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Faculty Achivements

The Wesleyan English department has a distinguished history.  Below we list some English department faculty achievements:  single-authored books (57), edited books of essays (12), major fellowships (69), honors (73).  Seven colleagues have won Guggenheims (Abelove, duCille, Ohmann, Pemberton, Rose, Slotkin, Willis) and ten have won the Binswanger Family Teaching Prize, the Award for Distinguished Teaching at Wesleyan (Abelove, Creeger, Crosby, Karamcheti, McCann, Pemberton, Rushdy, Slotkin [twice], Tololyan, Weiner).  The lists are in chronological order and include faculty who are currently active and also those who have retired after 1995 (Creeger, Ohmann, Pemberton, J. Reed, Rose, Slotkin, Turco).  Achievements we list are those that the English faculty has garnered after graduate school and generally, though not always, after beginning to teach at Wesleyan.  Our faculty has published many important essays, edited literary texts, edited anthologies of literature, published chapbooks, broadsides, and limited editions, had their work translated into other languages, lectured at universities all over the globe, and held extremely important administrative posts inside and outside Wesleyan; however, these significant achievements are not indicated here.  Nor is there a list of journals that colleagues worked on (though Tololyan founded Diaspora: A Journal of Transnational Studies and Pynchon Notes, and Ohmann helped establish Radical Teacher and served as editor of College English for twelve years).   Most members of the English department have won faculty fellowships to Wesleyan’s Center for the Humanities and these too are not listed.  Some books by our faculty were republished in updated editions, but the list below indicates only the original edition.  In addition, the list does not include the achievements of distinguished former long-time adjunct faculty members such as Annie Dillard and Kit Reed.  And it does not record the achievements of colleagues who taught at Wesleyan and then left to teach elsewhere.  Hence we stress that we list some faculty achievements.  We have compiled the list more to convey a sense of the distinction and scope of English faculty accomplishments than to be comprehensive (this is not the English department’s curriculum vitae).     

Single-author Books

--Ohmann, Richard, Shaw: The Style and the Man (Wesleyan UP, 1962)

--Reed, Joseph, English Biography in the Early Nineteenth Century, 1801-1838 (Yale UP, 1966).  

--Reed, Joseph, Faulkner’s Narrative (Yale UP, 1973)

--Slotkin, Richard, Regeneration Through Violence: The Mythology of the American Frontier, 1600-1860 (Wesleyan UP, 1973)

--Ohmann, Richard, English in America: A Radical View of the Profession (Oxford UP, 1976)

--Turco, Alfred, Shaw’s Moral Vision: The Self and Salvation (Cornell UP, 1976)

--Rose, Phyllis, Woman of Letters: A Life of Virginia Woolf (Oxford UP, 1978)

--Slotkin, Richard, The Crater (Atheneum, 1980)

--Tololyan, Khachig, Spurki Mech [trans: In Diaspora] (Haratch Press, 1980)

--Rose, Phyllis, Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages (Knopf, 1983)

--Stowe, William, Balzac, James, and the Realistic Novel (Princeton UP, 1983)

--Reed, Joseph, Three American Originals: John Ford, William Faulkner, and Charles Ives (Wesleyan UP, 1984)

--Rose, Phyllis, Writing of Women: Essays in a Renaissance (Wesleyan UP, 1985)

--Slotkin, Richard, The Fatal Environment: The Myth of the Frontier in the Age of Industrialization, 1800-1890 (Atheneum, 1985)

--Ohmann, Richard, Politics of Letters (Wesleyan UP, 1987)

--Slotkin, Richard, The Return of Henry Starr (Atheneum, 1988)

--Reed, Joseph, American Scenarios: The Uses of Film Genre (Wesleyan UP, 1989)

--Rose, Phyllis, Jazz Cleopatra: Josephine Baker in Her Time (Doubleday, 1989)

--Crosby, Christina, The Ends of History: Victorians and “The Woman Question” (Routledge, 1990)

--Reed, Joseph, Literary Revision: The Inexact Science of Getting It Right (Yale University Library, 1990)

--Pfister, Joel, The Production of Personal Life: Class, Gender, and the Psychological in Hawthorne’s Fiction (Stanford UP, 1991)

--Rose, Phyllis, Never Say Goodbye: Essays (Doubleday, 1991)

--Abelove, The Evangelist of Desire: John Wesley and the Methodists (Stanford UP, 1992)

--Pemberton, Gayle, The Hottest Water in Chicago: On Family, Race, Time, and American Culture (Faber and Faber, 1992)

