English Department News Letter and Calendar

Recent Publications, Awards, and Other Achievements

The Institute for German Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK, invited Marco Abel to travel to England's second city to give a talk on the question, "What Does It Mean to Be German in the 21st Century?" While he considered calling his lecture, "What the Hell Do I know?!," Marco ultimately decided to draw on the prolegomenon for his book manuscript on the Berlin School and deliver on November 21 a talk entitled, "‘So this was Germany': Christoph Hochhäusler's Séance and the Utopian Force of a People that Will Have Been."

Seanna Oakley, Guy Reynolds and Roland Vegso participated in the Modernist Studies Association's conference in Buffalo New York (October 6-9). Roland organized the panel 'Modernism and the Rhetoric of Prophecy', and gave a paper, 'Prophetic Modernities: The Ends of Romanticism.' Guy organized a panel, 'The Provisional Texture of Reality: the Afterlife of Surrealism,' and delivered a paper ('The ICA, Late Surrealism and Conceptual Art in Britain: J.G. Ballard and Susan Hiller'). Seanna also contributed to this panel with a paper entitled 'The Second Aurora: Regional Surrealism, Allegorical Landscapes, and Jacques Charpier.' Ex-UNLers Daniel Gomes and Sonam Singh gave papers too.

Adrian Gibbons Koesters' poems "As If" and "Kick the Can" have been accepted for publication in the International Poetry Review.

John Schulze had two pieces accpeted for publication. His flash fiction piece, "Things to Remember," appears in the November issue of Word Riot, and "Tar Sands," a short story, is scheduled for a November release in Midwest Literary Magazine. Both pieces are published under John's nom de plume, Penn Stewart.

Loosely based around the life/work of the 19th and 20th century French avant-garde composer, late last month Jeff Alessandrelli's little book Erik Satie Watusies His Way Into Sound was published by Ravenna Press, a small press out of Seattle, WA. Mathias Svalina called the collection "a stunning & challenging book about what it means to love stunning & challenging music"; Arda Collins said "Satie's compositions transmit the sensation of speaking, and these poems are a great letter inside that speech, a musical philology, a speech wrested from rests." Work from Erik Satie Watusies His Way Into Sound initially appeared in Denver Quarterly, Free Verse, Hotel Amerika, Western Humanities Review and Laurel Review, among others, and the book is available through the Ravenna Press website, as well as Amazon and Powells.com. Jeff would like to thank Trey Moody, Joshua Ware and Grace Bauer for all their help with the project.

Several members of the English department who contribute to the Civil War Washington project presented papers at conferences in early November. Janel Cayer spoke on "Civil War Washington: Interpreting the National Capital at the Defining Moment of the Nineteenth Century" at the Midwest Modern Language Association Conference in St. Louis, MO.
Ken Price and Liz Lorang (along with Ken Winkle and Susan Lawrence of the History department) contributed to a panel at the Annual DC Historical Studies Conference in Washington, DC. Price's paper was on "Walt Whitman, Clerk" and Lorang's was on "''Not feeling very well . . . we turned our attention to poetry': Washington, D.C.'s Hospital Newspapers, Poetry, and the Civil War."

At the end of October, Broadview Press published an edition of Catharine Sedgwick's 1830 New York novel of manners, Clarence, co-edited by Melissa Homestead and Ellen Foster (Clarion University) and with a critical introduction by Melissa. Melissa has been enjoying her fellowship year at the University of Connecticut Humanities Institute--at least when there has been electricity in Storrs. In November, she traveled to the Hartman Center for Advertising History at Duke University to research Edith Lewis's advertising campaigns from the 1930s and 40s, and to the University of Virginia to examine Willa Cather typescripts showing Lewis's editorial hand.

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Upcoming Events

Friday, December 2, 3:00-5:00 pm, Jackie Gaughan Multicultural Center, Celebration of Gerry Shapiro's Life.

What: Translation, Misappropriation, and the Politics of Language: Panel on Translation Issues
When: January 20, 2012, 3-5p
Where: Bailey Library
Who: Professor Marina Camboni (University of Macerata, Italy), Professor Marta Skwara (University of Szczecin, Poland), Caterina Bernadini (University of Macerata, Italy, and Fulbright Scholar at UNL), Professor Jordan Stump (Modern Languages & Literatures, UNL), and Professor Roland Végsö (English, UNL)
Moderator: Marco Abel
Panel Decription:
The purpose of this panel is to raise questions about literary studies and how its primary objects—(the production, dissemination, reception, and meaning of) texts—are affected by the act of translation. The impetus behind this panel comes from the discovery that an Italian translation of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass placed the American poet of Democracy in proximity to an emerging fascist ideology in Italy in the early part of the 20th century. One of the panelists, Professor Camboni, will deliver a lecture on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 (5:30 pm, Bailey), in which she discusses this case at greater length. This panel is conceived as an extension of the very concerns that Professor Camboni's talk will broach: namely, the panel's premise is that what appears to be a rather mind-boggling misappropriation of Whitman's poetic language during the age of Italian modernism nevertheless opens up provocative questions about the nature and practice of translation or, put differently, about the politics of language and the language of politics. The panel will consider the ideological implications of translations as well as the very assumptions literary history makes, and holds, about the relative (in)stability of its objects of concern. To engage aspects of these questions, each panelist will be given 10 minutes to offer a position statement, after which the floor will be opened for both discussion among the panelists about their positions and conversation with the audience about the questions raised by the panelists.