English Department News Letter and Calendar

Recent Publications, Awards, and Other Achievements

On November 15, 2011, Susan Belasco gave a public lecture, "The Walt Whitman Archive and Beyond: Publication in the Digital Age" at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York. Invited to participate in Hamilton's Digital Humanities Initiative, Susan also conducted a workshop for faculty on publication in digital environments.

In October, Maura Giles-Watson presented "'Me Fieri Fecit': Printing, Poetry, and the Performance of Authorial Collaboration in Gentylnes and Nobylyte" at the London conference on Manuscript Studies and Reading Practices in Honor of Derek Pearsall's 80th Birthday. Maura has also co-organized (with Erin Kelly of UVic) a panel on New Directions in Earlier Tudor Drama for the upcoming MLA convention, and she encourages all those who will be in Seattle to attend the session (10:15, Sat., Jan. 7).

Work by Jeff Alessandrelli was recently accepted for publication in Gulf Coast, South Dakota Review, Burnside Review and Columbia Poetry Review. Two of his collaborative poems with Bret Shepard will also soon appear in Whiskey Island.

Marianne Kunkel's poem "Tub Home" has been accepted for publication in Yemassee.

Sarah Fawn Montgomery's essay "Do You Hear What I Hear?" has been accepted for publication by Puerto del Sol, and her essay "The Card of Future Misfortune" has been accepted for publication by REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters.

German publisher Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, or DTV, has acquired the German rights to Joy Castro's first novel, HELL OR HIGH WATER (St. Martin's, 2012). A German-language edition will be published in 2013.

Grace Bauer's recent publications include: "Our Waitress's Marvelous Legs" in Rattle, "Either Way" and "A Child Goes Forth" in Snail Mail Review, and "The Way To Milder Manor" in Roanoke Review.

On November 7, Tim Schaffert joined Mike Page's Modern Fiction class at the Jane Pope Geske Heritage Room for Nebraska Authors at Bennett Martin Public Library for a discussion and Q&A about Tim's novel THE COFFINS OF LITTLE HOPE. Before discussion, Heritage Room Curator Meredith McGowan did a presentation about the room and Nebraska's literary heritage. The class was a great success, as all students in the class attended, in spite of the fact that Mike was ill (and therefore a bit delirious - which explains why this didn't get in an earlier newsletter).

To all teachers and mentors in the department, As we come to the end of the semester, please encourage your students to submit their work to LAURUS. Undoubtedly, many of our creative writing students are putting the finishing touches on their 1st semester projects. The student editors of LAURUS would be delighted to see their work and consider it for publication. The deadline for the 2011-12 issue is January 27. Students can submit their work at laurusmagazine.submishmash.com. For more details about LAURUS and submission guidelines, go to our webpage at english.unl.edu/laurus. Thanks again for supporting our undergraduate writers.
Mike Page
LAURUS faculty advisor

UNL has been invited to join as an institutional member of The Dickens Project--a research and teaching consortium based at the University of California--and Pete Capuano has accepted an invitation to become a faculty member at The Dickens Universe, a ten-day meeting each August that forms the hub of a series of institutes, colloquia, and lectures on nineteenth-century literary and cultural studies. With its official membership, UNL joins some of the finest English departments in the country including Stanford, Princeton, MIT, Columbia, Vanderbilt, Cornell, and NYU along with fellow Big Ten and CIC members Indiana, Penn Sate, Iowa, and Ohio State. Each summer, a UNL graduate student specializing in Victorian literature and culture will have the opportunity to study at the Dickens Universe on the campus of the University of California-Santa Cruz, and to attend the graduate conference held on another one of the consortium member campuses each winter. For more information, please see the tab now up on our website, or navigate to http://dickens.ucsc.edu.

In preparation for the visit of Gerald Charles Dickens (the 'Inimitable's' great-great-grandson) to Omaha December 16 and 17, Pete Capuano gave an invited talk for the Douglas County Historical Association at the General Crook House entitled, "The Victorian Invention of Christmas."

Laura Madeline Wiseman has poems in the current issues of Cream City Review and Spittoon. She read in the panel "Where Literature and Art Intersect" at the European Studies Conference in Omaha, NE, October 7, 2011, in the "Creative Writing: Poetry" panel and in the special session "Writers at Play: Exercises and Suggestions for the Creative Writing Classroom" at MMLA in St. Louis, November 4th and 6th. Her essay "Dear Diary: Violence, Confession, and Creative Writing Pedagogies" appears in the anthology Dispatches from the Classroom: Graduate Student Essays on Creative Writing Pedagogy, just released from Continuum Press. Her seventh chapbook, THE PUPPET WIFE, is forthcoming for Pudding House Publications.

Steve Behrendt has been named an Associate Editor for the scholarly edition of the complete poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley. The edition, which is projected to run some seven volumes, is being published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Marco Abel's "'A Sharpening of Our Regard': Realism, Affect, and the Redistribution of the Sensible in Valeska Grisebach's Longing," appeared in the recently published collection of essays, New Directions in German Cinema, eds. Paul Cooke and Christoph Homewood (London: I. B. Tauris, 2011): 204-222.


Please encourage undergraduates to send in items for the newsletter. They can do so by sending an email to literaryleague@unl.edu.

Upcoming Events

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.

Friday, January 20, 4:00 pm, Zen's Lounge: Michelle Menting and James Redd will read from their work as part of the no name reading series.

March 29, 2012, 5:00-6:15pm (NOTE the different starting time!!!) at the Sheldon Auditorium
"Humanities on the Edge" invites you to a lecture by Michael Hardt (Professor of Italian Studies and Literature, Duke)
Building on his work of the past decade with political philosopher Antonio Negri, Hardt's talk, "What to Do in a Crisis: A Biopolitical New Deal," will respond to their call, issued in Commonwealth, the third part of their trilogy (Empire and Multitude are the first two volumes), for the need to reinvent the vocabulary of democracy as tools for intervening in the present. From a democratic-left perspective, one of the central concepts is that of the "New Deal." Hardt's talk will argue for the need of a new "New Deal"; however, for a "New Deal" to be effective today, it is in need to be re-imagined so that it will be responsive to the new form of power (biopower) characteristic of informational/finance capitalism. In his talk, Hardt wants to delineate the path along which such a new "New Deal" needs to be articulated. In addition to his collaborative work with Negri and numerous articles, Professor Hardt has authored Gilles Deleuze: An Apprenticeship in Philosophy (1993), co-edited Radical Thought in Italy: A Potential Politics and The Jameson Reader, as well as translated books by Giorgio Agamben and Negri.

April 12, 2012, 5:30-7:00pm (NOTE: back to regular time!) at the Sheldon Auditorium
"Humanities on the Edge" invites you to a lecture by Cesare Casarino (Professor of Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, U Minneapolis)
Starting from a retrospective and self-critical assessment of the collaborative reflections and undertakings of In Praise of the Common (a book he co-authored with Antonio Negri), Casarino's talk, "Universalism of the Common," attempts to produce a concept of the "common," to evaluate the reasons for its present relevance and currency, as well as to posit its inescapable centrality for any critical understanding of related concepts such as "capitalism," "biopolitics," and "communism" today. In addition to In Praise of the Common, Professor Casarino has authored numerous articles and the book, Modernity At Sea: Melville, Marx, Conrad In Crisis (2002), as well as edited Marxism Beyond Marxism (1996) and translated a number of important essays by Giorgio Agamben