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Kevis Goodman’s Pathologies of Motion: Historical Thinking in Medicine, Aesthetics, and Poetics

Professor Kevis Goodman’s Pathologies of Motion: Historical Thinking in Medicine, Aesthetics, and Poetics (Yale University Press, 2022) is released this month. Pathologies of Motion offers a new account of later eighteenth‑century medicine, aesthetics, and poetics as overlapping forms of knowledge increasingly worried about the relationship between the geographical mobility of persons displaced from home and the internal motions constituting the physiology...

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Graduate Student Poets: Lindsay Choi

This piece is the second in a series about graduate student poets in the Department of English at Berkeley. Lindsay Choi joined the English Department as a Ph.D. student in 2018 after completing their undergraduate work in English and Philosophy at Berkeley earlier that year. They are the author of Transverse (Futurepoem Books, 2021), which was a finalist for the...

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Professor Beth Piatote joins Berkeley English

Beth Piatote joins Berkeley English in Fall 2022 as an Associate Professor. Professor Piatote is a scholar of Native American/Indigenous literature and law; a creative writer of fiction, poetry, plays, and essays; and an Indigenous language revitalization activist/healer, specializing in Nez Perce language and literature. She is the author of Domestic Subjects: Gender, Citizenship, and Law in Native American Literature...

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Thomas Farber’s Acting My Age

In Acting My Age, Thomas Farber reflects, with wit and insight, on his own mortality as well as on the impending extinction of vital presences in the natural world, from coral reefs to snow leopards. The author of over two dozen wide-ranging books of fiction, nonfiction, and epigrams, Farber teaches creative writing in the English department. The following excerpt from...

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Eric Falci on the Value of Poetry

In The Value of Poetry (Cambridge, 2020), Professor Eric Falci explores the literary, cultural, and political significance of poetry in the twenty-first century. Arguing that some of the most significant and enduring human notions have been voiced and held in poems, he examines the ways in which poetry captures instances of thought, feeling, and speech, and embeds them in language that is...

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Dear English Department – A reintroduction to the Simpson Literary Project

Dear UC Berkeley English Department,           It’s nice to meet you, again. We are the Simpson Literary Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting authors, and enhancing the lives of readers, writers, educators, and students in communities across California and the nation. Our story begins in Wheeler Hall, where our founder Joseph Di Prisco completed his...

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Student Series: An essay by English major Davis Mendez

Davis Mendez Jesse Nathan English 166   Wallace Stevens’ “The Motive of Metaphor”   Wallace Stevens’ “The Motive of Metaphor” is a collection of signs, which at least for this essay is a better description of the poem. Its reading is a confluence of its reader, the text, and the poet. In this confluence, the imagination navigates the ground and...

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FAQ Series – What are the requirements for the English major?

FAQ Series What are the requirements for the English major?   In this video, Katie explains ALL the requirements needed to get your undergraduate degree in English at Cal! Follow along with us on social media for updates, and feel free to reach out if you have a question you’d like to see filmed for the series!   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSYlJV9oh2YxoTgYSrGjrUg...

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FAQ Series – What is an elective?

FAQ Series What is an elective?   Welcome to our FAQ series, where our wonderful undergraduate advisor will be answering commonly asked questions about the English major at UC Berkeley. Follow along with us on social media for updates, and feel free to reach out if you have a question you’d like to see filmed for the series!   YouTube:...

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In memory of Professor John Bishop

Headnote by Professor Eric Falci, followed by a tribute written by Mitch Breitwieser and Eric Falci upon John’s retirement in 2011. Former students and colleagues have organized a virtual celebration to be held on June 16th, 2020. Details and Zoom link included below, and on our Events page.  Celebration of the Life of John Bishop June 16th (Bloomsday) 10 AM...

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Nadia Ellis Wins the 2020 Distinguished Teaching Award

Professor Nadia Ellis is one of four UC Berkeley faculty members to win the 2020 Distinguished Teaching Award. The Distinguished Teaching Award is the campus’s most prestigious honor for teaching and is intended to recognize individual faculty for sustained performance of excellence in teaching. Above and beyond an individual exemplary class, this kind of sustained excellence in teaching incites intellectual...

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“Quarantine” Book List – Curated by the UC Berkeley English Department

Earlier last week, I reached out to English department faculty members and grad students to gather book recommendations to explore during this time of uncertainty. The selections range from fantastical escapes to tragicomedies, to apocalyptic plots that feel all too relevant to what we are experiencing today.  We hope that this list will inspire you to find comfort in the...

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