David Nowell-Smith, University of East Anglia. Nowell-Smith is Lecturer in Literature at the University of East Anglia, specializing in literary theory and poetics. He is 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.
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.
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).
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.