Monday, December 2, 2013

Leigh Johnson returns to talk about the Academic Job Search this Friday, Dec. 6 at noon.

Please join us this Friday, December sixth, in the Frank Waters Room at Zimmerman library for Dr. Leigh Johnson's talk and roundtable discussion on navigating job searches in the Humanities. 

 Dr. Johnson received her PhD from UNM's English Department in May of 2011 and attained a tenure-track position at Marymount University in Virginia. Dr. Johnson is now sitting on a search committee that has received hundreds of applicants. She will bring her expertise and insight from both sides of the search process.

This talk will be  a part of Dr. Worden's English 500 Symposium. The symposium will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dr. Johnson's talk and roundtable will go from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m, and EGSA will provide a light lunch. Please come support your colleagues as they present their original work and absorb the wisdom of a successful UNM alum!

English 500 Symposium -- Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 in Zimmerman Library

The English 500 Symposium

Friday, December 6th
Frank Waters Room, Zimmerman Library

9:00-10:20: PANEL I

Emily Frontiere (MA program, Medieval Studies)
“Costs, Costs, Costs and Nothing is Done”: Lawyers and Power in Charles Dickens’s Bleak House

Emily Simons (MA program, Medieval Studies)
Blurred Lines: The Female and the Animal in Marie de France’s Lais

Bradley Tepper (MA program, Literature)
Thomas Hardy’s Use of Law in Tess of the d’Urbervilles

10:30-11:50: PANEL II

Margaux Brown (MA program, Literature)
From Christian Salvation to Literary Salvation: Jupiter Hammon’s “An Essay on Slavery”

Megan Malcom-Morgan (MA program, Literature)
An Echo in the Hollow: The Intrusion of Race in Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Mariya Tseptsura (PhD program, Rhetoric & Writing)
The Return of Cold War Rhetoric: Mission Possible?


1:10-2:30: PANEL III

Leandra Binder (PhD program, BILS)
“Maddened Blood”: Nietzschean Animalism in Felix Salten’s Bambi

Kelly Hunnings (PhD program, BILS)
Seeking the Familiar in John Clare’s Middle Period Satire

Gerard Lavin (MA program, Medieval Studies)
Instrument of Revelation: Understanding “Pearl” as an Object of Religious Contemplation

2:40-4:30: PANEL IV

Diana Filar (MA program, Literature)
Windigo, Overheard Dreams, and the Direct Impact of Story: Vengeful Agency as Influenced by Ancestral Stories in Louise Erdrich’s Round House

Amy Gore (PhD program, ALS)
Indigenizing the Gothic Novel: Harold Johnson’s Backtrack and its Uncanny Conventions

Kathryn Manis (MA program, Art History)
Man and Superman: Reframing the “Man of Steel” in Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

Karra Shimabukuro (PhD program, BILS)
Grimm and La Llorona: Liminal Space or Appropriation?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Jesse Alemán delivers the Hutchins Lecture at UNC-Chapel Hill

On November 17, Dr. Jesse Alemán delivered the Hutchins Lecture at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for the Study of the American South. Named after James A. Hutchins, a UNC alumnus, and generously funded by the Hutchins Family Foundation, the Hutchins lecture series invites researchers to UNC to present their scholarship to mixed public and academic audiences as a way of fostering communication between faculty, students, and community members. Dr. Alemán was invited to present “Loreta Janeta Velazquez’s Civil Wars as a Cuban and a Confederate” after his research was featured in the PBS film, Rebel, and his edition of The Woman in Battle was required reading for an English doctoral seminar on the global south. Dr. Alemán’s lecture focused on how the Civil War serves as a backdrop for the “internal civil wars” between gender, sexual, linguistic, religious, and national identities that forge Velazquez’s emergence as a nineteenth-century US Latina.

JFK article in ABQ Journal

The JFK anniversary article by Deborah Baker is featured on the front page of the ABQ Journal Sunday 11/17/13 edition (including notes from Michelle Kells' interview with reporter Deborah Baker last week re: Viva Kennedy and the emergence of Latino vote).

