Yale English Department Events

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Upcoming Events

    • The Poetics Reading Group and Americanist Colloquium Present: Max Cavitch

      Thursday, October 2 at 4:00, LC 103

      The questions raised in his essay “Slavery and Its Metrics” —questions about rhythm, phenomenology, etc.—will be amplified and extended in this October presentation to the Poetics Working Group. Cavitch


    • The 20/21 Colloquium and Theory & Media Studies Colloquium Present: Marta Figlerowicz and Jill Richards

      Friday, October 3 at 4:00, LC 319

      figlerowiczMarta Figlerowicz,

      “The Apartment and the Piano: Michael Haneke’s Amour (2012)”

      Marta Figlerowicz is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and English at Yale University. Her first book project, Irrelevant Protagonists: A Theory of Novel Character, discusses French and British early modern and modernist novels that explore limits to how broadly particular persons can engage with their environments. Her second book project, entitled Spaces of Feeling, studies representations of emotional states and their relationship to philosophical thought or political action in mid-twentieth-century American, British, and French fiction and poetry. She is currently working on essays about contemporary queer poetry, Michael Haneke, Søren Kierkegaard, and the Marquis de Sade. With Padma Maitland and Christopher Patrick Miller, she is also editing a collaborative volume on new materialisms and affect theory entitled Object Emotions. She is a member of the Harvard Society of Fellows, which she joined as a Junior Fellow in 2013.

      Jill Richards,Jill Richards

      “Two Avant Gardes: London, 1914–Brunnenberg, Tirolo, 1960.”

      Jill Richards is Assistant Professor of English at Yale University. She works across a number of 20th century genres and national traditions, with a particular emphasis in British modernism. Her book manuscript, Fire-Starters: Women’s Rights, Human Rights, and the International Avant-Gardes, is a feminist counter-history of rights and revolution. Moving from the military trials of the pétroleuse to queer resistance cells active during the Second World War, she argues that women’s movements and the avant-gardes offered one another a conceptual language to reimagine subjects exceptional to the “rights of man and citizen.” The project follows these dialogues through the revolutionary upheavals peppering the late 19th and early 20th centuries, ultimately locating, amongst women’s movements, early socialist currents, and avant-gardes, a radical alternative to liberal human rights discourses in formation at the same historical moment. Her second book project, Adolescence and Austerity, is a theory of young adult literature from the 1970s to the present.

    • The Medieval and Renaissance Colloquia Present: Susan Phillips “Polyglots and Popular Pedagogy: Laughter and Language Lessons in Premodern England”

      Thursday, October 9 at 5:30, LC 319


      An Early Modern and Medieval scholar, Professor Susan Phillips researches and teaches late medieval and Early Modern literature and culture, Chaucer, Shakespeare, drama, and the history of the book.  Her research is particularly focused upon the materiality of the book: exploring how texts were produced, published, circulated, and read.  In 2007, she published the important Transforming Talk: The Problem with Gossip in Late Medieval England, which explores the religious, cultural, and literary work of “idle talk” in late medieval England. Professor Phillips has published essays on Chaucer, gossip theory, late medieval pastoral practice, Renaissance dictionaries, medieval multilingualism, and pre-modern pedagogy.
      bestsellers taught readers not only how to conjugate verbs and negotiate with foreign merchants, but also how to insult neighbors and chat up chambermaids in up to eight different languages. More than simply entertaining content, these mischievous conversations constitute a new pedagogical practice, as language learning itself undergoes a translation out of the classroom, into the marketplace, and further down the social ladder.Professor Phillips’ current project, Polyglots and Pocketbooks, traces the cultural history of the dictionaries, phrasebooks, and guides to conversations that flooded the European marketplace from the fifteenth through the seventeenth centuries. These extraordinarily popular

    • The Graduate Poets Reading Series and The Working Group on Contemporary Cultures Present: Rob Halpern

      Thursday, October 9 at 8:00,

      Halpern Rob_Petit fer a chevalRob Halpern is the author of Rumored Place (Krupskaya 2004), Disaster Suites (Palm Press 2009), and most recently, Music for Porn (Nightboat Books 2011). Ugly Duckling Presse will publish Common Place in 2015. Together with Taylor Brady, Halpern also co-authored the book length poem Snow Sensitive Skin (Displaced Press 2011). His work has been translated into French and Montenegrin, and most recently, Disaster Suites was translated into Dutch as Rampensuites as part of the Contemporary Poetry in Translation series published by the literary arts foundation, Perdu. Halpern is also an essayist and translator. Recent critical essays on topics ranging from Charles Baudelaire and George Oppen, to New Narrative and Conceptual Writing appear in Journal of Narrative Theory, Modernist Cultures, The Claudius App, and Chicago Review. He is also translating Georges Perec’s early essays on aesthetics and politics, which can be found in various publications, including Review of Contemporary Fiction and Paul Revere’s Horse, and will appear as a collection in 2016 (Nightboat Books). He lives in San Francisco and Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he teaches at Eastern Michigan University and Huron Valley Women’s Correctional Facility.

