Department of English Newsletter July/August 2021

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Publications & Acceptances

Marco Abel published a review of Die Filme der Jessica Hausner. Referenzen, Kontexte, Muster by Sabrina Gärtner in German Studies Review 44.2 (May 2021).

Mary Tighe's illustration of a harp Cover of THE READING PROTOCOLS OF SCIENCE FICTION, featuring a floating robot in a rocky landscape

Steve Behrendt’s extensive essay, “Mary Tighe in Life, Myth, and Literary Vicissitude,” appears in the just-released and comprehensive collection, A History of Irish Women’s Poetry, edited by Ailbhe Darcy and David Wheatley and published by Cambridge University Press. Steve’s comments on his essay (and about Tighe’s Irish harp and her sketch of it) appear on Cambridge’s blog post celebrating the collection’s release. Steve is delighted with the serendipitous timing, which closely follows the publication by Cork University Press this past Spring of his big critical anthology, Romantic-Era Irish Women Poets in English.

Arden Eli Hill has an interview and a poem up at Sorren Literary Review, a Southern Renaissance journal.

Mike Page’s The Reading Protocols of Science Fiction: Discourses on Reading SF, an edition of essays and dialogues by the late James Gunn on the practice of reading science fiction, including Samuel R. Delany’s classic essay “Some Presumptous Approaches to Science Fiction,” was published by Advent in July.

Jamaica Baldwin’s first full-length collection, Bone Language, was one of three manuscripts selected for YesYes Book’s 2020 Open Reading Period. It is scheduled for publication in Spring of 2023. Her poem, “As the Nurse Fills Out the Intake Form, the Ocean Speaks Your Name,” is published in the current issue of Ruminate Magazine.

Charlotte Kupsh and Erika Luckert’s brief article, “The Social and Material Dimensions of Virtual Consulting” was published in The Dangling Modifier.

Conferences, Readings, Workshops & Presentations

Steve Buhler shared a paper, “Emotional Economies in late-20th-century Song Settings for Productions of Twelfth Night,” with the Seminar on Twelfth Night Revisited for the World Shakespeare Congress, organized by the National University of Singapore and the International Shakespeare Association, conducted online, July 2021. He previously presented a paper, “Estrangement, the Stranger, and Exile in the Stratford Festival’s 2017 Timon of Athens,” in a session on Rethinking Shakespeare in the 21st Century for the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Association annual conference, conducted online, June 2021.

Poster for Guy Reynolds' book talkGuy Reynolds is pleased to announce an online talk about his new book, Sensing Willa Cather. Hosted by the National Willa Cather Center, it’s an online event in their Virtual Author series. Thursday August 19th, 7pm.

Jamaica Baldwin will be a featured reader at Smith College’s alumnae poetry reading on August 10th at 7pm. The event will be hosted by the Boutelle-Day Poetry Center. Attendance is free, but registration is required.

Timothy J. Cook, Ph.D. candidate in English (Literary and Cultural Studies), delivered a paper on July 10 during the American Literature Association’s 32nd Annual Conference in Boston, MA. As a part of the panel “Behold, I am doing a new thing: Form and Ritual in Modern Literature,” Cook shared his work “Olson and Whitehead: Collapsing Modernity’s Estrangement via Process and Tao.”

Activities, Accolades, & Grants

The African Poetry Book Fund has announced the winner of its annual Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. The winner, Sherry Shenoda, whose work was chosen from more than 200 submissions from across the African continent and diaspora, receives a $1,000 award and publication by the University of Nebraska Press.

Cover of HAMNETSteve Buhler appeared on Nebraska Public Media’s All About Books for two episodes, discussing Summer Reading choices that include Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever’s World Travel: An Irreverent Guide, Tyehimba Jess’s Olio, and Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet: A Novel of the Plague. Aired July 15, 2021 and July 22, 2021.

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