Yale English Department Events

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Upcoming Events

    • 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

      Picture1Jones. McClatchy. Deming.  Be There.

    • 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.