University of Mississippi

Professor Christopher Ricks of Boston University to give a paper entitled “T. S. Eliot and the South.” October 13, 6:00 p.m. Bondurant Auditorium.

08-1885/  OFFICE PORTRAIT CAS PROF. RICKS   / 6-19-08  KWZChristopher Ricks is the William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities at Boston University, having formerly been professor of English at Bristol and at Cambridge. He is a member of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, of which he was president (2007-2008). He has edited and also teaches in the Core Curriculum. He was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford in 2004, and is known both for his critical studies and for his editorial work. The latter includes The Poems of Tennyson (revised 1987), The New Oxford Book of Victorian Verse(1987), Inventions of the March Hare: Poems 1909-1917 by T. S. Eliot (1996), The Oxford Book of English Verse (1999), Selected Poems of James Henry (2002), Samuel Menashe’s New and Selected Poems (2005), Samuel Beckett’s The Expelled / The Calmative / The End / First Love (2009), Henry James’s What Maisie Knew (2010) and for Penguin Books Alfred Lord Tennyson: Selected Poems (2007). He is the author of Milton’s Grand Style (1963), Keats and Embarrassment (1974), The Force of Poetry (1984), T. S. Eliot and Prejudice (1988), Tennyson (1989), Beckett’s Dying Words(1993), Essays in Appreciation (1996), Allusion to the Poets (2002), Reviewery (2002), Decisions and Revisions in T. S. Eliot (2003), Dylan’s Visions of Sin (2004), and True Friendship: Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Lowell under the Sign of Eliot and Pound (2010). He was Professor of Poetry at Oxford, 2004-2009; in 2010, Waywiser Press published his anthology Joining Music with Reason: 34 Poets, British and American, Oxford 2004-2009.

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Jaime Cantrell

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Jaime Cantrell is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English and faculty affiliate at the Sarah Isom Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at The University of Mississippi, where she teaches courses in gender studies, gay and lesbian literature, literary criticism, and American literatures. She received her M.A. in Women’s Studies from The University of Alabama (2009) and her Ph.D. in English Literature with a graduate concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies from Louisiana State University (2014). She’s been awarded research grants from Cornell University, Duke University, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Prof. Cantrell is the author of essays and reviews appearing in Feminist FormationsThe Journal of Lesbian Studies, Study the South, The Bohemian South, and The Journal Homosexuality.

Jaime co-edited Out of the Closet, Into the Archive: Researching Sexual Histories (2015), a Lambda Literary Award Finalist for LGBT Anthology. With a foreword by Ann Cvetkovich, OCIA meditates on the ways queer archival scholarship transmits precarious pleasures alongside a host of compelling challenges and issues—taking readers inside the experience of how it feels to do queer archival research and queer research in archives. She is presently at work on a book project titled, Southern Sapphisms.

Education:

Ph.D., English, Louisiana State University (2014)

Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, Louisiana State University (2014)

M.A., Women’s Studies, The University of Alabama (2009)

B.A., English, The University of Southern Mississippi (2007)

Areas of Interest:

Twentieth-century American Literature; Women’s and Gender Studies with special emphases in queer theory and sexuality studies; archival studies; LGBTQ literatures; southern studies; literary criticism; southern foodways.

Selected Publications:

Out of the Closet, Into the Archive: Researching Sexual Histories. Amy L. Stone and Jaime Cantrell, eds. SUNY Press’s Queer Politics and Cultures series, December 2015.

“Desiring Down-Home and Out: Southern Lesbian Poetry and the Sex Life of Food.”
Invited contribution to The Bohemian South, Shawn Bingham and Lindsey A. Freeman,
eds. Forthcoming from UNC Press.

Review of Crooked Letter i: Coming Out in the South, Connie Griffin, ed. and Foreword
By Dorothy Allison. Montgomery: New South Books, 2015. The Journal of Southern
History.Forthcoming, fall 2016.

