Thursday, February 28, 2013

2013-2014 GTA Positions in Women's Studies


The WVU Center for Women’s and Gender Studies is an academic unit in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences with a university-wide mission to support teaching, research and advocacy that is based on feminist perspectives and centered on analyses of gender and its intersection with race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, age and ability. The Center offers both an undergraduate major and a minor in women’s and gender studies. Graduate students may earn the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (M.A.L.S.) with an emphasis in women’s studies or a graduate certificate in women’s studies. GTA applicants may be graduate students in any discipline. Previous GTAs, for example, have come from English, Social Work, Counseling, History, Education, Public Health, Public Administration, Law, Art, and the Women’s Studies-Directed Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program.

Dates of Employment: Academic Year 2013-2014 (fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters); renewable based on program needs and candidate performance.

Stipend: TBA. Recipients will also receive a university tuition waiver and hospitalization insurance. The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies will provide limited additional financial support for GTAs to enhance their educational and professional development through our Women’s and Gender Studies Difference Fund.

Duties: Teach one or two sections of WGST 170 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies in each semester as part of the teaching team; one GTA will also assist with other undergraduate courses. GTAs are directly supervised by Brian Jara, Senior Lecturer in Women’s and Gender Studies, and will attend two mandatory one-day orientation and trainings in May and August. GTAs have full responsibility for sections of WGST 170, including grading exams and papers, consulting with students on their writing and projects, and enroll in a weekly teaching practicum with Professor Jara.

Qualifications: BA degree in any field; some graduate work preferred. Previous research and/or community experience in women’s and gender studies and current research and/or course work focusing women and gender are preferred. Teaching experience is strongly preferred. The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies values inclusiveness and diversity in the public it serves and on its staff. Nontraditional and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Students must be full-time degree candidates to qualify as GTAs, and must register for the teaching practicum in both fall and spring semesters.

Application Procedure: The application is available online at:


Questions: Visit the Center's web site at, or contact Dr. Ann Oberhauser, Director, Center for Women's and Gender Studies at


Short Term Fellowships at the Boston Athenaeum

An absolutely for real, no fooling picture of the Boston Athenaeum
The Boston Athenæum offers short-term fellowships to support the use of Athenæum collections for research, publication, curriculum and program development, or other creative projects. Each fellowship pays a stipend for a residency of twenty business days and includes a year’s membership to the Boston Athenæum. Scholars, graduate students, independent scholars, teaching faculty, and professionals in the humanities as well as teachers and librarians in secondary public, private, and parochial schools are eligible.  

The Boston Athenæum, a membership library, first opened its doors in 1807, and its rich history as a library and cultural institution has been well documented in the annals of Boston’s cultural life. Today, it remains a vibrant and active institution that serves a wide variety of members and scholars. Members take advantage of its large and distinguished circulating collection, a newspaper and magazine reading room, the exquisite fifth floor reading room, quiet spaces and rooms for reading and researching, a children’s library, and wireless internet access throughout its building. The Special Collections resources are world-renowned and include maps, manuscripts, rare books, and archival materials. 

Please see this website for information on applying for fellowships:

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Piers Brown Talk on Wednesday

The Department of English presents: The Faculty Research Colloquium

"The wrongs that I have done thee stir / Afresh within": Motion and Emotion in Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale  by Piers Brown

What is the relationship between motion and emotion in early modern thought? In the early-nineteenth century, emotion replaced an older discourse of passions and affections, but this change is prefigured by a long-standing connection between feeling and motion. Most obviously – and predominantly in Shakespeare's plays, as in most other writers – the verb 'to move' and the process of 'moving' is used in a rhetorical sense of experiencing or inducing emotion. This Latinate term, which was rarely used in the modern sense of abstract movement, existed alongside a more expansive, and more concrete Anglo-Saxon vocabulary of affective change registered on the surface of the body, particularly swaying, shaking and stirring. Here, I am interested in two problems: first, how the idea of emotion as motion which originates in philosophy and rhetorical theory is related to vernacular andpopular understandings of emotion. Second, how the discourse of 'stirring' registers the fragile and obscure origins of feeling, which depends not on Galenic humoral theory, but on Aristotelian natural philosophy. This approach reveals the connection between the problematic moment early in Shakespeare's play when Leontes first becomes agitated, and the emotional final scene, the statue of Hermione moves for the first time, and those watching her – both characters and audience – are themselves moved.

