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Upcoming Events

    • The Renaissance Colloquium Presents: Madhavi Menon “Of Cause: Desire and Its Trevails in Othello”

      Wednesday, September 17 at 4:00, LC 319


      Madhavi Menon is interested in desire. She is the author ofWanton Words: Rhetoric and Sexuality in English Renaissance Drama (University of Toronto Press, 2004), which explores how Renaissance rhetoric manuals encounter and present desire; and of Unhistorical Shakespeare: Queer Theory in Shakespearean Literature and Film (Palgrave, 2008), a polemical inquiry into the methodologies within which we study desire. She is also the editor of Shakesqueer: A Queer Companion to The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Duke UP, 2010), which is the first book to put queer theory in conversation with every one of Shakespeare’s poems and plays. Menon is a Professor of Literature at American University and, in addition to irregularly teaching a class called Shakesqueer, Professor Menon also teaches classes on queer theory, literary theory, Renaissance literature, and drama.

    • The 18th/19th Century Colloquium Presents: Joseph Roach “Deep Play, Dark Play: Games of Love and Chance”

      Thursday, September 18 at 4:00, LC 319


    • The 20/21st Century Colloquium and the Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Colloquium present: Anne Cheng

      Friday, September 26 at 4:00, LC 319
    • English Reading Series Presents: Dan Chiasson

      Tuesday, September 30 at 5:00, TBD


      Poet and critic Dan Chiasson is the author of three books of poetry: The Afterlife of Objects (2002), Natural History (2005), and Where’s the Moon, There’s the Moon(2010). A book of criticism,One Kind of Everything: Poem and Person in Contemporary America, was published in 2006. He reviews poetry regularly for the New Yorker and the New York Times Book Review. He has received the Whiting Writers’ Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. He teaches at Wellesley College.
    • The Renaissance Colloquium Presents: Henry Woudhuysen

      Wednesday, October 1 at 7:00,
    • The Poetics Reading Group and Americanist Colloquium Present: Max Cavitch “Poetic Rhythm and the Cogito”

      Thursday, October 2 at 4:00,
    • The Medieval and Renaissance Colloquia Present: Susan Phillips

      Thursday, October 9 at 4:00, LC 319
    • The Americanist Colloquium Presents: Ivy Wilson

      Monday, October 20 at 4:00, LC 319
    • The Department Lecture Series Presents: Sarah Beckwith

      Thursday, October 23 at 4:00, LC 317

      Sarah BeckwithSarah Beckwith is a Professor at Duke Univeristy 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 18th/19th Century Colloquium Presents: Jacques Khalip

      Thursday, October 30 at 4:00, LC 319
    • 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, TBD
    • 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

      Friday, November 14 at 4:00, LC 319
    • The Readings Committee and the American Literature in the World Conference Present: Ruth Ozeki

      Friday, April 10 at 12:00,


      Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest. 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), was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and will be published in over thirty countries. Ruth’s documentary and dramatic independent films, including Halving the Bones, have been shown on PBS, at the Sundance Film Festival, and at colleges and universities across the country. A longtime Buddhist practitioner, Ruth ordained in 2010 and is affiliated with the Brooklyn Zen Center and the Everyday Zen Foundation. She lives in British Columbia and New York City.

      Source: http://www.ruthozeki.com

    • 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.