Yale English Department Events

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Upcoming Events

    • The 20/21st Century Colloquium presents: Anne Cheng


      Friday, September 26 at 4:00, LC 319

      AnneCheng.jpegAnne Anlin Cheng is Professor of English and of the Center for African American Studies and  incoming Director for the Program in American Studies.  She is the author of The Melancholy of Race: Assimilation, Psychoanalysis, and Hidden Grief (Oxford University Press) and Second Skin: Josephine Baker and the Modern Surface (Oxford University).

    • English Reading Series Presents: Dan Chiasson “A Reading from Bicentennial”


      Tuesday, September 30 at 5:00, LC 317

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      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

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    • Panel Discussion on the exhibits,


      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


      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


      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, 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


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


      Monday, December 1 at 4:00, LC 211

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


      Thursday, April 9 at 7:00,

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      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.

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

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      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.