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Fall 2017 Schedule

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Lecture by Priyamvada Gopal (University of Cambridge, U.K.)
"Insurgent Empire: How Anticolonial Resistance Shaped Dissent in Britain"
September 5th, 4:30pm
English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall

Priyamvada Gopal (Ph.D., Cornell 2000) is a Reader in Anglophone and Related Literatures at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Churchill College. She is the author of Literary Radicalism in India (Routledge, 2005) and The Indian Novel in English: Nation, History and Narration (Oxford, 2009). She has written for The Guardian, The NationAl-Jazeera, Open: the Magazine and The Hindu, among others. Her forthcoming book, Insurgent Empire, is due out with Verso in 2018.

Refreshments provided



Reading by Ron Rash
September 7th, 4:30pm
Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, G70 Klarman Hall

The Fall 2017 Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series kicks off with a reading by poet & fiction writer Ron Rash.

Reception and book signing to follow in the English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall



Reading by Quan Barry
September 14th, 4:30pm
Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, G70 Klarman Hall

Quan Barry, poet & novelist, reads from her work as part of the Fall 2017 Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series.

Reception and book signing to follow in the English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall



English Department Roundtable: Presenter Mint Damrongpiwat
Title: "Birth and the Posthuman: Cats, Rabbits, and Frankenstein's Monster"
September 22, 2:30pm
English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall
Moderator: Maddie Reynolds

Copies of the paper are available in the EDR mailbox in the English Department mailroom (GS 250, on the far right of the wall of English grad student boxes) and on the EDR Blackboard site.

Refreshments will be served.

The English Department Roundtable is a forum for graduate students in the English Department to share ideas across a wide variety of fields, time periods, and methodologies.  Open to students at all stages of the program, the EDR gives us an opportunity to discuss our work in an informal setting with a group of our peers, to give and receive feedback about current projects, and to learn about the work being done by our colleagues. At a time in which the tremendous diversity of literary study has made it increasingly difficult to grasp the discipline as a whole, the purpose of the EDR is to foster a greater sense of intellectual community and cohesion within Cornell’s English Department, and to strengthen our work through increased collaboration with our peers.

Sponsored by the Class of 1916 Chair.



The Robert Chasen Memorial Poetry Reading featuring Marilyn Hacker
September 28th, 4:30pm
Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, G70 Klarman Hall

Marilyn Hacker, poet & translator, reads from her work as part of the Fall 2017 Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series.

The Robert Chasen Memorial Poetry Reading is a biennial event, featuring a public reading by a distinguished poet. It was established in 1980 by Margaret Rosenzweig, 32, in memory of Robert Chasen.

Reception and book signing to follow in the English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall



Books Sandwiched In - Literature in Today's World
Topic: Literature and Politics
Faculty guests: Prof. Kate McCullough, Prof. Helena Maria Viramontes, Prof. Shelley Wong

October 4, 12:15-1:10pm
English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall

How can literature help us understand and interpret the complexities of contemporary life? What can literary art contribute to bigger cultural, political, social debates? How does literature comment on the issues of its own time, and how might it offer insight into today’s issues as well? Join us for a new year of Books Sandwiched In, a year focusing on the ongoing relevance of literature in our daily lives. Have a free lunch and an informal discussion with faculty, and meet other students interested in literature!

Books Sandwiched In is a monthly lunch series for Cornell undergraduates. You need not be an English Major to attend. Join in this informal discussion with faculty of literature's relevance to politics, meet other students interested in literature, and get free lunch, too!

Email Corrine at cb624@cornell.edu to reserve your seat, and please include your netID in your reply.



Reading by Marlon James
October 12th, 4:30pm
Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, G70 Klarman Hall

Marlon James, novelist, reads from his work as the final installment of the Fall 2017 Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series.

Reception and book signing to follow in the English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall



English Department Roundtable: Presenter Jesse Goldberg
Title: "What lay beneath their names: Social Death, The Afterlife of Property, and Pilate's Insistence of Black Being in Song of Solomon"
October 13, 2:30pm
Room 283, Goldwin Smith Hall
Moderator: Marquis Bey

Copies of the paper are available in the EDR mailbox in the English Department mailroom (GS 250, on the far right of the wall of English grad student boxes) and on the EDR Blackboard site.

Refreshments will be served.

The English Department Roundtable is a forum for graduate students in the English Department to share ideas across a wide variety of fields, time periods, and methodologies.  Open to students at all stages of the program, the EDR gives us an opportunity to discuss our work in an informal setting with a group of our peers, to give and receive feedback about current projects, and to learn about the work being done by our colleagues. At a time in which the tremendous diversity of literary study has made it increasingly difficult to grasp the discipline as a whole, the purpose of the EDR is to foster a greater sense of intellectual community and cohesion within Cornell’s English Department, and to strengthen our work through increased collaboration with our peers.

