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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).


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

Dr. Joseph Drury Lecture in the Fedigan Room - 12:30 PM Today

Dr. Joseph Drury will be giving a lecture on Matthew Lewis's The Monk this lunchtime hour in the Fedigan Room. Please join us!

Joseph Drury
“Twilight of the Virgin Idols: Iconoclash in The Monk”
Monday, Sept. 29
in the Fedigan Room.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"The Great Catsby" Recruiting Event

The English Department is hosting a recruiting event, coordinated by Dr. Jean Lutes, for undecided undergraduates to experience being an English major for an evening. The event will be a fun and accessible way to approach a familiar text. The evening will be facilitated by upperclassman English majors as well as Graduate English students, who will perform a dramatic reading of a passage and then lead breakout discussion groups.

More graduate students are always welcome to assist with discussion groups. Let Dr. Lutes know if you are interested!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Dr. Joseph Lennon Meets with the President of Ireland and the Irish Prime Minister

Dr. Joseph Lennon, Director of Villanova Irish Studies and Associate Professor of English, has just returned from a trip to Ireland with a retinue of Villanova administrators, including Father Peter Donohue. The visit included meetings with both the President and the Prime Minister of Ireland to discuss the ongoing work of Villanova's Irish Studies Program.

L-R: Teresa O'Neill, friend of Villanova University and wife of Mike O'Neill
Mike O'Neill, Vice President for Advancement, husband of Teresa O'Neill
Dr. Joseph Lennon, Director of Irish Studies, Villanova University
President Peter Donohue, O.S.A., Ph.D., Villanova University
Ireland's President Michael D. Higgins
Ronnie Delaney, Villanova alumnus '58, Chapter President Ireland's
Villanova Alumni Association
Tony Ponturo, Villanova alumnus '74, Dean of Arts and Sciences's
Advisory Council Member
George Kolb, Vice President for Alumni Relations
Dr. Mary Madec, Director of the Villanova Center, National
University of Ireland, Galway

Front Row L-R:Senator Eamonn Coghlan, Villanova alumnus '76
Taoiseach Enda Kenny (Prime Minister of Ireland)
President Peter Donohue, O.S.A., Ph.D., Villanova University
Back Row L-R: Harry Purcell, incoming Villanova freshman on track
and field scholarship
Teresa O'Neill, friend of Villanova University and wife of Mike O'Neill
Mike O'Neill, Vice President for Advancement, husband of Teresa O'Neill
Dr. Joseph Lennon, Director of Irish Studies, Villanova University
Tony Ponturo, Villanova alumnus '74, Dean of Arts and Sciences's
Advisory Council Member

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

New Graduate Certificate in Education

A new certificate program in Education is now available. This option permits students who are especially interested in teaching secondary school to take coursework from the Villanova Education Department in tandem with their English coursework. Through the certificate courses, you can develop advanced teaching techniques, learn about lesson planning, and familiarize yourself with the uses of classroom technology, as well as cultivate more specialized knowledge in a range of areas of pedagogical theory and practice.

The certificate includes three required courses and two electives, one of which can be satisfied by a graduate English course. To learn more, see the online brochure.

You can also direct questions to Dr. Edward Fierros, the Graduate Director of the Education Program, at edward.fierros@villanova.edu.

New Gender and Women's Studies Certificate for English M.A.

The graduate school just introduced an interdisciplinary, graduate-level Gender and Women's Studies certificate. This option permits you to pursue specialized graduate coursework in Gender and Women’s studies while also earning your M.A. in English. The interdisciplinary 15-credit certificate program permits you to take courses focused on topics related to gender and sexuality from a wide range of graduate programs at Villanova, including History, Communication, Theater, Philosophy, Education, Psychology, Political Science, and the Law School. Two courses from your English M.A. can also be counted toward the certificate. To learn more about this program and how to apply, click here: http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/gws/academics/graduate-certificate.html.

If you have questions, you can contact Dr. Lutes at jean.lutes@villanova.edu.

English Department Outreach Event - Volunteers Needed

Interested in The Great Gatsby? Want to get some experience planning an event centered on a literary classic? The English department is hosting an event designed for first-year students, and we need students to help us.

