Dr. Graber's Historical Pandemic Article Published

Darin Graber, Visiting Assistant Professor in English, recently published "The Wild Boys of London's Sickening Circulation." a piece forthcoming in a pandemic-related "cluster" of articles in Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment (Vol. 27 no. 4 issue), as it relates childhood homelessness and sewage mishandling to the mid-century cholera outbreaks in Victorian London. 


Professor of English Bill Engel publishes on the use of Shakespeare by Karl Marx in A Journal for Critical Debate.


Professor Bill Engel publishes on seismic shifts in the history of Western thought in his newest study.

English Graduates Found a Literary Journal

Recent Sewanee graduates and English Majors Sydney Leibfritz C'20, Briana Wheeler C'20, and Carlos Zayas-Pons C'20 have founded a new literary journal called Ample Remains.


Associate teaching professor of English, Dr. Stephanie Batkie, is featured in an article lauding her transformative pedagogy on and off campus.

Othello Performance

The American Shakespeare Company will perform Othello live-streamed outdoors to an audience seated in the main quad (or in Guerry if it is rainy).  Following Othello, the company's actors will engage questions of race and performance; issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the ASC; and the performance of Othello as a call to racial justice.

"Twelfth Night" Performance

On October 16, The American Shakespeare Company will treat us to a live-stream performance of Twelfth Night beginning with live (streamed) music at 6:30, followed by a 7:00 performance at the Blackfriars Theatre in Staunton.  The live stream will be followed by talk-backs with the actors, who will engage what it is to play Shakespeare in a time of pandemic.

Dr. Macdonald's Milton Article Published

Dr. James Ross Macdonald's article, "Milton's Tutelary Angels" appears in Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 vol 60, no. 1 (2020), pp. 113–132.  It explores Milton’s representations of the tutelary angel. While patristic tradition envisaged separate angels watching over each believer, John Calvin instead conceived them as a ubiquitous army, any of whom might be called upon to execute God’s will. As poet and theologian, Milton introduces Raphael and Michael as guardians with distinct identities at the same time that he declines to assign Adam’s or Eve’s care to any single angel. This pluralized vision of heavenly protection creates an affective theodicy, furnishing a social world about Eden that nevertheless skirts the characteristic Satanic error of interposing hierarchies between God and his creatures.

Sewanee Professors' Summer Reading Group Featured in "The Paris Review"

During the summer quarantine, medievalists, Dr. Batkie and Dr. Irvin, conducted a virtual reading group to analyze William Langland's Piers Plowman.   Carlos Zayas-Pons describes the experience in The Paris Review.

What Rough Beast? Rethinking Modernism through a Pandemic Lens

This talk draws on the W. B. Yeats poem “The Second Coming” to showcase the surprising ways interwar literature encoded the conditions of the 1918-1919 influenza pandemic.

Engel publishes on Melville's "Bartleby"

Professor Engel has contributed to the critical volume The Birth and Death of the Author: a Multi-authored History of Authorship in Print (Routledge, 2020). 

Knight School - A Medieval Podcast by Claire Crow C'21

A new Sewanee student run podcast bringing you weekly doses of the medieval world with guest appearances from experts and scholars.

Prof. Jennifer Michael Wins 10th Annual Frost Farm Prize

The Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, NH, and the Hyla Brook Poets today announced that the winner of the 10th Annual Frost Farm Prize for metrical poetry is Jennifer Davis Michael, for her poem, "Forty Trochees."

Claire Crow (C'21) Wins Dissertation Prize at Oxford

Sewanee English major Claire Crow (C'21) recently won the Proxime Accessit prize for her dissertation on women in the literature of the Middle Ages while studying abroad at Oxford University this spring.

Prof. Engel featured on NPR's "Academic Minute"

The English department's own Bill Engel will be featured on NPR's "Academic Minute"

Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder Play Reading

Professional actors will read from Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder’s play, Looks Like Pretty, on Sunday, Feb. 23rd, at 4 P.M. in the Tennessee Williams Center.

Poet Jennifer Michael Reads @ The Blue Chair

Our own Dr. Jennifer Michael will read from her latest published collection of poetry, "Let Me Let Go" in downtown Sewanee at The Blue Chair.

Prof. Engel - An Essay Collection and NPR's "Academic Minute"

Professor Engel just signed a contract with Cambridge University Press for a collection of essays on Memory and Mortality in Renaissance England. He also will appear on a new NPR show called "The Academic Minute".

Our Majors at Oxford

English majors Bramwell Atkins and Claire Crow enjoy a visit to the Cotswolds while studying at Oxford this Spring 2020 semester.

A Post-Baccalaureate Job Opportunity with the School of Letters

The School of Letters is pleased to announce a Post-Baccalaureate Tennessee Williams Fellow position for a Sewanee graduate, thanks to generous funding from the Walter E. Dakin Memorial Fund.

The American Shakespeare Center Comes to Sewanee

The American Shakespeare Center’s 2020 National Tour comes the University of the South from February 6-February 8, 2020.

Prof. Engel Presents at Shakespeare Conference in Paris

On January 10, 2020, Professor Engel represented Sewanee at the Société Française Shakespeare in Paris, with a paper on “The Tug of Memory: Shakespearean Backstories.”


Bramwell Atkins, a current junior double majoring in English and Classics, has been awarded a Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs Study Abroad Research Grant to support his independent research while abroad in Oxford, England next year.

Hastings Hensel Poetry Reading

Hastings Hensel will give a poetry reading in Gailor Auditorium on Thursday, December 5, at 5 p.m. A reception and book signing will follow the reading.

George Eliot: A Bicentennial Celebration

On November 22, 2019, Sewanee’s English department celebrated the 200th anniversary of the birth of Victorian author George Eliot.

Wilson's New Novel "Nothing to See Here"

Sewanee Professor of English and acclaimed author Kevin Wilson has just published a new novel, "Nothing to See Here".

Una Mannion, C’87, Signs Publishing Deal with Faber & Faber

This week Sewanee graduate and author Una Mannion, C’87, signed a major publishing deal with Faber & Faber.

Attorney Sarah Owings, C’03, Speaks to Students on Immigration Law

On Monday, November 11, 2019, Atlanta-based attorney Sarah Owings C’03 spoke to students about her work on the frontlines of immigration law and practice.

"Let Me Let Go" by Professor Jennifer Michael

Sewanee English Professor and Department Chair Jennifer Michael has a new poetry chapbook now available for sale!

Prof. Craighill Publishes Poetry

Sewanee Professor of English Virginia Craighill has published three poems in the most recent issue of THINK: A Journal of Poetry, Fiction, and Essays.