February 27, 2013

2:30 p.m., 130 Colson Hall

Sunday, February 17, 2013

A not-so-minor triumph

This post is a tad late because we're still coming down from the high that anyone would experience upon winning—yes, that's right, winning—this past Friday night's Big Brothers Big Sisters Ultimate Trivia Challenge, held at the Erickson Alumni Center and emceed by Martin "Keep It Clean" Dunlap, of the downtown library.

Your team, Team Hexabomb, was once again ably led by Professors Lara Farina and Scott Crichlow (Political Science) who were joined by Professors Ballentine and Claycomb, along with Ann Claycomb (an MFA program alum, of course, who now knows everything that's worth knowing on account of her job in the Provost's office) and yours truly, who, it must be noted, knew that the "crease" is the area in front of the goaltender in hockey.

It was a close contest with alarming questions on many topics of supposedly "general knowledge," including units of measure, presidential history, famous dogs, and the periodic table, but we prevailed.

Our prize included the return of our entry fee and gift cards to DP Dough.

But the best part, besides the winning, was the discovery of A Very Good Chocolate Chip Cookie. This blogger at least is forever on the lookout for such a thing, and if anyone knows who is responsible for those cookies or what the secret ingredient is, do let me know.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Dr. Speese

Thanks to Lisa Weihman, the Tenants just got the news that Erin Johns Speese has completed the requirements for her degree. As Lisa says:

"Today Erin successfully defended her dissertation, 'The Modernist Sublime: Parenthood and the Intersubjective Sublime Subject in Faulkner, Forster, Lawrence, and Woolf.'  Many thanks to her committee members: Gwen Bergner, Ryan Claycomb, Adam Komisaruk and Lisa Rado. Congratulations, Dr. Speese, on an excellent defense!"
The Tenants are very pleased to be able to add their congratulations too.

Monday, February 11, 2013

On an unseasonably warm day in Februrary

Here's a poem I hope you'll like. It's got clouds and so do we, though ours might be a little different. And a terrific wind here, too. If you're reading this in Morgantown, you know; if not, you'll just have to take my word for it.

Anyway: clouds are interesting, aren't they? A kind of narrative, quick or slow.

The poem is by Laura Jensen, from Bad Boats, a hard-to-find-but-so-worth-it book (Ecco, 1977). This poem would also be excellent for a sound and line analysis (one of my favorite assignments, as my students know), if you like to do that sort of thing in your free time.

The Cloud Parade

In deference to the cloud parade,
the horse has shed its winter red,
stamped its last horseshoe out of the shed,
and left no forwarding address.
The heavens turn furniture,
attics and beds, men with mustaches
heels over heads; they cover the sun
to a gloomy shade,
in deference to the cloud parade.

Scarves! Echoes! Pavilions!
The meat grain in bacon, the star-stun
in roast, the bone down the well, the moon
down the wane, the smoke from the fireplace,
beautifully made,
in deference to the cloud parade.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Call for Applications: ACLS Public Fellows

ACLS Public Fellows

Fellowship Details
  • Stipend: $65,000 per year, with health insurance coverage for the fellow
  • Tenure: Two years; start date in mid-July or early September 2013, depending on the position
  • Applications accepted only through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system ( The system will open on January 24, 2013. Please do not contact any of the organizations directly.
  • Application deadline: March 27, 2013
  • Notification of application status will occur by email starting May 2013.

ACLS invites applications for the third competition of the Public Fellows program. The program will place 20 recent Ph.D.s from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and receive professional mentoring. The fellowship provides a stipend of $65,000 per year as well as individual health insurance.

This program, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, aims to expand the role of doctoral education in the U.S. by demonstrating that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy. Now in its third year, this innovative initiative allows talented humanities Ph.D.s to gain valuable, career-launching experience in areas such as arts management, development, communications, public administration, and digital media.

ACLS seeks applications from Ph.D.s who have received their degrees in the last three years and who aspire to careers in nonprofit administration and public service by choice rather than circumstance. Competitive applicants will have been successful in both academic and extra-academic experiences.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Finally the Fall 2012 Last Lecture is Here

The English Graduate Organization Presents
The Fall 2012 Last Lecture, by Lisa Weihman:
Irish Lesbian Terrorists!
Or, How I Stopped Worrying about Yeats and Learned to Love
The Bomb

Friday, 15 Feb. 2013 at 4 PM
Colson 130

Friday, February 8, 2013

Our Dancing Doctoral Students

Some of the Tenants heard a huge ruckus coming from the Graduate Student Dining Room earlier this week and, upon investigation, discovered that there was a massive celebration underway, including the popping of champagne corks and frenzied dancing, because two of the doctoral students have just had articles accepted for publication. And so, the Tenants are pleased to announce that:
Artist's depiction of frenzied dancing

Kwabena Opoku-Agyemang's essay, "'Rituals of Distrust': Illicit Affairs and Metaphors of Transport in Ama Ata Aidoo’s 'Two Sisters' and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s "Birdsong,'" has been accepted for publication in Research in African Literatures and should appear in the Autumn issue (44.3).

