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We sponsor visiting speakers, a monthly faculty reading group (at which members discuss a recent piece of published scholarship or share their own works-in-progress), and a biennial May faculty seminar for intensive study of interdisciplinary topics.

Upcoming Events

Sunday, 16 September, 3:00-4:15pm, 119 Westbrook Hall: A Lecture Recital of "The Song Cycle of [Charlottee Smith's] Beachy Head (1806)" by Amanda Jacobs with Shelley Waite, mezzo soprano, and Elizabeth Dolan (Associate Professor of English, Lehigh University).

Friday, September 28, 3:30pm in the Bailey Library of Andrews Hall: EzraGreenspan (Edmund and Louise Kahn Chair in the Humanities at Southern Methodist University) will deliver a talk entitled "Frederick Douglass at 200: 'Still Doing a Great Job.'"

Friday, November 2, 4:00-5:30pm in the Andrews Hall Amphitheater Lecture Classroom: "Celebrating Mary Shelley's Frankenstein 200 Years Later." This panel will feature "flash talks" (15-20 presentations) by experts from the Department of English.
Prof. Steve Behrendt: "Teaching Frankenstein in 2018"
Prof. Wheeler Winston Dixon: "Frankenstein in the Cinema: A Tale Untold"
Prof. Michael Page: " 'A Dreary Night of November': The Process of Creation inFrankenstein"
Prof. Pete Capuano: "Shifting from Gaze to Grasp: Frankenstein and the Monstrous Grip"

Friday, November 30, 4:00-5:30pm, Misty's Backroom: Prof. Katrina Jagodinsky (History): "Indigenous Bodies Before the Court: Habeas Corpus Petitions from Indian Country."

Friday, February 1, 4:00-5:30pm, Misty's Backroom: Prof. Max Mueller (Religious Studies): "Wakara's Horse: Toward a Post-Human History of Early Mormon-Indian Relations."

Past Events

May Seminar for Nineteenth-Century Studies Program Faculty and Course Development
April 31 – May 2, 2018

Guest Speakers

  • Andrew Stauffer, Associate Professor and Director of NINES at the University of Virginia (Book Traces)
  • Debby Applegate, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Biographer
  • Lawrence Buell, Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature at Harvard University
  • William Cronon, Frederick Jackson Turner Professor and Vilas Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Lilian Furst, Marcel Bataillon Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Annette Gordon-Reed, Professor of Law at New York Law School and Professor of History at Rutgers University-Newark
  • Patricia Hills, Professor of Art History at Boston University
  • Rosemary Lloyd, Rudy Professor of French and Italian at Indiana University
  • Jerome McGann, John Stewart Bryan University Professor at the University of Virginia
  • Andrew Miller and David Katzman, editors of Victorian Studies and American Studies, respectively
  • Allan Pasco, Hall Professor of Nineteenth-Century Studies at the University of Kansas
  • Vivian Pollak, Professor of English at Washington University at St. Louis
  • Mary Poovey, Director of the Institute for the History of Production of Knowledge at New York University
  • TJ Stiles, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer
  • Bertram Wyatt-Brown, President of the Southern Historical Association

Affiliated Faculty Symposia

  • William G. Thomas III, Professor of History and Angle Professor in the Humanities
  • Melissa J. Homestead, Professor of English
    “Nebraska, New England, New York: Mapping the Foreground to Cather and Lewis' Creative Partnership”
  • Stephen Behrendt, Professor of English and George Holmes Distinguished Professor
    “Peterloo, Ambivalence, and the Popular Culture”
  • Matt Cohen, Professor of English and Nicole Gray, Research Assistant Professor of English
    “Walt Whitman's Leaves”
  • Beverley Rilett, Research Assistant Professor of English
    “The Role of George Henry Lewes in George Eliot's Career: A Reconsideration”