--Rushdy, Ashraf, The Empty Garden: The Subject of Late Milton (U of Pittsburgh P, 1992)

--Slotkin, Richard, Gunfighter Nation: The Myth of the Frontier in Twentieth-Century America (Atheneum, 1992)

--duCille, Ann, The Coupling Convention: Sex, Text, and Tradition in Black Women’s Fiction (Oxford UP, 1993)

--Willis, Elizabeth, Second Law (Avenue B, 1993)

--Stowe, William, Going Abroad: European Travel in Nineteenth-Century American Culture (Princeton UP, 1994)

--Pfister, Joel, Staging Depth: Eugene O’Neill and the Politics of Psychological Discourse (University of North Carolina P, 1995)

--Willis, Elizabeth, The Human Abstract (Penguin, 1995)

--duCille, Ann, Skin Trade (Harvard UP, 1996)

--Ohmann, Richard, Selling Culture: Magazines, Markets, and Class at the Turn of the Century (Verso, 1996)

--Rose, Phyllis, The Year of Reading Proust (Scribner, 1997)

--Rushdy, Ashraf, Neo-Slave Narratives: Studies in the Social Logic of Literary Form (Oxford UP, 1999)

--McCann, Sean, Gumshoe America: Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction and the Rise and Fall of New Deal Liberalism (Duke UP, 2000)

--Slotkin, Richard, Abe: A Novel of the Young Lincoln (Henry Holt, 2000)

--Rushdy, Ashraf, Remembering Generations: Race and Family in Contemporary African American Fiction (U of North Carolina P, 2001)

--Korda, Natasha, Shakespeare’s Domestic Economies: Gender and Property in Early Modern England (U of Pennsylvania P, 2002)

--Ohmann, Richard, Politics of Knowledge: The Commercialization of the University, the Professions, and Print Culture (Wesleyan UP, 2003)

--Willis, Elizabeth, Turneresque (Burning Deck, 2003)

--Pfister, Joel, Individuality Incorporated: Indians and the Multicultural Modern (Duke UP, 2004)

--Abelove, Deep Gossip (U of Minnesota P, 2005)

--Nisse, Ruth, Defining Acts: Drama and the Politics of Interpretation in Late Medieval England (Notre Dame UP, 2005)

--Slotkin, Richard, Lost Battalions: The Great War and the Crisis of American Nationality (Henry Holt, 2005)

--Weiner, Stephanie, Republican Politics and English Poetry, 1789-1874 (Palgrave MacMillan, 2005)

--Pfister, Joel, Critique for What? Cultural Studies, American Studies, Left Studies (Paradigm Publishers, 2006)

--Willis, Elizabeth, Meteoric Flowers (Wesleyan UP, 2006)

--Unferth, Deb Olin, Minor Robberies (McSweeneys Books, 2007)

--McCann, Sean, A Pinnacle of Feeling: American Literature and Presidential Government (Princeton UP, 2008)

--Unferth, Deb Olin, Vacation (McSweeneys Books, 2008)

--Pfister, Joel, The Yale Indian: The Education of Henry Roe Cloud (Duke UP, 2009)

--Slotkin, Richard, No Quarter: The Battle of the Crater, 1864 (Random House, 2009)

--Willis, Elizabeth Address (Wesleyan UP, 2011)

--Unferth, Deb Olin Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Joined the War (Henry Holt, 2011)

--Korda, Natasha Labors Lost: Women’s Work and the Early Modern English Stage (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011)

--Bachner, Sally The Prestige of Violence: American Fiction, 1962-2007 (University of Georgia Press, 2011)

--Cohen, Lisa, All We Know: Three Lives (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012)

--Slotkin, Richard, The Long Road To Antietam: How the Civil War Became a Revolution (Liveright Publishing Corp, 2012)

Edited or co-edited Books of Essays

--Abelove, Henry et al., Visions of History (Pantheon, 1983)

--Stowe, William, with Glenn W. Most, The Poetics of Murder (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983)

--Turco, Alfred, Shaw: The Neglected Plays (Pennsylvania State UP, 1987)

--Abelove, Henry, et al., The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader (Routledge, 1993)

--Ohmann, Richard et al., Making and Selling Culture (Wesleyan UP, 1996)

--Ohmann, Richard et. al The Cold War and the University: Toward an Intellectual History of the Postwar Years (New Press, 1997)

--Pfister, Joel, with Nancy Schnog, Inventing the Psychological: Toward a Cultural History of Emotional Life in America (Yale UP, 1997)