Sponsored by the Class of 1916 Chair.



The Critical Race Series Lecture by Nelson Maldonado-Torres (Rutgers University)
“The World that Coloniality Built: Fanonian Meditations on Language and Love”
October 18th, 4:30pm
English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall

The world that modernity/coloniality built is a world of Manichean hierarchies and forms of segregation and separation that serve those hierarchies. Language and love are fundamental forms of connection, which means that they find themselves in precarious conditions in the modern/colonial world. This presentation explores the meaning of language and love, as well as the idea of their respective decolonizations (e.g., decolonial language and decolonial love), with particular attention to Frantz Fanon’s classic text, Black Skin, White Masks.

Nelson Maldonado-Torres is Associate Professor in the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies, member of the core faculty of the Comparative Literature Program, and faculty affiliate in the Doctoral Program in Women and Gender Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. He has been President of the Caribbean Philosophical Association (2008-2013), Director of the Center for Latino Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley (2009-2010), and Chair of the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies at Rutgers (2012-2015). He is a board member of the Frantz Fanon Foundation in Paris, France, and honorary member of the Fausto Reinaga Foundation in La Paz, Bolivia. His publications include Against War: Views from the Underside of Modernity (Duke UP, 2008), and the collection of essays La descolonización y el giro decolonial (Decolonization and the decolonial turn), compiled by the Universidad de la Tierra (Chiapas, Mexico) in 2011. He has guest edited two issues on “mapping the decolonial turn” for the journal Transmodernity, and is currently working two book projects: Theorizing the Decolonial Turn and Fanonian Meditations.

Light refreshments provided

This event is cosponsored by Latina/o Studies


Reading by Steven McCall
October 23rd, 4:30pm
English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall

Come join Steven McCall for a reading from Dan McCall’s posthumous memoir, Boy on a Unicycle: Confessions of a Young Man Trained to be a Winner.

Dan McCall (1940-2012) was a beloved professor of American Studies and English at Cornell for forty years. He was the critically acclaimed author of ten books of fiction and non-fiction, including Triphammer, The Example of Richard Wright, and Beecher. His novel Jack the Bear was translated into a dozen languages and made into a 20th Century Fox feature film.
Despite being passionate about his memoir, and producing dozens of drafts over the course of his lifetime, Dan was never able to settle on a final version. After his passing in 2012, his son Steven decided to take up the project and see it through to completion. Now, at long last, Boy on a Unicycle has just been published, in September 2017.
Boy on a Unicycle tells of a 1950s teen prodigy with a particular gift for enthralling audiences with speeches about American optimism. Steven will read excerpts from the book and talk about “the story behind the story”—of a novelist’s obsessive quest to examine the lies and truths of his youth, and a son’s determination to bring his father’s memoir into the world.  

Light refreshments provided


The Philip Freund Prize for Creative Writing Alumni Reading: Lauren K. Alleyne, Tacey M. Atsitty, Jennine Capó Crucet & Stephen Gutierrez
November 2, 4:30pm
Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, G70 Klarman Hall

Recipients of the 2017 Philip Freund Prize in Creative Writing for excellence in publication read from their works:
Lauren K. Alleyne ‘06 Poet
Tacey M. Atsitty ‘11 Poet
Jennine Capó Crucet ‘03 Fiction Writer
Stephen Gutierrez ‘87 Fiction & Nonfiction Writer

Reception and book signing to follow in the English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall



Books Sandwiched In - Literature in Today's World
Topic: Literary and Visual Representation
Faculty guests: Prof. Ella Diaz, Prof. Greg Londe, and Prof. Shirley Samuels. Prof. Kate McCullough, moderator

November 8, 12:15-1:10pm
English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall

How are visual representation and literary representation in conversation with one another? What can images do that words can’t, and vice versa? How do various media engage their audiences’ hearts and minds? Conversation will also draw on our faculty’s guests’ scholarly work on study of murals, comics, and photography.

Books Sandwiched In is a monthly lunch series for Cornell undergraduates. You need not be an English Major to attend. Join in this informal discussion with faculty of literature's relevance to politics, meet other students interested in literature, and get free lunch, too!

Email Corrine at cb624@cornell.edu to reserve your seat, and please include your netID in your reply.



