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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



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