The English Department Lecture Series presents: Victoria Kahn, Professor, Berkeley University. Teaching at Berkeley since 1997, she has a longstanding interest in the history of philosophy and in political theory, and have published widely on Machiavelli and Hobbes. Her latest book is The Future of Illusion: Political Theology and Early Modern Texts (Chicago, 2014), which explores the role of early modern texts in the construction of modernity. This work focuses on how twentieth-century thinkers such as Strauss, Schmitt, Cassirer, Kantorowicz, Benjamin, Freud, and Arendt have read and interpreted the work of Machiavelli, Hobbes, Shakespeare, and Spinoza. An edited collection of essays, entitled Politics and the Passions, 1500-1850, appeared from Princeton University Press in 2006.
The Medieval Colloquium is pleased to present: Candace Barrington, author of American Chaucers: New Middle Ages Series (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2007) and editor of The Letter of the Law: Legal Practice and Literary Production in Medieval England with Emily Steiner (Cornell University Press, 2002) who will give a presentation on “Translating Chaucer.”
The 18th-19th-Century Colloquium presents: Anne-Lise Francois, Berkeley. Anne-Lise François has taught in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley since 1999. In areas as diverse as contemporary food and farming politics and debates on climate change and the temporality of environmental violence, she continues to seek alternatives to Enlightenment models of heroic action, productive activity, and accumulation, and to identify examples of the ethos of recessive fulfillment and non-actualization theorized in Open Secrets.
David Nowell-Smith, University of East Anglia, is Lecturer in Literature specializing in literary theory and poetics. He is the author of Sounding/Silence: Martin Heidegger at the Limits of Poetics (Fordham UP, 2013), co-editor (with Abigail Lang) of Modernist Legacies: Trends and Faultlines in British Poetry Today (Palgrave, 2014), and also edits the online poetics journal Thinking Verse (www.thinkingverse.com). His next monograph, The Dimension of Voice: A Poetics, will appear with Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.
He will discuss the pre-circulated chapter “Reading Heidegger Reading” from Sounding/Silence. Please contact Justin Sider for materials.
The 18th-19th-Century Colloquium presents: Lynn Festa and Sarah Winter
The Early Modern Colloquium presents Paula Blank, Professor of English at the College of William and Mary.
David Mitchell was born in Southport, England January 12, 1969.
His first published novel, Ghostwritten (1999), was complex, with nine narrators in nine locations telling interlocking stories. Ghostwritten won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shorlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.
Both number9dream (2001) and the structurally remarkable Cloud Atlas (2004) were shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. In 2006, Mitchell wrote the semi-autobiographical Black Swan Green and in 2010, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, an historical novel set at a Dutch East Indies Company trading post in early nineteenth century Japan.
Mitchell currently lives in West Cork, Ireland with his wife and two children.
Emily Nussbaum is the television critic for The New Yorker. Previously, she worked at New York for seven years, editing the Culture Pages (and creating the Approval Matrix) and writing both features and criticism. She lives in Brooklyn.
Marina Keegan (1989-2012) was an author, journalist, playwright, actress, and activist who died in a car accident five days after she graduated magna cum laude as a Yale English major. The Opposite of Loneliness is a collection of her essays and stories that will be published by Scribner on April 8, the day before this reading. Marina’s classmates Chloe Sarbib and Mark Sonnenblick, as well as Anne Fadiman (one of her writing teachers), will read from her book.
American Literature in the World Graduate Conference, and publication workshop presents: Gordon Hutner, founding editor of American Literary History.
Joseph Phelan is Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. He is the author of The Music of Verse: Metrical Experiment in Nineteenth-Century Poetry (2012) and The Nineteenth-Century Sonnet (2005), and one of the editors of the Longman Annotated Poems of Robert Browning. He is currently working on Vol. 5 of the Longman edition (The Ring and the Book) and on a new annotated edition of Arthur Hugh Clough’s correspondence for Oxford UP.
He will discuss a pre-circulated essay on the challenge posed by Chaucer for Victorian theorists of poetry and verse form (Clough, Child). Dinner to follow (to RSVP or request material please contact Ben Glaser).
The English Department Lecture Series presents: Katherine Hayles, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at Duke University. She has a background in Chemistry (MS) and English (PhD); she worked as chemical research consultant before shifting fields to English Literature. Her interests include digital humanities; electronic literature; literature, science and technology; science fiction; and critical theory. Hayles is the author of numerous books, and has won many prestigious awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Residential Fellowship, and two Presidential Research Fellowships from the University of California.
9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
This is a cross-period colloquium in which the English department as a whole aims to initiate an informal but vigorous conversation about our collective stake in the cultural history of the English language. There will be 3 panel sessions beginning mid-morning and extending throughout the day:
Panel 1 “What is Anglophone?” (Ardis Butterfield, Shital Pravinchandra, Katie Trumpener) will discuss the way ‘English’ works as a code, a cultural and geographic modifier, and as a way of defining objects of study; Panel 2 “What is vernacular?” (Caleb Smith, Larry Manly, Ian Cornelius) will localise and domesticate the discussion, looking at ways within ‘English’ of communicating, expressing and analyzing register, class, race, gender; Panel 3 “Then what is literature?” (Roberta Frank, Stefanie Markovits, Anthony Reed) will take the further direction of thinking about value, the literary, poetry, genre, community, and nation, drawing on the discussion generated by the questions posed in Panels 1 and 2.
Colleagues from other language and literature departments, including American Studies, Comparative Literature, Classics, French, Asian, African and Caribbean Literature (several of whom have kindly agreed to chair the sessions) are warmly welcome to attend, along with any interested graduate students.
The 20/21st Century Colloquium is pleased to present Oren Izenberg who is assistant professor of English at the University of California, Irvine. His first book, Being Numerous: Poetry and the Ground of Social Life, was published in 2011 by Princeton University Press. He is at work on a second book, called Lyric Poetry and the Philosophy of Mind. He is a founding editor of nonsite.org, an interdisciplinary journal of humanities scholarship, poetry, and art.