August and Barnett Poetry Reading


Last Friday (March 28th), Emily August and former EGSA member Elizabeth Barnett held a poetry meeting at Vanderbilt’s Barnes and Noble. Their wonderfully emotive poems made us chuckle, made us sigh, but, most of all, made us remember how many exceptionally creative people were among our ranks. We hope to attend other readings soon!


Third Years Pass Comps!


Congratulations to all our colleagues in the third year–Petal Samuel, Lucy Mensah, Chance Woods, Annie Castro, Faith Barter, and RJ Boutelle–who’ve passed their comprehensive exams! Go you! We knew you could do it!

Third Years Embark on Comprehensive Exams



Last week, the EGSA presented the third year students–Faith Barter, RJ Boutelle, Annie Castro, Lucy Mensah, Petal Samuel, and Chance Woods–with “comps baskets,” or gifts in anticipation of their 10-day written comprehensive exams, which began today. These gifts are a well-loved tradition in the English department at Vanderbilt, as they offer items of sustenance and inspiration, from cookies and coffee to letters and t-shirts, for each member of the cohort as they approach an important turning point in their graduate careers. 

Please give your support and encouragement to the six of them as they write their exams! May their answers be as exciting and flavorful as the macaroons from Provence bakery.

Dickens Camp


Wietske Smeele and Dan Fang will be representing Vanderbilt at this year’s Dickens Universe, at the University of California, Santa Cruz (Aug. 3-8). They will be attending seminars, going to lectures, and–best of all–learning Victorian dances with John Jordan in a waistcoat.

Rodrigues: Folger Colloquium


Don Rodrigues has been admitted to Professor Barbara K. Lewalski’s 2013-14 Folger Institute Colloquium, “Constructing and Representing Early Modern Authorship.” Don joins a group of faculty members and advanced graduate students monthly throughout the year to share work and discuss research topics and methods at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. He will present his culminating project at the colloquium’s final session in May, 2014.