Academic journal article Christianity and Literature

Lifetime Achievement Award. (News and Announcements)

Academic journal article Christianity and Literature

Lifetime Achievement Award. (News and Announcements)

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This afternoon the Conference on Christianity and Literature presents its Lifetime Achievement Award to Denis Donoghue. When we give this award, we do more than recognize sustained accomplishment--a "lifetime," or in this case, it would seem, several lifetimes, of scholarship at the highest level. We also make a statement about ourselves as members of a community "dedicated to both scholarly excellence and collegial exchange." We pay tribute and, in doing so, reaffirm our aspirations.

Denis Donoghue is Henry James Professor of English and American Letters and University Professor at New York University. He has written and edited more than twenty books on such authors and topics as Jonathan Swift, Emily Dickinson, Walter Pater, William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, T. S. Eliot, British and American verse drama, literary theory, and Irish literature and society. When it first appeared in 1965, his seminal study titled Connoisseurs of Chaos: Ideas of Order in Modern American Poetry brought a new appreciation, particularly for a European audience, of Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, Theodore Roethke, and Robert Lowell. In this book Professor Donoghue reads modern American literature with the rigorous attention he learned from New Criticism, and he also interprets this literature in relation to science, evolutionary theory, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the two World Wars. …

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