carolina Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, in recognition of his outstanding service to USC students as a professor and dean, and in recognition of his new play The White Problem, which tells the story of Richard Greener, USCs first African-American professor.

Patrick Scott has been awarded the 2008 Lucy Hampton Bostick Award by the Friends of the Richland County Public Library for his work as Director of Rare Books and Special Collections at USCs Thomas Cooper Library. The universitys rare books collection has doubled in size under Scotts leadership.

Ed Madden was recognized as a Distinguished Community Partner by Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services at the World AIDS Day Remembrance Ceremony, November 30th, 2006, on the steps of the South Carolina State House.

Ed Madden has been selected as the first recipient of the Human Rights Campaign of the Carolinas Legacy Award. The Legacy Award recognizes an individual who has contributed efforts to improve the lives and visibility of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) people over a long period of time and is seen as a role model to others.