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Dr. Allan Hepburn of McGill University will present a lecture entitled “Facing the Future: Children in Postwar Britain.” October 23, 4:00 p.m. Bondurant Auditorium.

img_2161On Thursday, October 23rd, at 4pm, in the Bondurant Auditorium, Dr. Allan Hepburn of McGill University will present a lecture entitled “Facing the Future: Children in Postwar Britain.” This talk will concentrate on British representations of children between 1945 and 1960 in relation to the discourse of the future that predominates in this period, and will draw on sources including Humphrey Jennings’ film A Diary for Timothy (1944-45) and the Labour Party’s 1945 platform, “Let Us Face the Future.” In focusing on postwar youth, novels and films of this period emphasize the alienation of children from their parents, their detachment from British history, and the reinforcement of duty in relation to Britain.


Allan Hepburn is James McGill Professor of Twentieth-Century Literature at McGill University. In addition to Intrigue: Espionage and Culture (2005) and Enchanted Objects: Visual Art in Contemporary Fiction (2010), he has published forty articles on various aspects of literature and culture. He edited three books of previously uncollected stories, essays, and broadcasts by Elizabeth Bowen. A fourth book, devoted to Bowen’s reviews, is forthcoming in 2015. He is currently writing a book about “Faith and British Culture, 1939-1962,” as well as a book about Elizabeth Bowen’s major fiction.

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.

Kiese Laymon, 2015-2016 Grisham Writer in Residence, received prestigious Stanford University writing award.

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Michael Shea Receives Fulbright U.S. Student Award

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“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.

On behalf of the MFA program, Professor Beth Ann Fennelly is proud to accept the Graduate School’s Diversity Award from dean John Kiss as this year’s commencement.

On behalf of the MFA program, Professor Beth Ann Fennelly is proud to accept the Graduate School’s Diversity Award from dean John Kiss as this year’s commencement.

A Statement of Commitment and Support

The faculty of the English Department at the University of Mississippi recognizes the importance of diversity to the ongoing success and future growth of the department and university.  Diversity represents the many salient experiences that mark human difference, and may include: race, national origin, economic background, sexual orientation, gender expression and characteristics, and disabilities. A diverse faculty, staff, and student body are integral to preparing our students for a global society, as they promote cross-cultural understanding through the creation and maintenance of an open learning environment, both in the classroom and in the broader community, that fosters learning, promotes cooperation, collaboration, and tolerance, and can potentially dispel stereotypes. In these ways, diversity is key to the department’s mission to enrich students’ understanding of literature, engage them in the cultural debate, develop crucial skills in analytical thinking, and prepare them for an increasingly diverse contemporary workplace.

Even more salient to the university, however, are the unanticipated benefits of diversity.  Including diverse members of the campus community in conversations about policy, scholarship, teaching, learning, service, and campus life may have unanticipated consequences by posing unexpected questions and inviting different conclusions. It is diversity’s potential to surprise, to disrupt, to rethink and reshape that makes it so essential to the mission of the university.  For these reasons, the department is committed to fostering a diverse teaching, learning, and work environment at the University of Mississippi.

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Moreover, in light of recent incidents of racial and sexual intolerance on our campus, the department wishes to express support for the LGBTQ and African American members of our campus community. We wish to publicly recognize that both groups make essential contributions to the functioning of our university and our department as educators, staff, and students. Together, African Americans, LGBTQ people, and their allies advance our goals of academic excellence, creating successful and enriching learning environments where all campus members thrive. Most importantly, the members of these communities are our colleagues, mentors, and friends, and we are grateful for their presence at the University of Mississippi.


Ann Fisher-Wirth receives the 2014 Elsie M. Hood Outstanding Teaching Award.

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The Works-in-Progress Seminar Series presents: Karen Raber Friday, Apr. 18th 3-4pm.

fpi14Department of English Professor Karen Raber will present “Animals at the Table:  Making Meat in Early Modern Europe” in the Hannah-Ford Room (Bondurant Hall 2nd Fl.) as part of the Spring 2014 Works-in-Progress Seminar Series.
Meat has become the monarch of the meal, surrounded by fawning courtiers (vegetables), often enthroned (on starches or other ingredients) and crowned (with cheeses or sauces).  Recent adventures in pink slime and petri dish meats have brought home how hard it is to decenter “real” meat from this sovereign position.  But it hasn’t always been this way: only at a fairly late date in its etymology did the term “meat” begin to signify specifically the flesh of a dead animal—until that time, it was simply a generic term for all food.  Meat’s etymology thus suggests that something happened in sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, something beyond the economic and demographic changes usually cited in literature to date, to transform the role of meat in English and European culture.  This project takes up three ways early modern meat functions as a quasi-object engaged in complex interactions with human bodies, with other meats, and with the objects and subjects involved in its creation: the attempt to make meat a “performer” at the banquet table; the creation of “transgenic”  or masquerading meats; and the representation of meat as an architectural environment in the butcher shop genre paintings of the late sixteenth century. These I hope will provide new ways to think about the material, historical, and ethical dimensions of meat-eating.
Karen Raber is a professor in the Department of English here at the University of Mississippi. Some of her interests include Early Modern studies, ecocriticism, and animal studies. For more information on Dr. Raber’s publications and research including her new book, Animal Bodies Renaissance Culture (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013) please visit her faculty profile page:

The Works-in-Progress Seminar Series is hosted by the English Graduate Student Body and open to all. The seminars consist of a thirty-minute presentation followed by a Q & A discussion where feedback and further suggestions by both faculty and other graduate students are highly encouraged! A version of the material to be presented on will be sent out to those on the English Department listserve closer to the event. Those not on the listserve who would like a copy, or for more information about this or other Works-in-Progress series events, please contact

Dr. Patrick Alexander, Professor of English and African American Studies, hosts conference: Rethinking Mass Incarceration in the South Conference THIS Sunday-Tuesday, April 13-15.

UMiss Rethinking Mass Incarceration Conference 2014