Prize-winning Author Andrea Levy Here April 29

Andrea Levy will read from her latest novel, The Long Song, on April 29 at 4 p.m. in Newton Hall 201. The event is free and open to the public.

The Long Song was shortlisted for the prestigious Man Booker Prize in 2010 and was in contention for the Orange Prize in 2010. Set in Jamaica in the early 19th century, Levy’s novel explores the relationship between Great Britain and the Caribbean during the last years of slavery and the period immediately after emancipation. The daughter of Jamaican migrants herself, Levy uses her fiction to rewrite British history to include her ancestors.

Levy’s fourth novel, Small Island, won the Orange Prize and the Whitbread Book of the Year Award in 2004 and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 2005.

Levy will sign copies of her works, which will be on sale after the reading.

Levy’s visit to Geneseo is sponsored by the Department of English, the Office of the Provost, the Office of International Programs, Campus Auxiliary Services, Multicultural Programs and Services, and the Office of Residence Life.

New book by Stelzig on Robinson the life-writer

Distinguished Teaching Professor Gene Stelzig has added another monograph to his list of important scholarly publications in nineteenth-century literature. Though less well known than William Wordsworth, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Herman Hesse, or Johann Wolfgang von Goethe – subjects of previous books by Stelzig – Henry Crabb Robinson (1775-1867) is noteworthy for his reminiscences of key figures in the English romantic movement. Stelzig’s new book demonstrates that Robinson must also be taken seriously as a life writer. Henry Crabb Robinson in Germany: A Study in Nineteenth-Century Life Writing examines autobiographical writings by Robinson that remain largely in manuscript, together with letters and diaries. Learn more about the book in [this press release from Bucknell University Press.

English Department Alums on Facebook

Wondering what Geneseo alums who majored in English are doing these days? Interested in catching up with someone you shared a class with decades ago but haven’t seen or heard from since? Want to vent about what’s missing from the [newly redesigned English department website? You can do all these things and more by joining the SUNY Geneseo English Department Alumni group on Facebook. Write on our wall! Start a discussion! Post photos and video! We want to hear from you!

English Department Website Goes Live

The English department has redesigned its website to make it easier for you to learn more about who we are and what we’re doing. New elements of the website include live updates from our Twitter page and links to stories in this spanking-new English department blog. The blog will broadcast important news for majors and chronicle the latest exploits of students, faculty, and staff.