This is a significant moment in Mexican American (pre-Chicano Movement) history.

Here's an article from Albuquerque Journal I thought you might like:

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Daniel Worden speaks on “Neoliberal Style: Alex Haley, Hunter S. Thompson, and Countercultures”

UNM Department of English Language & Literature
invites you to the
Fall 2013 Colloquium Series

A talk by

Daniel Worden
Assistant Professor
UNM Department of English Language & Literature
American Literary Studies

“Neoliberal Style: Alex Haley, Hunter S. Thompson, and Countercultures”

In this talk, Daniel Worden will present work from his current book project, Cool Realism: The New Journalism and American Literary Culture. His talk will chart how the highly successful work of two New Journalists—Alex Haley and Hunter S. Thompson—articulates a view of the social world that can now, retrospectively, be described as neoliberalism.

Daniel Worden is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Mexico.  He is the author of Masculine Style: The American West and Literary Modernism, which received the Thomas J. Lyon Book Award in Western American Literary and Cultural Studies and was recently reissued in paperback. His work on American literature, comics, film, and television has appeared in a number of journals and edited volumes, including Criticism, Modern Fiction Studies, Southern Literary Journal, Twentieth-Century Literature, and The Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing is a Way of Thinking.

Please join us
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
12:30 p.m.
English Department Library
Humanities Building, Room 324

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Matt Hofer's Series: Recencies: Research and Recovery in Twentieth-Century American Poetics

The first two books of Matt Hofer's UNM Press series Recencies: Research and Recovery in Twentieth-Century American Poetics. Professor Hofer edited The Shoshoneans, which also boasts a fine new introduction by Simon Ortiz.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Summer Study in Germany -- Botany, Society & the Revolution in Taste


(no knowledge of German required)

Botany, Society & the Revolution in Taste

Study abroad in Germany for 4 weeks (June 2 – 27, 2014):
•    Learn about the history of botany and its impact on medicine, horticulture, politics, and economics in Western Europe
•    Examine the botanic imagination of 18th & 19th century writers whose works transformed how we think about and act in relation to nature
•    Travel to Berlin, Weimar, and Düsseldorf to visit botanic gardens and explore Goethe’s world
•    Stay at a monastery “Nikolauskloster” and study at the historic castle “Schloss Dyck” and its famous landscape garden near Düsseldorf
•    Earn 6 UNM credits in 2 linked courses:  ENGL/COMP 330 and BIOL 402/502

Estimated program cost: $2,600-2,900 plus airfare, GEO application fee, insurance, and UNM summer tuition.  Summer scholarships available (Regents’ International Travel Grants, ISI Summer Scholarships).

For more information, and complete syllabi for all classes, visit the Wiki site 
and/or contact:
•    Prof. Gary Harrison, English Department,
•    Prof. Tim Lowrey, Biology Department,
•    Prof. Christine Sauer, Associate ISI Director,
•    Jazmin Knight, ISI Operations Specialist,

Course Description
ENGL 330/556, COMP 330: The Botanic Imagination: Goethe, Rousseau, Charlotte Smith (3 credits, cross-listed as INTS 410 and ARTH 429)
Taught by Gary Harrison, Professor of English & Presidential Teaching Fellow,

This first course in the Schloss Dyck program will examine the “botanical imagination” in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther, Jean Jacques Rousseau’s Reveries of a Solitary Walker, and Charlotte Smith’s Beachy Head and Other Poems.  Examining the changing perspectives on landscape, gardens, and human sensibility in these three works, we will also discuss the way that the burgeoning discourse of botany in part shapes the literary and cultural imagination of these writers whose work marks a major transformation in the ways we think about and act in relationship to nature.  To that end, we will also read excerpts from a few important works on the aesthetics— of the sublime, the beautiful and the picturesque —by such writers as Joseph Addison, Edmund Burke, Immanuel Kant, Friedrich Schiller, and William Gilpin; as well as selected readings from a few recent scholarly articles on botany and romantic (and pre-romantic) literature.  Taking advantage of the park and gardens at Schloss Dyck, you will be encouraged to keep a “walking journal” to reflect upon your own experiences in the gardens and landscapes you encounter in your travels, as well as to write a critical and comparative analysis of the works we read during the program.  We will take field trips to the Goethe Museum at Schloss Jägerhoff and the Heinrich Heine Institute and Museum in Düsseldorf.  On a multi-day field trip to Weimar, we will visit the Goethe National Museum and tour Goethe’s cottage and gardens at Ilm Park; the palace at Weimar, which Duke Carl August redesigned in a neo-classical style under the guidance of Goethe; and Goethe’s residence on Frauenplan.

Requirements:  One six-page paper, a “walking journal,” and one 15-20 minute presentation.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Erin Murrah-Mandril speaks on "Ghosts in the Archive: Recovering the Work of Adina De Zavala" Wednesday, Nov. 13, 12:00 noon

The Feminist Research Institute is proud to host the FRI Research Lecture Series:

"Ghosts in the Archive: Recovering the Work of Adina De Zavala"
Erin Murrah-Mandril, Department of English 

Wednesday, November 13, 12:00 – 1:00 
SUB Luminaria 

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at or visit us on the web at

Aeron Hunt's talk, “The Heir Apparent: Gender and the Transmission of Talent in Margaret Oliphant’s Hester,” Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 12:00 noon

UNM Department of English Language & Literature
invites you to the Fall 2013 Colloquium Series
A talk by
Aeron Hunt
Assistant Professor, British and Irish Literary Studies

“The Heir Apparent: Gender and the Transmission of Talent in Margaret Oliphant’s Hester”

Dr. Hunt’s EDC talk is drawn from her forthcoming book Personal Business: Character and Commerce in Victorian Literature and Culture, which explores the intersections of literature, economics, and commerce in Victorian Britain by turning attention to the embodied, interpersonal, and socially embedded interactions of everyday economic life. Drawing on a broad range of sources, Personal Business examines how the personal and its textual and performative form, character, represent a crucial mode of power within the Victorian economy. By placing representations of the personal in business by novelists such as Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Anthony Trollope, and Margaret Oliphant alongside nonliterary genres, Personal Business provides new ways to understand the history of the Victorian novel and its implication in the turbulent experience of nineteenth-century capitalism. In so doing, Personal Business presents a case for the continued value of interdisciplinary scholarship as a means to generate fresh insights in literary, historical, and cultural studies alike. This presentation will examine Margaret Oliphant’s novel Hester (1883) in light of the turn to scientific language to construct the personal in business, arguing that Oliphant’s attention to gender as she maps the vagaries of “hereditary talent” challenges readers to reevaluate contemporary narratives of business character.
Please join us 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
12:00 p.m. 
English Department Lounge
Humanities Building, Second Floor

Monday, November 4, 2013

Julie Williams talks on "The Changing Landscape of a Peripatetic Philosopher: Health and Home in the Life of Mary MacLane" Monday, Nov. 4, at 12:00 noon

The Feminist Research Institute is proud to host the FRI Research Lecture Series:

"The Changing Landscape of a Peripatetic Philosopher: Health and Home in the Life of Mary MacLane"

Julie Williams, Department of English Language and Literature

Monday, November 4, 2013 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM

SUB Luminaria

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Justin Brock speaks on "The Critical Voices From the Joyous Gard: the Homosocial and the Feminine in the Stanzaic Morte Arthure" Friday, Nov. 1, 12:00 noon

The Feminist Research Institute is proud to host the FRI Research Lecture Series:

"The Critical Voices From the Joyous Gard: the Homosocial and the Feminine in the Stanzaic Morte Arthure"
Justin Brock, PhD Student at the Univ. of Oregon and UNM Alumnus
Friday, November 1, 2013 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM
Mesa Vista 1104 (History Common Room)

Justin, as many of you know, was the FRI Graduate Assistant last year and is returning to UNM for this special presentation after graduating with his MA in English with a focus on Medieval Studies.  We are thrilled to welcome him back and we invite you to join us for this event.  We look forward to learning a great deal from his discussion.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at or visit us on the web at

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Dan Mueller Demystifies 'Red Cinquefoil' at English Dept. Colloquium Tues, Nov. 5, 12:30 pm

UNM Department of English Language & Literature
 invites you to the Fall 2013 Colloquium Series
A talk by
Daniel Mueller
Associate Professor
Director of Writing, Coordinator of Creative Writing
UNM Department of English Language and Literature
“Demystifying ‘Red Cinquefoil’:
A Reading and Talk by Daniel Mueller”

Description: Red Cinquefoil, a member of the rose family, is a wild flower native to the high desert.  In my story, it is also the code name for one of 921 subterranean nuclear test explosions conducted on the Nevada Test Site between 1951 and 1992.  Following a reading of a story first published in CutBank and subsequently anthologized in Surreal South 09 before appearing in my collection of stories NIGHTS I DREAMED OF HUBERT HUMPHREY, published this year by Outpost 19 Books, I will deconstruct the story, laying bare the elements consciously manipulated during its initial composition and subsequent revisions, demystifying to the extent possible a deeply personal and idiosyncratic creative process.

Please join us
 Tuesday, November 5, 2013
12:30 p.m.

English Department Library
Humanities Building, Room 324

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Molly Beer, MFA alumni in CNF, has many triumphs

A newer, faster stronger version of Molly Beer's MFA manuscript, Nightswimming, was a finalist for this year's Graywolf Nonfiction Book Prize.  Her essay “Under the Fifth Sun” has been named the runner-up for this year’s Annie Dillard Prize in Creative Nonfiction by the Bellingham Review Her essay “Lifecycle of the Butterflies” is the winner of the Pinch Journal essay prize.  And her essay “Who Made This Grave,” originally published in Vela, is included in Best Women’s Travel Writing.  This is Molly’s second appearance in this prestigious end-of-year anthology.  Molly is currently teaching a writing course in eco-criticism at Scripps College. Bravo, Molly.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Monica Kowal publishes on Service Learning

Monica Kowal wrote a chapter on service-learning pedagogy that has been accepted for the 2014 volume of the Advances in Service-Learning Research series.  The volume’s title is Service-Learning Pedagogy: How Does It Measure UP?, edited by Virginia M. Jagla, Andrew Furco & Jean R. Strait.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Christine Garcia named CRS Fellow

Christine Garcia, PhD Candidate in Rhetoric and Writing, has been named the Center for Regional Studies Fellow for Chicana Studies for both the 2012-2013 and the 2013-2014 academic years. During her tenure as fellow, Ms. Garcia has assisted in the drafting and implementation of an IRB approved study on Community Based Learning and has been an integral part of the planning of a symposium honoring Chicana Studies students' writing. Her work as CRS fellow has supported the research and writing of her dissertation on the rhetoric of civil and labor right's activist Dolores Huerta.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Joe Serio publishes on Namelessness in Western Fiction in Pop Culture Review

Joe Serio's paper, “Who Is the Man with No Name? Names and Namelessness in Western Fiction,” appears in the Summer 2013 issue of UNLV’s Pop Culture Review.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Daniel Worden's Award-Winning Book Masculine Style, Now in Paperback

Daniel Worden's book Masculine Style: The American West and Literary Modernism has just been
reissued in paperback by Palgrave Macmillan. Published in the Global Masculinities series edited by Judith Kegan Gardiner and Michael Kimmel, Masculine Style received the Thomas J. Lyon Book Award in Western American Literary and Cultural Studies in 2012.