English Department Roundtable: Presenter Katherine Lonsdale Waller
Title: Stars and Angels: The Working Universes of Charlie’s Angels and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
November 10, 2:30pm
English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall
Moderator: Zach Price

Copies of the paper are available in the EDR mailbox in the English Department mailroom (GS 250, on the far right of the wall of English grad student boxes) and on the EDR Blackboard site.

Refreshments will be served.

The English Department Roundtable is a forum for graduate students in the English Department to share ideas across a wide variety of fields, time periods, and methodologies.  Open to students at all stages of the program, the EDR gives us an opportunity to discuss our work in an informal setting with a group of our peers, to give and receive feedback about current projects, and to learn about the work being done by our colleagues. At a time in which the tremendous diversity of literary study has made it increasingly difficult to grasp the discipline as a whole, the purpose of the EDR is to foster a greater sense of intellectual community and cohesion within Cornell’s English Department, and to strengthen our work through increased collaboration with our peers.

Sponsored by the Class of 1916 Chair.



In A Word with J. Robert Lennon
"Some Important Third People"
November 15th, 4:30pm
English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall

In our age of memoir, social media, and young adult fiction, first person rules the roost. This talk will argue that first person is often misused in American fiction, and that a good writer should always consider third, in all its complex, ungainly glory. Professor Lennon will give examples from literature of third person's flexibility, and show writers how to use it.

In A Word is a new series that showcases the Creative Writing Program’s influences and contributions to the literary world by its dedicated faculty of poets and fiction writers like J. Robert Lennon. The author of eight novels, including Mailman, Familiar, and Broken River, and the story collections Pieces for the Left Hand and See You in Paradise, you can find out more about him at jrobertlennon.com.

Light refreshments provided



The Paul Gottschalk Memorial Lecture by Kim F. Hall (Barnard College)
"Intelligently organized resistance": Shakespeare in the diasporic politics of John E. Bruce
November 30th, 4:30 pm
Guerlac Room, A.D. White House

While scholars gathered at Harvard University to hear noted Shakespearean George Lyman Kittredge outline a program for Shakespeare study and tens of thousands took special trains to attend performances of Caliban in the Yellow Sands at the City University of New York, in 1916 a "Ye Friends of Shakespeare” group convened at a Settlement House on the Lower East Side for its presidential address. Delivered by journalist John E. Bruce, the speech gave this group of black activists and intellectuals (including noted bibliophile Arturo Schomburg) a program for self-directed Shakespeare study within a framework of black advancement and resistance. This lecture situates Bruce’s speech in the cross-hatchings of Shakespeare celebration and anti-racist activism of the early twentieth century. Part of a larger project that explores black archives for links between Shakespeare study and black freedom struggle, this lecture asks: “can we find in these archival fragments a Shakespeare more suitable for twenty-first century America?”

Kim F. Hall will deliver the Gottschalk Memorial Lecture, established in memory of Paul Gottschalk, Professor of English at Cornell, scholar of British Renaissance literature. Hall is the Lucyle Hook Chair of English and Professor of Africana Studies at Barnard College where she teaches courses in Early Modern/ Renaissance Literature, Black Feminist Studies, Critical Race Theory and Food Studies. She is the author of Things of Darkness: Economies of Race and Gender in Early Modern England, Othello: Texts and Contexts and The Sweet Taste of Empire: Sugar, Gender and Material Culture forthcoming with UPenn Press. Professor Hall was the Barnard Library’s inaugural “Faculty Partner of the Year" (2014) and 2015 winner of the College’s Tow Award for Innovative Pedagogy for the Digital Shange project. Diverse Issues in Higher Education named her one of “25 Women Making a Difference in Higher Education and Beyond” in 2016. She is currently working on 'Othello Was My Grandfather': Shakespeare and Race in the African Diaspora for which she has received grants from the NEH, the National Humanities Center and the Schomburg Center for Research in African-American Culture.   

Reception to follow

~ Note the graduate student seminar with Kim F. Hall, offered on December 1, from 12:30-2:00pm ~



Gottschalk Seminar with Kim F. Hall (Barnard College)
"'I didn’t think I would feel like this': Early Modern Race Studies and its Discontents"
December 1st, 12:30-2:00pm
English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall

For this seminar Professor Hall will circulate the conclusion to her book, Sweet Taste of Empire: Sugar, Race and Gender in Early Modern England (under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press) and an excerpt from Robert Appelbaum's Aguecheek's Beef, Belch's Hiccup, and Other Gastronomic Interjections: Literature, Culture, and Food Among the Early Moderns.

