The countdown to Spring Break begins this Friday, February 21 with a GEA HAPPY HOUR at the South Philadelphia Taproom.
Happy Hour at the Taproom runs from 4-6pm, with half off local drafts on tap and appetizer specials. You can find the bar on Mifflin St., between 15th and 16th streets (a few blocks’ walk from both the Tasker Morris and the Snyder subway stops.) Hope to see you there!
Edit: This event will be held in Anderson 1006 – not in the Women’s Studies Lounge, as was previously announced.
Last Thursday’s works-in-progress workshop (postponed for snow) has been rescheduled for Thursday, February 20 at 3:30 pm. Please join the GEA for a workshop of Lindsay Bartkowski’s conference length paper entitled “Silence and Violence in Tillie Olsen’s Yonnodio: From the Thirties.” If you plan to attend this meeting, please email a request for the paper to TempleGEA@gmail.com. See news entry below for more information on this session and on the WIP series.
This spring the GEA will host our second annual Graduate Research Symposium. Last spring’s symposium featured engaging research and ideas from a selection of Temple English graduate students, as well as thought-provoking discussion and Q&A sessions among student presenters, faculty respondents, and audience members. If you’re interested in presenting an essay at this year’s symposium, submit your abstract by Wednesday, March 12 to TempleGEA@gmail.com. See the CFP below for more information.
EDIT: The WIP session scheduled for Thursday will be rescheduled at a later date, due to Temple University’s closure Thursday for inclement weather.
This Thursday, the GEA will be hosting our second works-in-progress workshop at 12:30pm in the Women’s Studies Lounge (Anderson Hall, 8th floor.)
Lindsay Bartkowski will be presenting a conference length paper entitled “Silence and Violence in Tillie Olsen’s Yonnodio: From the Thirties.” If you plan to attend this meeting, please email a request for the paper to templeGEA@gmail.com.
Lindsay has provided the following abstract of her paper:
“Silence and Violence in Tillie Olsen’s Yonnondio: From the Thirties”
Tillie Olsen’s Yonnondio: From the Thirties offers an impressionistic representation of poverty in a town “like Omaha” from the perspective of Mazie Holbrook, a fragile, wide-eyed adolescent. Mazie’s story oscillates between moments of isolation, characterized by profound introspection about that which she is “a-knowen” and that which she cannot understand, and interactions with the adult world that are almost exclusively described in terms of the grotesque. Bodies, both her own and those in the world around her, become sites of violence and pain. Bodies are frustrated, suffering containers that hold the unknowable and inexpressible. Olsen writes that “Sorrow is tongueless. Apprehension tore it out long ago” (30). This paper will reflect on the inability of language to express and explain suffering in Yonnondio and explore Olsen’s tentative and slippery representations of the ineffable. My paper will further consider the absence of adequate modes of self-expression, such as art and literature, in the world of the Holbrooks and how this absence forecloses the possibility of communion between the family members and induces instead painful isolation. My paper will examine chiefly the mind-body dichotomy through which Mazie sees the world, as well as the particularly oppressive nature of the feminine body as represented in Mazie’s mother, the ever-pregnant, unhappy, and crazed Anna Holbrook. It is my contention that the style of Olsen’s novel explodes narrative form in order to show the limiting and limited nature of closed systems of meaning as such. Her political concerns, as well as her feminist ethics, shape Olsen’s Yonnondio and create a haunting, untouchable anti-narrative that only begins to tell the story of a family like the Holbrooks in a coal mining town like Omaha.
The purpose of these sessions is to provide Temple English graduate students an informal opportunity to present their works in progress, using feedback from fellow students and faculty to develop their essays and continuing research. The GEA anticipates having several WIP events throughout the semester. If you are interested in presenting a paper, please contact Megan Holmberg.
Join your graduate English colleagues this Friday as we challenge other Temple departments in a university-wide graduate Quizzo tournament. The English department’s team put forth a formidable effort at the Quizzo event this fall, and we are hoping for a big win on Friday!
Quizzo will begin at this Friday, February 7th, at 5:00pm at the Diamond Club. (Mitten Hall ground floor, 1913 N. Broad St.) Take some time this week to poll your classmates: we’ll need sports knowledge, pop culture know-how, world and U.S. history buffs, cinephiles, oenophiles, logophiles, bibliophiles, technophiles, and people who are good at those pictogram puzzles. Hope to see you there!
The Temple MFA Creative Writing program has posted the schedule for their Spring 2014 Poets & Writers series.
The series’ first guest is poet Catherine Taylor, who will be reading on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:00pm, at Temple Center City (1515 Market Street, Room 222). Catherine Taylor is the author of Apart (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012), a mixed-genre memoir and political history that combines prose, poetry, cultural theory, and found texts from South African archives. Her first book, Giving Birth: A Journey Into the World of Mothers and Midwives (Penguin Putnam, 2002), won the Lamaze International Birth Advocate Award. Taylor has worked as a producer, writer, and researcher on a number of documentary film projects, including The Exiles, which won an Emmy Award for historical programming, and she was a Co-Founder and Producer of The Human Rights Watch Film Festival.
Consult the schedule linked above for more information about next week’s reading and future Poets & Writers series events.
The GEA would like to remind our fellow students that the College of Liberal Arts offers Graduate Student Travel Awards for graduate students who are presenting papers and representing Temple at professional conferences. Awards are typically limited to $300 for domestic travel and $500 for international travel.
The two funding periods for the Spring 2014 semester have application deadlines of March 3 and June 1. Travel must occur on or after the funding round deadline, but before the next round of funding. The CLA has specified that for any travel occurring between March 1st and May 31st, applications must be submitted electronically and in hard copy by 4:00 p.m. on March 3rd. (This deadline occurs during Spring Break, so plan your submission and collection of materials accordingly!) Because funding is limited, late applications will not be accepted. Application instructions are posted on the CLA website.
Your application must include the following:
- Application form (.pdf)
- Current CV
- Copy of your letter of acceptance or other evidence of your participation as the first author of the presentation
- Summary of your research (1-2 paragraphs) as though you were speaking to someone unfamiliar with your discipline
- Description of the impact your research has on the scholarly literature. What does your research show that is new?
- A budget of all estimated expenses
Submit all of the materials as a hard copy and electronically to:
CLA Dean’s Office
12th floor, Anderson Hall
Decisions will be made by the middle of March, and applicants notified shortly thereafter. If you are presenting at a conference this spring and are planning to apply, it would be wise to start collecting these materials soon. See the CLA website for more information and for guidelines and restrictions.
Join your Temple friends for some karaoke this weekend in Center City!
Might not want to select “Copacabana” as your karaoke jam – it has a 100 MEASURE instrumental break.
We’ll be going to Moriarty’s Pub (1116 Walnut St.) on Saturday, February 1 at 9pm to warm up and unwind with some smooth karaoke jams. Not a singer? Come along and support your friends as they embarrass themselves and/or wow the crowds with their impressive rendition of “The Boy is Mine” by Brandy and Monica. Friends and significant others are warmly invited to join the fun as well. Contact Charlie Manis with any questions. Hope to see you there!
The Temple English community was greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Dr. Richard Beards on December 20, 2014. Dr. Beards served as a professor of English at Temple since 1971, and was a member of the greater Temple community since 1964. He will be greatly missed by the faculty, staff, and students who came to know and work with him.
The English Department will be holding a memorial gathering on Friday, January 31, from 3:00pm to 5:00pm in Anderson Hall, Room 821. See the flyer below for more information, and contact Dr. Joyce if you are interested in speaking at the gathering.