Americans use ‘like’ as a seasoning and say ‘epic fail’ instead of ‘epic failure.’ Linguists tell us that we are witnessing emergent complexity and that even Ebonics is legitimate language. Is this truth or hype? What do linguistic science and social history reveal about the nature of real language—from Shakespeare to ‘I know, right?’
This event is free and open to the public
Center for American Studies
Department of English and Comparative Literature
Program in Linguistics
This meeting will be dedicated to work-shopping dissertation prospectus drafts. If you are preparing a dissertation prospectus on an Americanist topic, and interested in receiving feedback on your prospectus draft, please contact us about participating in this workshop. We can workshop up to three prospectuses in our meeting. Drafts to-be-workshopped will be sent to the Americanist Colloquium e-mail list a week in advance of the meeting.
If you are not on that list and would like to be added to it, please contact one of the colloquium coordinators (e-mail addresses are below).
Please join the eighteenth-century colloquium in the Department of English and Comparative Literature for a guest lecture by distinguished visiting professor Isabelle Bour of the Sorbonne Nouvelle.
Professor Bour will speak on the following topic:
"A New Wollstonecraft: The reception of /A Vindication of the Rights of Woman/ and /Maria, or The Wrongs of Woman/ in revolutionary France"
Peter Balakian, Department of English, Colgate University
(Author of Black Dog of Fate and The Burning Tigris: The Armenian Genocide and America’s Response)
“Terror and Taboo: Going to Turkey”
Joseph Howley, Assistant Professor of Classics, Columbia University
"How to Read Books Doing Things in Imperial Rome"
The talk explores the body and the production process of popular culture and literature in Egypt during the times of the Jan 25th and June 30th revolutions. The talk will consider political and cultural issues in graffiti, jokes, satire, poetry, popular theatre, and fiction of the period. I will explore how such creative outlets allowed the protesters to forge a community and create a unity capable of overturning the Mubarak and Morsi regimes.
William Peace (Syracuse University) will discuss his new paper, "Assisted Suicide and at Risk Populations: From Jack Kevorkian to Christina Symanski." Stephen Kuusisto (Syracuse University) will respond. Closer to the date, we will be sending you a copy of Bill's paper to read in advance.