Laura Chrisman has been appointed to the Nancy K. Ketcham Endowed Chair of English. (She was formerly the Nancy K. Ketcham Professor.) (A future issue of English Matters will highlight new initiatives made possible by this kind of endowment.)
Henry Laufenberg’s and Carrie Matthews’ reappointments have been confirmed by the College of Arts and Sciences.
David Shields’s new book, Reality Hunger: A Manifesto (Knopf, Vintage paperback reissue, 2011), was called “mind-bending” (The New York Times) and “the most provocative, brain-rewiring book of 2010” (GQ); it was named one of the best books of the year by Kirkus Reviews, the Guardian, New Statesman, and dozens of other publications.
David Wagoner is the winner of a Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award for four poems published in the summer 2010 issue of Prairie Schooner. Professor Emeritus Wagoner has also been awarded the Arthur Rense Poetry Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for 2011. This triennial award recognizes consistent excellence over a long career. Wagoner gave a reading at the Library of Congress in March 2011.
Herbert Blau has two books coming out in spring 2011: As If: An Autobiography (Vol. 1) and a new collection of essays, Reality Principles: From the Absurd to the Virtual (both published by U Michigan P). He was also invited by the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theater to be honored (October 2010) for his work in experimental theater and his theoretical writings derived from that work.
Faye Christenberry (English Studies Librarian) published her book (with Angela Courtney), Literary Research and the Literatures of Australia and New Zealand: Strategies and Sources (Scarecrow P Literary Research: Strategies and Sources series, 2011).
Sydney Kaplan has published a new book, Circulating Genius: John Middleton Murry, Katherine Mansfield and D. H. Lawrence (Edinburgh UP, 2010).
Monika Kaup is coeditor (with Lois Parkinson Zamora) of Baroque New Worlds: Representation, Transculturation, Counterconquest (Duke UP, 2010).
Christine Renhard Stenstrom (B.A., Education ’69), Friend of the English Department, published Cherry Blossom Trees: Literary Writings and Artworks. Her book was a finalist in the Art category for the National Indie Excellence Awards for 2010 and a finalist in the USA Book News “Best Books 2010” Awards in the following three categories: General Art, Gift and Specialty Books, and Poetry: Anthologies.