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New Books by English Faculty
Elisha Cohn’s Still Life rethinks the nineteenth-century aesthetics of agency through the Victorian novel’s fascination with states of reverie, trance, and sleep.

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M.H. Abrams Lecture 2016 Features Seth Lerer
October 20th
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“The English Lyric: Medieval to Early Modern” will take place on 10/20 at 4:30 pm. This lecture is free and open to the public.
Culler and Birien collaborate on "Théorie Littéraire"
June 27th
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A French translation of Jonathan Culler’s (Class of 1916 Professor of English) Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction is now available.
Renaissance Scholar and Professor Emerita Kaske Dies at 83
June 22nd
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Colleagues are fondly remembering Carol Kaske, who died on June 15. Professor Kaske taught at Cornell for 40 years, until her retirement in 2003.
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