The English Department has started doing more outreach to the undergraduates (especially freshmen) to be sure that our department and major remain visible to them now that there is no freshman English course in the core requirements for the university.

Last year we held a very successful event called "Wildcat in the Rye" in one of the freshmen dorms. The concept was to talk about a book that is taught in high school and explore how it is approached differently at the college level. A faculty member talked briefly about Salinger's novel, and then there were breakout discussions run by graduate students. Around 90 freshmen attended the event (which also included free pizza and cookies).

This year, we're going to have a similar event, "The Great Catsby"--no, that is not a typo--in which our very own Dr. Jean Lutes will be talking briefly about, you guessed it, F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, and then we'll have the breakout sessions again. We'd love to get help again this year from you, our graduate students. I've included an email below from Dr. Lutes, and we hope some of you will volunteer.

Come to a planning session with Dr. Lutes Monday Sept. 15 at 4:30 p.m. in the English department lounge. Email her to let her know if you're coming -- OR if you can't make it but you want to be involved: jean.lutes@villanova.edu.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Spring Liberal Studies Graduate-Level Study Abroad Course Open to Graduate English Students

Graduate English students are welcome to enroll in this Liberal Studies graduate-level study abroad course as an elective to supplement their MA in English.

Graduate Liberal Studies presents
Currents in GreekHistory: a semester long odyssey into the Greek past and present.
Course Code LST 7201-001

In addition to selected readings for in-class discussion of Greek history and culture, students will travel to Greece for two weeks to visit ancient, Byzantine, and modern sites and to use facilities of the Harvard Hellenic Center in the beautiful city of Nafplion, first capital of Modern Greece. In addition to tuition, the approximate cost per student is $2750.

The course will be offered in the spring semester, 2015. Those interested should contact Dr. Alexander Varias at Alexander.Varias@Villanova.edu to arrange meetings and interviews in the early fall, or the Director of Graduate Liberal Studies, Dr. Marylu Hill at Marylu.hill@villanova.edu about
enrollment details.

Villanova Graduate English Student Immediately Forgets what Season It Is

At this auspicious season of the year, when Pumpkin Lattes are making their appearance in summertime, the beach and autumn overlap over Labor Day weekend, and school still seems still a bit premature, one species is even more confused about the season: the Villanova Graduate English student. So happy to be back in the library and the classroom and once again surrounded by the smell of books, this student can be sighted in carefully chosen locations with a cup of coffee in one hand and a thick book in the other. The winter hibernation begins early and he will likely remain in his cozy burrow until the snow melts.

Welcome back, everyone!

New English Department Tradition: Coffee Break This Thursday

Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Free Library of Philadelphia Author Events for September and October

The Free Library of Philadelphia invites prominent authors to speak in a densely-packed season of events. Tickets for Fall 2014 Author Events are currently on sale.

Subscription Orders
We're pleased to continue to offer Flexible Subscription Packages. Purchasing a subscription package is a great way to show your support for this award-winning program. Please note that your event selection is subject to ticket availability. Call 215-567-4341 to place your subscription order.

Single Ticket Orders
Order single tickets online at freelibrary.org/authorevents or by phone at 1-800-595-4TIX (4849).

Free Events
No tickets or reservations are required for free Author Events. Seating is first come, first seated. Visit us online for details about all of these events and more.

See you at the Library!


Ticketed Author Event Series Highlights
David Lynch | The Unified Field
Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 12:00 PM
A discussion about The Unified Field, an exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, featuring paintings and drawings by the internationally acclaimed director

Henry Kissinger | World Order
Monday, September 29, 2014
In conversation with Jeff Greenfield
The Nobel Prize-winning lifelong diplomat addresses the challenges of building international order in the 21st century


Upcoming Ticketed Events
9/10: Maureen Corrigan
9/11: David Lynch (12:00 p.m.)
9/11: Ken Burns and
Geoffrey C. Ward
9/18: Tavis Smiley
9/19: David Mitchell
9/29: Henry Kissinger
9/30: Nicholas Kristof (12:00 p.m.)
10/1: Steven Pinker
10/7: Francis Fukuyama
10/9: Mark Bittman
10/10: Leon Panetta
10/14: Jane Smiley
with Colm Toibin
10/15: John Lahr
10/16: Bill T. Jones
10/17: Cornel West (12:00 p.m.)
10/17: Norman Lear
10/20: Walter Isaacson
10/21: Marilynne Robinson
10/22: James McPherson
with S.C. Gwynne
and Karen Abbott
10/23: Azar Nafisi
10/28: E. O. Wilson
10/30: Katha Pollitt

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Graduate English Post-Graduation Reception

On Saturday, May 17, the Graduate English faculty and students gathered in the English department suite to honor the students who received their degree that day. For most, the academic stress of the semester was over, and the mood was light. The students who graduated that day had just wrapped up theses and field exams, although several students who had extended their thesis deadlines were also in attendance. Future plans were explained, goodbyes were said, and two years generally determined to be not quite enough time. We will miss all of our graduates, and we wish them the best.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Graduate English Professor Dr. Jean Lutes Interviewed by NPR's Morning Edition

This post by guest blogger Dr. Heather Hicks.

Our very own Dr. Jean Lutes was interviewed on NPR's national radio program Morning Edition this morning about the 150th anniversary of the birth of Nellie Bly, the famous female reporter. Dr. Lutes has recently edited a Penguin Classics edition of Bly's news stories. The new edition can be found on Pengun's website.

And here's the link to the interview.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Thesis and Field Exam Symposium

The Thesis and Field Exam Symposium took place on Saturday, April 26th. Seven presenters explained either completed or ongoing projects to an audience of Graduate English faculty and fellow first- and second-year students.

The Symposium is designed as a format for thesis-writing students to present their work to the rest of the department. The environment was relaxed but thoughtful, as many students and professors expressed interest in the students' arguments and posed questions to clarify or expand their points.

The presenters and their work are listed below:
Adam Hembree: "Creating Negation:
'Playing the Villain' with Iago and Richard III"

Teddi Hermes: "(In)Visible Women:
The Visual in Black Women's Literature"
Katie Parks: "Rediscovering Teresa

Caroline Blasi: Solving Mysteries: Where the Gothic and
Detective Story Meet"
 Susan Pederson: "Consumed: Food, Taste, and Social
Standing in Modernist American Fiction"

Corey Arnold: "Witness: The Traumatic Logic of Literary
John Dodig: "'The Girl Looked Like Me': Touching the
Gothic in the Graphic Memoirs of Alison Bechdel"

Jill Biden, former Villanova English Graduate Student, to Give Commencement Address

The Second Lady of the United States will be speaking at this year's commencement ceremony. She has ties with the Villanova Graduate English department, as she received her master's degree here in 1991. She went on to get her doctorate in Education at the University of Deleware. She currently teaches at a community college and advocates for recognition of community colleges as an important means of educating America's workforce.

You can read the official article in the Villanovan for more details.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Shakespeare's Birthday Party

I hope that someone will be celebrating my birthday 450 years from now, though Shakespeare may not have expected this kind of fete: On April 23, Villanova's English Department, under the leadership of the wonderful Dr. Alice Dailey, celebrated Shakespeare's 450th birthday with a book-shaped cake, a Hamlet-inspired student film, and Shakespearean door prizes such as Hamlet finger puppets.

A surprisingly large and energetic crowd filled the Old Falvey Library Reading Room, where a large screen held a projection of Dr. Dailey's "@Shakespeare" live tweets, and a birthday cake for Shakespeare sat next to birthday-cake flavored Oreos. This party whimsically assumed that Shakespeare would be quite caught up on both technology and 20th century desserts had he managed to live long enough. Old-fashioned readings of favorite passages were presented alongside a student film that, in a postmodern, non-chronological way, explored the what-ifs in Hamlet's transposition into a student dorm with Tarantino posters on the wall. The party game that had everyone engaged was a lively round of "Shakespeare or Batman?" with the Bard's most cynical quotations going up against Batman's philosophical musings and creative metaphors.

I left Shakespeare's birthday party with rich, heavy cake inside me and a Hamlet finger puppet on my finger - Gertrude, Hamlet's mom (pre-revenge, based on the lack of blood). I had a new sense of Shakespeare's relevance: his translation into a postmodern, technological, artificial-flavor-loving age was greeted with enthusiasm by a room full of Twitter-literate undergrads. I have high hopes that our fun today will translate into a richer understanding and a deeper affection for his works, and maybe a few more tweets to @Shakespeare.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Checking in with Katie Parks, a Current Thesis-Writing Second Year Student

The Yawp staff wanted our readers to become a little more familiar with the experience in the daily lives of Villanova Graduate English Students. Currently our crop of second-years is working to polish thesis and field exam, most of them trying to finish by the end of the semester. We decided to check in with Katie Parks, who is writing about Teresa Deevy, a 20th Century Irish playwright. 

The Yawp: Katie Parks. How are you? Does this email find you in the midst of writing?

Katie Parks: Hi, Yawp! I am doing well this semester. I am currently in the midst of editing and revising my thesis. Draft. Revise. Draft. Revise. Lather, rinse, repeat.

TY: Is thesis writing everything you hoped it would be? Has anything surprised you about this process?

KP: I'm not really sure what I hoped thesis writing would be like, but the process has proved that this kind of venture requires a great amount of organization and discipline. I have been surprised continuously by my research on Teresa Deevy and the early decades of 20th-century Irish theatre, which has spurred my deeper interest in this genre and love for the stage.

TY: Who is advising you? What has that process been like?

KP: Dr. Joseph Lennon is directing my thesis, and Fr. Cregan is my second reader. Dr. Lennon has been extremely supportive and helpful throughout the process and I feel really lucky to be working with him. Father Cregan has been a wonderful support, as well, and has played an active role of this process. His knowledge of Irish theatre and theatre scholarship has been critical in expanding and strengthening the groundwork of my thesis.

TY: Describe an average day. 

An average thesis-writing day is almost always a day when I don't have my assistantship, which varies from week to week. Because my assistantship allots for very little downtime during the day, I rely heavily on my evenings to get thesis work done. I'll work until 9pm or so, depending on whether or not I have work the next morning.

Okay, so back to the original question... An average day for me begins around 7 or 8 in the morning, if I'm not working at my Philly assistantship. (Un)Fortunately, I don't wake up to a normal alarm clock on these days; there's a pesky woodpecker that makes daily visits to a tree right outside my bedroom window. I'll grumble and mumble to myself, under the covers, about not wanting to spend all day at my desk, typing away to the beat of the woodpecker's peck. I'll get out of bed, eat some Rice Krispie Treats cereal, watch an episode of Law and Order: SVU, and get to work on my thesis. Around 2 or 3pm, I'll take a break. Sometimes, I'll relocate to Falvey or Starbucks for the afternoon, just to get out of the house... I tend to go stir-crazy after a few hours. Around dinnertime, I'll finish up for the day. If it's a Sunday, I'll eat a nice spaghetti/ravioli/lasagna/ziti/stuffed shells dinner with my parents. I wish every day was Sunday, but only for the pasta.

TY: Best and worst moments so far. Go.

KP: Best moment: Crossing the sixty page threshold in drafting. (Making it to 70 was exciting.)

Worst moment: Making (heavy) edits to sixty or seventy pages only to find that I now have sixty, fifty, or--no, wait--45 pages.

Next worst/most difficult moment: Trying to scale to the top of the sixty-page mountain again, only to find that the sixty-page mountain is a plateau...the mountain's height is undetermined. I'm still scaling this mountain, after round #349054896103 of editing. I'll let you know when I reach the top.

TY: Who holds the tissue box when you cry?

KP: Lil Bub, between her lil paws. Juuuust kidding. I wish Lil Bub were my writing companion, but I'm allergic to cats... Luckily for me, my wonderful friends and my director have held the tissue box when necessary. I'm not allergic to any of them.

TY: Since we will all be following in your eminent footsteps, what words of wisdom can you offer to first years and incoming students about the thesis-writing process?

KP: I thought for a long time about my response to this question. I think the best advice I can offer to those who will write a thesis is to be as organized as possible and to start the thesis proposal and research processes early. Figure out your thesis topic and the professor(s) with whom you'd like to work. I think it's important to do this as early as possible, ideally before the fall semester of your second year. Once you've determined your topic and the professor who will direct your project, start your research! Most importantly, love what you're doing. If you enjoy research and writing, you'll have a rewarding thesis experience.

The Yawp offers its best wishes to all the current Second-Years who are writing theses and field exams, although each of you will certainly be missed!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lee Nevitt Wins Best Graduate Essay at ECS Conference

Current Villanova graduate English student Lee Nevitt won a prize at the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Conference for Best Graduate Essay. The conference is organized annually by the Gender and Women's Studies program and showcases the work of undergraduates and graduate students from area schools.

Lee's paper focused on the novels The Good Soldier and Mrs. Dalloway, particularly paying attention to the repressed homosexuality of the characters John Dowell and Septimus Smith. He argued that the investment of both protagonists in war service and its attendant social values (upholding the institution of marriage, fostering the imperial myth, and valuing a violent masculine identity) is at odds with their socially prohibited desire, resulting in characters who are fundamentally at war with themselves: a fact that is crystallized in their inability to feel grief and express desire through language.

Sex before Sexology Mini-Conference

Travis Foster's "Sex before Sexology" class will be presenting a mini-conference at 7:30 PM on April 22 and April 29. Location and a full schedule can be found below or at http://sexbeforesexology.wordpress.com/.

April 22
7:30 – 8:10 p.m.

Jonathan Kadjeski, “Ormond, or a Frozen Witness: Reading Antimimetic Narrative through the Paralipsis of Intimacy”

John Polanin, “’Born of the smoke and danger of death’: Political Productions of Sexual Identities”

8:10 – 8:50 p.m.

Katie Miller, “Fate and Predestination in The Hermaphrodite and ‘The Amber Gods’”

Theresa Kircher, “Simultaneously Sexed: A Transgender Reading of Winterson’s Written on the Body and Butler’s Gender Performativity”

8:50 – 9:00


9:00 – 9:40 p.m.


Samantha Vitale, “Perpetuating Progeny: Racial Reproductive Politics in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Lee Nevitt, “Queer Reproduction and Its Contents”

April 29
7:30 – 8:10 p.m.


Sara Radtke, “’Queer Little Gardens’: The Erotics of Nature in Hawthorne and Jewett”

Samantha Sorensen, “’And All So Luscious’: Corporeal Eroticism in Whitman’s Leaves of Grass (1855)”

8:10 – 8:50 p.m.

Jeff Howard, “Not So Poor Joanna: Materiality, Smooth Space, and Being as Becoming in Jewett’s The Country of the Pointed Firs

Eric Doyle, “’The Waiting Place’: Elegy and History in The Country of the Pointed Firs

8:50 – 9:30


All sessions held in 410 Saint Augustine Center.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Women's Networking Brunch March 30th

The Villanova Women's Professional Network and Graduate Women in Business are holding an annual "Marketplace Cafe" networking event and would love to extend the invitation to current female graduate students and alumnae in Arts & Sciences.

The event is designed to connect graduate students and alumnae, and will feature "A Candid Conversation about Confidence," facilitated by Kimberly Strickland, SPHR, Market Inclusion Leader, PwC.

What: "Marketplace Cafe," a Sunday brunch networking event
When: March 30th, from 11am to 2pm
Where: West Lounge of Dougherty Hall on Villanova's campus.

PLEASE REGISTER: http://www1.villanova.edu//villanova/business/about/wpn/events/marketplacecafe14.html

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

English Graduate Student Sam Vitale wins Summer Research Fellowship

Sam Vitale, first year English graduate student, was recently awarded a Graduate Summer Research Fellowship. During the summer 2014 term, She will undertake a research project to examine the relationship between J.R.R. Tolkien and Charles Darwin. Specifically, she plans to investigate the character of Gollum; for instance, Darwin's claim about "changing conditions of life" suggests that Gollum's ocular evolution--his "throw-back eyes"--are the result of his subterranean environment. She hopes to present my work at the Mythopoeic Society's annual August conference and perhaps publish in their accompanying journal, Mythlore.

