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Winners of 2015 Creative Writing Awards Announced!

Evans Harrington Scholarship/Judge Blair Hobbs:  Madeline Krema for “Pan American Dreams”
Ella Somerville Award for Poetry/Judge Blair Hobbs:  Christina Fullenkamp for “Zydrate Comes in a Little Glass Vial”
Ella Somerville Award for Fiction/Judge Bill Cusumano:  Valencia Lloyd for “Hair Pick”
Bondurant Prize for Poetry/Judge Beth Spencer:  Molly Brown for “Self Portrait As Everything I’m Not”
Bondurant Prize for Fiction/Judge Melissa Ginsburg:  Kate Sparks for “Fast Car”
Congratulations to our winners!

 

The Forty-Third James Edwin Savage Lecture in the Renaissance: “Is the Early in Early Modern the same as Early in Early Colonial?” by Ania Loomba. April 16th at 7p.m. Bondurant Auditorium

Ania Loomba001Ania Loomba is Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania.  She received her BA (Hons.), M. A., and M. Phil. degrees from the University of Delhi, India, and her Ph. D. from the University of Sussex, UK. She researches and teaches early modern literature, histories of race and colonialism, postcolonial studies, feminist theory, and contemporary Indian literature and culture. She currently holds the Catherine Bryson Chair in the English department. She is also faculty in Comparative Literature, South Asian Studies, and Women’s Studies, and her courses are regularly cross-listed with these programs.

Her writings include Gender, Race, Renaissance Drama (Manchester University Press; 1989; Oxford University Press, 1992), Colonialism/ Postcolonialism (Routledge, 1998; second edition, 2005; with Italian, Turkish, Japanese, Swedish and Indonesian editions) and Shakespeare, Race, and Colonialism (Oxford University Press, 2002). She has co-edited Post-colonial Shakespeares (Routledge, 1998); Postcolonial Studies and Beyond (Duke University Press, 2005), and Race in Early Modern England: A Documentary Companion (Palgrave, 2007). She is series editor (with David Johnson of the Open University, UK) of Postcolonial Literary Studies (Edinburgh University Press).

Her latest publications are a collection of essays South Asian Feminisms (co-edited with Ritty A. Lukose, Duke University Press, 2012) [http://southasianfeminisms.wordpress.com/] and a critical edition of Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra (Norton, 2011) [http://books.wwnorton.com/books/Antony-and-Cleopatra/]

She is currently working on the lives of left-wing Indian women of the 1940s and 1950s, and co-editing (with Melissa Sanchez) Rethinking Feminism: Gender, Race and Sexuality in the Early Modern World.

The lecture will take place on April 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Bondurant Auditorium.

 

The Edith Baine Lecture Series presents: “The Wild Not Less Than the Good: Thoreau, Sex, Biopower.” March 26th at 7p.m. The Depot

Coviello Bio ImagePeter Coviello is Professor of English at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He received his BA from Northwestern University in 1993, and his MA and PhD from Cornell. From 1998 to 2014 he taught at Bowdoin College, where he served as Chair of the departments of English, Africana Studies, and Gay and Lesbian Studies. He is the editor of Walt Whitman’s Memoranda During the War (Oxford 2004) and the author of Intimacy in America: Dreams of Affiliation in Antebellum Literature (Minnesota 2005) and of Tomorrow’s Parties: Sex and the Untimely in Nineteenth-Century America (NYU 2013), a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Studies. With Jared Hickman he co-edited a 2014 special issue of American Literature entitled “After the Postsecular.”

He has written about Walt Whitman, the history of sexuality, queer children, 18th- and 19th-century American literature, Mormon polygamy, stepparenthood, pop music, and much besides. This work has appeared in PMLA, American Literature, ELH, GLQ, and Raritan, as well as in venues like the LA Review of Books, Avidly, Frieze, and The Believer.

The Lecture will take place on March 26th at 7p.m at The Depot.  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.

Professor Leonard Cassuto of Fordham University will give a talk entitled, “Man Up, Man Down: The Past and Present of American Toughness.” Wednesday, March 18, at 6:00 p.m. in Brevard 134

imgresLeonard Cassuto is Professor of English at Fordham University, where he has taught since 1989.  He is the author or editor of numerous volumes including The Inhuman Race:  The Racial Grotesque in American Literature and Culture, Hard Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories, The Cambridge History of the American Novel, and The Cambridge Companion to Baseball.  His latest manuscript, “The Graduate School Mess,” is under contract at Harvard University Press, and he writes a monthly column, “The Graduate Adviser,” for the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Panel with Former MFAs: M.O. Walsh, Alex Taylor, and Jacob Rubin “From There to Here: 3 Recent MFAs Share their Routes to Publication.” Friday, March 20 from 3-4pm in the Hannah-Ford Room for Writers

Panel with Former MFAs: M.O. Walsh, Alex Taylor, and Jacob Rubin “From There to Here: 3 Recent MFAs Share their Routes to Publication.”  It is open to current MFAs/other interested parties, Friday, March 20 from 3-4pm in the Hannah-Ford Room for Writers (Bondurant C208).  After the panel, these three authors will be reading and signing their books at 5pm at Square Books – March 20th.

Julie Beth Napolin, assistant professor of Digital Humanities at Eugene Lang College, the New School, will give a talk entitled “Minor Sound: Toward a Philosophy of Circumambience in Faulkner.” Wednesday, March 4, at 6:00 p.m. in Bishop Hall 209

static1.squarespaceProfessor Napolin, who received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric from the University of California in 2010, works at the interface of modernist studies, new media studies, sound studies, critical theory, and American literature and music.  Her work is included in the essay collections Vibratory Modernism and the forthcoming Fifty Years after Faulkner, and she is currently at work on two book-length studies, The Fact of Resonance: Toward a Literary Sound Studies and Dialectical Sound: Archiving Sonic Memory.  Recent conference presentations and articles have focused on the work of Conrad, Faulkner, Du Bois, Eisenstein, and Benjamin.  She has also served as associate director of the Digital Yoknapatawpha digital humanities project at the University of Virginia.  Many thanks in advance for helping Professor Napolin feel welcome on our campus next month.

