Robert Abrams was promoted to full Professor, and Jessica Burstein was promoted to Associate Professor.
Two of Jessica Burstein’s short stories, “Agoraphobia: An Alphabet” and “Barney’s New York: The Warehouse Sale,” appeared in Crowds (Eds. Jeffrey Schnapp & Matthew Tiews, Stanford: Stanford UP, 2006), which was awarded the Best Book Prize by the Modernist Studies Association.
Dick Dunn, Paul Jaussen, and Edward Alexander are editing the literary correspondence of Robert B. Heilman for the University of Washington Press.
Gillian Harkins was accepted as a visiting scholar at the Center for Law, Gender, and Sexuality at the University of Kent, UK, for fall 2008.
Four of Charles Johnson’s cartoons and an article about him were published in The Writer’s Brush: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture by Writers (Ed. Donald Friedman, Minneapolis: Mid-List Press, 2007).
Brian Reed has been chosen as a Fulbright Scholar for 2008-09. He will spend six months in Germany, where he will teach graduate courses at the University of Bochum and help develop a new Ph.D. program in American Studies jointly run by Bochum and the University of Dortmund.
David Shields was selected to chair the nonfiction panel for the 2007 National Book Awards.
Maya Sonenberg was awarded a 2007 Artist Trust/Washington State Arts Commission Fellowship.
David Wagoner was honored with a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award by ArtsFund and named editor of The Best Poems of 2009. In addition, three of his poems were read by Garrison Keillor on “The Writer’s Almanac” in 2007, bringing the total number of his poems featured on the program to twelve.
Edward Alexander and Paul Bogdanor, Eds., The Jewish Divide over Israel: Accusers and Defenders (Edison, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2006).
John Coldewey, Medieval Drama: Critical Concepts in Literary and Cultural Studies, Volumes I-IV (London: Routledge, 2007).
William Dunlop, Collected Poems (Seattle: Classic Day, 2007).
Nicholas Halmi, The Genealogy of the Romantic Symbol (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2008).
Charles Johnson and Bob Adelman, Mine Eyes Have Seen: Bearing Witness to the Struggle for Civil Rights (New York: Time-Life Books, 2007).
Richard Kenney, The One Strand River (New York: Knopf, 2007).
Thomas Lockwood, Henry Fielding Plays, Volume I: 1728 to 1731 and Henry Fielding Plays, Volume II: 1731 to 1734 (Oxford: Oxford UP, 2007).
Colleen McElroy, Sleeping with the Moon (Urbana and Chicago: U Illinois P, 2007).
Heather McHugh, Ed., Best American Poetry 2007 (New York: Scribner, 2007).
Robert McNamara, The Body and the Day (Cincinnati: David Roberts Books, 2007).
David Shields, The Thing about Life is that One Day You’ll Be Dead (New York: Knopf, 2008).
Sandra Silberstein, Mark Clarke, Barbara Dobson, Reader’s Choice (5th ed.) (Ann Arbor: U Michigan P, 2008).
Maya Sonenberg, Voices from the Blue Hotel (Portland, OR: Chiasmus, 2006).
Alys Eve Weinbaum and Susan Gillman, Eds., Next to the Color Line: Gender, Sexuality, and W.E.B. Du Bois (Minneapolis: U Minnesota P, 2007).
Herbert Blau and Marshall Brown planned and organized the interdisciplinary Performance and History: What History? , February 22-23, 2007, at UW. Proceedings are to be published in Modern Language Quarterly in 2009.
Nicolas Halmi and Gary Handwerk helped organize Inventions of the Imagination: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Imaginary since Romanticism , hosted by the Simpson Center for Humanities, May 18-20, 2007, paralleling the graduate conference, Imagination: Public or Private? , May 17-18, 2007.
Eva Cherniavsky organized Gender, Empire, and the Politics of Central and Eastern Europe with colleagues at Duke and Central European University in Budapest, May 2007. Katherine Cummings and Thomas Foster also participated.
Organized and hosted by Gail Stygall, the International Association of Forensic Linguists met for its 8th Biennial Conference on the Seattle campus, July 12-15, 2007.
The following department members welcomed new additions to their families in 2006 and 2007:
Anis Bawarshi, a boy
Kimberlee Gillis-Bridges, a boy
Colette Moore and Charles LaPorte, a boy
Bill Streitberger, a boy and a girl
Alys Weinbaum, a girl
Melissa Wensel, a boy