Literature Faculty Activities and Accomplishments

“The Order of Lenin: ‘Find Some Truly Hard People’,” by Jonathan Brent, was published by The New York Times in May 2017.

Peter Filkins published a review of Simon Armitage’s new verse version of the 14th-century Middle English poem Pearl in the April 2017 issue of The New Criterion.

Fictitious Capital: Silk, Cotton, and the Rise of the Arabic Novel”, by Elizabeth Holt, was published by Fordham University Press in July 2017.

“A Poem Is a Human Artifact: Camille Guthrie in Conversation with Ann Lauterbach,” was published in the Boston Review in April 2017. Recent publications by Lauterbach include: “A Poem is a Human Artifact,” in The Boston Review, April 2017, and “On Tears,” in The Topography of Tears by Rose-Lynn Fisher, published by Belleview Literary Press in May 2017.

John Ashbery Reprise: Professor Ann Lauterbach on the Iconic Poet and Bard Professor Emeritus. Professor Emeritus John Ashbery passed away last month. Here, Ann Lauterbach shares her 2011 introduction of the poet upon receipt of his National Book Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. (Brooklyn Rail)

In March 2017, Joseph Luzzi gave a lecture entitled, “From Twain to Toni Morrison: A Literary Journey through America,” as part of the Lowell Lecture Series at the Boston Public Library. Luzzi was awarded a Fall 2017 Wallace Fellowship at Villa I Tatti, Harvard’s Center for Renaissance Studies in Florence, Italy, to work on his next book project, “Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’: A Biography.”

Wyatt Mason on the First Woman to Translate the Odyssey into English Writer in Residence Wyatt Mason examines how the classicist Emily Wilson has given Homer’s epic a radically contemporary voice. (New York Times)

Bard Professor, Author, and Critic Daniel Mendelsohn to Receive Top Alumni Honor from Princeton. Mendelsohn, who earned a Ph.D. in classics from Princeton in 1994, will receive the James Madison Medal during Alumni Day activities on February 24. (Princeton University)

Recent publications by Daniel Mendelsohn include: “A Father’s Final Odyssey,” published in the April 2017 issue of The New Yorker, and “Robert B. Silvers (1929-2017),” published in the April 2017 issue of The New York Review of Books.

Professor of Literature Bradford Morrow Publishes New Novel, The Prague Sonata. The Prague Sonata is “an elegant foray into music and memory.” Morrow discusses the new book with Professor Mary Caponegro at Bard on October 2. (Kirkus Reviews)

“Restless Secularism: Modernism and the Religious Inheritance”, by Matthew Mutter, was published by Yale University Press in May 2017.

“‘The Dead Man Come to Life Again’: Edward Albert and the Strategies of Black Endurance,” by Natalie Prizel, was published in Victorian Literature and Culture 45.2.

“Forget protest. Trump’s actions warrant a general national strike,” by Francine Prose, appeared in The Guardian in January 2017.

In March 2017, Dina Ramadan presented her paper, “Remapping the Mediterranean: Cosmopolitanism, Third Worldism, and the Alexandria Biennale,” at the Art, Institutions, and Internationalism: 1933-1966 conference at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and she was invited to “Writing/Curating the Middle East,” at Yale University, where she spoke about “The Science of Art: Knowledge Production and Artistic Practices in Early 20th Century Egypt.” In April 2017, she gave a talk at Princeton University, “In Defense of a Ministry: The Ikhwanization of Culture and the Threat to Egyptian Identity.” Her article, “The Straw that Broke the Camel’s Back,” was published in Middle East Research and Information Project, 280.

In March 2017, Justus Rosenberg was awarded the Legion of Honor from the French Government during a ceremony at the French Consulate in New York City.

“The Plenitude of Distraction”, by Marina van Zuylen, was published by Sequence Press in September 2017.

The Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities in Kingston, directed by Marina van Zuylen, has been awarded a $3,000 grant from the Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation.

Literature Students – Wilton Moore Lockwood Prize

A prize awarded to students who have submitted particularly distinguished creative and critical writing in course work:

 2010 – Liza Birnbaum and Bridget Behrman
2011 – Alexander Thomas Cavell Batkin and Blake Zoe Grindon
2012 – Shaheen Qureshi (creative) and Christopher Richards (critical)
2013 – Keziah Weir (creative) and Benjamin DiFabbio (critical)
2014 – Undrea Martin, Jr. (creative) and Joshua Corner (critical)
2015 – Ariana Perez-Castells (creative) and Beatrice Abbott and Andras Ferencz (critical)
2016 – Rosa Schwartzburg (creative) and Austen Hinkley (critical)
2017 – Amelia Maggio (creative) and Jonathan Repetti (critical)