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.