English Department News Letter and Calendar

Recent Publications, Awards, and Other Achievements

Crystal S. Gibbins' chapbook, Now Here Nowhere, has been accepted for publication by Furniture Press Books, as part of the "Emergent Poets Series." The poems in the collection are loosely based from the journals Eliza Spencer Brock (1810-1899) kept while aboard the whale ship Lexington during a voyage from 1853 to 1856.

Claire Harlan Orsi's essay, "A Sponge-Bag Containing a Small, Furious Devil: Nabokov, the Marx Brothers, and the Art of Literary Slapstick" appears in the March/April Film Issue of The Believer.

Poetry by Jeff Alessandrelli has recently been accepted for publication in Salt Hill and Everyday Genius. His review of Joshua Ware's collection Homage to Homage to Homage to Creeley will soon appear in the online magazine Jacket2.

Benjamin Vogt's flash nonfiction piece "650 Crocus Bulbs" is forthcoming in Sou'wester.

Aubrey Streit Krug's review of Grounded Vision: New Agrarianism and the Academy by William H. Major was recently published online by ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment, and will appear in an upcoming print volume of the journal. Also, her essay about teaching first-year writing, "Thoughts in the Presence of Emotion," has been accepted for publication by Writing on the Edge. Aubrey began writing this piece in Shari Stenberg's Composition Theory & Practice class, and she thanks Shari and Fran Kaye for their help and guidance.

Sarah Fawn Montgomery's poem, "A Wild Thing," was accepted for publication by The New Plains Review.

Wheeler Winston Dixon has published an essay on Josef Von Sternberg's classic film Shanghai Express, in Senses of Cinema 62 (February 2012).

Wheeler Winston Dixon also presented a paper, "Not a Pretty Picture: Film and Television After 9/11" as part of "The Arts after 9/11: A Tocqueville Symposium," on February 9, 2012 at The University of Richmond, Virginia, as part of their Tocqueville Seminar, a multi-year project, funded through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, designed to internationalize the study of American history and Culture. Also speaking were Nato Thompson, Chief curator of Creative Time, New York on "Spectacles in Space: Socially Engaged Art in the Battlefield of Mediated Politics," and Dr. Kristiaan Versluys, Professor of American Literature and Culture at Ghent University, Belgium, on "9/11: Novelists Respond." The event was extremely well attended by students and faculty, continuing for more than three hours with a lengthy Q&A.

Trey Moody and Joshua Ware's collaborative chapbook How We Remake the World: A Concise History of Everything won the 1st Annual Slope Editions Chapbook Prize and will be published this spring. Trey will read from the chapbook at AWP on March 1 (Thursday), from 7-11 pm at Simone's Lab <www.facebook.com/events/174394975997326>.

Kathleen Lacey presented her paper, "The Revolution Will be Televised: Gender, Performance, and Spectacle in Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games Trilogy," at the Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference in Albuquerque on February 9th. Her paper was part of a larger panel on the apocalypse in literature and popular culture.

Tamy Burnett presented "(Hu)Man and Machine: The Regressive Gender Politics of Artificial Intelligence in SyFy's Eureka" at the Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Association's annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico on February 8.

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Upcoming Events

Friday, February 17, 4:00 pm, Zen's Lounge: Arden Eli Hill and Jennifer Bryan will read from their work as part of the no name reading series.

‘But Yet a Union in Partition':
Elizabeth Tudor and Mary Stuart

March 1, 5:00, Bailey Library
Anna Riehl Bertolet, Assistant Professor, Auburn University
Co-sponsored by the Department of English and Women's and Gender Studies Program

Workshop on Fellowships in the Humanities
March 2, 2:00, Bailey Library
Led by Anna Bertolet & Carole Levin
Co-sponsored by the UNL Office of Research and Economic Development

On Monday, March 12, visiting writer Stephanie Elizondo Griest will discuss travel writing from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. and give a reading from her work at 7:00 p.m. Both events will take place in the Bailey Library. A travel writer, journalist, and memoirist, Elizondo Griest has published two award-winning memoirs: Around the Bloc: My Life in Moscow, Beijing, and Havana (Villard/Random House, 2004) and Mexican Enough: My Life Between the Borderlines (Washington Square Press/Simon & Schuster, 2008). She is the author of the award-winning guidebook 100 Places Every Woman Should Go (Travelers' Tales, 2007) and the editor of the 2010 volume of Best Women's Travel Writing (Travelers' Tales, 2010). Her travel writing has appeared in numerous travel magazines and anthologies, and she has written for newspapers including the New York Times and the Washington Post. Her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Believer, Texas Monthly Magazine, Florida Review, and Poets & Writers and in several anthologies. She was a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University in 2005-2006, won the 2007 Richard J. Margolis Award for Social Justice Reporting, was inducted into PEN in 2008, and has been a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute in New York City since 2005.

Love & Madness: Shakespeare in Opera
March 16, 5:00, Kimball Recital Hall
An opera scenes performance directed by Kaley Smith

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