Author: lefler

Jo Alvarado wins the American Cultures Essay Prize

Berkeley English honors student Jo Alvarado has received the American Cultures Essay Prize for her essay “Loving What Goes Away: Ross Gay’s Gratitude for Loss and Life.” Alvarado’s essay was written in Professor John Alba Cutler’s 166AC course “Racial Joy,” offered in the Department of English this past Spring. Congratulations, Jo! The prizewinning essay responds to a prompt from the...

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Berkeley English ranked #1 graduate program by U.S. News

The English Department has been ranked #1 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 national graduate program rankings. The high ranking of the department as a whole resulted from the high ranking of our field specialties, as follows: #1 in American Literature After 1865 #1 in Gender and Literature #2 in 18th Through 20th Century British Literature #2 in African-American...

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Elisa Tamarkin’s Apropos of Something: A History of Irrelevance and Relevance

Professor Elisa Tamarkin’s Apropos of Something: A History of Irrelevance and Relevance (University of Chicago Press, 2022) is released this month. Before 1800 nothing was irrelevant. So argues Elisa Tamarkin’s sweeping meditation on a key shift in consciousness: the arrival of relevance as the means to grasp how something that was once disregarded, unvalued, or lost to us becomes interesting...

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