• Students Paddle Out

    Chair’s speech as delivered by Professor Bishnupriya Ghosh at the English Department Major’s Reception, UCSB Commencement, June 2014.


    Congratulations graduates, friends and family, for your achievements and for your courage. Despite the facility of expression that you have acquired as English majors, I know we are all experiencing testimonial fatigue. We’ve been asked for our views, our take, our ... Read on

  • The English Department continually strives to find new ways of teaching and to improve the classroom experience for students. The latest development: a new suite of seminars capped at 25 students! Continuing the success of last year’s courses offered in this format, these smaller elective courses offer a more intimate classroom experience than the standard 38-student lectures.

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  • Image from the vigil for the Isla Vista tragedy.

    The English Department grieves for those who lost their lives in the Isla Vista shooting Friday, May 23, 2014. As teachers, we think, plan and dream futures for and with our students. This loss cuts into the very heart of our collective enterprise. The department held its own memorial at the CRC on Tuesday, May 27, before attending the university ... Read on

  • Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English, Alison Reed, wins the Outstanding Teaching Award 2014.

    Each year, teaching assistants play a vital role enhancing the teaching mission of the University.  The Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award recognizes the contributions of graduate students to the teaching and learning process of UC Santa Barbara.

    Alison currently serves as Graduate Fellow of the Antiracism ... Read on

  • Since 1925 the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has annually offered Fellowships to artists, scholars, and scientists in all fields.  This year, after considering the recommendations of panels and juries consisting of hundreds of distinguished artists, scholars, and scientists, their Board of Trustees has granted 177 Fellowships.  Guggenheim Fellows are appointed on the basis of impressive achievement in the past ... Read on

  • Professor Patricia Fumerton is awarded her 5th National Endowment for the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grant to archive the pre-1701 broadside ballads in the Houghton Library of Harvard University (c. 1,300 ballads). The sum of the grant awarded is $300,000 for two years, 2014-2016. Read more.

  • Bill Warner was formally awarded the Gottschalk Prize in March 2014 at the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies’ Conference.  This prize is for an outstanding historical or critical study on the eighteenth century and carries a monetary award.  Louis Gottschalk (1899-1975) second President of ASECS, President of the American Historial Association, and for many years Distinguished Service Professor at ... Read on

  • UCSB English Professor Candace Waid receives the Faulkner Journal’s Jim Hinkle Memorial Prize for 2006-12 for “Burying the Regional Mother: Faulkner’s Road to Race through the Visual Arts,” Vol. 23.1 (2007).

    Professor Waid receives the honor that is only awarded once every five years, the plaudit is reserved for a single essay, published in The Faulkner Journal, seen as making ... Read on

  • Chair’s Speech as delivered at the English Department Major’s Reception, UCSB Commencement, June 16 2013.

    “Slow Reading” Elizabeth Heckendorn Cook, Acting Chair

    Welcome to our graduates – and welcome to all the families and friends who have supported your graduates on the long trip to the happy celebration today. Warmest congratulations to each of you!

    Since we don’t have Powerpoint ... Read on

  • Professor Stephanie Batiste’s book Darkening Mirrors: Imperial Representation in Depression-Era African American Performance was awarded Honorable Mention by the Association for Theatre of Higher Education’s Outstanding Book Award for 2012.