Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Professor Obermeier Publishes Book Review

Dr. Obermeier has published a book review of Joerg O. Fichte's From Camelot to Obamalot: Essays on Medieval and Modern Arthurian Literature (Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2010) in the Journal for English and Germanic Philology 114.3 (2015): 453-56.

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Monday, November 9, 2015

Faculty & Graduate Conference Appearances and Presentations October 2015

Assistant Professor of English Sarah L. Townsend organized the 2015 American Conference for Irish Studies Western Regional meeting (ACIS-West) October 16-17 in Rapid City, South Dakota. The conference theme, "Ireland: Memory and Monument," explored acts of memory and commemoration in Irish literature, history, politics, and culture. Keynote speakers included David C. Lloyd (Distinguished Professor of English at UC Riverside), Eamonn Wall (poet and essayist, Smurfit Professor of English at the University of Missouri, St. Louis), and Myles Dungan (RTE presenter and instructor at City Colleges Dublin). The conference concluded with a performance of the play Fionnuala by award-winning actor and playwright Donal O'Kelly (Director, Benbo Productions), as well as a discussion between Irish and Lakota artists, activists, and scholars about multinational oil production and the preservation of indigenous environments and communities. At the conclusion of the conference, Townsend was named Treasurer of the organization.

Sarah L. Townsend. "Waiting in Anatolia: Beckett, Ceylan, and the Procedural Body." American Conference for Irish Studies, Western Region. . Rapid City, SD: October 17.

Julie Williams. "Waist High in the West: A Study of a Wheelchair Perspective." Western Literature Association. University of Nevada, Reno. Reno, NV: October 14-18, 2015.

Megan Malcom-Morgan. "Modernism's 'Other:' D.H. Lawrence in Mexico.." Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association . . Santa Fe, NM: October 10, 2015.

Julie Williams. "Gender Expression in the American West: Femininity is in the Eye of the Beholder." Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association. . Santa Fe, NM: October 8-10, 2015.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Rudolfo & Patricia Anaya Lecture on Literature of the Southwest

Please Join us!
October 22, 7:00 p.m., George Pearl Hall, Room 101
Anne Hillerman

On Thursday, October 22, the UNM Department ofEnglish will host distinguished writer Anne Hillerman as the featured speaker for the sixth annual Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture on the Literature of the Southwest.

Hillerman will speak about “Why Stories Matter” at 7:00 p.m. in Room 101 of George Pearl Hall (the School of Architecture and Planning), with a reception to follow. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information about the lecture and series, visit our website.

About the Author
Hillerman lives in Santa Fe, is a UNM alumna, and is the author of eight published non-fiction books, including one about her father, the late novelist Tony Hillerman. Her first novel, Spider Woman’s Daughter (2013), made the New York Times bestseller list and received the 2014 Spur Award for the Best First Mystery from Western Writers of America. She just published her second mystery novel, Rock With Wings (2015), and is working on a third.

About the Lecture Series
The English Department established the annual lecture series on the literature of the Southwest in 2010 through a gift from the renowned fiction writer Rudolfo Anaya and his late wife Patricia Anaya. In the past the department has hosted Simon Ortiz, Denise Chávez, John Nichols, N. Scott Momaday, and Ana Castillo. This year, Hillerman joins the distinguished list.

Thank you for supporting the Rudolfo Anaya Fellowship Fund!
The UNM English Department also has the Rudolfo Anaya Fellowship Fund, which is very close to endowment and would then be available for student fellowships. We would like to encourage you to make a contribution to this fund; gifts of $100 or more will receive a poster of this year’s Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya lecture signed by Rudolfo Anaya and Anne Hillerman.

Thanks to our UNM co-sponsors for the 2015 Anaya Lecture with Anne Hillerman: Center for Southwest Research, Department of History, Feminist Research Institute, University College and The Center for the Southwest.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Helen Damico's Book Discussion and Signing at the UNM Bookstore

Professor Emerita of English Medieval Language and Literature, Damico hosted a discussion and signing of her new book, Beowulf and the Grendel-Kin: Politics and Poetry in Eleventh-Century England (West Virginia University Press, 2015)  on Tuesday, October 13th, at the UNM Bookstore:

Daniel Worden published by Cambridge University Press

Worden's essay on "The Popular Western" will be published this month in Cambridge University Press's History of Western American Literature, edited by Susan Kollin.

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Karra Shimabukuro publishes "I Framed Freddy: Functional Aesthetics in the A Nightmare on Elm Street Series"

While existing work on modern horror tends to focus on a small range of exceptional examples of the genre, and generally finds value in the films through the application of sociopolitical, psychoanalytic, or other theoretical frameworks, the broader trend of the for-profit Hollywood studio produced and/or distributed texts and the elements of their construction have been largely ignored. Style and Form in the Hollywood Slasher Film aims to fill this existing gap in scholarship on horror. This book collects essays from a range of academics to consider the place of some of these films within the history of the slasher, how their construction provides a more complex experience than initially conceived, what this can tell us about the genre, and how a study of form can support and aid theoretical analyses.

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Kelly Hunnings published in Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature, Fall 2015

Review of Gender Hurts: a Feminist Analysis of the Politics of Transgenderism by Sheila Jeffreys [New York: Routledge].  Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature, Fall 2015 (69.2)