Monday, March 17, 2014

New Gender and Women's Studies Course Fall 2014

Villanova's Gender and Women's Studies Program is offering a new interdisciplinary graduate course during the Fall 2014 semester.

Course Code: GWS 8000-001
Course Title:   Critical Perspectives on Gender
Professor:       Dr. Jean Lutes
Schedule:       Wednesday 5:20-7:20 PM

An interdisciplinary study of gender, women, and sexuality, this course surveys contemporary developments in feminist, gender, and queer theory. It also applies those theories to a variety of topics, such as the representation of gender, the history of sexuality, the science of sexual difference, gender in the workplace, and gender in the digital age. Throughout the semester, we will consider how ideas about gender are bound inextricably to ideas about race and class. Likely theorists include Sandra Bartky, Karen Barad, Simone de Beauvoir, Lauren Berlant, Judith Butler, Patricia Hill Collins, Michel Foucault, Elizabeth Freeman, Judith Halberstam, Alison Jaggar, Chandra Mohanty, and Eve Sedgwick.

Email Jean Lutes at jean.lutes@villanova.edu for more information.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Abbey Theatre Summer Studio Now Open to Graduate Students - Tuition Remission Available

Beginning this June 2014, the Abbey Theatre Summer Studio will be open to dedicated graduate students. The Studio will be an intensive study of the Abbey, its history, literature, performances, and operations—and it runs from June 1-20 in Dublin Ireland. The cost, including tuition and housing, will be $3500. Students will also have to pay for airfare and food. For students on Tuition Fellowships and Graduate Assistantships, tuition remission will cover both the cost of the program and housing.

The course will have a performance element, as well as a written scholarly element, and count for 3 graduate credits. Selected graduate students will also be responsible for assisting and directing undergraduate discussions and rehearsals.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please talk with either Heather Hicks or Joseph Lennon at your earliest convenience. Places for tuition remission students will be limited.

ACCOMMODATION: Housing and breakfast will be provided at University College Dublin, Belfield campus, a short ride to the city center for classes and studio work. Rooms are in a suite with a self-serve kitchen. Morning sessions take place in a university setting on St. Stephen’s Green and the afternoon sessions will take place at the Abbey Theatre on Lower Abbey Street. The program will consist of lectures in the morning on St. Stephen's Green in the city centre of Dublin. Afternoons will be over at the Abbey Theatre, just a walk across Trinity College and the River Liffey.

COST: The program cost will be approximately $3,500. Students are responsible for airfare, as well as lunch and dinner expenses. The cost of the program covers tuition, housing, theatre tickets, inner-city bus ticket, pool and gym at UCD, travel insurance, among other things.

HISTORY: The Abbey Theatre, the national theatre of Ireland, has long showcased great Irish drama. Emerging out of theatre societies founded by W.B. Yeats, Edward Martyn, Lady Augusta Gregory, John Millington Synge, the Fay brothers, and others, the Abbey Theatre has fostered playwrights and premiered productions by Sean O’Casey, Brian Friel, Frank McGuinness, Sebastian Barry, and Marina Carr, among many others.


For More Information:

Contact: SummerStudio@villanova.edu
Dr. Joseph Lennon, Director of Irish Studies
Phone: 610.519.4647

Visit the Abbey Theatre Webpage for more information.

Monday, January 27, 2014

David Gilbert Kicks Off Villanova's 2014 Literary Festival

The 2014 Literary Festival begins with a reading from critically acclaimed fiction writer David Gilbert on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 pm at Speaker’s Corner in Falvey Library. 