--Korda, Natasha, with Jonathan Gil Harris, Staged Properties in Early Modern English Drama (Cambridge UP, 2002)

--Tololyan, Khachig et al., Diaspora, Identity, and Religion (Routledge, 2004)

--McCann, Sean, with Michael Szalay “Countercultural Capital: Essays on the Literature of the Sixties,” Yale Journal of Criticism 18 (Winter 2005), 209-468, special issue

--Willis, Elizabeth, Radical Vernacular: Lorine Niedecker and the Politics of Place (University of Iowa P, 2008)

--Korda, Natasha, Working Subjects in Early Modern  Europe (Ashgate, 2011)

Major Fellowships

--Rose, Phyllis, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship

--Rose, Phyllis, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship

--Rose, Phyllis, Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio, Italy

--Creeger, George, Fulbright Guest Professor, Julius-Miximulians-Universitat, Wurzburg, Germany, 1959-1960

--Ohmann, Richard, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1964-65

--Creeger, George, Fulbright Guest Professor, John F. Kennedy Institut fur Amerikastudien, Freie Universitat Berlin, 1968-69

--Slotkin, Richard, National Endowment for the Humanities Younger Humanist Fellowship, 1973-1974

--Reed, Joseph, Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, Aspen Executive Program, July 1976

--Friedberg, Harris, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 1977-78

--Slotkin, Richard, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1977-1978 (declined)

--Slotkin, Richard, Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, 1977-1978

--Tololyan, Khachig, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship, 1977

--Tololyan, Khachig, American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, spring 1979

--Ohmann, Richard, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship, 1980

--Friedberg, Harris, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship, 1981

--Slotkin, Richard, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship, 1981

--Ohmann, Richard, Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, 1982-83

--Friedberg, American Council of Learned Societies Grant in Aid, 1983

--Crosby, Christina, National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 1984-85

--Ohmann, Richard, Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study, Jan. 1985

--Abelove, Henry, John Carter Brown Library Fellowship, summer 1988

--Rushdy, Ashraf, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Fellowship 1988-91 (declined)

--Crosby, Christina, Princeton Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship, 1990-91

--Pfister, Joel, American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 1990-91

--Tololyan, Khachig, External Research Fellowship, Center for the Humanities, Oregon State University, spring 1990

--Abelove, Henry, Visiting Fellow, Humanities Institute, University of California, Davis, 1991-92 (declined)

--Abelove, Henry, Center for the Humanities Fellowship, Oregon State University, 1991-92 (declined)

--Rushdy, Ashraf, Standard Research Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Fellowship, 1991-92

--Pemberton, Gayle, Margaret Hartley Memorial Prize, Southwest Review, for the essay “I Light Out for the Territory”

--Reed, Joseph, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellowship, 1992

--Rushdy, Ashraf, Mellon Fellowship in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Columbia University, 1992-1994 (declined)

--Abelove, Henry, Visiting Fellow, Humanities Research Centre, Australian National University, summer 1993

--Pemberton, Gayle, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1993-1994

--Pemberton, Gayle, 1993 New Jersey Humanities Book Award, for The Hottest Water in Chicago

-duCille, Ann, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1994-95

--Pemberton, Gayle, Lake Forest College, Honorary Doctorate of Letters, 1994

--Abelove, Henry, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 1995-96

--Abelove, Henry, Member and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, School of Social Science, Princeton Institute for Advanced Study Fellowship, 1995-96

--Cohen, Lisa, MacDowell Colony Fellowship, 1995

--McCann, Sean, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Fellowship, 1995

--Korda, Natasha, Folger Shakespeare Library, Short Term Fellow, summer 1996

--Nisse, Ruth, Huntington Library Fellowship, 1997

--Nisse, Ruth, Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for Gender Studies, Newberry Library, 1998-1999 (declined)

--Nisse, Ruth, Stanford Humanities Center Fellowship, 1998-1999

--Rushdy, Ashraf, Fellowship, National Humanities Center Fellowship, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, 1998-99

--Pfister, Joel, Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio, Italy, 2000

--Cohen, Lisa, Elizabeth Bond Women’s Studies Teaching Award, Swarthmore College, 2001

--McCann, Sean, American Council of Learned Societies, Burkhardt Residential Fellowship for Recently Tenured Scholars, 2001-2002

--Willis, Elizabeth, Meg Quigley Research Fellowship, 2001-2002

--Cohen, Lisa, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center Fellowship, University of Texas, Austin, 2002