    • Panel Discussion on the exhibits, “Figures of Empire: Slavery and Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Britain” (British Art Center) and “Prospects of Empire: Slavery and Ecology in Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Britain” (Lewis Walpole Library)

      Monday, October 13 at 12:00, TBD

      Figures of EmpireMonday, October 13, noon-1:15: Panel Discussion on the exhibits, “Figures of Empire: Slavery and Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Britain” (British Art Center) and “Prospects of Empire: Slavery and Ecology in Eighteenth-Century Atlantic Britain” (Lewis Walpole Library)

      Panelists: Esther Chadwick (PhD candidate, History of Art), Meredith Gamer (PhD candidate, History of Art), and Heather Vermeulen (PhD candidate, African American Studies and American Studies)

    • The Department Lecture Series Presents: Sarah Beckwith “Losing the Name of Action: Shakespeare, Macbeth, and Speech as Action”

      Thursday, October 16 at 4:00, LC 317

      Sarah BeckwithSarah Beckwith is a Professor at Duke University specializing in Medieval literature and Renaissance/early modern literature. Educated at Oxford University with a Ph.D. from London University, her book Signifying God: Social Relation and Symbolic Act in York’s Play of Corpus Christi was published by the Univeristy of Chicago Press in 2003. She was the co-editor of the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies for many years and is a co-founder of the series Re-Formations through the University of Notre Dame Press.

    • The Americanist Colloquium Presents: Ivy Wilson “Specters of Democracy; Blackness and the Aesthetics of Politics in the Antebellum U.S.”

      Monday, October 20 at 4:00, LC 319

      Ivy Wilson teaches courses on the comparative literatures of the black diaspora and U.S. literary studies with a particular emphasis on African American culture at Northwestern University. His book, Specters of Democracy: Blackness and the Aesthetics of Nationalism (Oxford UP), interrogates how the figurations and tropes of blackness were used to produce the social equations that regulated the cultural meanings of U.S. citizenship and traces how African American intellectuals manipulated the field of aesthetics as a means to enter into political discourse about the forms of subjectivity and national belonging. Along with recent articles in ESQ, Arizona Quarterly, and PMLA, his other work in U.S. literary studies includes two forthcoming edited books on the nineteenth-century poets James Monroe Whitfield and Albery Allson Whitman.

    • Reading: “Iphigenia in Aulis”

      Wednesday, October 29 at 5:30, BAC Lecture Hall

      Please join the English Faculty, graduate and undergraduate students in a reading of “Iphigeneia in Aulis” by Euripides.

    • The 18th/19th Century Colloquium Presents: Jacques Khalip “Now No More: Romanticism, Wordsworth, Extinction”

      Thursday, October 30 at 4:00, LC 319

      KhalipJacques Khalip is Associate Professor of English at Brown University. He is the author of Anonymous Life: Romanticism and Dispossession (Stanford UP, 2009), and the co-editor of Releasing the Image: From Literature to New Media (Stanford UP, 2011). He has also edited or co-edited special issues entitled Romanticism and Disaster for Romantic Circles; and Future Foucault for South Atlantic Quarterly. With Forest Pyle, he is compiling a collection of essays, forthcoming from Fordham UP: Constellations of a Contemporary Romanticism. Currently, he is completing a book called Dwelling in Disaster, a study of romantic reflections on extinction and wasted life, and beginning another on photography, queerness, and the end of life.

    • The Poetics Working Group Presents: Ewan Jones “Coventry Patmore and the Turn of Rhythm”

      Wednesday, November 5 at 4:00, LC104
    • The Renaissance Colloquium Presents: Daniel Shore

      Thursday, November 6 at 4:00, LC 319
    • The Schlesinger Visiting Writer Series Presents: Terry Tempest Williams

      Wednesday, November 12 at 5:00, TBD

      Terry Tempest WilliamsTerry Tempest Williams has been called “a citizen writer,” a writer who speaks and speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice.

      Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Terry Tempest Williams is the author of the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and PlaceAn Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the FieldDesert QuartetLeap; Red: Patience and Passion in the Desert; and The Open Space of Democracy. Her book Finding Beauty in a Broken World, was published in 2008 by Pantheon Books. She is a columnist for the magazine The Progressive.

      In 2006, Williams received the Robert Marshall Award from The Wilderness Society, their highest honor given to an American citizen. She also received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western American Literature Association and the Wallace Stegner Award given by The Center for the American West. She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction. In 2009, Terry Tempest Williams was featured in Ken Burns’ PBS series on the national parks. She is also the recipient of the 2010 David R. Brower Conservation Award for activism. The Community of Christ International Peace Award was presented in 2011 to Terry Tempest Williams in recognition of significant peacemaking vision, advocacy and action.