Masculine Style presents a groundbreaking account of masculine self-fashioning in American literature and positions the American West as central to modernism. Daniel Worden argues for the importance of "cowboy masculinity," as dramatized in late nineteenth-century dime novels, to the writings of Willa Cather, Ernest Hemingway, Nat Love, Theodore Roosevelt, John Steinbeck, and Owen Wister. This perceptive study charts the contours and shifts in Western masculinity as it is detached from rigid class associations after the Civil War, remade as a normative requirement for national belonging at the turn of the century, and contained as a threatening force during the early years of the Cold War.

The paperback edition can be ordered at a 20% discount by entering the promotional code XP356ED at (or by using the attached flyer)

Faculty and Graduate Student Appearances in Summer 2013

14th International Willa Cather Summer Seminar, Flagstaff, AZ. June 16-22, 2013.
Julie Williams. “Capturing the Southwest: Willa Cather as Talented Tourist.”

Valerie Kinsey attended the Historiography Seminar at the Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute. Lawrence, KS. June 3-9, 2013.

Mythcon 44. East Lansing, MI. July 12-15, 2013.
Megan B. Abrahamson. “JRR Tolkien, Fanfiction, and ‘the Freedom of the Reader.’”

Conference of Writing Program Administrators, Savannah, GA, July 18-21, 2013.
Cristyn Elder. “Diversity Task Force Speaking Out Strand: WPA, Non-Tenure Track, and Untenured WPAs.”
Cristyn Elder. “Navigating the Tensions between WPA Work and the Expectations for Tenure and Promotion in the First Year.”
Christine Garcia, Genevieve Garcia de Mueller, Brian Hendrickson, Matthew Tougas, The Intellectual Work of Civic Engagement: An Unauthorized Autobiography
Brian Hendrickson, DTF SPEAKING OUT STRAND: WPA-GO Diversity Task Force
Brian Hendrickson, Genesea Carter, Inside the Campus Interview: An Interactive Roundtable Discussion

International Society of Anglo-Saxonists Biennial Conference. Dublin, Ireland. July 29-August 2, 2013.
Jonathan Davis-Secord. “Sequences and Intellectual Identity at Winchester.”

Pisarn Bee Chamcharatsri. Presented “Current Research Topics in ESL/EFL Contexts” at Maha Sarakam University, Thailand on July 7, 2013.

Greg Martin
:  “Curriculum Innovations in the Combined BA/MD Program,” Chairs and Directors Retreat, University of New Mexico, August 14, 2013.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

David Shipler presents: The Working Poor - Invisible in America October 15, 2013

Lobo Reading Experience and
Celebration of  Student Writing

The Working Poor – Invisible in America
Join author David Shipler, community members, faculty, students, and staff for a discussion on this critical topic and how it impacts our community.
  Tuesday, October 15
 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
   Student Success Center – Student One Stop
UNM Main Campus – Mesa Vista Hall
University Advisement and Enrichment Center Foyer

      Light Refreshments

Panelist:Moderator Gene Grant, Journalist
Special Performance by Hakim Bellamy, ABQ Poet Laureate
David Shipler, Author
Dr. Veronica Garcia, Executive Director, New Mexico Voices for Children
Senator Jacob Candelaria
Jenny Metzler, Executive Director for Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless
Sovereign Hager, Staff Attorney for Center for Law and Poverty
Dr. Richard Santos, Professor of Economics

“Nobody who works hard should be poor in America,” writes Pulitzer Prize winner David Shipler.    Clear-headed, rigorous, and compassionate, he journeys deeply into the lives of individual store clerks and factory workers, farm laborers and sweat-shop seamstresses, illegal immigrants in menial jobs and Americans saddled with immense student loans and paltry wages. They are known as the working poor”.
For more information call:  277-7000 or 277-7763

Sponsored by:  Office of Student Academic Success, Office of the Provost, Writing Across Communities, English Department, Division of Student Affairs, College Enrichment Program, Graduate Resource Center, Division for Equity and Inclusion, University Advisement Administration, Dean of Students, University College, Division  of Enrollment Management,  UNM Bookstore, and Introductory Studies.