English Department News Letter and Calendar

Recent Publications, Awards, and Other Achievements

Adrian Gibbons Koesters presented the paper, “Distance and Presence as Signs of Peace in the Poetry of Denise Levertov and Richard Wilbur” at the Midwest Conference on Christianity and Literature at St. Francis University, Ft. Wayne, IN, on Sept. 23.

Rhonda Garelick is happy to say that the Interdisciplinary Arts Symposium (IAS), which she directs, has just received a Cooper Foundation Award for our third season (2012), "Immigration, Transplantation, and Performance."
Also: The first volume in the IAS book series, published by the University of Nebraska Press, Fabulous Harlequin: ORLAN and the Patchwork Self (2010), edited by Jorge Daniel Veneciano, director of the Sheldon Museum, and me, won the 2010 first prize for book design from the American Association of Museums. Special praise must go to Andrea Shahan, our brilliant designer at the Press!

At the recent German Studies Association conference in Louisville, KY, Marco Abel presented a paper entitled, “‘Do You Want to Be Understood?’; or, Schanelec with Spinoza (via Deleuze),” as part of a panel on the Berlin School director Angela Schanelec Marco organized; his fellow panelists were Johannes von Moltke (U Michigan) and Brigitta Wagner (Indiana U). Marco also moderated a panel entitled “Questioning German Cinema.”

Sarah Fawn Montgomery’s essay, “Ekphrasis: What My Grandfather Saw,” which was originally published in Fugue, has been named a notable essay in Best American Essays 2011.  Her nonfiction  manuscript was named a finalist for the Zone 3 Press 2011 Creative Nonfiction Book Award.

Steve Behrendt has two poems in the latest issue of The Hudson Review. He is also represented in the recent special issue of the Midwest Quarterly devoted to poets of Nebraska.

Tamy Burnett traveled to Scottsdale, AZ to present at the Rocky Mountain MLA conference on October 6, 2011. Her presentation, "Evil(?) Hands: Amputation and Agency in Angel," examined depictions of hand amputation and correlating character understanding of agency and self-positioning along the hero-to-villain spectrum in the fantasy noir television series Angel.

Marianne Kunkel's first poetry chapbook, The Laughing Game, which began in Grace Bauer's workshop, has been accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press.

The University of Nebraska Press has published Cather Studies 9: Willa Cather and Modern Cultures. Edited by Melissa Homestead and Guy Reynolds, the collection includes an essay by Amber Harris Leichner, "Cather's 'Office Wives' Stories and Modern Women's Work."

Wheeler Winston Dixon has published a new essay, "Acto de Primavera and the Uncompromising Vision of Manoel de Oliveira" in Senses of Cinema Number 59.

Gwendolyn Audrey Foster has published a new essay, "La Ciénaga," in Senses of Cinema 59.

Joy Castro’s essay “Island of Bones” appears in the new collection The Other Latin@: Writing Against a Singular Identity, edited by Blas Falconer and Lorraine M. López and published by the University of Arizona Press. Her essay “Hip Joints” (Indiana Review) was named a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2011. She delivered the invited lecture/workshop “The Power of Latina/o Memoir” at the Metropolitan Community College in Omaha on Sept. 28 as part of MCC’s celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Tom Coakley’s essay “How to Speak About the Secret Desert Wars” (Fourth Genre) was named a Notable Essay in Best American Essays 2011.

Nima Najafi Kianfar's paper, "Showing 'Us' as 'Them': James Morier as a Catalyst for Persia's English Embodiment" passed the preliminary review for inclusion in the book Global Literatures and Islam: Representations of Muslims in the Post-9/11 Context (Cambridge Scholars Publishing).


It is with great sadness that we learned of Professor Fred Link’s passing, Friday 7th October, 2011. Fred was one of the trio of distinguished UNL Professors –  the late scholars Susan Rosowski and Chuck Mignon were the others – who helped establish the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition during the past two decades.

Neither Fred nor Chuck was a Cather scholar to begin with. At the end of their ‘formal’ academic careers as textual critics, they  remade themselves as Cather critics, and in so doing helped to establish this MLA-vetted edition.  Paid only by intermittent stipends, Chuck and Fred laid the foundation of the wide-ranging scholarship we see in the Edition – itself now the basis for digital versions of Cather’s texts.

Fred joined the Cather Edition in the early 1990s, after his retirement. Although Cather was not his field--he had edited late seventeenth and early eighteenth century texts--his expertise in scholarly editing quickly made him an indispensable part of the team. He edited A Lost Lady, Obscure Destinies, Shadows on the Rock, Alexander's Bridge, One of Ours, and Lucy Gayheart, and co-edited Death Comes for the Archbishop, Youth and the Bright Medusa and Sapphira and the Slave Girl. In addition to being a meticulous editor of literary texts, he was an incisive editor of his fellow editors' own essays, doing his best to bring us to the level of his own lucid prose.

