Events

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 6:00pm
Heyman Center

Oct 22 -- Join us for a celebration of Frankenstein! 2018 marks the two-hundredth anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein. Faculty from the Department of English and Comparative Literature will be offering their perspectives on the book.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 6:00pm
Diana Event Oval, Barnard College

Oct 23 -- Inspired by but not limited to the recent success -- and frictions-- represented by the release of the film Crazy Rich Asians, please join us for the first event of the Transnational Asian American speaker series, “Crazy Rich Asians: Race, Representation, Resistance?” What happens when “Asia” is conflated with “Asian American”? How is this cultural moment linked to what has been called the Asian century? How are films like Crazy Rich Asians linked to a longer history of Asian/American cultural production? The panel features David Henry Hwang, Monique Truong, James Schamus, Marie Myung-Ok Lee, Jeff Yang, and Denise Cruz (moderator).
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 6:15pm
The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room

Oct 24 -- Alan Stewart discusses The Oxford History of Life-Writing: Volume 2. Early Modern explores life-writing in England between 1500 and 1700, and argues that this was a period which saw remarkable innovations in biography, autobiography, and diary-keeping that laid the foundations for our modern life-writing.
Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 9:00am
Butler Library, 5th floor, room 523

Nov 1-2 --- They are the undead texts. Once they bestrode disciplines like colossi: assigned on every reading list, cited in almost every book and article, endlessly discussed and debated. They were often the only college texts students could recall decades after graduation; they recruited a whole generation of scholars to their respective fields. Most were composed between 1920 and 1970. This conference is devoted to these texts in diverse disciplines across the human sciences.
Friday, November 2, 2018 - 9:00am
Butler Library, 5th floor, room 523

Nov 1-2 --- They are the undead texts. Once they bestrode disciplines like colossi: assigned on every reading list, cited in almost every book and article, endlessly discussed and debated. They were often the only college texts students could recall decades after graduation; they recruited a whole generation of scholars to their respective fields. Most were composed between 1920 and 1970. This conference is devoted to these texts in diverse disciplines across the human sciences.
Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 12:15pm
The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room

Nov 8 -- In our ecological moment, the extraction of bitumen (a semi-solid form of crude oil) from the Athabasca tar sands has provoked an impassioned outcry. This talk turns to bitumen in English poetry—most notably, John Milton’s Paradise Lost (1667), Percy Shelley’s Alastor (1816) and Lord Byron’s Cain (1821)—to reveal not only a deep literary substrate behind modern criticisms of the tar sands, but also a new reading of bituminous excavation as a surprisingly productive model for formalist analysis.
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 12:15pm
The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room

Nov 9 -- Essays are central to students’ and teachers’ development as thinkers in their fields. In Crafting Presence, Nicole B. Wallack develops an approach to teaching writing with the literary essay that holds promise for writing students, as well as for achieving a sense of common purpose currently lacking among professionals in composition, creative writing, and literature.
Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 2:30pm
The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room

Nov 15 -- Keywords for Today: A 21st Century Vocabulary, due out this fall, is the result of years of work by a collective of scholars (https://keywords.pitt.edu/) from the UK, the US, and elsewhere.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 5:30pm
The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room

Nov 27 -- Eric Klinenberg will be discussing his new book, Palaces for the People. Bruce Robbins will be one of the panelists.
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 6:00pm
754 Schermerhorn Extension

Nov 29 -- Please join us for Kate Stanley's talk on her new book, Practices of Surprise in American Literature After Emerson.

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