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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: http://english.olemiss.edu/2011/10/16/karen-raber/#.

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 efielder@olemiss.edu.

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

“The Modern Invention of the Medieval Executioner: Torture, Punishment, and the Nineteenth-Century Imagination” by Joel Harrington, Bondurant Auditorium, April 8, 7:00 p.m.

Harrington head shotAfter completing his doctorate at the University of Michigan in 1989, Joel Harrington joined the faculty at Vanderbilt University where he now holds the rank of Professor of History. Harrington is a historian of Europe, specializing in the Reformation and early modern Germany, with research interests in various aspects of social history. His most recent book is The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013). His previous publications include The Unwanted Child: The Fate of Foundlings, Orphans, and Juvenile Criminals in Early Modern Germany (University of Chicago Press, 2009), which was the winner of the 2010 Roland H. Bainton Prize for History; and Reordering Marriage and Society in Reformation Germany (Cambridge University Press, 1995; paperback 2005), one of Choice’s Outstanding Academic Titles of 1996. Harrington is also the editor of A Cloud of Witnesses: Readings in the History of Western Christianity (Houghton Mifflin, 2001). His current projects include a study of the late medieval mystic Meister Eckhart and a comparison of the early modern prosecution of infanticide and witchcraft.

Harrington has been awarded fellowships from—among other institutions—the Fulbright-Hayes Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the American Philosophical Society. He has lectured widely in North America and Europe and he has resided as a visiting fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, Herzog August Bibliothek (Wolfenbüttel), Institut für Geschichte der Medizin (Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg), and Clare College (Cambridge).

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The Works-in-Progress Seminar Series presents: Thomas Bullington, Friday, Apr. 4th 3-4pm.

T. BullingtonDepartment of English PhD candidate Thomas Bullington will present “Mrs. Malaprop’s Pineapple: Cultivation and Taste in Sheridan’s Rivals” in the Hannah-Ford Room (Bondurant Hall 2nd Fl.) as part of the Spring 2014 Works-in-Progress Seminar Series.

 

In one of the most famous malapropisms from Richard Sheridan’s The Rivals (1775), Mrs. Malaprop praises Captain Absolute as “the very Pine-Apple of politeness” (3.3.28). Usually glossed as “pinnacle of politeness,” this line features as one of many references to exotic botany scattered throughout Sheridan’s comedy; in fact, this line in particular turns out to have origins predating Sheridan.  British writers throughout the Restoration and early 18th century invoke the pineapple as a trope of both epitome and excess.  For every flavor good and bad, the pineapple’s connection to taste (both in a literal and Pierre Bourdieu’s sense of “cultural capital”) serves as a means for British writers to rhetorically naturalize the pineapple as its own literary trope.  Examining exotic flora such as the pineapple ecocritically, this presentation examines the ways in which exotic flora transgress boundaries both rhetorical and geographic: these plants invade literature through their naturalization as metaphors.

 

Thomas Bullington is in his fourth year in the Department of English at the University of Mississippi. He completed his   B. A. in English, A. B. in Classics, and M. A. in English at the College of Charleston, and taught at Trident Technical College in North Charleston, SC.  His areas of interest include ecocriticism, early gothic fiction, and the long 18th century.

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 efielder@olemiss.edu.

 

“Atlantic World in C19″ panel session with Dr. David Brown (U of Manchester) Monday, March 31, 6pm, Hannah Ford Room for Writers

Monday (31 March) evening, the department is hosting a cross-disciplinary seminar entitled “The Atlantic World in the Nineteenth Century.” We will be welcoming Dr. David Brown, a historian at the Department of English and American Studies, University of Manchester. Dave is coming to campus for a four-day visit during which he is looking to establish research and other link-ups in American studies between the U of Mississippi and the U of Manchester, partly by way of Manchester’s recently established link-up with the Center for Transnational American Studies at the University of Copenhagen.

Dave will present from his current research on British responses to emancipation during the Civil War. I’m pleased to say that Dave will be joined for a conference-style panel session by our own Peter Reed and Katie McKee: Peter and Katie will be presenting from their own current work on other aspects of the nineteenth-century Atlantic world. Naturally, I/we hope you can join us for this event: I know that Dave would be glad to meet as many U of Mississippi colleagues as possible, both in and beyond the English department.

“The Atlantic World in the Nineteenth Century: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives”

Monday 31 March, 6-7.30pm
Bondurant Hall, Hannah-Ford Room

Organized by the Department of English and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi, with the Center for Transnational American Studies, University of Copenhagen

Dr. David Brown (Department of English and American Studies, University of Manchester)

David Brown is Senior Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Manchester. He is the author of _Southern Outcast: Hinton Rowan Helper and the Impending Crisis of the South_ (Louisiana State University Press, 2006), and the coeditor of two volumes: _Race in the American South: From Slavery to Civil Rights_, with Clive Webb (Edinburgh University Press, 2007); and _Creating Citizenship in the Nineteenth-Century South_, with William Link, Brian Ward, and Martyn Bone (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2013).

“‘Where are the voices of our former friends in England?’: British Responses to American Emancipation”

Harriet Beecher Stowe, incredulous at reports of British support for the Confederacy as the American Civil War began, famously asked how a nation dedicated to abolition could turn its back on the United States. “Where are the voices of our former friends in England?” Stowe complained. This paper takes up Stowe’s question in considering British reactions to emancipation during the American Civil War.

Dr. Kathryn McKee (Department of English and Director of Graduate Studies, Southern Studies, University of Mississippi)

“Whatever comes in sight or ken, that amuses or interests”: Sherwood Bonner and Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Travel

Mississippian Katharine Sherwood Bonner McDowell (1849-1883), who wrote as “Sherwood Bonner,” published regular travel columns between 1874 and 1876 in both the Boston Times and the Memphis Daily Avalanche.  This paper concentrates on Bonner’s final letter, “Reminiscences of a Visit to Bohemia,” in order to suggest that what the author ultimately claims in her transatlantic narratives is a desire to live life for herself and on her own terms.  In that most renegade—because culturally masculine—of emotions, she maps the outposts of gendered behavior for audiences accustomed to more conventionally linear accounts of how to get from place to plac

Dr. Peter Reed (Director of Graduate Studies, Department of English, University of Mississippi)

“Symbolism and Sovereignty after the Haitian Revolution”

In nineteenth-century American culture, Haiti became a contested signifier, a fraught symbol of freedom poised between representation and self-representation.  This paper considers the ways in which Haiti’s political and cultural sovereignty played out in popular cultural forms such as blackface minstrelsy.

Chair: Dr. Martyn Bone (Coordinator, Center for Transnational American Studies, University of Copenhagen; visiting professor, Department of English, University of Mississippi)