Wednesday, September 28, 2011

English 294 Presents Twelfth Night

Enjoy these videos of students from Carolyn Woodward's English 294 : Early English
Literature class, presenting Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, Act2 Sc 1-3 & 5.

Part One:

Part Two:

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Analyzing Culture Through Digital Books: Presentation

Google Books has now scanned over 12 million books and a group of mathematicians and statisticians at Harvard are using that information to produce graphs of word and phrase frequencies through time. Here's their presentation at TedX:

Interested in the project? Google has made the analytical tool publicly available on their online lab site here.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Dr. Daniel Worden Named Visiting Professor in American Literary Studies

ALS is happy to welcome Dr. Daniel Worden as a Visiting Professor of English. Dr. Worden holds a PhD from Brandies University and is on leave from a tenure track position as an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Dr. Worden's research and teaching covers American literature and culture from 1880 to the present, with focus on the history of literary and media forms, modernism, and theories of gender and sexuality. He is the author of Masculine Style: The American West and Literary Modernism (2011), which positions the American West and "cowboy masculinity" as central to the emergence of literary modernism. His work on U.S. fiction, comics, and television has been published in Arizona Quarterly, Canadian Review of American Studies, Modern Fiction Studies, and Southern Literary Journal, as well as in the anthologies The Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing is a Way of Thinking, A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American West, and Violence, the Arts, and Willa Cather. He is currently editing two special issues, "Oil Culture" (with Ross Barrett), a collection of essays on representations of the petroleum industry from the nineteenth century to the present, and "Postmodernism, Then" (with Jason Gladstone), a collection of essays reevaluating postmodernism as a historical category that may (or may not) have continued relevance for critics of post-1945 literature. He is also at work on a book, "Cool Realism: The New Journalism and American Literary Culture." Focused on the writings of Truman Capote, Joan Didion, Alex Haley, Michael Herr, Norman Mailer, Gay Talese, Hunter S. Thompson, and Tom Wolfe, this book documents the rise of the New Journalism as a literary style in the 1960s and 1970s. Along with American literature from 1865 to the present, his teaching interests include comics and graphic novels, modernism, postmodernism, Western American literature, literary non-fiction, the history of literary criticism, theories of gender and sexuality, periodical studies, and literatures of the American Southwest.

Dr. Worden is teaching for the University Honor’s Program this fall and will offer two classes in the English Department in Spring 2012: English 315—American Masculinities and English 463—Modern American Literature.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

English Department Colloquium: Carmen Nocentelli

At the next English Department Colloquium Professor Carmen Nocentelli will present her research talk, ISLANDS OF LOVE: RACE, SEXUALITY, AND THE EURO-ASIAN ENCOUNTER. No advance reading for this presentation. See you there! Tuesday September 27, 12:30-1:45 , SUB Santa Ana A and B (note venue change).

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Elizabeth Tannen: Publication News

Graduate student Elizabeth Tannen has a piece about the Sandia Tramway called "Take it to the Limit" in the September issue of Local Flavor.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Vondell Jones: Publication News

English department MFA student Vondell (Von) Jones was recently published in a special edition of “Your Royal Wedding,” an anthology of stories and comments printed in Great Britain.

Von’s short story, titled: “Sic Transit Gloria Mundi,” was published in August, 2011 as part of a compilation of poems, fiction, illustrations and non-fiction reports solicited from writers around the world, said editor and publisher, Louis Gibney. The anthology was assembled to commemorate the fairytale romance and marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011. The royal couple’s wedding generated global attention and interest.

“Von’s story was quite good and brought a significant perspective to an event that captivated millions of people,” Gibney said. Writers from distant places such as South Africa, Australia, Ireland, Canada, and the United States submitted their work. Copies of the publication, which is being sold primarily in the United Kingdom, can be purchased on line at:

Von Jones is a published journalist and former staff writer for Hearst, Scripps-Howard, and Gannett newspapers. His fiction writing has appeared in publications in Utah, California, and Oregon.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

English Department Colloquium: Aeron Hunt

Please join us for the first English Department Colloquium presentation for Fall 2011

Thursday Sept. 8, 12:30-1:45 in the English Department lounge.

Aeron Hunt will discuss her forthcoming article, "The Authoritative Medium: George Eliot, Ruin, and the Rationalized Market." For a copy of the paper in advance of the colloquium, please contact Aeron: