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University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst

English Department

Newly Tenured Faculty

In the spring of 2010, the Board of Trustees of the University of Massachusetts granted tenure to three of our faculty members. Congratulations are in order for Professors Suzanne Daly, Joseph Black, and Jenny Adams, who each write and teach courses on different sorts of British literature.


Professor Jenny Adams, the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the English Department since 2008, is the author of Power Play: The Literature and Politics of Chess in the Late Middle Ages, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press in 2006. Professor Adams has transformed scores of UMass undergraduates into Chaucer lovers – her courses on the Canterbury Tales are perennially over-subscribed – and she served as the head of the Department’s Oxford Summer Seminar for three years before taking over the Undergraduate Studies office. Professor Adams is currently working on an essay about anti-Semitism in Chaucer’s “Pardoner’s Tale.”


Professor Joseph Black is the co-editor of the Broadview Anthology of English Literature and the author of recently or soon-to-be published essays on Edmund Spenser and religious polemic in Tudor and Stuart England. His edition of the infamous Martin Marprelate tracts was published in 2008 by Cambridge University Press, and he is a recent winner of the University’s prestigious Distinguished Teacher Award. In addition to serving as the Associate Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Black teaches courses on Milton, book history, and 17th century poetry, among other topics.


Professor Suzanne Daly teaches courses on the Victorian novel and the literature of the 19th century British Empire; she was the winner of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts Outstanding Teaching Award in 2007. Professor Daly’s forthcoming book, The Empire Inside: Indian Commodities in Victorian Domestic Novels, will be published by the University of Michigan Press next year. She’s currently writing a new essay on Christina Rossetti’s dark poem, “Goblin Market.”

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