THIS FRIDAY: Celebrate Samuel R. Delany’s Performative Poetics

THE MOTION OF LIGHT
Celebrating Samuel R. Delany’s Performative Poetics
Friday April 11, 2:00 PM in the Arts Cafe
Kelly Writers House, 3805 Locust Walk, University of Pennsylvania

Tributes to Delany to honor his contribution to Temple-Penn Poetics, with Fred Moten, Kenneth James, Terry Rowden, Holly Wilson, Ira Livingston, and Jena Osman with a special message from John Keene.

Organized by Charles Bernstein and Tracie Morris, who will host the event and toast the guest of honor. The celebration will begin with a screening of The Polymath or, The Life and Opinions of Samuel R. Delany, Gentleman, presented by the film maker, Fred Barney Taylor, and will conclude with a reading by Chip Delany. See full schedule below.

  • Schedule:
    2:00 – Screening of The Polymath or, The Life and Opinions of Samuel R.
    Delany, Gentleman
    3:30 – Kenneth James, Terry Rowden
    4:15 – Ira Livingston
    4:45 – Tracie Morris
    5:30 – Keynote Address by Fred Moten
    6:30 – Jena Osman, Sarah Micklem, and (in absentia) John Keene
    6:45 – Close Listening with Samuel Delany and Charles Bernstein
    7:15 – Samuel Delany Reading  
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GEA Happy Hour THIS FRIDAY in West Philly

The GEA is finally heading across the river for happy hour, this Friday, April 11th, at City Tap House (39th and Walnut). City Tap House is known city-wide for their happy hour specials and their great outdoor seating options, on two terraces with stone fire pits.

We will be meeting there at 5:00pm. From campus, via the Market-Frankford Line, City Tap House is three blocks south of the 40th Street stop.

 

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THIS WEDNESDAY: GEA Graduate Student Research Symposium

The GEA enthusiastically encourages our graduate student community to join us this Wednesday, April 9at the second annual Temple English Graduate Student Research Symposium

GEA Symposium 2014Feel free to attend for the entirety or for any part of the symposium, which will include a catered lunch, two panels, a coffee break, and a reception. See the event page for more information on the schedule and the papers being presented. We hope to see you all there!

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This Tuesday: Theory Reading Group

The Theory Reading Group will be convening this Tuesday, April 1, from 11:00am to 12:00pm in Anderson 821, to continue their discussion of Eric Hayot’s On Literary Worlds. All members of the Temple Graduate English department are warmly invited. Contact Charlie Manis for more information, and for a .pdf of the chapters under discussion. 

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Disability and Change Symposium, March 26

 

This Wednesday, March 26, Temple University’s Interdisciplinary Faculty Council on Disability will host their annual Disability and Change Symposium: In-Between Spaces, Places, and Ways of BeingThe conference will run from 1:00 – 4:00pm and will feature a speaker panel and roundtable discussion.

 

The 2014 symposium will explore how the concept of “transitions” can be applied to a variety of disability-related contexts and disciplines. The theme invites speakers examining practical, philosophical, and historical issues that hinge on the idea of in-betweenness, fluidity, and movement between spaces, places, and ways of being. Presentations include Beth Linker (University of Pennsylvania) on ”Manliness in Transition: Disabled Veterans Returning Home from War,” and Rachel Adams (Columbia University) on ”From Freaks to Disability: A Conversion Narrative.” See the event site for more information and to register for the conference.

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This Thursday: Works-In-Progress workshop

Please join the GEA for a works-in-progress (WIP) workshop on Thursday, March 27 at 12:30pm in Anderson 1221. Ted Howell will be presenting his paper entitled “The Earth Beating Time: Howards End in the Anthropocene,” which he will formally present on April 4th at the Society for Novel Studies Conference, “Land and the Novel,” at the University of Utah. We are grateful to have this early opportunity to have a look at Ted’s work.

