Literature

Book cover of Jewish Comedy and portrait of Jeremy Dauber
Jeremy Dauber, the Atran Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture in the department of Slavic languages, was well aware that “analyzing comedy runs the risk of killing it.” Still, he forged ahead, chronicling the arc of Jewish humor.
David Henry Hwang with his arms crossed, smiling.

Photo by John Pinderhughes

David Henry Hwang has an illustrious career: he’s a dramatist whose work has won Tony, Obie and Grammy awards and is also America’s most-produced living opera librettist.

Sarah Cole and Fredrick Harris

Sarah Cole and Fredrick Harris were appointed divisional deans in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Harris, professor of political science, is the new dean of social science, effective July 1.

Richard Ford

Photo by Eileen Barroso

After Richard Ford published an essay about his mother in Harper’s Magazine in 1986, he always wanted to write a companion piece about his father.

2017 Bancroft Prizes Winning Book Covers

Columbia University announced today that three acclaimed works will be awarded the 2017 Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy: The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in

George Fletcher and Saul Berman

George Fletcher and Saul Berman co-teach Biblical Jurisprudence. Photo by Barbara Alper

How many law courses discuss the creation of the heavens, the mark of Cain, and the forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden?

Josef Sorett

Photo by Gabriel Cooney

Josef Sorett studies how religion takes shape outside of the spaces we see as religious and how it informs debates on modern black life.

Award-winning producer James Schamus directs Phillip Roth's Indignation for the silver screen. Photo Courtesy of Roadside Attractions

James Schamus is a longtime film professor at the School of Arts, where this fall he will teach courses on “Topics in American Film” and “The Western.” Last year, he was inducted into the 25 Year Club at Columbia.

W. Somerset Maugham
W. Somerset Maugham, whose well-known works include Of Human Bondage, The Moon and Sixpence and The Razor’s Edge, visited Columbia in November 1950 at the invitation of philosophy professor Irwin Edman (CC'1917, Ph.D.’20), a longtime friend.
Columbia University Humanities Prof. Edward Mendelson

In 1972, while going over a list of essays to include in his collection, Forewords and Afterwords, the poet W. H. Auden turned to the 26-year-old scholar assisting him and asked, “Why didn’t you include my essay on Romeo and Juliet?”

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