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Dr. Jay Watson will deliver annual Humanities Lecture entitled “William Faulkner on Speed: What the Humanities Can Teach Us about the Velocity and Tempo of Modern Life.” Nov. 3rd, at 7p.m. Bondurant Auditorium.

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Dr. Sharon Aronofsky Weltman will be giving a talk entitled “Performing Drood: Melodrama, Music Hall, and the Opium Dream Ballet.” Thursday, November 6th, at 3:30, in Bondurant Auditorium

imgresDr. Sharon Aronofsky Weltman (Department of English, LSU) will be giving a talk entitled “PerformingDrood: Melodrama, Music Hall, and the Opium Dream Ballet.”  The talk anticipates the production of the Musical Mystery of Edwin Drood (based on Charles Dickens’s unfinished novel) by our own Theatre Department at U of M.  Directed by Professor Amanda Wansa Morgan, the musical will run from Nov 13-15 ( ).  Dr. Weltman’s talk will even feature a live performance of a 19th century music-hall song by members of the Drood cast.

Dr. Weltman is the William E. “Bud” Davis Alumni Professor of English at Louisiana State University.  She  is a specialist in nineteenth-century British literature and culture and is author of Performing the Victorian: John Ruskin and Identity in Theater, Science, and Education (2007) and Ruskin’s Mythic Queen: Gender Subversion in Victorian Culture.  She recently published a scholarly edition of the never-before-published original version of the 1847 melodrama Sweeney Todd.  The lecture she will deliver is part of a book project entitled Victorians on Broadway, exploring the adaptation of Victorian materials for the 20th century American musical stage.  The book will include chapters on adaptations of Oliver Twist, Sweeny Todd, Jekyll and Hyde, Jane Eyre, and even Goblin Market.  Please feel free to invite your students, colleagues, and friends to what promises to be a fun, edifying, and lively experience.

Works-in-Progress Seminar Series presents: Erin Drew, Friday, October 31st 12-1p.m.


Drew pictureDue to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, Friday’s Works in Progress Seminar will feature Erin Drew reading from her current project entitled “‘Tis Prudence to prevent th’entire decay’: Usufruct, Sustainability, and Intergenerational Justice in the Eighteenth Century” in the Hannah-Ford Room (Bondurant Hall 2nd Fl.) as part of the Fall 2014 Works-in-Progress Seminar Series.

The Works-in-Progress Seminar Series is 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! For more information about this or other Works-in-Progress series events, please contact

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.