      Terry Tempest Williams is currently the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah. Her writing has appeared in The New YorkerThe New York TimesOrion Magazine, and numerous anthologies worldwide as a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and social change. She and her husband, Brooke Williams, divide their time between Castle Valley, Utah and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Her most recent book, When Women Were Birds, was published in Spring 2012 by Macmillan.

      Source: www.CoyoteClan.com

    • The Department Lecture Series Presents: James Chandler

      Thursday, November 13 at 4:00, LC 317

      JimChandlerDirector of the Franke Institute for the Humanities and Barbara E. & Richard J. Franke Distinguished Service Professor of English at the University of Chicago, James Chandler is the author of numerous books, including An Archaeology of Sympathy: The Sentimental Mode in Literature and Cinema and England in 1819: The Politics of Literary Culture and the Case of Romantic Historicism. His teaching focuses on the Scottish Enlightenment, modern Irish literature, cinema studies, and the history of the humanities. He is currently at work on a series of essays on Maria Edgeworth and How to Do Criticism.

      From http://english.uchicago.edu/faculty/chandler and http://cms.uchicago.edu/faculty/chandler

    • The Renaissance Colloquium Presents: Sanford Budick “Miltonic Mind”

      Friday, November 14 at 4:00, LC 319
    • The Department Lecture Series Presents: Rei Terada

      Monday, December 1 at 4:00, LC 211


      Rei Terada is Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Critical Theory Emphasis at the Universtity of California, Irvine.  She is the recipient of the René Wellek Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association, 2001-2002 for “Feeling in Theory” and the Keats-Shelley Award in 2012.  Her publications include: “Looking Away: Phenomenality and Dissatisfaction, Kant to Adorno” (Harvard UP, 2009); “Feeling in Theory: Emotion after the “Death of the Subject”" (Harvard UP, 2001); and “Derek Wolcott’s Poetry: American Mimicry” (Northeastern UP, 1992).

    • Faculty Reading

      Monday, December 1 at 6:00, LC 211

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    • The 20/21st Century Colloquium Presents: Alex Woloch

      Friday, February 27 at 4:00, LC 319

      WOLOCH-squareAlex Woloch is Associate Professor of English at Stanford University. He works on literary theory and criticism, narrative theory, and the history and theory of the novel. His teaching is focused on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century British literature and covers the broad development of the European and American novel. He is particularly interested in problems in formal analysis, the aesthetics of realism and representation, and the relationship between literary form and reference. He is the author of The One vs. the Many: Minor Characters and the Space of the Protagonist in the Novel (Princeton UP, 2003) which attempts to reestablish the centrality of characterization — the fictional representation of human beings — within narrative poetics. He is also the co-editor, with Peter Brooks, of Whose Freud?: The Place of Psychoanalysis in Contemporary Culture (Yale UP, 2000). He is currently working on a study of George Orwell and the problem of engaged writing.

    • The Readings Committee and the American Literature in the World conference present: Ruth Ozeki

      Thursday, April 9 at 7:00,


      Ruth Ozeki is a novelist and filmmaker.   Her first two novels, My Year of Meats (1998) and All Over Creation (2003), have been translated into 11 languages and published in 14 countries. Her most recent work, A Tale for the Time-Being (2013), shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, was published in over thirty countries.  Ozeki’s documentary and indie films, including Halving the Bones, have been shown on PBS, at the Sundance Film Festival, and at colleges and universities across the country.   She lives in British Columbia and New York City.

      Source: http://www.ruthozeki.com

    • American Literature in the World Graduate Conference

      Friday, April 10 at 9:00,

      HutnerleporeAnnual Graduate Conference starting 9:00 a.m.


      Scholarly Publication Workshop with Gordon Hutner, editor, American Literary History


      Scholars as Writers Workshop with Jill Lepore, Kemper Professor of History, Harvard Univ., and staffwriter at the New Yorker

    • The 18th/19th Century Colloquium Presents: David Bromwich

      Thursday, April 16 at 4:00, LC 319
    • The Department Lecture Series Presents: Rita Copeland

      Thursday, November 5 at 4:00, LC 317

      copelandRita Copeland is Sheli Z. and Burton X. Rosenberg Professor of Humanities, Professor of Classical Studies and English at University ofPennsylvania.  She works across a number of fields and periods, including: medieval literature (English, Latin, French); intellectuals, learning, and literacy in medieval Europe; literary theory from ancient to early modern; the history of rhetoric from ancient to early modern. Her teaching combines interests in antiquity and the Middle Ages-or how the Middle Ages understood antiquity.  My newest projects are The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature 800-1558, and a study of the emotions and rhetoric in the Middle Ages. She was a founding editor of the annual New Medieval Literatures ), and is co-editor, with Jill Ross, of Toronto Studies in Medieval and Early Modern Rhetoric, a new book series from Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies.