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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Dr. Megan Quigley to Present on New Book, Wednesday, February 18



Megan Quigley is scheduled to give a talk in Falvey Library’s Scholarship @ Villanova series next week: Wednesday, February 18, at 2:30 in Falvey 205. She will be talking about her book, Modernist Fiction and Vagueness: Philosophy, Form, and Language (Cambridge University Press).

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Hidden Room Theatre Group to Visit Villanova Graduate English


Please mark your calendars for March 23-24, when we'll be holding a series of fascinating workshops and performances of an 18th-century puppet-show adaptation of Hamlet by the critically acclaimed Austin, TX-based theater group Hidden Room. No tickets will be necessary. The workshops will be geared toward Villanova and Penn grad students in English, Theatre, and Creative Writing. 

The Hidden Room Theatre’s der Bestrafte Brudermord
On March 23-24, Villanova will host award-winning Texas-based theater group The Hidden Room to stage their original-practices puppet-show production of der Bestrafte Brudermord, the mysterious slapstick Hamlet found in a German manuscript in the 18th century. The Hidden Room's visit to Villanova will include two evening shows, each followed by an artist talk-back, and two workshops on theatre scholarship, dramatic practice, and arts entrepreneurship. This event is co-sponsored by Villanova and the University of Pennsylvania. All members of the Villanova community are invited. Events will take place in the Villanova Cinema. Seating will be first-come.

Monday, March 23
5:00 p.m. Workshop
"Page to Stage: Turning Theatre Scholarship into Practice"
The Hidden Room's collaborations with scholars from Shakespeare's Globe, the American Shakespeare Center, and, most recently, Oxford University's Tiffany Stern have yielded theatrical events that have won multiple awards, critical acclaim, and international attention. Using Hidden Room's der Bestrafte Brudermord as a model, this discussion hopes to illuminate ways that theatre practitioners might build successful working relationships with scholars and use their research to infuse old plays with new life.

6:30 p.m. Scholarly Talk by Prof. Zachary Lesser, University of Pennsylvania Department of English: “Uncanny Hamlets: The Mystery of der Bestrafte Brudermord”

7:30 Performance of der Bestrafte Brudermord followed by artist talk-back

Tuesday, March 24
5:00 p.m. Workshop
"The Business of Playing Professionally: Making a Living in the Theatre"
The Hidden Room's artistic director/theatrical deviser, Beth Burns, has worked as an actor, writer, director, stage manager, teacher, lighting board operator, publicist, grant consultant, tour manager, box officer, usher, house manager, dresser, personal assistant, talent wrangler, and janitor. Burns invites you to learn from her mistakes as she details her successes, stumbling blocks, and ways into the future with a focus on a creating a sustainable economic model for a theatrical company, if one indeed exists (she hopes so).

7:30 Performance of der Bestrafte Brudermord followed by artist talk-back

Monday, February 2, 2015

American Women Writers Study Group to Host a Discussion of Hannah Crafts' The Bondswoman's Narrative at Villanova University


An Announcement from the American Women Writers Study Group:

Dr. Travis Foster and Dr. Jean Lutes have arranged a discussion of Hannah Crafts’ The Bondwoman's Narrative at Villanova on Saturday April 11, 2015. Discussion will be facilitated by Faith Barrett and Brigitte Fielder, and meeting space, lunch, and coffee will be provided courtesy of Villanova's English department and the programs of Africana Studies and Gender and Women's Studies.

Attendees should meet in the East Lounge of Dougherty Hall for lunch at noon. Discussion will run from approximately 12:30 – 4:30 with a coffee break at about 3 pm.

Additionally, for the benefit of those coming in from out of town, as well as for any interested students, the coordinators of the event have made 7:00 p.m. dinner reservations at Han Dynasty in Old City (http://handynasty.net/oldcity/). If you would like to attend, please take a minute to look over the menu, then let Travis know (1) that you would like to attend, (2) whether you have dietary restrictions, (3) what spice level you prefer on a 1 – 10 scale, and (4) if any dishes look particularly enticing (we can express preferences). We’ll be doing a $25/person prix fixe meal plus any drinks, and we’ll be split over two to three tables depending on how many attend.

Finally, the coordinators of the event are looking for interest in meeting Friday at The Library Company around 3:00 p.m. for a tour of their new exhibition, The Genius of Freedom: Northern Black Activism and Uplift after the Civil War (http://www.librarycompany.org/collections/exhibits/index.htm). If so, please email Travis.

For further questions, please email Dr. Lutes at jean.lutes@villanova.edu or Dr. Foster at travis.foster@villanova.edu.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Penn State's Distinguished Professor Eric Hayot to Lecture at Villanova in April


The Villanova English department is pleased to announce that Penn State's Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies, Eric Hayot, will be this year's Luckow lecturer. His presentation will be on April 1st at 5:30 p.m., location TBA. He will be talking about his new book, The Elements of Academic Style (Columbia UP, 2014). This is a fantastic book written for graduate students and professors in the humanities, which describes how to write seminar papers, conference papers, journal articles, and academic books effectively. I highly recommend reading Dr. Hayot's book, which covers a wide range of issues from time management, to how to write effective introductions and conclusions, to citation and footnote techniques, to issues like using figurative language in academic writing. Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Elements-Academic-Style-Humanities/dp/0231168012/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1389702688&sr=8-2&keywords=elements+of+academic+style.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

Summer Critical Theory Workshop at the Sorbonne in Paris, France


All first year graduate English students are welcome to apply for a graduate-level summer research program at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. The workshop is administered by Villanova’s Philosophy Department, but it cuts across numerous disciplines and is open to students and faculty in the humanities and social sciences. You can see their website for more information at http://criticaltheoryworkshop.com or email Dr. Gabriel Rockhill at gabriel.rockhill@villanova.edu.Summer research programs are a fantastic way to enhance your CV and travel to a new place with a trusted guide. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Villanova Graduate Student Research Journal Now Accepting Submissions

The deadline for submitting a paper to Villanova’s graduate student journal for research, CONCEPT, is Monday, Feb. 2, 2015.

The author of the best article in the 2015 issue will receive the Graduate Student Research Prize. Submissions should be material that has been researched and written as part of graduate work at Villanova and may be up to 25 pages. Scholars from all of the Graduate Studies Programs for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are invited to submit. We seek papers that are exemplary in their respective disciplines as well as papers that have an interdisciplinary appeal. Selection for publication is highly competitive.

We will recognize the top essay as the Graduate Research Prize Essay. The winning author will be formally recognized at the publication celebration on April 23rd @ 2:30 in Falvey Library.

Authors should register with the website, http://concept.journals.villanova.edu and follow the instructions there for posting their submission. (An author may submit no more than 1 article for consideration.) Any questions should be directed to the faculty editor-in-chief, Lisa Sewell (lisa.sewell@villanova.edu).

Call for Peer Reviewers

The journal is now seeking volunteers to serve as peer-reviewers. Peer-reviewers contribute to the process of determining the essays that will appear in the journal. The review process will begin soon after the deadline for submission, which is Monday, February 2, 2015. Those interested in serving as peer-reviewers should consult the job description posted on the website and then contact the faculty editor-in-chief, Lisa Sewell (lisa.sewell@villanova.edu) to volunteer.

You may also register with the website, http://concept.journals.villanova.edu, and follow the instructions there for becoming a peer-reviewer.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

17th Annual Literary Festival

The Villanova English department is hosting the annual Literary Festival this upcoming semester. Write these on your calendar now, as you will not want to miss them!

James McBride, author of Good Lord Bird: February 3
Bruce Smith, author of Devotions: February 19
Claire Kilroy, author of The Devil I Know, March 17
Patricia Smith, author of Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah: March 31
Jay Cantor, author of Forgiving the Angel: Four Stories of Franz Kafka: April 16





Friday, December 5, 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The "Great CATsby" English Department Promo Event Attended by Over 100 Freshmen

On Thursday, October 7, over a hundred undergraduates gathered to take in a presentation about the Great Gatsby. Dr. Lutes performed a miracle of precalculation to order pizzas, we moved the chairs out of the way to make room for whomever might come, those of us in costume read our parts over, and then all we had was to wait. We started being surprised at around 50 students, but in the end over 100 students showed up.

The goal of the evening was to remind them of what they knew of the Great Gatsby, and perhaps to challenge them to think about it in new ways. Dr. Lutes gave a quick presentation on new possibilities for reading The Great Gatsby, especially reminding the students how pronounced race is in the text. The four volunteer readers read a passage from the novel, the scene in which Gatsby shows Daisy his shirts and she bursts into tears. Then we broke into groups.

The discussion was lively! Each student was eager to contribute what they remembered to the discussion, and Dr. Lutes's prepping of the discussion leaders had given us some good ways to elicit reactions. My group focused primarily on the motivations of Daisy and Gatsby, understanding them as seeing each other more for what each represented, rather than for who they were, although that was complicated a little bit as we kept chatting. I found my group of (all girls!) ready to dialogue with each other.

There was a collection of majors present, and with the main goal of moving them toward a major in English, it did seem that the event was exciting to everyone, regardless of the path they will take. Just opening up anyone's eyes to the idea that talking about literature can happen over pizza and among friends, and can include pop culture references, was I think entirely eye-opening for some of these freshmen! 








The English Department Takes a Break


On October 6, the Villanova English Department took a collective study break in the form of our newest tradition - Coffee Break! Dr. Hicks, Dr. Radcliffe, and other professors were in attendance, along with undergraduate and graduate English students, for conversation and the all-important ingredient: truly good coffee.

Dr. Lisa Sewell Wins the Tenth Gate Prize

LISA SEWELL is the WINNER of the First Annual Tenth Gate Prize!


English department professor Lisa Sewell has won the 2014 Tenth Gate prize for her poetry manuscript, Impossible Object. The prize includes a cash award of $1000 and book publication in the spring of 2015. The imprint was founded to honor and publish mid-career poets.

Impossible Object is Sewell's fourth poetry collection, following the chapbook Long Corridor (Seven Kitchens Press, 2009), and full-length collections Name Withheld (Four Way Books, 2006) and The Way Out (Alice James Books, 1998).

Says Series Editor Leslie McGrath, "Lisa Sewell's poems are shot through with an adhesive intelligence born of the accretion of craft, discernment, and engagement with the world. This is exactly the kind of collection for which the Tenth Gate prize was developed."

Sewell is also co-editor, with Claudia Rankine, of two essay collections that focus on 21st Century North American poets. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Ploughshares, Paris Review and Harvard Review. She has been awarded a Leeway Foundation Grant and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

This is the first annual award of the Tenth Gate Prize, an imprint of The Word Works. Impossible Object will be available by advance order for $17 plus $4 shipping and handling at The Word Works website (click here) or from SPD.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Coffee Break Monday, October 5 at 4 PM

The English Department Invites You to a Midterm Coffee Break!




Come hang out with English majors, graduate students, and faculty and enjoy free cookies and gourmet coffee.

Monday, October 6th at 4:00 p.m. in the Second Floor Lounge of Falvey Library (Located in the back area of the second floor).

http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/english.html

Monday, September 29, 2014

Dr. Lennon Meets with Director of the National Theatre of Ireland

A group from Villanova University, led by President Fr. Peter Donohue, went to the Abbey Theatre, the National Theatre of Ireland, to meet with the Director, Fiach MacConghail, Chair of the Board, Dr. Bryan McMahon, and Abbey staff. Dr. Joseph Lennon, Director of the Irish Studies Program and a professor in the English Department, along with Tony Ponturo, Broadway producer and Villanova alumnus '76, discussed the coordination of the Summer Studio, a joint 3-week, Villanova-Abbey Theatre summer program, as well as a possible Abbey Theatre residency at Villanova University. To read our post about Dr. Lennon's meeting with the president of Ireland, click here.

Dr. Joseph Lennon, Director of Irish Studies, Villanova University
and Fiach MacConghail, Director
of the Abbey Theatre

President Peter Donohue, O.S.A., Ph.D., Villanova University and
Fiach MacConghail, Director of the Abbey Theatre

L-R: Oonagh Desire, Director of Public Affairs and
Development; Tony Ponturo, Villanova alumnus '74, Dean of Arts and
Sciences's Advisory Council Member; Fiach MacConghail, Director of the
Abbey Theatre; President Peter Donohue, O.S.A., Ph.D., Villanova
University; Dr. Bryan Mc Mahon, Chairman of the Board for the Abbey
Theatre; Mike O'Neill, Vice President for Advancement, Villanova
University; Dr. Joseph Lennon, Director of Irish Studies, Villanova
University; George Kolb, Vice President for Alumni Relations.

Dr. Joseph Lennon, Director of Irish Studies, Villanova University;
Oonagh Desire, Director of Public Affairs and Development; Tony Ponturo,
Villanova alumnus '74, Dean of Arts and Sciences's Advisory
Council Member

Fr. Peter at the Abbey