Acting Director of Undergraduate Studies for Spring 2020

Dr. Gregory Baker ( will be Acting Director of Undergraduate Studies while Dr. Daniel Gibbons is on sabbatical during the Spring 2020 semester.


Transatlantic Romanticism, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of English

The Department of English at the Catholic University of America (Washington D.C.) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor with a specialty in Transatlantic Romanticism, and the ability to teach courses in adjacent periods. The successful candidate will be able to teach graduate courses and direct dissertations in both American and British literature. Ph.D. expected at time of appointment. The Department of English specializes in literary history and aesthetics, and is interested in candidates whose research is deeply invested in these approaches. Information about the department is available on our website. Send letter of application, C.V., letters of reference, and chapter-length writing sample via Interfolio to Ernest Suarez, Chair of English, The Catholic University of America.

We seek candidates who understand, are enthusiastic about, and will make a significant contribution to the mission of the University, which can be found here. CUA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


Book Discussion: The Year of Magical Thinking

“Life changes in the instant. The ordinary instant.”

Please join English Society for a discussion of

Wednesday, February 5th, 8-9:30pm
Opus Ground Floor Lounge

From one of America's iconic writers, a stunning book of electric honesty and passion. Joan Didion explores an intensely personal yet universal experience: a portrait of a marriage–and a life, in good times and bad–that will speak to anyone who has ever loved a husband or wife or child.

Several days before Christmas 2003, John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion saw their only daughter, Quintana, fall ill with what seemed at first flu, then pneumonia, then complete septic shock. She was put into an induced coma and placed on life support. Days later–the night before New Year's Eve–the Dunnes were just sitting down to dinner after visiting the hospital when John Gregory Dunne suffered a massive and fatal coronary. In a second, this close, symbiotic partnership of forty years was over. Four weeks later, their daughter pulled through. Two months after that, arriving at LAX, she collapsed and underwent six hours of brain surgery at UCLA Medical Center to relieve a massive hematoma.

This powerful book is Didion's attempt to make sense of the "weeks and then months that cut loose any fixed idea I ever had about death, about illness . . . about marriage and children and memory . . . about the shallowness of sanity, about life itself."

To RSVP, please visit the "CUA English Society" Facebook group or visit The Nest.


Seeking Newsletter Contributors

The Annex is seeking current English majors/minors or alumni who are interested in conducting interviews and/or writing short pieces. If you are interested in possible assignments or have original ideas to suggest, please contact Dr. Taryn Okuma (