Gordon Marino’s talk entitled “Seven, Eight, or Nine Upbuilding Lessons that I Have Taken from Søren Kierkegaard,” has been rescheduled for today at 2 PM in the Hannah-Ford Room of Bondurant.

MarinoGordon300x3501Dr. Gordon Marino, Professor of Philosophy at St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN), will give a talk entitled “Seven, Eight, or Nine Upbuilding Lessons that I Have Taken from Søren Kierkegaard” Today, February 27 at 2:00 PM in Bondurant 208C. In addition to courses on the Danish philosopher, he also teaches the history of philosophy and philosophy of religion, and serves as Curator of the Howard V. and Edna H. Hong Kierkegaard Library. He received his PhD from University of Chicago, an MA from University of Pennsylvania, and his BA from Columbia University.

An insightful public intellectual, he has published articles in American Poetry Review, Atlantic Monthly, and New York Times Magazine. He is author of Kierkegaard in the Present Age and editor of The Quotable Kierkegaard, one of The Wall Street Journal Bookshelf Best Books of 2013.

Dr. Amy Clukey of University of Louisville will give a talk entitled “Monsters of Whiteness: White Zombie and Plantation Horror.” Monday, March 2 at 4:00 in Bishop 103

UnknownAmy Clukey, a former Ole Miss undergraduate and now an assistant professor at the University of Louisville, will give a talk entitled “Monsters of Whiteness: White Zombie and Plantation Horror” Monday, March 2 at 4:00 in Bishop 103.  Amy was a double major in English and Southern Studies with a minor in Gender Studies and she was in the honors college.

Amy Clukey is assistant professor of English at the University of Louisville. Prior to this appointment, she was an ACLS New Faculty Fellow at Columbia University and a dissertation fellow with the Center for American Literary Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, where she received her Ph.D. in 2009. She teaches courses on transnational literature, global modernism, and southern studies. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The New Hibernia Review, Modern Fiction Studies, American Literature, and Twentieth-Century Literature, among other venues. Her article “Plantation Modernity: Gone with the Wind and Irish-Southern Culture” was awarded the Louis D. Rubin, Jr. Prize for the best article on southern literature published in 2013 by the Society for the Study of Southern Literature. She is currently completing a monograph entitled Plantation Modernism: Transatlantic Anglophone Fiction 1890-1950.

At Ole Miss, Clukey was double major in English and Southern Studies with a gender studies minor, and an honors scholar. She was president of the Lafayette-Oxford-University chapter of the National Organization for Women, a member of the Isom Undergraduate Committee that organized Sarahfest concerts for rape crisis, served as a student representative on the Sarah Isom Center steering committee, and had a feminist column in the Daily Mississippian. She was also a work-study study at the Isom center for a year and before that at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture. She received the Gray award for outstanding undergraduate work in southern studies in 2002 and the Georgia Nix undergraduate activism award from the Isom center in 2003.

 

Poetry Slam! Sponsored by the English department and Sigma Tau Delta. Monday, February 23th from 8-9 pm. at Lamar Lounge

As part of our membership drive, Sigma Tau Delta and the English department are sponsoring a poetry slam.
Monday, February 23th from 8-9 pm. at Lamar Lounge (1309 N. Lamar)
Derrick Harriell will MC and judge the contest, with help from some of our MFA students.
First prize is a $25 gift certificate to Lamar Lounge.
Everyone is welcome to participate!

Caroline Williams will read and sign her cookbook *Soul Food Love* on February 24th at 5p.m. Off Square Books

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Reading, Signing, and Tasting
February 24, 2015
5:00 pm
Off Square Books

The Southern Foodways Alliance and the University of Mississippi Department of English, in partnership with Square Books, invite members of the LOU community to a reading, signing, and tasting of Soul Food Love on February 24, 2015 at 5:00 pm at Off Square Books.

Caroline Randall Williams and her mother, Alice Randall, will be on hand to read from and sign copies of their recently released book. Expect a bite (or two) from the book’s eighty-some recipes courtesy of Dwayne Ingraham, pastry chef for City Grocery Restaurant Group.

In May 2012, bestselling author Alice Randall penned an op-ed in The New York Times titled “Black Women and Fat,” chronicling her quest to be “the last fat black woman” in her family. She turned to her daughter, Caroline Randall Williams, for help.

Together they created Soul Food Love, a collection of recipes that translates the meals and traditions handed down by generations of black women into easy, affordable, and healthful—yet still indulgent—dishes.

Soul Food Love relates the authors’ fascinating family history, explores the fraught relationship African-American women have had with food, and forges a powerful new way forward that honors their cultural and culinary heritage.

Alice Randall is the author of The Wind Done GonePushkin and the Queen of SpadesRebel Yell, and Ada’s Rules. She is a Harvard-educated novelist who lives in Nashville and also writes country songs. Randall has emerged as an innovative food activist committed to reforms that support healthy bodies and healthy communities.

Caroline Randall Williams, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, is a graduate of Harvard University. After graduation, she spent two years as an instructor in the Teach for America program. She is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at the University of Mississippi. In January 2015, she was named by Southern Living as one of the “50 People Changing the South in 2015.”

The Southern Foodways Alliance documents, studies, and celebrates the diverse food cultures of the changing American South. We set a common table where black and white, rich and poor — all who gather — may consider our history and our future in a spirit of reconciliation.