The tripartite conclusion first discusses the response by people of color to artist Kara Walker's 2014 blockbuster installation, A Subtlety: The Marvelous Sugar Baby. Professor Hall sees in the black anger at the 2014 installation and in the oblivious responses by (mostly white) spectators a dynamic similar to the ongoing discussion of the presence and meanings of race in early modern literary studies, which helps make visible a racial politics of innocence in both the seventeenth century source materials and contemporary early modern scholarship. Inherent in conflicts over the installation and the Ferguson protests that emerged at the same time is anger at the refusal to hear what blacks have to say about their experience of being raced subjects and to consider that black epistemologies have a salience for historical understanding. The second section briefly juxtaposes Susan Amussen’s reading of English laws regarding slavery in Caribbean Exchanges with Colin Dayan's discussion of English law in The Law is a White Dog to demonstrate the gap between scholarship emerging from the African diaspora and early modern scholarship that refuses dialogue over race. The final section offers a reading of Walker's 2015 follow up exhibit, Afterword, and argues for the need to put race, anger, and healing in the story of early modern studies.

Please RSVP for the seminar by email to: LBL3@cornell.edu. Relevant materials will be emailed to those who RSVP.

~ This graduate student seminar is being offered in conjunction with the Paul Gottschalk Memorial Lecture by Kim F. Hall on November 30th ~

The Gottschalk Memorial Lecture was established in memory of Paul Gottschalk, Professor of English at Cornell, scholar of British Renaissance literature and author of The Meanings of Hamlet (1972). He died in 1977 at the age of 38.


English Department Roundtable: Presenter Sam Lagasse
Title: "The Improbable Indian: Primitivism and Orientalism in Andrew Salkey’s Escape to an Autumn Pavement (1960)"
December 1, 2:30pm
English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall
Moderator: TBA

Copies of the paper are available in the EDR mailbox in the English Department mailroom (GS 250, on the far right of the wall of English grad student boxes) and on the EDR Blackboard site.

Refreshments will be served.

The English Department Roundtable is a forum for graduate students in the English Department to share ideas across a wide variety of fields, time periods, and methodologies.  Open to students at all stages of the program, the EDR gives us an opportunity to discuss our work in an informal setting with a group of our peers, to give and receive feedback about current projects, and to learn about the work being done by our colleagues. At a time in which the tremendous diversity of literary study has made it increasingly difficult to grasp the discipline as a whole, the purpose of the EDR is to foster a greater sense of intellectual community and cohesion within Cornell’s English Department, and to strengthen our work through increased collaboration with our peers.

Sponsored by the Class of 1916 Chair.



Spring 2017 Schedule

For a calendar view, please visit the English Events Calendar.

The Department of English is pleased to have purchased carbon offsets for our event guests' travel through the Finger Lakes Climate Fund, a program of Sustainable Tompkins.



Theorizing the Lyric: The World Novel

February 3, 2:00-5:00pm
Guerlac Room, A.D. White House

February 4, 11:00am-5:00pm
Guerlac Room, A.D. White House

Jonathan Culler's Theory of the Lyric is a serious intervention into how the lyric is conceived, thought, and taught. This conference, organized by professors Elizabeth S. Anker (English) and Grant Farred (Africana Studies), brings together scholars from the U.S., Canada, and Europe to address a series of debates about the theoretical impact and importance of Culler's groundbreaking work, exploring its relevance both to novel studies and to larger conversations about method unfolding within literary criticism and theory.
The conference opens on Friday afternoon and continues on Saturday.

Friday, February 3rd
2:00-2:30
Elizabeth S. Anker (Cornell University), Welcome
Jonathan Culler (Cornell University), Opening remarks

2:30-3:30
David James (Queen Mary-University of London), “In Defense of Lyrical Realism"
3:45-4:45
Ellen Rooney (Brown University), “Change of Address”
Moderator: Tim Murray (Cornell University)

~ Reception to follow ~
 
Saturday, February 4th
11:00-12:00
Robert Caserio (Penn State University), “Wireless: The Novel's Transmissions of Lyric Form”
12:00-1:00
Grant Farred (Cornell University), “This is Not a Fiction: Rankine's Citizen as Mimetic Event”
Moderator: Leslie Adelson (Cornell University)
 
2:00-3:00
Christopher Nealon (Johns Hopkins University), “Some Limits to Antihumanism, or, Problems with the Critique of Meaning”
3:00-4:00
Elizabeth S. Anker (Cornell University), “Beyond Interpretation: Dualism, Postcritical Reading, and Ali Smith’s How To Be Both
Moderator: Elisha Cohn (Cornell University)
 
4:00-4:30
Ian Balfour (York University), Response
Grant Farred (Cornell University), Closing remarks

~ Light breakfast and lunch provided; reception to follow ~



The Richard Cleaveland Memorial Reading featuring Alice Fulton and Helena María Viramontes 

February 9, 4:30 p.m.
Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, G70 Klarman Hall

The Spring 2017 Barbara & David Zalaznick Creative Writing Reading Series kicks off with the Richard Cleaveland Memorial Reading featuring Alice Fulton, poet and writer, and Helena María Viramontes, writer.

