University of Mississippi

The Edith Baine Lecture Series presents: “Nineteenth-Century Facebook: John Ridge and the Archives of Cherokee Resistance” by Kelly Wisecup. Oct. 24th at 4:30 p.m. Barnard Observatory Tupelo Room

wisecup-kellyKelly Wisecup is assistant professor of English at Northwestern University, where she researches and teaches Native American and early American literatures, focusing especially on Native American writers’ and activists’ engagement with colonial science, archives, and genres.  Her first book, Medical Encounters: Knowledge and Identity in Early American Literatures (2013) explores how medical knowledge served as a form of communication among colonists, Native Americans, and African Americans, one in which people defined and defended their bodies as well as their relationship to the environment and to other than human beings.  Her current book project, Assembled Relations: Compilation, Collection, and Native American Writing, investigates how Native American writers adapted forms of compilation and collection—herbals, vocabulary lists, museum inventories, catalogs, and commonplace books—to restore and remake environmental, epistemological, and interpersonal relations disrupted by colonialism.  Her articles have appeared in Early American Literature, Early American Studies, Atlantic Studies, Studies in Travel Writing, Literature and Medicine, The Southern Literary Journal, and Literature Compass, and she has received fellowships from the American Antiquarian Society, the American Philosophical Society, the John Carter Brown Library, the Newberry Library, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Lecture will take place on October 24th at 4:30 p.m in the Barnard Observatory Tupelo Room.  This event is free and open to the public.

Mission Statement
The Edith T. Baine Lecture Series for Scholars and Writers invites the best and brightest scholars and writers to our campus. The Baine lecturers and writers are chosen on the basis of energetic and engaged scholarship and creative work, innovative approaches, and dynamic presentation styles. The lectures showcase paradigm-shifting research and groundbreaking writing. The visiting scholars and writers are intended to expose undergraduates to the fullness of a life deeply engaged in literature while inspiring graduate students to pursue ambitious work.

Edith T. Baine
Mrs. Edith Turley Baine of El Dorado was born November 29, 1945 in Greenville, Mississippi, the daughter of Edith Waits Turley and George Turley. She graduated from Leland High School and the University of Mississippi, where she received B.A.E. and M.A.E. degrees. Mrs. Baine was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of El Dorado, El Dorado Service League, Phi Mu Sorority and Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity International. She was a former member of the Board of Directors of the Union County Humane Society. She was an El Dorado Jaycettes and later became an El Dorado Jaycee. She was a tree farmer and retired English teacher who taught in Mississippi and at El Dorado High School. On April 13, 2012, Mrs. Baine passed away at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. Her generous gift to the English Department at the University of Mississippi supports this lecture series and promotes academic and creative exchange.


Melissa Ginsburg


Melissa Ginsburg is a poet and novelist. She teaches creative writing workshops in poetry and fiction, as well as courses in American literature and poetry as literature. Her work has appeared in many magazines, including Fence, Denver Quarterly, The Iowa Review, Berkeley Poetry Review, and Kenyon Review. She has worked in editorial positions for several literary magazines including Gulf Coast and Yalobusha Review.



MFA in Poetry, Iowa Writers’ Workshop, University of Iowa, 2005.

BA in English, University of Houston, 2002.


Teaching Interests

Experimental Lyric Poetry

Feminist Noir

Contemporary Poetry

American Literature since the Civil War


Selected Publications

Sunset City, Ecco Books, 2016. Novel.

Dear Weather Ghost, Four Way Books, 2013. Poetry collection.

Double Blind, Dancing Girl Press, December 2015. Poetry chapbook.

Arbor, New Michigan Press, 2007. Poetry chapbook.


Honors and Awards

Ucross Artists Residency, 2014.

Grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission, 2012.

Iowa Arts Fellowship, Iowa Writers’ Workshop, 2003-2005.

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Aimee Nezhukumatathil


Aimee Nezhukumatathil’s poems and essays have appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry, Tin House, Prairie Schooner, Brevity, American Poetry Review, New England Review, and the Best American Poetry anthology. Her honors include the Pushcart Prize and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She was the Distinguished Visiting Writer-in-Residence at UNC-Wilmington’s MFA program and has twice served as a faculty member for Kundiman, the Asian American writers’ retreat. She serves as poetry editor for Orion Magazine.
•   M.F.A., English, The Ohio State University (poetry & creative non-fiction), 2000.
•   B.A., English, The Ohio State University, 1996
Teaching and Research Interests:
•   poetry writing
•   creative non-fiction writing
•   environmental literature
•   nature writing
•   Asian American literature
•   contemporary poetry
•   World of Wonder [essays] (Milkweed Editions, forthcoming)
•   Oceanic [poems] (Copper Canyon Press, 2018)
•   Lace & Pyrite [poetry chapbook w/ Ross Gay] (Organic Weapon Arts, 2014)
•   Lucky Fish [poems] (Tupelo Press, 2011)
•   At the Drive-in Volcano [poems] (Tupelo Press, 2007)
•   Miracle Fruit [poems] (Tupelo Press, 2003)


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Monika R. Bhagat-Kennedy

Monika Bhagat-Kennedy specializes in representations of cultural belonging, nationalism, and injustice in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Indian literature. Her book manuscript-in-progress, Imagining Bharat: Romance, Heroism, and Hindu Nationalism in the Indian Novel, 1880-1930, examines how turn-of-the-century Indian writers including Bankim Chattopadhyay, Kali Kumar Sinha, Sarath Kumar Ghosh, and Rabindranath Tagore negotiated the emerging understanding of India as the mythic Hindu space Bharat and how their particular deployments of the novel perpetuated or contested this cultural imagining. Her research and teaching interests include nineteenth-century British philosophies of empire and imperial literatures, theory of the novel, trauma studies, critical race theory, contemporary South Asian diasporic literature, and global literatures of protest and resistance.


