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Writing Contest Results

The English Department is pleased to congratulate the winners of our writing contest.

Mon, Dec 19, 2005

In Fall 2005, the English Department sponsored another of its bi-annual, university-wide writing contests. We awarded $800 in prizes to 16 UT students in the categories of fiction, poetry, essay, criticism, and ''Best First Sentence.'' The first-place winners were: Sheel Bedi (English/Plan II), criticism; Katharine Beutner (M.A. Creative Writing), fiction; Donika Ross (M.F.A. Creative Writing), poetry; and Jonathan York (English), essay. Dev Banerji (Liberal Arts), Kanaka Sathasivan (English), and Colin Walsh (Theater) submitted the best first sentences. Several English department faculty, staff, and students attended an afternoon reception on November 18 in the Texas Union to honor the winners and all other contest participants. Congratulations to all that submitted.


The English Department Congratulates Wanalee Romero

Recepient of an Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Fri, Nov 18, 2005

The English Department is pleased to announce that Wanalee Romero has been named as a recepient of a $800 Undergraduate Research Fellowship. URFs are available yearly and allow applicants to pursue academic research in their undergraduate career. At the end of the fellowship, the recepient will deliver a final report to the University Co-operative society explaining their experiences. Ms. Romero currently plans to visit Cullowhee, North Carolina to make use of the archives at Western Carolina University.


The 2006 Oxford Summer Program Still Accepting Applications

The 2006 Program will be housed in historic Brasenose College in the heart of Oxford University

Wed, Nov 9, 2005

The Department of English at The University of Texas at Austin has sponsored a second-session summer program at Brasenose College, Oxford since 1984. The Oxford Summer Program flies students across the Atlantic to Oxford, England, to study and enjoy life and literature at Oxford University, the oldest English-speaking university in the world. Students live on-campus at Brasenose College, take one or two upper-division English classes, and enjoy many scheduled and unscheduled field trips and journeys. This program is a wonderful balance of academics and fun, an opportunity to get to know English Department faculty and other students outside the classroom, and a chance to live in a 14th-century English college in modern-day Oxford. To apply, please submit an application with a copy of your degree audit or transcript and a check for $1000 to Sally Dee in Parlin 114. Applications from students in good standing will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional informatio


The English Department Congratulates Daniel Harris and Jessica Krakoski

2005 Recepients of the Rapoport-King Scholarship

Fri, Nov 4, 2005

The English Department is pleased to announce the 2005 winners of the Rapoport-King Scholarship, Daniel Harris and Jessica Krakoski. The award is available to those students in Plan I writing a senior thesis; applicants must submit a research proposal, by which, combined with academic record and financial need, they are judged. Each student will receive a $2,500 award for their research; their mentoring faculty member also receives $1,000 and is expected to work with them closely on their projects. Daniel Harris is writing on the esoteric Romantic poet Thomas Lovell Beddoes, a poet and dramatist who failed to secure an audience in his own time, despite his extraordinary talent, in part because he chose to write in the style of the Jacobean poets of two hundred years earlier. Daniel argues that Beddoes's anachronistic style represents not the decadence of a late Romanticism losing its sense of its historical moment, but an anticipation of the modernist literary vision. Professor Samuel


Shakespeare at Winedale Receives Grant from Texas Commission on the Arts

Wed, Oct 26, 2005

Shakespeare at Winedale is pleased to announce their recent funding award from the Texas Commission on the Arts. This grant, a TCA Arts Education Project, will support Clayton Stromberger's work in the Shakespeare at Winedale Educational Outreach program.


Jocelyn Harris to Deliver Lecture this Friday

''Domestic Virtues and National Importance''

Wed, Oct 19, 2005

Jocelyn Harris is author of Samuel Richardson and Jane Austen's Art of Memory as well as various other books and articles on eighteenth century literature, gender, and culture. She is also editor of the Oxford edition of Samuel Richardson's Sir Charles Grandison. She has just completed a new book on Austen's Persuasion. Her talk grows out of this last project. The lecture is entitled ''Domestic Virtues and National Importance: Wentworth, Nelson, and the Construction of English Masculinity''. It will take place this Friday, October 21st from 1:30 to 2:45 PM in Sutton Hall 2.102.


