Thursday, October 28, 2010

Colloquium: Greg Martin Presentation now on YouTube

Greg Martin's Colloquium presentation, Memoir and Transgression, is now available as a seven part series on Youtube:

Part One

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

Part Six

Part Seven

Lecture: David Bevington on "Religion and Shakespeare"

To mark the retirement of our colleague Barry Gaines after thirty years of teaching at UNM, the noted  Shakespeare scholar David Bevington will speak on Tuesday, November 9 at 4 p.m.  His talk is entitled  "Religion and Shakespeare."

David Bevington has taught at the University of Chicago since 1967 and is currently the Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Humanities; Professor in English Language and Literature and Comparative Literature; Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities; and Chair of Theater and Performance Studies.  He is among the most respected Shakespeare scholars in the world and has written or edited more than thirty volumes on Shakespeare and his contemporaries.  In 1979 he was honored with the  Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, a coveted  award based on student nominations.  Twenty-eight years later he received the Norman Maclean Faculty Award given by the University of Chicago Alumni Association.  Last May, he received the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Centennial Medal from Harvard University, where he received his AB and PhD degrees.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Poetry Reading: Gary Jackson, Lauren Camp & Richard Vargas

Poetry Reading - Triptych
3:00 pm Saturday 10/30/2010
The Kosmos
1715-5th Street NW
$5 suggested donation
Books available for sale.
Coffee, too!!!

Gary Jackson’s poetry manuscript Missing You, Metropolis—which revolves around comic book characters—was selected by Yusef Komunyakaa as the winner of the Cave Canem Prize and published by Graywolf Press, 2010. Gary is a recent graduate of the MFA program and has been living in South Korea for the last year. This will be his first event back in the country and the official release of Missing You, Metropolis.

Lauren Camp juggles a visual art career, teaching creative writing workshops, tutoring English, and producing the music/poetry program "Audio Saucepan" for KSFR-FM. Last year, one of her poems was selected Editors' Choice by Rhino, and other poems have appeared recently in Thema, J Journal and Sin Fronteras. She is the author of This Business of Wisdom (West End Press, 2010).

Richard Vargas has two books published: McLife and American Jesus. He was born and raised in L.A./O.C., and graduated from Cal State Univ, Long Beach. He is currently enrolled in the Creative Writing MFA program, and has launched a new poetry magazine titled The Mas Tequila Review.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Reminder - Celebration of Student Writing and the Inaugural Anaya Lecture

Don't forget that there are two major and exciting events taking place today.

Head over to the SUB Ballrooms A, B & C for the Celebration of Student Writing between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Nearly 700 of our core course students will be displaying visual representations of their writing projects.

This evening don't miss the inaugural Rudolpho and Patricia Anaya Lecture given by Simon Ortiz, renowned author and expert on Native American literature. The lecture will be held inGeorge Pearl Hall, Room 101 starting at 5:30 p.m.

Anita Obermeier: Publication News

Anita Obermeier and Georgiana Donavin published Romance and Rhetoric: InHonour of Dhira B. Mahoney [title italics]. Disputatio 19. Turnhout: Brepols, 2010. Obermeier also has an essay on the medieval Grail in the

Learn more here.

Monday, October 18, 2010

UNM English Graduate Students Present at RMMLA

Several UNM English graduate students presented this past weekend at the 2010 Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association Convention in Albuquerque:

  • Christine Kozikowski, “Charlemagne and the Creation of English Identity.”
  • Lisa Myers, “Malory’s Forest of Irrational Love.”
  • Bruce A. Carroll, “Laid Down and Broken: Law in Malory’s Morte D’Arthur.”
  • Annarose Fitzgerald, “‘So I Will Tell You This’: Auricular Confession in Charlotte Mew’s ‘Saturday Market’ and ‘Ne Me Tangito’.”
  • Gregory Evans, “Holy Crap, it’s a Coup!” and "Hermeneutics in the Classroom: Collaborative, Student-Centered Learning for the Twenty-first Century."
  • Douglas Ryan VanBenthuysen, “The Old French Word ‘Mortaise’ in the York Play of the Crucifixion.”
  • Paul Formisano, “A River of Voices: Confluences and Cross-Currents in the Literature of the Colorado River.”
  • Marisa Sikes, "Appropriating Joan: The Saint in Christine de Pizan’s DitiĆ© de Jehanne d’Arc and The Legend of Billie Jean."
  • Carolyn Kuchera, "American Primitives."
  • Katherine Marie Alexander, "Collapsing the Boundaries Between Two Worlds: Language and Mourning in Mary Shelley."
  • Ying Xu, "A Body of Troubled Site/Sight: Re-signifying Double Consciousness in Yung Wing’s My Life in China and America."
  • Leah Sneider, "Gender, Genre and Self-Determination in Winnemucca's Life Among the Piutes."
  • Bonnie Altamirano and Richard Vargas read during the "Readings by Poets from the University of New Mexico" session.