Travis Foster Lecture: "Darwin, Jewell, Freud, and the Ecology of Queer Life"

Please join us this week to hear a lecture by Travis Foster, who teaches in the Graduate English department. His lecture is entitled "Darwin, Jewell, Freud, and the Ecology of Queer Life," and will take place at noon on Wednesday, January 29 in the Connelly Center.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

BRIDGE Society Networking Event - January 30 at 6:00 PM

The BRIDGE society is hosting a networking event for those interested in banking, education, food & beverage services, health, hospital administration, intellectual property, investor relations, insurance, IT, law, marketing, pharmaceuticals, publishing, small business, or more entrepreneurial endeavors after receiving your degree. Research suggests that alumni networking is one of the most important avenues to securing a good job, and these events are a unique opportunity to take advantage of Villanova's professional alumni network.

INVITATION: BRIDGE Society LAS in Business Mentoring & Networking Event - Thursday, January 30th at 6:00pm

Dear Students,

You're invited to the BRIDGE Society Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) in Business Mentoring & Networking event on Thursday, January 30th at 6:00pm in the Villanova Room. This event was designed in response to requests from our alumni and recruiters who recognize the value of your LAS degree in business-related industries and want to promote opportunities for LAS students. You’ll hear from alumni across LAS majors and from employers who are interested in mentoring and hiring LAS students. The conversations in the groups will center on how the LAS degree is valued in business-related positions and how to prepare and compete for these positions.

Over 35 alumni and professionals who work in business areas related to banking, education, food & beverage, health, hospital administration, intellectual property, investor relations, insurance, IT, law, marketing, pharmaceuticals, publishing, small business, and entrepreneurial endeavors from the following companies will serve as mentors:
  • Bloomberg
  • CB Richard Ellis
  • Citi
  • Give Back Brands Marketing
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering
  • Morgan Stanley
  • QVC
  • Sedgwick Law
  • St. Elizabeths Hospital
  • Thomson Reuters
  • US Bank
  • Vanguard
  • And more…
*You do not need to possess any business experience or familiarity with the business industries/firms who will be participating. An interest in learning about these businesses and connecting with the alumni and professionals are the only requirements; however, to gain as much as possible from the event, over the next week, I recommend reading The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Look up the businesses online to gain some familiarity with them before the event. Showing an interest in someone else’s work will enable you to connect with them more easily.

To register for this event, click on the Registration Form link and select January 30th on the drop-down menu:Registration Form. Register now -- Space is limited!

Register Here

DRESS CODE & CONFIRMATION EMAILProfessional style dress is required for this event. You will receive a detailed description of the dress code in a confirmation email two days before the event and the day of the event.

RESUMEResumes will not be evaluated at this event.

JOINING BRIDGEHere's the link to the BRIDGE application if you're interested in joining: http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/undergrad/ous/lpdsociety.html

QUESTIONSPlease email aslp@villanova.edu if you have any questions. Thank you.

Friday, January 17, 2014

New Online Professional Networking Group for Villanova Gradauate English Alumni

Guest post by Dr. Heather Hicks.

As graduate director, I have searched for a viable means of helping alumni and current students to connect with each other for a number of years. After meeting recently with Kevin Grubb, an expert on social media at Villanova’s Career Services Office, I have decided that LinkedIn is the best platform for this effort. You can access our new networking group for current students and alumni of Villanova’s Graduate English Program by going to the LinkedIn site at https://www.linkedin.com/, and then searching for “Villanova Graduate English Program.” At the group page, you can request to join the group.

The group provides an ideal opportunity for you to see the range of careers that alumni of the program have pursued, and it gives you a quick and convenient way to benefit from their professional knowledge and experience. So far, close to 50 alumni of the program have joined the group, and I expect more to join in the coming weeks. The group will also allow you to keep in touch with your former classmates once you have completed the degree. The group offers me a convenient way to post job listings that have been sent to me by those seeking to hire someone with the skills our program cultivates. It may also give me the opportunity to reach out to you when I am seeking an expert in a particular field to give an alumni talk or participate in an alumni panel here on campus.

I’m happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about LinkedIn and the alumni group. Villanova’s Career Office now advises all Villanova students to establish a professional profile on LinkedIn because, with 260 million members, it has become an important way that potential employers advertise positions, search for prospective employees, and review job candidates. If you want to learn more about LinkedIn, you may attend the webinar the Graduate School is hosting on January 22nd at noon at the following link: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/join/218196366/106077190

I hope you’ll join, and again, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this new group.