Valerie Surrett's essay, "'Always Better, Less Rude, to Talk about Things That Were the Same': The Necessity of Otherness to a Functioning Public Sphere," has been accepted for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Contemporary Thought.

Dissertation Boot Camp 2013

2013 Dissertation Boot Camps

WVU Writing Center

Boot Camp 1: May 13-17

  Boot Camp 2: June 10-14  

Are you in the early stages of your dissertation?  Would you like some guidance and feedback as you begin the process of writing?  If you are a Ph.D. candidate and answered yes to the above questions, consider joining us in the WVU Writing Center for a Dissertation Boot Camp.     

Participants will meet Monday through Friday from 10:00am-4:00pm (with one hour given for lunch). While the workshop is free for WVU students, participants will be expected to attend each session. Each day will be divided into three parts: 1) Topic-Based Discussions; 2) Unstructured Writing Time; and 3) Optional Peer Workshopping.  Note, editing services will not be provided.     

During the Boot Camp, the following topics will be covered:     

Day 1: Overview of Boot Camp and Goal Setting for the Week    

Day 2: The Proposal/Prospectus     

Day 3: The Literature Review     

Day 4: Balancing Writing and Researching     

Day 5: Planning the Rest of Your Summer 

Space is limited to 10 participants per Boot Camp (May 13-17 or June 10-14).

For more information, contact WVU Writing Center Coordinator, Nathalie Singh-Corcoran ( To register for the event, contact James Holsinger (

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

CFP: Queer Theoretical Essays on Revising the Victorian Family

Queer Relations:  Revising the Victorian Family (proposal deadline: 1 April. 2013)

Dr Duc Dau, University of Western Australia and Dr Shale Preston, Macquarie University

contact email: and

We invite contributions for an upcoming volume of essays which examine the Victorian family through a queer lens. 
The Victorian family can be taken to mean the nineteenth-century nuclear or extended family, or the family of texts associated with the Victorian period (e.g. nineteenth-century and neo-Victorian texts).  We are looking for exciting interrogations into the discourse of the Victorian family.  These interrogations can focus on untraditional familial arrangements, non-normative relationships, polyamorous attachments, queer families in disparate communities/locations (e.g. circuses, theaters, brothels, homes for fallen women, monasteries, convents, hospitals, schools, ships, military units, thieving fraternities), homosexual/homosocial utopias, erotic fantasy worlds (e.g. fairy, goblin), etc. 
Alternatively, the interrogations can examine queer 20th and 21st century texts/domains/mediums that allude to or mash-up the Victorian family of texts (canonical or otherwise) or seek to revise traditional notions of the Victorian family.  Focus areas can include but are not limited to the novel, poetry, film, television, theater, auto/biography, periodicals, the internet, steampunk etc.

Please send 300 word proposals and a two-page CV to the editors Dr Duc Dau at and Dr Shale Preston at by 1 April 2013.

Completed chapters of 6,000 - 8,000 words will be due by 1 February 2014.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Two poems for a Friday

These are from Charles Wright who just won the Bollingen Prize, which goes to "an American poet for the best book published during the last two years or for a lifetime achievement in poetry."

And the prize? $150,000.

Nice, huh?

From Sestets (FSG, 2009), these poems, with Wright's characteristic "low rider" line, just might get you thinking, on a snowy Friday, about the math of that kind of money, about a lifetime and its work.

Homage to What's-His-Name

Ah, description, of all the arts the least appreciated.
Well, it's just this and it's just that,
                                                       someone will point out.
Exactly. It's just this and it's just that and nothing other.

From landscape to unsuppressed conjunction, it's only itself.
No missteps, no misreading.
                                               And what's more metaphysical than that,
The world in its proper posture, on all fours, drinking the sweet water?

Tutti Frutti

"A-wop-bop-a-loo-lop a-lop-bam-boo,"
                                                                 Little Richard in full gear—
What could be better than that?
Not much that I know of, at least not in my green time.

It's hard, O, my, it is hard,
To find a sustainable ecstasy, and make it endure.
Detail, detail, detail—God and the Devil
                                                                 hang side by side between each break.