English

Notable Faculty & Student Achievements

May 2020

  • Professor Emeritus of English David Gaines  reviewed Baron Wormser’s novel Songs from a Voice: Being the Recollections, Stanzas, and Observations of Abe Runyan, Songwriter and Performer  (Woodhall Press, 2020) for The Midwest Review . You can read the review here .





April 2020

  • Professor of English David Gaines  contributed a chapter titled “Dylan’s Literary Fans: The Economy of Prestige and Reading with One Hand Waving Free” to the conference volume New Approaches to Bob Dylan  (Southern Denmark University Press). The chapter grew out of his spring 2018 capstone course, American Nobelity, and his conference presentation in Denmark that semester.





  • Professor of English David Gaines  published “His Back Pages” in The Bridge  (vol. 66, spring 2020), the leading journal of Bob Dylan studies in Europe. Therein, he reviewed “History of a Voice” poet Bryan Wormser’s new Dylan-inspired novel.





March 2020

  • Joanne Powers Austin Chair and Professor of English Eileen Cleere delivered a paper titled “Ecopsychology and the Greening of Jane Eyre” at the annual Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS) Conference in Los Angeles, CA, March 4–8, 2020. She also participated in a pedagogy workshop called  “How to Teach Victorian Literature Online.” Cleere currently serves on the governing board of INCS as second vice president.





  • Associate Professor of English and Chair of Early Modern Studies Michael Saenger has been named chair of the section for faculty in the humanities at the Academic Engagement Network (AEN). AEN is a national organization of faculty members and staff on American university and college campuses that seeks to oppose efforts to delegitimize Israel; to support robust discussion, research, and education about Israel in the academy; to promote campus free expression and academic freedom; and to counter antisemitism when it occurs on campus.





  • Professor of English David Gaines reviewed Sam Wasson’s The Big Goodbye, a book about the making of the 1974 film Chinatown, in the February 25th Austin Chronicle. Read his review here.





January 2020

  • Professor of English and Joanne Powers Austin Term Chair Eileen Cleere has been elected second vice president of Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS), an international organization. Her term will run 2020–2021.





  • Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers published “7 Jewish Feminist Highlights of 2019” in the Lilith Blog. Read it here.





  • Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers was an invited participant on the roundtable “Building Bridges: Feminist Mentorship, Collaboration, and Coalition Building” at the annual meeting of the Association for Jewish Studies. Meyers talked about diverse forms of mentoring, including public scholarship.





November 2019

  • Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger  published a blog post in the Times of Israel  titled “Are Jews Welcome at the University of Toronto?” The post was marked as a featured post by the Times of Israel  and can be read here .





September 2019

  • Professor of English Eileen Cleere served on a panel of judges awarding the Richard Stein Prize to the best article published in nineteenth-century studies in 2018. The Stein Prize is awarded annually by the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies Association, an international organization.





  • Novel English Majors, a course taught by Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers, was featured in the National Humanities Alliance blog post “Humanities Education and Career Preparation: Not Either/Or but Both/And.”  You can read it here.





  • Professor of English Eileen Cleere ’s review of Barbara Leckie’s Open Houses: Poverty, the Novel, and the Architectural Idea in Nineteenth-Century Britain  has just been published in the academic journal Nineteenth-Century Literature . You can read the review here .





August 2019

  • Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers  published a review of the new documentary Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles in the Jewish Women’s Archive  blog. Read it here.





  • Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger  published a blog post for the Times  of Israel, titled “Bibi Loves BDS.” Read it here .





  • Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger was invited to be an academic visitor by the chair of the faculty of English at Cambridge University, December 2019–January 2020. Saenger will be conducting research on temporality in relation to Shakespeare’s life in print.





July 2019

  • Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger published a review of Malcolm Smuts (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of The Age of Shakespeare, Oxford University Press. The review appeared in Notes and Queries, also published by Oxford University Press.





  • Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger and Associate Professor of Theatre Sergio Costola organized and led a seminar titled “Polychronic Translation of Shakespeare” at the 2019 European Shakespeare Research Association Conference, held at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre, in Rome, Italy, July 9–12. Kayla Ingram ’20 attended the conference, and, following an independent study with Dr. Saenger on Shakespeare and Translation, designed graphic support for the seminar.





  • Professor of English and McManis University Chair Helene Meyers was an invited participant in KUT’s “Views and Brews” podcast on the past, present, and future of the humanities. Other panelists were Dennis Ahlburg, former president of Trinity University; Amelia Pace-Borah, academic director of Austin’s Free Minds program; and Paul Woodruff, former dean of undergraduate studies at the University of Texas. Meyers talked about her nationally recognized course Novel English Majors, the role of public scholarship in rejuvenating the humanities, and the need for continuity and change as we revise the curriculum. According to her, “a complex world and complex problems require complex and visionary thinking, and that’s what the humanities offers.” The podcast is available through NPR.