“Put a Taste of The South in Your Mouth: Carnal Appetites and Intersextionality.”Invited
contribution to Study The South, Eds. John T. Edge and James G. Thomas, Jr. October
2015.
http://southernstudies.olemiss.edu/study-the-south/put-a-taste-of-the-south-in-your-mouth/

“Coming Out and Tutor Text Performances in Jane Chambers’s Lesbi-dramas” in This Book
is Action: Feminist Print Culture and Activist Aesthetics. Eds. Jaime Harker and Cecilia Farr,
Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2015: 163-187

“Subscribe to Feminary! Producing Community, Region, and Archive,” in Out of the Closet, Into the Archives: Researching Sexual Histories. Eds. Amy L. Stone and Jaime Cantrell. Albany, NY: SUNY Press (2015): 311-335.

“Out of the Closet, Into the Archives.” Invited contribution to Notches: remarks on the history of
sexuality. Forthcoming, fall 2016.

“Profiles in Research: On Southern Lesbian Literature.” The Devil’s Tale: Dispatches from
the David. M Rubenstein Rare Books and Manuscript Library, Duke University. August

Publications in Progress:

Southern Sapphisms: Sexuality and Sociality in Literary Productions, 1969-1997. Book manuscript in progress.

Selected Courses:

THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI (2014-current)

ENGL 224: Survey of American Literature post-Civil War (spring 2016)
GST 337/SST 350: The South and Sexuality (summer 2015/spring 2016)
GST 301: Gender and Culture (summer 2016)
GST 201: Introduction to Gender Studies (summer 2016)
ENGL 360: Images of Women (spring 2016/summer 2016)
ENGL 398: Literary Criticism (fall 2015/fall 2016)
ENGL/GST 365: Gay and Lesbian Lit and Theory (spring 2015/fall 2015)
ENGL 223H: “Voices from the Archives: Early American Women Writers” Sally   McDonnell Barksdale Honors College (fall 2015)
ENGL 352: Topics in Popular Literature, “The South from Page to Screen: A Region Goes to Cinema” (winter session 2015/2016)
ENGL 223: Survey of Am Lit to the Civil War (fall 2014/spring 2015/fall 2016)
ENGL 421/GST 444: Queer Theory (fall 2014)

Office:
Bondurant W212
jaimec@olemiss.edu

“Eudora Welty on the Movies” by Jacob Agner, Monday, July 21, 4p.m.

IM68BB3FFFPlease join us for a conversation with Jacob Agner on “Eudora Welty on the Movies” Monday, July 21st at 4:00p.m. in the Board Room of the William F. Winter Archives and History Building in Jackson, Mississippi.

Mr. Agner is the recipient of the 2014 Eudora Welty Research Fellowship awarded by the Eudora Welty Foundation and cosponsored with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

Lifesaving Labradors

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by Ben McClelland

“Diabetes is hell!” says Capri Smith, struggling with the debilitating disease that struck her daughter Ciara at age nine. Angie Simonton felt that a monster attacked her family when Lily succumbed before she was two years old. An equestrian in college, Devon Wright feared stigma and tried to shield her disease from public view. Animal EMT Megan DeHaven and Manhattan businessman Tom Arsenault worried that they would die in their sleep. Tom came to know borough EMTs by name, because he blacked out so frequently. Sharon Stinson, married and in her twenties, thought she would die like Shelby in Steel Magnolias. Sharon and her husband made many 911 calls and visited the local ER so frequently that they felt they had practically paid for the hospital.

Sweet Ciara, little Lily, and the rest of the people in this book are all Type 1 Diabetics. Like three million other Americans they suffer from an incurable autoimmune disease that destroys the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas. Sugar rides a rollercoaster in each diabetic’s blood stream, sending the body into a catastrophic state. Death casts its shadow over each of them.

All of the parents in this group, the around the clock caregivers for their children, have frantically administered Glucagon shots or force fed sugar drinks in desperate attempts to steady erratic blood sugar events. Like Capri Smith, all of them have gone on daredevil car rides to the ER, frantic to save their daughters’ lives.

Desperate, each one sought a diabetic alert dog from Wildrose Kennels. Known as DADs, these British Labradors use their keen sense of smell to notify the diabetic or the caregiver of low and high blood sugar levels, thereby allowing prompt corrections to avert the episode or lessen its severity. Each one of these diabetics   and the other authors in this collection   has experienced attacks that led to seizure, or coma, dangerously close to death. Each one attests that the dog is a true lifesaver—daily. Lifesaving Labradors explains how the dogs do it, and how they are used to change and save lives.