--Korda, Natasha, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Huntington Library, Winter 2002

--Korda, Natasha, Folger Shakespeare Library, Short Term Fellowship, Fall 2002

--Willis, Elizabeth, California Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry, 2002

--Nisse, Ruth, Yad Ha-Nadiv Fellowship, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 2002-2003 (declined)

--Unferth, Deb Olin, Fellowship in Prose, Illinois Arts Council, 2004

--Willis, Elizabeth, Howard Foundation Fellowship for Poetry, 2004-2005

--Willis, Elizabeth, MacDowell Colony Fellowship in Poetry, Fall 2004

--Rushdy, Ashraf, Mellon New Research Initiative Grant, 2004-2006

--Nisse, Ruth, National Humanities Center Fellowship, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, 2005-2006

--Unferth, Deb Olin, Hall Center for the Humanities Grant, 2005

--Unferth, Deb Olin, MacDowell Colony Fellowship, 2007

--Pfister, Joel, Faculty Career Enhancement Fellowship, Mellon Foundation, summer 2008

--Weiner, Stephanie, Faculty Career Enhancement Fellowship, Mellon Foundation, summer 2008

--Unferth, Deb Olin, Creative Capital Grant, The Warhol Foundation, 2009

--Unferth, Deb Olin, Yaddo Fellowship, 2009

--Garrett, Matthew, American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2011-2012

--Nisse,  Ruth, American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2011-2012

--Korda, Natasha, Folger Shakespeare Library Reseasrch Fellowship (for Fall 2012)

--Willis, Elizabeth, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 2012-2013

Honors

--Slotkin, Richard, Albert J. Beveridge Award, American Historians Association, for Regeneration Through Violence, 1973

--Slotkin, Richard, National Book Award Finalist, for Regeneration Through Violence, 1973

--Rose, Phyllis, National Book Award Finalist for Biography, for Woman of Letters (1979)

--Turco, Al, Visiting Associate Professor of English, Cornell University, 1980

--Rose, Phyllis, University of California, Berkeley, Visiting Professor of English, 1981-1982

--Slotkin, Richard, Don D. Walker Prize for “Nostalgia and Progress,” 1982

--Abelove, Henry, Visiting Fellow, Center for European Studies, Harvard University, 1983-84

--Stowe, William, Special Edgar Allan Poe Award from Mystery Writers of America for The Poetics of Murder, 1984

--Tololyan, Khachig, Visiting Associate Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, spring 1984

--Slotkin, Richard, Little Big Horn Associates Literary Award, for Fatal Environment, 1985

--Slotkin, Richard, elected Fellow, Society of American Historians, 1986

--Slotkin, Richard, Citation for Distinguished Achievement, The Graduate School, Brown University, 1987

--Rose, Phyllis, National Book Critics’ Circle Citation for Excellence in Reviewing, 1988

--Abelove, Henry, Visiting Associate Professor of History, Brown University, 1990

--Abelove, Henry, Visiting Professor of English, Trinity College, 1992

--duCille, Ann, Honoree, Celebration of Black Scholarship in New England, March 1993

--Slotkin, Richard, National Book Award Finalist, for Gunfighter Nation, 1993

--Abelove, Henry, Lambda Literary Prize, 1993 (awarded May 1994)

--Crosby, Christina, Binswanger Family Teaching Prize, Award for Distinguished Teaching at Wesleyan, 1994

--duCille, Ann, Samuel V. Cole Distinguished Visiting Professorship, Wheaton College, October 1994

--National Poetry Series (selected by Ann Lauterbach), 1994

--Abelove, Henry, Binswanger Family Teaching Prize, Award for Distinguished Teaching at Wesleyan, 1995

--Ohmann, Richard, Arnold Bernhard Visiting Professor of English, Williams College, 1995

--Pfister, Joel, Choice magazine, Staging Depth named an “Outstanding Academic Book of 1995”

--Slotkin, Richard, Mary C. Turpie Prize, American Studies Association, 1995 (honoring distinction in Teaching and Program Development)

--Slotkin, Richard, Regents’ Lecturer, University of California, Davis, May 1996

--duCille, Ann, Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights, for Skin Trade, 1997

--Slotkin, Richard, Binswanger Family Teaching Prize, Award for Distinguished Teaching at Wesleyan, 1997

--Willis, Elizabeth, Distinguished Visiting Poet, Mills College, 1997-1998

--Karamcheti, Indira, Binswanger Family Teaching Prize, Award for Distinguished Teaching at Wesleyan, 1998