The English Department Welcomes Richard McCann

Presenting a Reading this Thursday

Mon, Oct 3, 2005

On October 5, 2005, from 3-4:15 pm, Richard McCann, poet, essayist, and fiction writer, will read from his work in the Tom Lea Room in the Humanities Research Center (21st Street and Guadalupe). The reading is sponsored by the English Department, the Center for Women?s and Gender Studies, and the Michener Center for Writers. Richard McCann is identified as a gay writer (secondary to being a writer of fiction, poetry, and essay), and his work is included in The Penguin Book of Gay Short Stories (Penguin), I Know Some Things: Contemporary Writers on Childhood (Faber), and Survival Stories: Memoirs of Crisis (Doubleday). His collection of poems, Ghost Letters, is a collection of elegies arising from the AIDS pandemic; he?s also the editor (with Michael Klein) of Things Shaped in Passing: More ?Poets for Life? Writing from the AIDS Pandemic. Professor McCann?s short stories have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Ploughshares, and American Short Fiction. His most recent book is a collecti


Peter LaSalle Honored by Antioch Review

Receives 2005 Award for Distinguished Prose in recognition of his fiction writing

Fri, Sep 23, 2005

Peter LaSalle, who teaches creative writing at UT, has received the 2005 Award for Distinguished Prose from the Antioch Review. The achievement award is given annually in fiction and nonfiction, with LaSalle this year's recipient in fiction. The Antioch Review is one of the oldest and most respected literary magazines in America, founded in 1941 at Antioch College in Ohio. The award is made possible by a gift from the Lloyd family of Atlanta, Georgia, in memory of their daughter Lynda Lloyd, an Antioch alum, who died in 1998. LaSalle has been a contributor of short stories to the magazine since 1982. He is the author of a novel, Strange Sunlight, named as recommended reading for visitors to Austin by Frommer's travel guide, and two story collections, The Graves of Famous Writers and Hockey Sur Glace, the paper edition of which was selected as a New York Times Book Review ''New and Noteworthy Paperback.'' A writer whose current chief interest is the short story genre and its possibilit


The English Department Welcomes Guest Lecturer Stephen Greenblatt

Delivering a Talk on ''Shakespeare and the Ethics of Authority''

Wed, Sep 21, 2005

On Monday, October 10th, at 7:00 p.m., in Jessen Auditorium (Rainey Hall), Professor Stephen Greenblatt will deliver the annual Thomas Cranfill Shakespeare Lecture. Professor Greenblatt, University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, will speak on ''Shakespeare and the Ethics of Authority.'' This lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Department of English, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the Department of History, the Plan II Honors Program, and the Shakespeare-at-Winedale Program. Dr. Greenblatt describes his lecture as follows: ''''Shakespeare and the Ethics of Authority'' is about the extent to which Shakespeare could imagine that anyone could have an ethical relation to the exercise of power. My conclusion is that such a relation was immensely difficult for him to imagine, but that he conceived of a certain number of strategies for dealing with the nightmare of violence that he identified, most powerfully perhaps, in


Actors from the London Stage present: Twelfth Night

Shakespeare's Classic at the B. Iden Payne and Winedale Theaters

Thu, Jul 28, 2005

The University of Texas is proud to present the Actors from the London Stage in a performance of William Shakespeare's classic ''Twelfth Night''. The first three performances will take place at 7:30 PM on September 28th, 29th, and 30th at the B.Iden Payne Theatre here on campus. Tickets will be $15 for general admission, or $8 for faculty, staff, students, and seniors. Call 512-477-6060 or visit TexasBoxOffice. On October 1st, there will be a special performance at 7pm at the famous Shakespeare at Winedale Theatre Barn. Tickets are $15, please call 979-278-2350 for more information.


