Monday, November 30, 2009
"Although we've received many excellent submissions, we are extending the call for papers to January 1, 2010. If you were intending to submit a proposal but missed the deadline, please consider sending your abstract by January 1.
Please disseminate widely to potential participants.
"Spanking and Poetry": A Conference on Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick
English Student Association Conference, Feb 25-26, 2010
The Graduate Center
The City University of New York
New York, New York
Submit abstracts of 300 words or less to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 1, 2010. Check http://sedgwickconference.wordpress.com for further information as the conference approaches."
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Emily Mitchell gave an excellent reading tonight at the MAC from her novel The Last Summer of the World, and now the recording is available for download! Thanks to the Morgantown Poets for allowing us the opportunity to hear some of our talented faculty reading off campus.
If you've got a long car ride tomorrow, put this on your ipod or burn it to a CD in case you missed the reading.
Here's a direct link to the MP3 file:
Here's a link to subscribe to the RSS feed so you can stream or download any of our readings through iTunes:
And finally, here's the link to the CLC site that hosts all of our Creative Readings series.
I hope you like the recording, and have a great break!
Tony and the CLC
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Also, Catherine Gouge has a great essay on Web-based writing courses in Writing Against the Curriculum: Anti-Disciplinarity in the Writing and Cultural Studies Classroom, edited by Randi Kristensen and yours truly. EGO members who saw my Last Lecture in April will also recognize some ideas from my essay in the collection "Performing/Teaching/Writing."
The Next Steps:
1. Get some people.
2. Have my people get me a cameo on Glee.
3. Wait for Robert Pattinson to call and ask me to be his wingman.
If everything goes as planned, I should soon be taking applications for members of my entourage. I'll keep you posted on the details. For now, you can just leave your 8 x 10 glossy with Amanda.
Nov. 20th update: Now #14,481 in Books. Slipping! No wonder Pattinson hasn't called.
Irina Rodimtseva reports:
"On December 5 and 6, Morgantown Dance is presenting its biennial production of The Nutcracker. Because the Met is under renovation this year, the performance is going to be at MORGANTOWN HIGH SCHOOL.
Show times: Saturday 2:30 and 7:30, Sunday 2:30.
Another, more exciting change is new original choreography for the Snow variations by our own Renee Nicholson who is not only one of the directors of the show but will also appear in a cameo role. After a fifteen-year break and hundreds of graded papers, Renee is back on stage! Don't miss this great occasion!
Come and bring your kids--it's going to be great fun. Our young dancers have been working very hard on this show, while their parents have put many volunteer hours into sewing costumes and fundraising.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children, students, and seniors. For groups of 10 and more, the rate is $10. To buy tickets, call (304) 292-3266, go to www.morgantowndance.org, or visit Kleeb's Music, Slight Indulgence, or Arts Monongahela.
Morgantown Dance is a non-profit non-competitive community organization that gives scholarships to students from low-income families."
Friday, November 13, 2009
Tom Bredehoft's Authors, Audiences, and Old English Verse, really, really hot off the press, re-examines the Anglo-Saxon poetic tradition from the eighth to the eleventh centuries and reconsiders the significance of formulaic parallels and the nature of poetic authorship in Old English.
Toronto University Press, Tom's distinguished publisher in things Anglo-Saxon, wants us to know that Tom offers "a new vision of much of Old English literary history," by tracing "a tradition of 'literate-formulaic' composition in the period and contends that many phrases conventionally considered oral formulas are in fact borrowings or quotations. His identification of previously unrecognized Old English poems and his innovative arguments about the dates, places of composition, influences, and even possible authors for a variety of tenth- and eleventh-century poems illustrate that the failure of scholars to recognize the late Old English verse tradition has seriously hampered our literary understanding of the period. Provocative and bold, Authors, Audiences and Old English Verse has the potential to transform modern understandings of the classical Old English poetic tradition."
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Jason Stupp announces:
"Our English 102 special interest group has put together a brownbag, roundtable discussion on how to create a 102 course that focuses on a topic of interest to the instructor (and, hopefully, the students!). We will speak about how to set up a themed course as well as the many considerations that guide such a class. In addition, we will have sample assignments, syllabi, and other handouts to help those considering teaching a themed course get started. Everyone is welcome to attend, and we will have drinks, cookies, and more to bribe you with.
This brownbag will be held on Tuesday, 11/17 in Colson 223. We hope to see you there!"
Monday, November 9, 2009
Some of you have met Stuart Lee and will be happy to read about the continued success of his First World War Poetry Archive at Oxford University, which was announced yesterday in the arts section of the New York Times. Siegfried Sassoon's manuscripts will come on line on Wednesday, 11 November, still called Armistice Day in England. The project includes similar collections of the work of Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg and Vera Brittain. The WWI Poetry Archive also includes the digitized Great War Archive, which collected and digitized over 65,000 items from members of the public, now in Second Life, also represented on YouTube with selected interviews and appropriate graphics. Even if you don't find yourselves teaching in the period, the manuscripts provide an excellent chance for your students to see poetry in process, as well as an excellent example of designing, building, and maintaining digitized literary materials.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Yes, the poets went to the movies again, and yes, we were changed and we did stagger from the theater.
Before: photos on the stairs at the Warner. After: no photos, please—.
John Keats. Fanny Brawne. It was Romantic and romantic.
It wasn’t what happened—we knew what was going to happen—it was how. Just like with the best poems: it was how.
(Photo: Michael, Micah, Tori, Lauren, Mary Ann, Lisa. Also in attendance: Danielle and husband Justin, Charity, and Special Guest Poet/Photographer Erin Veith.)