Peter Cooley, Senior Mellon Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing, gave a reading of his own poetry at the Great Writers Conference in London, England on June 30th and traveled to Paris to view Mary Cassatt paintings for poems he is writing on her work. He has a poem “On the Interstate, on the Gravel Road” in the current issue of Spillway, another, “Rodin, ‘Ugolino and his Sons,’” in the summer issue of North American Review, a third “I-10 from Pensacola to New Orleans,” in the current issue of Miramar. Cooley has a poem “Poem Choosing to Remain Unfinished” in the anthology Before the Doors of God: An Anthology of Devotional Poetry published by Yale University Press. His poem “Company of the Motel Room”appears in the November 4, 2013 edition of The New Yorker, with Cooley reading his poem in the digital edition of the issue.
Professor Gaurav Desai was awarded a visiting fellowship at the Cambridge Center for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and the Humanities (CRASSH) in the Easter Term of 2013. During his time in the U.K. Desai conducted research on the life and times of a nineteenth-century Zanzibari princess. He also delivered lectures at the University of Southampton and Leeds University. Professor Desai was also interviewed by the Swedish Public Radio for a special broadcast on the relevance of the humanities today. To listen to that broadcast, click here.
In July, Professor Desai's book Commerce with the Universe: Africa, Asia and the Afrasian Imagination (Columbia University Press, 2013) was launched by the British Institute in Eastern Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. The Chinese News Agency Xinhua reported on the event. To read Xinhua’s interview with Prof. Desai, click here.
Joel Dinerstein is co-curator of an upcoming national exhibition of American Studies and photography, American Cool, at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, opening February 7, 2014 and running through September 7, 2014. He is also the primary author of the museum catalogue, American Cool, forthcoming from Prestel. For more information on the American Cool exhibit, click here.
He has recently published three essays: “The Mask of Cool in Postwar Jazz and Film Noir” in The Cultural Career of Coolness (Lexington Press, 2013), “39 Sundays: Second-Line Season” in Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas (University of California, 2013), and “Albert Murray, American Metaphysicianin Virginia Quarterly Review (blog, September 5, 2013).
Michelle Kohler's essay "Sending Word: Sarah Winnemucca and the Violence of Writing" appeared in the Autumn 2013 issue of Arizona Quarterly.
Michael Kuczynski, the English Department chair, delivered an invited lecture, "The Facsimilist's Tale," on 18th c. copies of medieval books and the digital humanities at Virginia Tech University on October 18, in the university's Digital Discussions in the Humanities and Social Sciences series.He has an essay based on the lecture in preparation for the Journal of the Society of Antiquaries, London.
Zachary Lazar’s new novel, I Pity the Poor Immigrant, will be published by Little, Brown in April 2014. An excerpt will appear in the December issue of literary magazine Fence.
Prof. Nair’s book Pathologies of Paradise: Caribbean Detours was published by University of Virginia Press in September, 2013.
Donald Pizer continues to publish collections of his essays on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American writers. Volumes on Stephen Crane, Theodore Dreiser, and John Dos Passos appeared in 2013, and two final collections, on Frank Norris and Hamlin Garland, will appear in 2014. In addition, an essay on the relationship of Norman Mailer and Theodore Dreiser to the idea of American literary naturalism is forthcoming in Sewanee Review, and he is seeking a publisher for a book devoted to Dos Passos's paintings.
This past summer, Molly Rothenberg conducted research at the Jane Austen Research Center at Chawton House, Hampshire, England, and participated in the C.L.R. James conference in Glasgow, Scotland. She also participated in two collaborative faculty research projects, one in Malmo, Sweden and one in Luneburg, Germany. She taught continental philosophy to undergraduates at the University of Hamburg. Her latest volume, Zizek Now!, co-edited with Jamil Khader (Polity 2013), is being translated into Korean and German. She recently hosted an evening with Michael Ondaatje and Linda Spalding, award winning Canadian novelists. She has an article on Zizek and the law in a volume from Routledge, and another article on Romantic period comedy and psychoanalysis forthcoming in a volume from Cambridge University Press.
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