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, English, 2016
  • M.A., University of Michigan, English Language and Literature, 2009
  • M.A., University of Michigan, South Asian Studies, 2009
  • B.A., Emory University, English and Political Science, summa cum laude, 2004

 Teaching and Research Interests:

  • Postcolonial and Transnational Literatures
  • The Colonial and Postcolonial Indian Novel
  • British Political Philosophy and Philosophies on Empire
  • Theory of the Novel (particularly the historical novel)
  • South Asian Diasporic Literature
  • Global Literatures of Protest and Resistance

Courses Taught:

  • Living Hyphenated: South Asian American Literature
  • Writing Empire
  • Narrative Across Cultures
  • The Novel and Postcolonialism
  • World Literature Since 1650


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Spring 2018 Office Hours: MW 9:30-10:30am and by appointment

Matthew Brown, Associate Professor of English and the University of Iowa Center for the Book, will be giving the keynote for the “Early American Materialities” symposium on Thursday, May 5 in Bondurant Auditorium

The symposium, sponsored by the Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in Critical Bibliography at Rare Book School and the Department of English, culminates the hard work of my graduate students this semester. They will be giving conference length versions of their final projects (critical and creative) from noon to 4:30 in the Hannah-Ford Room of Bondurant Hall.  While anyone is welcome to attend their papers, the keynote, Brown’s talk, will begin at 5 pm in the Bondurant auditorium. Below is poster for Brown’s talk, “A Phenomenology of the Reading Room: Data, Post-Criticism, and the British American Printshop.”


English Education major, Heather Williams, elected Associated Student Representative for the southern region of Sigma Tau Delta

HWilliamsThis March Heather Williams, a senior English Education major at the University of Mississippi, attended the  national conference of the English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, where she was elected  Associated Student Representative for the Southern Region.  Heather currently serves as the Vice President of her chapter, Eta Nu, and will become President in May 2016. She is a transfer student from Bevill State Community College in Jasper, AL, where she was involved in Sigma Kappa Delta (SKD), The English Honor Society Two-Year Colleges. She also is published in SKD’s 2014 literary journal, The Hedera helix. Besides Sigma Tau Delta, Heather also is involved in other leadership roles including the Transfer Leadership Organization and 1+1 Transfer Student Program, both of which help make the transition into university life easier for transfer students. When not reading or writing, Heather enjoys playing the guitar and loves putting music to her poetry. Her favorite literature genre is Southern literature, and her favorite book is The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

Winners of 2016 Creative Writing Awards Announced!

Evans Harrington Scholarship:  Victoria Collins
Ella Somerville Award for Poetry:  Devin Kerr Pitts
Ella Somerville Award for Fiction:  Charles McCrory
Bondurant Prize for Poetry:  Shertock Lama
Bondurant Prize for Fiction:  David Tran
Congratulations to our winners!

The Forty-Fourth James Edwin Savage Lecture in the Renaissance: “Demonic Possession and the Theater in Early Modern England” by Brian Levack. April 12th at 6p.m. Bondurant Auditorium

Levack photoBrian Levack grew up in a family of teachers in the New York metropolitan area. From his father, a professor of French history, he acquired a love for studying the past, and he knew from an early age that he too would become a historian. He received his B.A. from Fordham University in 1965 and his Ph.D. from Yale in 1970. In graduate school he became fascinated by the history of the law and the interaction between law and politics, interests that he has maintained throughout his career. In 1969 he joined the History Department of the University of Texas at Austin, where he is now the John E. Green Regents Professor in History. The winner of several teaching awards, Levack offers a wide variety of courses on early modern British and European history, legal history, and the history of witchcraft. For eight years he served as the chair of his department. His books include The Civil Lawyers in England, 1603-1641:A Political Study (1973), The Formation of the British State: England, Scotland and the Union, 1603-1707 (1987); The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe (4th edition, 2016), which has been translated into eight languages; Witch-Hunting in Scotland: Law, Politics, and Religion  (2008); and The Devil Within: Possession and Exorcism in the Christian West (2013). He has also edited twenty books, including The Jacobean Union: Six Tracts of 1604 (1985); The Witchcraft Sourcebook (2004; 2nd edition 2015); and The Oxford Handbook of Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe and Colonial America (2013).

The lecture will take place on April 12 at 6:00 p.m. in the Bondurant Auditorium.

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. April 11, 2016 Ford Center for the Performing Arts 6:30 p.m. Opening Remarks 7:00 p.m. The History of Shakespeare’s Text

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Workers Discover Smokestack and Railwork Where William Faulkner Composed *As I Lay Dying*

On Tuesday, March 22, workers at the University of Mississippi excavated the brick foundation for the smokestack structure originally located just to the west of the 1908 power plant building where William Faulkner composed As I Lay Dying in the fall of 1929.  The brickwork was discovered upon removal of a concrete pad that had in recent years supported a large HVAC unit serving the building.  Other excavation work linked to the demolition of the power plant building has uncovered fifteen feet of the iron railwork originally laid for the railroad cars that once transported coal to the plant’s steam-powered electrical generator.