--Rushdy, Ashraf, Binswanger Family Teaching Prize, Award for Distinguished Teaching at Wesleyan, 1998

--Tololyan, Khachig, Visiting Professor, Columbia University, spring 1998

--Willis, Elizabeth, Naropa Summer Writing Institute, Boulder CO, writing residency, summer 1998

--Willis, Elizabeth, Distinguished Writer in Residence, Mills College, 1998-2002

--duCille, Ann, Distinguished Visiting University Professorship, Washington University, April 1999

--Tololyan, Khachig, Binswanger Family Teaching Prize, Award for Distinguished Teaching at Wesleyan, 1999

--Pfister, Joel, Visiting Research Fellow, American Studies Program, Yale University, Fall 2000

--Willis, Elizabeth, Brown University, Program in Creative Writing, writing residency, March 2000

--duCille, Ann, Achievement Award from the Black Women’s Collective at Wesleyan, May 2001

--Slotkin, Richard, Salon.com Best Book Award for Abe, 2000
--McCann, Sean, Honorable Mention, American Studies Association, John Hope Franklin Prize for Best Published Book in American Studies, 2001

--Pemberton, Gayle, Binswanger Family Teaching Prize, Award for Distinguished Teaching at Wesleyan, 2001

--Slotkin, Richard, Michael Shaara Award for Civil War Fiction, United States Civil War Center, 2001

--Willis, Elizabeth, University of Denver, Graduate Program in Creative Writing, writing residency, January 2001

--Cohen, Lisa, Mary Kelley Prize, Northeast American Studies Association, 2002

--Slotkin, Richard, Winchester Award for Teaching, Psi-Upsilon at Wesleyan, 2002-2003

--Abelove, Henry, Adjunct Professor of American Studies, New York University, 2003

--Willis, Elizabeth, Nominated for Pushcart Prize, 2004

--Abelove, Henry, Stanley Kelly, Jr., Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching in the Department of English, Princeton, 2003-04

--Korda, Natasha, Visiting Associate Professor, English department, New York University, spring 2003

--McCann, Sean, Binswanger Family Teaching Prize, Award for Distinguished Teaching at Wesleyan, 2004

--Unferth, Deb Olin, Distinguished Story, The Best American Short Stories, 2004

--Unferth, Olin, Distinguished Story, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, 2005

--Unferth, Deb Olin, Visiting Scholar, New York University, 2005-2007

--Unferth, Deb Olin, Pushcart Prize  2005

--Willis, Elizabeth, Naropa Summer Writing Institute, Boulder CO, writing residency, summer 2006

--Willis, Elizabeth, Naropa Summer Writing Institute, Boulder CO, writing residency, summer 2006

--Slotkin, Richard, Binswanger Family Teaching Prize, Award for Distinguished Teaching at Wesleyan, 2007

--Willis, Elizabeth, Centre Internationale de Poesie, Marseille, France, writing residency, March 2007

--Willis, Elizabeth, Boston Review Prize for Poetry, Fall 2007

--Abelove, Henry, Michael Lynch Service Award, 2008

--duCille, Ann, Doctor of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa), Bridgewater State College, May 2008

--McCann, Sean, National Endowment for the Humanities, taught summer seminar with John Kasson, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

--Unferth, Deb Olin, Cabell First Novelist Award (presented by Virginia Commonwealth University), 2009

--Weiner, Stephanie Kuduk, Binswanger Family Teaching Prize, Award for Distinguished Teaching at Wesleyan, 2010

--Unferth, Deb Olin, Pushcart Prize, 2011

--Rushdy, Ashraf,, Visiting Research Professor at Universite Paul-Valery Montpellier III, September, 2011

--Karamcheti, Indira, Visiting Professor at Universite Paul-Valery Montpellier III, June 2011

--Pfister, Joel, Visiting Professor, John F. Kennedy Institute of North American Studies, Graduate School, Freie Universitat, Berlin, May-July 2011

--Korda, Natasha, offered M.A. seminar, Folger Shakepeare Library, Spring 2012

--Pfister, Joel, faculty member, West-China Faculty Enhancement Program in American Studies, sponsored by the Ford Foundation and the China Association for the Study of American Literature, July 2012, Xi’an, China

--Unferth, Deb, nominated for the National Books Critic Circle Award (for Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Joined the War), January 2012

--Elizabeth Willis, Lawrence L. and Thomas Winship/Pen New England Award (for poetry), March 2012