Department News

September 30, 2012
On September 20, Marilee Lindemann delivered the second annual Woodress Lecture at the University of Nebraska Lincoln's Center for Great Plains Studies. The lecture is named for Cather biographer James Woodress. Lindemann's lecture, "Willa Cather and the Lavender Scare," examined early biographies and memoirs of Cather in the context of Cold War persecutions of gays and lesbians.
September 30, 2012
Martha Nell Smith delivered two keynote addresses in August.
September 28, 2012
Professor Peterson, with the support of a MITH fellowship last year, created a digital archive drawing on the research material for her book, Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City. 
September 28, 2012
In August, Jeremy Metz recorded interviews in French with seven prominent Haitian authors, including Yanick Lahens, Évelyne Trouillot, and Syto Cavé, in connection with his Comparative Literature dissertation project on Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean trauma literature.  His travel to Haiti was funded by a grant from the University of Maryland's Latin American Study Center.
September 28, 2012
This summer, Professor Kauffman traveled to Europe to give two conference papers.
September 21, 2012
Professor Laura Rosenthal gave a keynote address for the conference "‘The Authenticity of Emotions: Sceptical and Sympathetic Sociability in the Eighteenth-Century British Public Sphere’ An Interdisciplinary Collaboratory" held in Adelaide, Australia, September 18-19.  She has essays appearing this fall in the journals PMLA, Eighteenth-Century Fiction, The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, and The Arts and Humanities in Higher Education.
September 21, 2012
For nearly 70 years, The English Institute has been a major resource for developments in criticism, theory, and scholarship, while honoring traditional fields of interest and modes of literary analysis. Each fall it sponsors a prestigious conference, whose proceedings are subsequently published.
September 18, 2012
Anna Bedford (CMLT) presented a paper titled “Exploitive Foundations: Bodies and Resources in the Futuristic Metropolises of Atwood and Hopkinson,” at the annual Science Fiction Research Association in July. She presented as part of a panel with scholars Amy Ransom and Grace Dillon, who work in Canadian science fiction and Indigenous science fiction. Anna's participation in this conference, held in Detroit, was made possible by a travel grant from the English Department.
September 13, 2012
Professor Martha Nell Smith has helped to confirm only the second known picture of Emily Dickinson, and the only picture of the reclusive poet as an adult. 
September 12, 2012
In September, Vin Carretta is giving the 2012 Leonora Woodman Memorial Lecture at Purdue University, as well as the 2012 James Russell Wiggins Lecture at the American Antiquarian Society.

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