Session Chairs:

  • Jen Nader: American Nineteenth-Century Literature - I & American Nineteenth-Century Literature - II
  • Douglas Ryan VanBenthuysen was elected chair for the Old and Middle English sessions at the 2011 RMMLA Convention in Scottsdale, AZ.

MEGSE Blog Migrating to UNM English Blog

The Medieval Graduate Students in English ( are currently migrating their blog to the English Department main blog. Medieval Studies related blog posts will be viewable through the main blog site.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture: The Literature of the Southwest - Details

The UNM English Department has established the annual lecture series through a gift from the renowned fiction writer Rudolfo Anaya and his late wife Patricia Anaya. "Emerita Professor Rudy Anaya was a wonderful teacher and creative writer in our department,” says Professor Gail Houston. “We feel privileged to have received his generous donation, and we are honored that the first lecture will be given by distinguished poet, writer, and scholar Simon Ortiz. There is no better venue for celebrating Southwest literature than the University of New Mexico English Department. We look forward to sharing this free event with everyone at UNM and in the community.”

Currently a professor at Arizona State University, Simon Ortiz received an honorary doctorate from the University of New Mexico in 2002.  He is widely regarded as a foundational figure in Native American literature and is the author of 15 books of poetry, fiction, essays, and children’s literature, including Going for the Rain (1976), Woven Stone (1992), Men on the Moon (1999), and From Sand Creek (2000), plus the collection A Ceremony of Brotherhood, 1680-1980, co-edited with longtime friend Rudolfo Anaya. Ortiz will speak on the connections among indigenous cultures, Southwest studies, and global literature.

UNM campus map (PDF)

visitor parking:
George Pearl Hall (building 195) is located at Central and Cornell, facing the UNM Bookstore. Visitor parking is available at the Redondo parking structure (building 198) across from Popejoy Hall.

Central Ave NE Albuquerque, NM
1. Head west on Historic U.S. 66 W toward Louisiana Blvd NE 2.9 mi
2. Turn right at Stanford Dr NE 187 ft
3. Turn left at Redondo Dr NE Destination will be on the left 187 ft

George Pearl Hall Albuquerque, NM 87106

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Friday, October 8, 2010

David Dunaway: Vox Populi Award

Professor David Dunaway has been named as the 2010 "Voice of the People" award recipient,  presented for outstanding achievement in the collecting and use of oral histories. This award is given to individuals and organizations whose life work has contributed to change for a better world.

The review committee expressed that they were impressed by Dr. Dunaway's comprehensive and broad research, in particular his sustained history of contributions to the field. First, the ability to document the life and work of Pete Seeger (oral history as biography) in How Can I Keep From Singing? Second, connecting the oral histories in Singing Out: An Oral History of America's Folk Music Revivals to a wider historical inquiry about the importance of protest/political songs of America's folk music revivals. Last, but not least, his ability as curator to preserve and place oral histories at the Library of Congress Folklife Center, which will prove useful and valuable to oral historians and scholars more generally.

Dr. Dunaway will be presented with the award by Stetson Kennedy (the only living subject of a Woody Guthrie song)  in Atlanta on October 30, 2010.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

2010 Celebration of Student Writing

Nearly 700 students from 32 sections of English 101 and 102 will display visual representations of their writing projects to share their thoughts and ideas  with the UNM general campus and with the Albuquerque community. Instead of reading the students' written texts, you'll see their work represented through art installations.

Thursday, October 21st, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
UNM SUB Ballrooms A, B &C

Sponsored by the Dean of Students Office, CAPS (the Center for Academic Program Support), Writing Across Communities, and the English Department

Download the event flier here (pdf)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

1st Annual Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture: The Literature of the Southwest

Renowned poet, writer, and scholar Simon J. Ortiz will give the inaugural Rudolfo and Patricia Anaya Lecture.

Thursday, October 21, 5:30 p.m.
George Pearl Hall, Room 101

Presented by Rudolfo Anaya, the UNM Regents' Speaker Fund, the Department of English, University Libraries, and the College of Arts & Sciences.

Friday, October 1, 2010

English Department Colloquium: David Jones

Please join us next Wednesday, October 6 for the second English Department Colloquium of the fall.  Professor
David Jones will present "Integrating the American Theatre--the 1920s."

Where: English Dept. Lounge, Humanities 235
When: Wed., October 6 at 12:30