In Remembrance

  • Renowned film scholar Miriam Hansen, 1949-2011

    Over the course of her career, Hansen, the Ferdinand Schevill Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities, Cinema and Media Studies, English Language and Literature, and the College, made significant contributions to the study of American silent film and film theory. Her 1991 book Babel and Babylon: Spectatorship in American Silent Film is considered a landmark work in the study of early cinema.   read more

  • James E. Miller, Jr., 90, Scholar of American Literature

    James E. Miller, Jr. was born on September 9, 1920, in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Oklahoma in 1942. He took pride in his Oklahoma roots during the great depression, when he first discovered his love affair with books, and in his service as a cryptographer for the army during World War II. After the war, newly married to Barbara Anderson (1921-81), he enrolled on the G.I. bill at the University of Chicago, receiving his master’s in 1947 and Ph.D. in American literature in 1949. As a professor at the University of Nebraska from 1953 to 1961, he was appointed chair of the English Department at age 36, and according to colleague Robert Knoll’s widow Virginia Knoll, he “brought the department into modern times” and developed a systematic Ph.D. program. Called back to the Chicago faculty in 1962, he served as chair of English from 1978 to 1983, and retired in 1990.  read more

  • Richard G. Stern, Prof. Emeritus of English and prolific author, 1928-2013

    He published more than 20 books in his lifetime, but Richard Stern insisted he was never a driven writer. “I’ve never needed to write,” he explained in 2010. “I wrote because I wanted to.” Stern, the Helen A. Regenstein Professor Emeritus in English Language & Literature and the College, died Jan. 24 at age 84. In his distinguished and prolific career as a writer, teacher and scholar, Stern crossed paths with many of the leading literary figures of his generation, including his friends Saul Bellow, X’39, and Philip Roth, AM’55.   read more