Professor Adam Z. Newton releases 'The Elsewhere'

A new book published by the University of Wisconsin Press

Tue, Jul 12, 2005

The Elsewhere: On Belonging at a Near Distance, by Adam Zachary Newton, has just been released by The University of Wisconsin Press. The Elsewhere is an extension of Professor Newton's on-going investigations of ethics, place, identity, and memory in literature.


Janine Barchas honored by Phi Beta Kappa

Receives the 2005 Alpha of Texas Award for Distinction in Teaching

Mon, Jul 11, 2005

Professor Janine Barchas is the 2005 recipient of the Alpha of Texas Award for Distinction in Teaching. The award is presented annually by Phi Beta Kappa. Professor Barchas joined the English Department in 2002 and has taught courses in bibliography and textual studies as well as in eighteenth-century literature. Her study of Graphic Design, Print Culture, and the Eighteenth-Century Novel (Cambridge University Press, 2003) received the Book History Prize for 2003 awarded by the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing. Her work in progress on the publishing industry in the early eighteenth-century will be supported this Fall by a fellowship from the Bibliographical Society of America.


Ian Hancock Honored by Texas House

Named Harold C. and Alice T. Nowlin Regents Professor in Liberal Arts

Mon, Jun 27, 2005

Professor Ian Hancock, recently named Harold C. and Alice T. Nowlin Regents Professor in Liberal Arts, has been honored by the State of Texas House of Representatives. In a resolution adopted May 18, 2005, Professor Hancock, who holds a joint appointment in English and Linguistics, was recognized for ''playing a vital role in making Texans and citizens around the world aware of important human rights issues'' and specifically for ''his humanitarian efforts on behalf of the Romani people.''


20,000 teachers around the world read articles on teaching by UT graduate students!

The Heath Anthology of American Literature has devoted its entire Spring 2005 newsletter to articles by English department graduate students and faculty members.

Wed, May 11, 2005


Summer and Fall 2005 Course Descriptions are now online

Course descriptions for the English department may be found online

Fri, Apr 1, 2005

Search by department, semester and year and English area.


Visiting writer Hayan Charara will teach in Fall 2005

Poet and author of the The Alchemist's Diary

Tue, Mar 29, 2005

This upcoming fall semester, the UT English department will pay host to visiting writer Hayan Charara, poet and author of the The Alchemist's Diary. He will teach both undergraduate and graduate poetry and creative writing courses. The English Department invites a new visiting writer every semester so that students can have the opportunity to work with exceptional, published authors.


All Spring 2005 Writing Contest Deadlines have been extended

Deadline is now Wednesday, April 13. Entries are due to Parlin 114 by 5 PM

Wed, Mar 16, 2005

The English Department includes four categories in this spring's creative writing contest: fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and literary parody. All currently enrolled UT undergraduates may submit one entry per category. Specific instructions and rules for each category are available on the downloadable entry form. We award cash prizes in all categories.


Women, Gender and Literature Interest Group has a new website

Read about WGL news, student profiles, research resources and more

Wed, Feb 16, 2005

The WGL Interest Group, dedicated to supporting feminist and queer studies in literature, launched the first 316K literary masterworks course on women writers last fall. Now the Group has a website where those interested in the concentration can have an online resource for research, informational and administrative purposes.


Fourth Annual Sequels Symposium features published works of UT alumni

The Symposium will be held from March 31-April 1, and is organized by current graduate students in the Ethnic and Third World Literature specialization.

Fri, Feb 11, 2005

The key aims of the Symposium are presenting new research on Ethnic and Third World Literature, celebrating alumni and providing professional examples and career advice for present degree candidates.


Poet A. Van Jordan to perform public reading

Jordan will read from his newest collection on Tuesday, February 15th at 4PM in the Chicano Culture Room of the Student Union.

Fri, Feb 11, 2005

Jordan is an award-winning poet who focuses on the resistance to racism through blues and jazz music.


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