Old school in his rigor and precision, he remained open to new approaches and new colleagues. His wide range of knowledge in other fields made him an indispensable editor of the historical apparatus as well as the textual--his hand and mind are in the other volumes of the edition even when his name is not on the cover.  His insights, his bone dry wit, and commitment to the highest standards of scholarship are greatly missed. 

Beth Burke
Kari Ronning
Guy Reynolds
The Cather Project, UNL, 10/10/11


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Upcoming Events

Thursday, October 13, 5:30-7 pm, Sheldon Museum of Art--Auditorium
"Humanities on the Edge" invites you to attend a lecture by Sara Guyer, Associate Professor of English, University of Wisconsin. The first of four invited speakers to address this year's special topic--Biopower/Biopolitics--Sara Guyer will give a lecture entitled, "'A Poet is Born Not Made': John Clare's Grave and the Politics of Life." The author of Romanticism after Auschwitz (Stanford 2007) and an affiliate of the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies,?Global Studies, and Center for European Studies at Wisconsin, she is a specialist in British and Continental Romanticism, critical theory, post-Holocaust writing, and the lyric.

Thursday, October 13 – Saturday, October, 15, 2011, Omaha Public Library (W. Dale Clark Branch; 215 S. 15th Street) & KANEKO (1111 Jones Street), Omaha, NE:  OmahaLitfest.  The theme of this year's Litfest is "Silk and Sawdust: The Art and Mechanics of Literature."  Panel discussions, readings, an opening-night party, and an art exhibit: "Possessions: Literary characters and the things they carried." This exhibit will feature artists' interpretations of literary artifacts (think Hester Prynn's scarlet letter; Mrs. Dalloway's flowers; Sherlock Holmes' pipe; Willy Wonka's golden ticket; Proust's madeleines.)  For more information, go to http://www.omahalitfest.com

Friday October 14, 4:00 pm, Zen's Lounge: Jeff Alessandrelli and Marcus Meade will read from their work as part of the no name reading series.

Oct 20
Personal Effects: Poetry Inspired by Objects in Art.
An Omaha Lit Feset poetry/art tour spotlighting UNL poets Arden Eli Hill, Adrian Gibbons Koesters, Marianne Kunkel, Cody Lumpkin, Michelle Menting, and Trey Moody.
Joslyn Art Museum, 6:30 pm. (cost: Joslyn admission)

The 18th- and 19th-Century British Literature Circle is hosting a presentation by Laura White, who will speak about "Jane Austen and Sin" Monday, October 24, at 1:30pm in the Bailey Library.

Creative Writing Celebration, Thursday, October 27, to formally welcome Kwame Dawes as the new Glenna Luschei Editor of Prairie Schooner and Chancellor’s Professor of English, and to celebrate Prairie Schooner’s 85th continuous year of publication. The event will be held in the Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center (adjacent to the student union), and will begin at 3:30 p.m. with short readings by our creative writing faculty, with a reception to follow. Everyone is welcome, so please come and encourage your students to attend.

Monday, October 31, 1:30-2:30, Bailey Library: eTeaching Panel "Not Your Mama's Books: Critical Reading & Digital Texts." Do you have students who want to use iPads, Kindles, or Nooks to read ebook versions of course texts? Do you worry when students don't print scanned readings for class? Is how we read affected by the medium of publication? Join panelists Amanda Gailey and June Griffin for a discussion about what the increased availability and use of scanned texts, ebooks, and other digital print formats might mean for college classrooms.

Thursday, November 3, 7:30 pm, Great Plains Art Museum, 11th & Q Streets.  Nationally acclaimed poet and human rights activist Carolyn Forché will read from her work .  Carolyn Forché is the author of four books of poetry: and is a past winner of the Yale Younger Poets Award, three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a Lannan Foundation Fellowship.  She is the Lannan Visiting Professor of Poetry and Professor of English at Georgetown University.  In addition to her public reading, she will give a talk on the poetry of witness, at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, November 3, in Bailey Library (228 Andrews Hall), University of Nebraska-Lincoln city campus. 

Monday, November 7, 3:30-5:00 pm, Bailey Library: Dr. Jennifer Sinor's talk

Thursday, November 17, 5:30-7 pm, Sheldon Museum of Art--Auditorium
"Humanities on the Edge" invites you to attend a lecture by Jodi Dean, Professor of Political Science, Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The second of our four speakers to address this year's special topic--Biopower/Biopolitics--Jodi Dean will give a lecture entitled, "Communicative capitalism: this is what democracy looks like." The author or editor of 10 books, editor of Theory & Event (one of the leading political theory journals), and an avid blogger (she blogs at http://jdeanicite.typepad.com/), she is a specialist in Political Theory and her research interests include Digital Media and Politics, Poststructuralism and Psychoanalysis, Neoliberalism and consumerism, Cultural Studies, and Feminist Theory.