Topic: English



Professor of English Zachary Lazar has published a new book, The Apartment on Calle Uruguay: A Novel (Penguin Random House, 2022). It’s the story of a complicated romance between an artist and a journalist.

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My Tulane Keats on Machu Picchu

Years after first encountering Romantic poet John Keats in a literature class, the writer begins to understand the line, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases.”

Gentilly Days iron sign in a neutral ground in a Gentilly New Orleans suburb

Gentilly Days

New Yorker, New York Times contributor and creative writing professor Thomas Beller embarks on a road trip to pursue the meaning of class and the truth about the iconic 1960s Southern novels The Moviegoer and To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Impression: Micah Cohen

As an undergraduate at Tulane, journalist Micah Cohen (TC ’05) was hopeful of writing the “great American novel.”


Literary History

T.R. Johnson, professor of English at Tulane, is editor of New Orleans: A Literary History (Cambridge University Press, 2019), which provides detailed discussions on the most significant writing the city of New Orleans has inspired. In a video on the publisher’s website, he mentions several major authors like Joan Didion, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner and Kate Chopin who spent time in the city.


Zachary Lazar, professor of English

“They are, in a very concrete way, doing things and reading things that show them that they’re important, that their lives matter and that other people are paying attention to their lives,” Zachary Lazar said in The Creative Brain, a Netflix documentary, about a service-learning creative writing class he teaches to inmates at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.


Jesmyn Ward in Xavier Review

The first book-length study of award-winning writer and Tulane English professor Jesmyn Ward has been published in Xavier Review. The 177-page publication celebrates Ward’s literary accomplishments with a collection of critical readings and scholarly responses. It includes Ward’s prologue to her memoir Men We Reaped, a chronology of her work and reviews of her publications.

Screen vs book

Screens vs. Books: the Book Always Wins, Professor Says

Is book culture old-fashioned in a society that’s overrun by screens?

Catherine Freshley with painting

Impression Catherine Freshley

As a painter, Catherine Freshley (SLA ’09) puts the familiar into focus.


Two Books, Two Cities

It’s a banner year for Tulane English professors — Zachary Lazar and Jesmyn Ward. Their novels have been selected as the 2019 books to read citywide in New Orleans and Philadelphia, respectively. Vengeance by Lazar is the “One Book, One New Orleans” selection. In addition to distributing free copies of the book to people who can’t afford to buy them, the program will present a series of events to encourage people to read and engage with the book, which is a tale of crime and imprisonment, where fact and fiction are hard to tell apart.