Ted has provided the following abstract of his paper:

Critics have often turned to E.M. Forster’s Howards End because of how compellingly it engages ideas about place (Howards End itself) and space (the pastoral countryside becoming suburban) in connection with larger concerns about the condition of England in an age of empire. What remains unexplored is how its places and spaces reveal a conception of the Earth as a planetary unit linked to a geological timeline. My paper attends to how the land of Forster’s novel is not the land of the nation, or the land as surveyed by developers, but rather a deep, eonic Earth separate from nation, city, or suburb. I argue that Howards End narrates an Earth belonging to no one. While the land may be threatened by cosmopolitan urbanism, the Earth will always remain, in the words of the narrator, “beating time.” Turning to some of the proto-environmentalist and “back to nature” thinkers who influenced Forster’s fiction, I argue that Howards End departs from their backward-glancing pastoralism to look forward to the civilization that will succeed modernity. Sitting squarely between its onset and the present moment, Howards End exemplifies the literature of the Anthropocene: aware of the interconnection between nature and culture and eager to emphasize the planet’s global resilience while mourning its local destruction. As modernity accelerates, as London creeps and suburbs spread, at the moment when early signs of climate change appear, Forster’s novel proposes that while it may be impossible to go “back to the land,” the Earth persists, awaiting a better future.

The paper has been circulated through the Graduate English listserv. Contact TempleGEA@gmail.com with any questions, or for an additional copy of the essay. Hope to see you Thursday!

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TOMORROW: Theory Reading Group

The Theory Reading Group will be meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 18 from 11:00-12:00 in Anderson 1006. We’ll be discussing the introduction and first chapter of Eric Hayot’s On Literary Worlds. Contact Charlie Manis for a digital copy of the week’s readings.

According to Dr. Hayot, 

On Literary Worlds (Oxford UP, 2012) argues that contemporary debates about world literature and world literary systems can be rethought through an attention to the world-creating force of aesthetic objects. The book re-describes the history of modern literature as we know it (or as we think we know it), developing new concepts and new formal languages to describe the aesthetic “physics” of the socially and imaginatively possible.

Hope to see you there!

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TOMORROW: C.V. and Professional Documents workshop

Please join the GEA and Professor Carissa Harris for a C.V. and Professional Documents Workshop tomorrow, Tuesday, March 18, at 3:00pm in the Women’s Studies Lounge (Anderson Hall, 8th Floor).

This workshop is one in a series of professional workshops hosted by the GEA, and designed with student-generated questions and concerns in mind. As we complete coursework, personal research, and the additional requirements of our student careers, we must also be preparing the professional documents that are required on the job market and in future academic opportunities. In past semesters, the GEA has hosted workshops assembled around specific themes: publication strategies, preparing for conference presentations, writing abstracts, assembling one’s C.V., etc. By offering open meetings where graduate students and faculty can discuss professional development and job market preparation, the GEA hopes to meet the needs of older students and new students alike: students further along in their careers can develop the materials and skills they need for the immediate future, while newer students can become acquainted with the rigors of the academic career.

Tomorrow, Professor Harris will give a brief talk, followed by a question and answer session. Please feel free to bring your own CV, other job market and portfolio documents, and plenty of questions. See the event page for more information, and direct any questions to GEA Literature Program Coordinator Vanessa Loh.

 

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Annette Kolodny visits Temple, April 2-3

Please mark your calendars for a special event in the English Department the first week of April. Professor Annette Kolodny will be visiting the English Department on April 2nd and 3rd to meet with English graduate students to discuss the state of the academic job market, and to present her latest research. See the event flyer below for information on the scheduled events.

Prof. Kolodny is College of Humanities Professor Emerita of American Literature and Culture at the University of Arizona. Her first two books are considered early landmarks in the fields of ecocriticism and frontier studies—The Lay of the Land: Metaphor as Experience and History in American Life and Letters and The Land Before Her: Fantasy and Experience of the American Frontiers, 1630-1860. She has since established herself as a major scholar in feminist literary criticism, early American studies, and Transnational American studies, and her most recent book is In Search of First Contact: The Peoples of the Dawnland, the Vikings of Vinland, and the Anglo-American Anxiety of Discovery (2012). As a former Dean of the College of the Humanities at the University of Arizona, Prof. Kolodny has also written on higher education public policy issues in her book Failing the Future: A Dean Looks at Higher Education in the Twenty-first Century (1998).

The English department encourages all English graduate students to take advantage of these opportunities to connect with an influential literary critic and thinker.

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