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Sarah Schulman’s play, The Lady Hamlet, which premiered at the Provincetown Theater in Massachusetts, has received two 2022 BroadwayWorld Boston awards: one for “Best New Play or Musical (Professional)” and one for “Best Performer in a Play (Professional),” given to Jennifer Van Dyck for her turn as Miss Margo Stayden Burns.
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Kelly Wisecup’s book, Assembled for Use: Indigenous Compilation and the Archives of Early Native American Literatures, has been awarded the St. Louis Mercantile Library Prize from the Bibliographic Society of America.

The citation describes Assembled for Use as a “fine exampl[e] of critical bibliographical practice drawing heavily on traditional bibliographical sources, especially those (like subscription lists and scrapbooks) which have been commonly overlooked, until now.” The prize criteria include “rigorous bibliographical merit, future impact, and use in classroom or research settings.”

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New York University has awarded the 2022 Callaway Prize for the Best Book on Drama and Theatre to Common Understandings, Poetic Confusion: Playhouses and Playgoers in Elizabethan England by William N. West.  The Callaway Prize is given by NYU’s Department of English for the best book on drama or theatre published during the previous two years by an American author. The prize was established in 1990 by Joe A. Callaway—an actor, drama lecturer, and supporter of theatrical causes. 
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Indigenous Mississippi
Kelly Wisecup and English Department graduate student alumnae Sara Černe and Bonnie Etherington launched a website featuring their collaborations on a Humanities without Walls grant, “Indigenous Art and Activism in Changing Climates: The Mississippi River Valley, Colonialism, and Environmental Change.”  Indigenous Mississippi is a digital archive of the work created by an interdisciplinary, multi-university, multi-year research project on Indigenous art and activism about the Mississippi River. Over the course of several years, professors, grad students, artists, and activists collaborated to tell stories that follow the flow of the Mississippi River in order to study how Indigenous peoples confront life and make art in the midst of changing climates.
Renaissance Drama, a leading journal of early modern studies housed in the Department of English, celebrates the publication of its fiftieth volume this year.  Founded at Northwestern in 1964 by professor of English Samuel Schoenbaum, Renaissance Drama has been edited ever since by faculty affiliated with the Department, including Leonard Barkan, Mary Beth Rose, Wendy Wall, Jeffrey Masten, and Will West. The journal publishes scholarship on the whole array of Renaissance theater and performance traditions throughout Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Americas.
Read a sample of articles from RD over the years
Jeffrey Masten is among the 2022 Guggenheim Fellows recently named by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The award will help support Masten’s research into early printed copies of literary texts and the changing histories of gender and sexuality registered by the readers who owned, marked up and read them across time.

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