The Richard Cleaveland Memorial Reading was created in 2002 by family and friends of Richard Cleaveland, Cornell Class of ’74, to honor his memory.

Reception and book signing to follow in the English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall



English Department Roundtable: Marquis Bey
 "The Etc. of Negroes: Transfigurative Blacknesses"
February 10, 2:30pm
English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall
Moderator: Gabriella Friedman

Copies of the paper are available in the EDR mailbox in the English Department mailroom (GS 250, on the far right of the wall of English grad student boxes) and on the EDR Blackboard site.

Refreshments will be served.

The English Department Roundtable is a forum for graduate students in the English Department to share ideas across a wide variety of fields, time periods, and methodologies.  Open to students at all stages of the program, the EDR gives us an opportunity to discuss our work in an informal setting with a group of our peers, to give and receive feedback about current projects, and to learn about the work being done by our colleagues. At a time in which the tremendous diversity of literary study has made it increasingly difficult to grasp the discipline as a whole, the purpose of the EDR is to foster a greater sense of intellectual community and cohesion within Cornell’s English Department, and to strengthen our work through increased collaboration with our peers.

Sponsored by the Class of 1916 Chair.



Shop Talk with Manjula Martin, Writer and Editor of Scratch

February 13, 5:00pm
English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall

Manjula Martin is editor of the anthology Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living. She created the blog Who Pays Writers? and was the founder and editor of Scratch magazine, an online periodical about the business of being a writer.

Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living will be available for purchase.

Complementary light refreshments will also be available.



English Department Roundtable: Emily Rials
"Revising Realism in Zadie Smith's NW"
February 24, 2:30pm
English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall
Moderator: Hema Surendranathan

Copies of the paper are available in the EDR mailbox in the English Department mailroom (GS 250, on the far right of the wall of English grad student boxes) and on the EDR Blackboard site.

Refreshments will be served.

The English Department Roundtable is a forum for graduate students in the English Department to share ideas across a wide variety of fields, time periods, and methodologies. Open to students at all stages of the program, the EDR gives us an opportunity to discuss our work in an informal setting with a group of our peers, to give and receive feedback about current projects, and to learn about the work being done by our colleagues. At a time in which the tremendous diversity of literary study has made it increasingly difficult to grasp the discipline as a whole, the purpose of the EDR is to foster a greater sense of intellectual community and cohesion within Cornell’s English Department, and to strengthen our work through increased collaboration with our peers.

Sponsored by the Class of 1916 Chair.



Graduate student seminar with Jodi A. Byrd (U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

“Gaming Indigeneity”
10:00am-12:00pm, Thursday, March 2nd
English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall

RSVP for the seminar by February 23 to LBL3@cornell.edu
Seminar materials will be made available to those who RSVP

~ This seminar is offered in conjunction with the Critical Race Series Lecture with Jodi A. Byrd, also on March 2, at 4:30pm ~



The Critical Race Series Lecture with Jodi A. Byrd (U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
“Playing Stories: Never Alone, Indigeneity, and the Structures of Settler Colonialism"
March 2, 4:30pm
Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, 132 Goldwin Smith Hall

Reception to follow in the English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall

~ Note the graduate student seminar with Jodi A. Byrd, offered earlier in the day on March 2, from 10am-noon ~



Books Sandwiched In with Cornell Career Services

March 8, 12:15pm
English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall

Books Sandwiched In is a monthly lunch series for Cornell undergraduates. You need not be an English Major to attend.

Email Corrine at cb624@cornell.edu to reserve your seat, and please include your netID in your reply.



