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Berlin gift supports scholar studying the novel
By Josh Schonwald

The Division of the Humanities has received a $2 million gift to create its first distinguished professorship devoted to the study of one of the world’s most important and enduring genres: the novel.

The gift from Randy and Melvin Berlin will allow the Department of English Language & Literature to hire a prominent scholar working on the development of the novel in any period, or across periods. “It will enable us to hire a scholar whose concern with literary form will show students how and why the novel as a genre has retained its remarkable vitality,” said Bill Brown, the Edward Carson Waller Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of English Language & Literature. The professorship is titled the Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Professor of the Development of the Novel in English Language & Literature.

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