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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.
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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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INHUMAN FIGURES: ROBOTS, CLONES, AND ALIENS, a film essay by Michelle N. Huang and CA Davis, can now be viewed through the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. INHUMAN FIGURES excavates three popular science-fictional archetypes—the robot, clone, and alien—to reveal how imagined futures are produced from a long history of treating Asian Americans as tireless workers, indistinguishable copies, and forever foreigners.
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Trethewey included in Time Magazine's 100 Must-Read Books of 2020
Trethewey and Webster named to NewCity's 2020 Lit 50
Two essays by Lauren Jackson published in The New Yorker

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