The Wendy Rosenthal Gellman Lecture on Modern Literature with Douglas Mao (Johns Hopkins)
"Utopia at Fifty"
March 9, 5:00pm -- TIME CHANGED to accommodate college curriculum town hall meeting
Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, 132 Goldwin Smith Hall

The Gellman Lecture, featuring a distinguished scholar of modern literature, was established by a generous gift from Wendy Rosenthal Gellman ‘81, who majored in English at Cornell

Reception to follow in the English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall

~ Note the graduate student seminar with Douglas Mao, offered on March 10, from 10am-noon ~



Graduate student seminar with Douglas Mao (Johns Hopkins)
"Utopia in Motion and Not in Motion (Utopia at One Hundred)"
March 10, 10am-noon
English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall

RSVP for the seminar to LBL3@cornell.edu
Seminar materials will be made available to those who RSVP

~ This seminar is offered in conjunction with Wendy Rosenthal Gellman Lecture on Modern Literature with Douglas Mao on March 9, 4:30pm ~



English Department Roundtable: Maddie Reynolds
"The Ironmaster's Alternative Narrative in Bleak House"

March 10, 2:30pm
English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall
Moderator: Mint Damrongpiwat

Copies of the paper will be available in the EDR mailbox in the English Department mailroom (GS 250, on the far right of the wall of English grad student boxes) and on the EDR Blackboard site.

Refreshments will be served.

The English Department Roundtable is a forum for graduate students in the English Department to share ideas across a wide variety of fields, time periods, and methodologies. Open to students at all stages of the program, the EDR gives us an opportunity to discuss our work in an informal setting with a group of our peers, to give and receive feedback about current projects, and to learn about the work being done by our colleagues. At a time in which the tremendous diversity of literary study has made it increasingly difficult to grasp the discipline as a whole, the purpose of the EDR is to foster a greater sense of intellectual community and cohesion within Cornell’s English Department, and to strengthen our work through increased collaboration with our peers.

Sponsored by the Class of 1916 Chair.



Lecture with Anna Kornbluh (U. of Illinois, Chicago)
"Snapshots of Political Formalism: William Henry Fox Talbot, Karl Marx, and the Cameras of Collective Life"
March 10, 4:30pm
Guerlac Room, A.D. White House



Reading by Jeff VanderMeer
March 16th, 4:30pm
Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, G70 Klarman Hall

Jeff VanderMeer, fiction writer, reads from his work as part of the Spring 2017 Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series.

Reception and book signing to follow in the English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall



English Department Roundtable: Abram Coetsee
"Was Graffiti Ephemeral? Three episodes from the (an)archive of style-writing in the late demos of New York City, 1965-2013."
March 24, 2:30pm
English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall
Moderator: TBA

Copies of the paper will be available in the EDR mailbox in the English Department mailroom (GS 250, on the far right of the wall of English grad student boxes) and on the EDR Blackboard site.

Refreshments will be served.

The English Department Roundtable is a forum for graduate students in the English Department to share ideas across a wide variety of fields, time periods, and methodologies. Open to students at all stages of the program, the EDR gives us an opportunity to discuss our work in an informal setting with a group of our peers, to give and receive feedback about current projects, and to learn about the work being done by our colleagues. At a time in which the tremendous diversity of literary study has made it increasingly difficult to grasp the discipline as a whole, the purpose of the EDR is to foster a greater sense of intellectual community and cohesion within Cornell’s English Department, and to strengthen our work through increased collaboration with our peers.

Sponsored by the Class of 1916 Chair.



The Eamon McEneaney Memorial Reading featuring Eamon Grennan

April 13, 4:30 p.m.
Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, 132 Goldwin Smith Hall

Poet Eamon Grennan reads from his work as part of the Spring 2017 Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series.

This reading is made possible by Eamon McEneaney’s Cornell teammates, family, and friends. In addition to being one of Cornell’s most talented and best-loved athletes, Eamon McEneaney ’77 was a dedicated husband and father, loyal friend, prolific writer and poet, and an American hero. He died on September 11, 2001, in the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

Reception and book signing to follow in the English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall



English Department Roundtable: Mint Damrongpiwat
Title: "Fictions of Interiority in Richardson's Clarissa"
April 14, 2:30pm
English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall
Moderator: Noah Lloyd

Copies of the paper are available in the EDR mailbox in the English Department mailroom (GS 250, on the far right of the wall of English grad student boxes) and on the EDR Blackboard site.

Refreshments will be served.

The English Department Roundtable is a forum for graduate students in the English Department to share ideas across a wide variety of fields, time periods, and methodologies.  Open to students at all stages of the program, the EDR gives us an opportunity to discuss our work in an informal setting with a group of our peers, to give and receive feedback about current projects, and to learn about the work being done by our colleagues. At a time in which the tremendous diversity of literary study has made it increasingly difficult to grasp the discipline as a whole, the purpose of the EDR is to foster a greater sense of intellectual community and cohesion within Cornell’s English Department, and to strengthen our work through increased collaboration with our peers.

Sponsored by the Class of 1916 Chair.



Reading by Lisa Russ Spaar

April 27, 4:30pm
Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, G70 Klarman Hall

Lisa Russ Spaar, poet and essayist, reads from her work as the final installment of the Spring 2017 Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series.