The Last Days of California

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by Mary Miller

Fifteen-year-old Jess is on a road trip to the end of the world. Her evangelical father has packed up the family and left their Montgomery, Alabama, home behind to drive west in anticipation of the rapture, hoping to save as many souls as possible before the imminent Second Coming. With her long-suffering mother and her rebellious sister Elise, Jess hands out tracts to nonbelievers at every rest stop, Waffle House, and gas station along the way. Through sticky diners and in crowded motel pools, beneath bleached bedspreads and in the backseat of the family car, Jess and Elise whisper and squabble their way across the country. But as doomsday approaches, Jess can’t seem to work up any real fear about the apocalypse when her sister’s secret pregnancy and their increasingly frayed parents loom so much larger.

In this fresh and razor-sharp debut novel, teenage angst and evangelical ardor make a pilgrimage across an endlessly interchangeable American landscape of highways, motels, and strip malls. Sporting a “King Jesus Returns!” t-shirt and well stocked with end-times pamphlets, Jess makes semi-earnest efforts to believe but is thwarted at every turn by a string of familiar and yet freshly rendered teenage obsessions. From “Will the world end?” to “Will I ever fall in love?” each tender worry, big and small, is brilliantly rendered with emotional weight. Mary Miller reinvents the classic American literary road-trip story, reviving its august traditions with the yearning and spiritual ennui of twenty-first-century adolescence. As the last day approaches, Jess’s teenage myopia gradually gives way to a growing awareness of the painful undercurrents of her fractured family.

With a deadpan humor and a savage charm that belie a deep sympathy for her characters, Miller captures the gnawing uneasiness, sexual rivalry, and escalating self-doubt of teenage life in America, where the end always seems nigh and our illusions are necessary protections against that which we can’t control.

The Tilted World

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by Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly

In 1927, as rains swell the Mississippi, the river threatens to burst its banks and engulf everything in its path, including the tiny hamlet of Hobnob, where federal agents Ted Ingersoll and Ham Johnson arrive to investigate the disappearance of two fellow agents—and find a baby boy abandoned in the middle of a crime scene.

Ingersoll finds a home for the infant with local woman Dixie Clay Holliver, unaware that she’s the best bootlegger in the county and has many tender and consequential secrets of her own.

The Tilted World is an extraordinary tale of murder and moonshine, sandbagging and saboteurs, and a man and a woman who find unexpected love.

Theory Aside

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by Daniel Stout

Where can theory go now? Where other voices concern themselves with theory’s life or death, the contributors to Theory Aside take up another possibility: that our theoretical prospects are better served worrying less about “what’s next?” and more about “what else?” Instead of looking for the next big thing, the fourteen prominent thinkers in this volume take up lines of thought lost or overlooked during theory’s canonization. They demonstrate that intellectual progress need not depend on the discovery of a new theorist or theory. Moving subtly through a diverse range of thinkers and topics—aesthetics, affect, animation and film studies, bibliography, cognitive science, globalization, phenomenology, poetics, political and postcolonial theory, race and identity, queer theory, and sociological reading practices—the contributors show that a more sustained, less apocalyptic attention to ideas might lead to a richer discussion of our intellectual landscapes and the place of the humanities and social sciences in it. In their turn away from the radically new, these essays reveal that what’s fallen aside still surprises.

Ropes

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by Derrick Harriell

Long before Jackie Robinson bravely entered Major League hatred, African Americans tied cultural pride, anxiety and politick to angry fists buffered with cotton.  Derrick Harriell has mined the human history of lives perpetually in fight and woven a gutbucket stench of ghetto wail and back alley holler survival.  The work of these four rounds, the transparent employment of voice and source, working the head, body, groin and knees, is a flurry of converging dialogues: real and cleverly imagined, in conversation with self, God, Uncle Sam, other Black pugilists and the women who adorn these boxers as trinket and stain.  Jack Johnson, from Leavenworth, writes to Joe Louis We take turns dying.  Myth, truth, lies and the substance of Black testosterone in viscous, historically-textured sonics, Ropes confirms Derrick Harriell is among the finest young poets in the country.

– Quraysh Ali Lansana, author of mystic turf and Our Difficult Sunlight: a guide to Poetry, Literacy & Social Justice in Classroom & Community