Reception and book signing to follow in the English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall



In A Word: featuring Lyrae VanClief-Stefanon and Dagmawi Woubshet, In Conversation
May 3, 4:30pm
Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, G70 Klarman Hall

In A Word is a new series that showcases the Creative Writing Program’s influences and contributions to the literary world by its dedicated faculty of poets and fiction writers. Poet Lyrae VanClief-Stefanon and scholar Dagmawi Woubshet converse about their work.



MFA Graduation Reading
May 13, 3:00pm
Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, G70 Klarman Hall

The Department of English Program in Creative Writing proudly presents the MFA Graduation Reading, featuring:

Rocio Anica, Fiction Writer

Christopher Berardino, Fiction Writer

Mario Giannone, Fiction Writer

Annie (Elizabeth) Goold, Poet

Jasmine Jay, Poet

Shane Kowalski, Fiction Writer

Cary Marcous, Poet

Michael Prior, Poet

Leo Rios, Fiction Writer

Reception to follow in the English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall



The Department of English Diploma Ceremony & Reception

May 28, 12noon
Statler Auditorium

Immediately following the Cornell University Commencement Program

Light refreshments will be served
Photography by Grad Images



Fall 2016 Schedule

For a calendar view, please visit the English Events Calendar.



James McConkey: Courting Memory, A 95th Birthday Celebration
September 1st, 4:30pm
Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, G70 Klarman Hall

The Fall 2016 Zalaznick Reading Series kicks off with a celebration of Prof. Emeritus James McConkey on the occasion of his 95th birthday. Three of McConkey's award-winning former students will also read from their own works in his honor.

Featuring:
James McConkey, Fiction and Nonfiction Writer
Diane Ackerman ‘78, Poet and Essayist
Gilbert Allen ‘77, Poet and Fiction Writer
A. Manette Ansay ’91, Fiction Writer & Memoirist



Reading by Joy Harjo
September 15th, 4:30pm
Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, 132 Goldwin Smith Hall

Joy Harjo, poet and memoirist, reads from her works as part of the Fall 2016 Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series.



English Department Roundtable: Jesse Goldberg
"The Excessive Present: Historicity, Periodization, and the Anti-Grammar of Ghosts"
September 23rd, 2:30pm
236 Goldwin Smith Hall
Moderator: Verdie Culbreath



The Philip Freund Prize for Creative Writing Alumni Reading: H.G. Carrillo, Sally Wen Mao, Adam O’Fallon Price, & Emily Rosko
September 29th, 4:30pm
Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, G70 Klarman Hall

Dept. of English MFA alumni H.G. Carrillo (fiction), Sally Wen Mao (poetry), Adam O’Fallon Price (fiction), & Emily Rosko (poetry) read from their works as part of the Fall 2016 Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series.

Featuring:
H.G. Carrillo ‘07, Fiction Writer
Sally Wen Mao ‘12, Poet
Adam O’Fallon Price ‘14, Fiction Writer
Emily Rosko ‘03, Poet



Reading by David Madden
October 13th, 4:30pm
Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, 132 Goldwin Smith Hall

David Madden, fiction and nonfiction writer, reads from his works as part of the Fall 2016 Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series.



English Department Roundtable: Gabriella Friedman
"Cultivating America: Colonial History in the Morrisonian Wilderness"
October 14th, 2:30pm
English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall
Moderator: Jesse Goldberg



First-Year MFA Reading Series
October 14th, 5:00pm
Buffalo Street Books

MFA program features new writers Cristina Correa (poetry) and Neal Giannone (fiction), as they read fiction and poetry selections!



M.H. Abrams Lecture with Seth Lerer
“The English Lyric: Medieval to Early Modern”
October 20th, 4:30 pm
Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, 132 Goldwin Smith Hall
Reception to follow in the English Lounge (GS 258)

The M.H. Abrams Visiting Professorship was established in 2006 by Stephen H. Weiss ('57) in honor of Meyer H. “Mike" Abrams, late Class of 1916 Professor, Emeritus. Seth Lerer is the Fall 2016 M.H. Abrams Distinguished Visiting Professor.



First-Year MFA Reading Series
October 21st, 5:00pm
Buffalo Street Books

MFA program features new writers Weena Pun (fiction), Christopher Berardino (fiction), & Lyndsey Warren (poetry), as they read fiction and poetry selections!



The Paul Gottschalk Memorial Lecture with Jeffrey Masten
“Christopher Marlowe’s Queer Reformations: Heresy, Theory, Book History”
October 27th, 4:30 pm
Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium, 132 Goldwin Smith Hall
Reception to follow in the English Lounge (GS 258)

Jeffrey Masten (Northwestern University) delivers the Gottschalk Memorial Lecture, established in memory of Paul Gottschalk, Professor of English at Cornell, scholar of British Renaissance literature.



Gottschalk Seminar with Jeffrey Masten
“On Queer Philologies”
October 27th, 12:00 pm
English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall

Graduate Student seminar with Jeffrey Masten (Northwestern University). This seminar is being offered in conjunction with the Paul Gottschalk Memorial Lecture by Jeffrey Masten at 4:30pm in HEC Auditorium (GSH 132).



English Department Roundtable: Laura Francis
"The Rules of the Game: Allegory and Space in A Game at Chess"
October 28th, 2:30pm
English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall
Moderator: Stephen Kim



Reading by Chris Abani
November 3rd, 4:30pm
Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, G70 Klarman Hall

Chris Abani, poet and writer, reads from his works as part of the Fall 2016 Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series.



Forms, Figures, and Difference: A Conference in Honor of Fredric Bogel
November 4th, 4:30 pm
English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall
Reception to follow in the Pale Fire Lounge

Exploring the texts, forms, genres, and critical approaches that Rick Bogel has brought to literary theory and to eighteenth-century studies and beyond, this conference includes presentations of new work as well as panels that reflect and develop Rick’s contribution. The conference opens on Friday afternoon and continues for a full day on Saturday.

Featuring:
Neil Saccamano (Cornell University), Welcome
Suvir Kaul (University of Pennsylvania), “Apostrophe As a Theory of History”
David Alvarez (DePauw University), “Enlightenment Theologies of Satire”
Moderator: Laura Brown (Cornell University)



Forms, Figures, and Difference: A Conference in Honor of Fredric Bogel
November 5th, 9:30am
English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall
Light breakfast and lunch provided

Exploring the texts, forms, genres, and critical approaches that Rick Bogel has brought to literary theory and to eighteenth-century studies and beyond, this conference includes presentations of new work as well as panels that reflect and develop Rick’s contribution. The conference opens on Friday afternoon and continues for a full day on Saturday.

Featuring:
9:30-11:00
Mark Blackwell (University of Hartford), “‘Less’ning as he soars’: Epic and Mock-Epic, 1660-1714"
Jess Keiser (Tufts University), “Materialism in the Dunciad
Moderator: Laura Brown (Cornell University)
 
11:00-12:30
Sarah Eron (University of Rhode Island), “Wistful Thinking”
Sarah Ensor (Portland State University), “Willa Cather and the Grammar of the Unrealized”
Moderator: Harry Shaw (Cornell University)
 
1:30-3:00
Meghan Freeman (Manhattanville College), “'All This Vast Wreck': Strategies of Aesthetic Recuperation in Middlemarch
Shilo McGiff (Independent Scholar), “Little Greens: Joni Mitchell, Virginia Woolf, and the Poetics of Pastoral”
Moderator: Harry Shaw (Cornell University)
 
3:00-4:30
Dwight Codr (University of Connecticut), “Reading and Allusion: Pope and Mackenzie”
Stephanie DeGooyer (Willamette University), “The Politics of Form”
Moderator: Neil Saccamano (Cornell University)
 
5:00-6:00
Roundtable with Meghan Freeman, Suvir Kaul, Jess Keiser,and Shilo McGiff



First-Year MFA Reading Series
November 10th, 5:00pm
Buffalo Street Books

MFA program features new writers Hema Surendranathan (fiction) & Emily Rosello Mercurio (poetry), as they read fiction and poetry selections!



English Department Roundtable: Katherine Thorsteinson
"National Roots and Diasporic Routes: Tracing the Flying African Myth in Canada"
November 11th, 2:30pm
English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall
Moderator: Brianna Thompson



In A Word with Ernesto Quiñonez
“The Fingerprints of Influence”
November 16th, 4:30pm
English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall

In A Word is a new series that showcases the Creative Writing Program’s influences and contributions to the literary world by its dedicated faculty of poets and fiction writers like Ernesto Quiñonez. 



First-Year MFA Reading Series
November 17th, 5:00pm
Buffalo Street Books

MFA program features new writers Shakarean Hutchinson (fiction), Carl Moon (poetry), & Peter Gilbert (fiction), as they read fiction and poetry selections!



English Department Roundtable: Amber Harding
"'But so it is': Contradictions of Optimism & Doubt in James Agee's Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
December 2nd, 2:30pm
English Lounge, 258 Goldwin Smith Hall
Moderator: TBA