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English Graduate Students Curate Harry Ransom Center Exhibition

''drip drip drip'': An Incomplete History of Ellipsis Marks

Tue, Dec 5, 2006

The graduate students in Professor Janine Barchas’ graduate seminar on “Graphic Design and the Literary Text” have curated a small exhibit on the literary history of the ellipsis – that odd graphic mark which signals absences of various kinds in a printed text. With examples from Jonathan Swift’s bespeckled 1704 Tale of a Tub to Nikki Giovanni’s 1983 aptly-named poem “Linkage,” the exhibit case on the second floor of the Harry Ransom Center (the one in the lobby of the rare books reading room) now traces this malleable mark through the last three centuries. The exhibit, which was facilitated by Molly Schwartzburg of the HRC, opened on 22 November and should remain up for a few months.An ellipsis marks an absence: something cut out or left…unsaid. More than other punctuation marks, the ellipsis is defined by its contexts. The other text on the page, the work as a whole, the artistic era, historical conditions, and biographical information all influence our reading of this malleable

The English Department congratulates the winners of the Fall 2006 writing contests!

Entrants competed in four categories: fiction, poetry, critical essay, and personal essay.

Mon, Dec 4, 2006

The English Department celebrated the winners of the Fall 2006 writing contests at a reception in the Texas Union on Friday, December 1. Congratulations to our winners!

Winner of first Dylan Thomas Prize to Visit UT

Fri, Dec 1, 2006

Welsh author Rachel Trezise has been named the winner of the first £60,000 EDS Dylan Thomas Prize for Fresh Apples, published by Parthian. As part of the prize she will be in residence at the University of Texas the first week in March 2007 to give several workshops, a master class and a public reading.Rachel was born in the Rhondda Valley in 1978. After graduating from Glamorgan University in 2000, her debut novel In and Out of the Goldfish Bowl was published that same year. Fresh Apples deals with the troubled times for the once vibrant coal Valleys of South Wales and, not least, for the areas youngsters. BAFTA award winner and Chair of the judges, Andrew Davies, made the announcement at a glittering awards dinner at the Brangwyn Hall in Dylan Thomas’ hometown of Swansea which was presented by broadcaster and author, John Gower. Dylan Thomas’ daughter and Patron of the Prize, Aeronwy Thomas, presented Rachel with a cheque for £60,000. Andrew Davies said: “We are delighted to ann

English Department announces Fall 2006 Writing Contests

Entries are due to Parlin 114 no later than 5 PM, Friday, November 10.

Fri, Sep 29, 2006

The English Department holds contests in fiction, poetry, essay, and literary criticism each spring and fall semester. We award monetary prizes in all categories; please see the entry forms for detailed contest information.

The College of Liberal Arts announces the 2006-2007 Rapoport-King scholarship competition.

Rapoport-King scholarships are available only to College of Liberal Arts Honors students, and only in their senior, thesis-writing year.

Wed, Sep 6, 2006

To be eligible for a Rapoport-King Scholarship, students who are expected to graduate May 2007 must be planning to write a senior thesis in one of the College's departmental honors programs. Fifteen fellows will be chosen on the basis of academic record, the quality of the thesis proposal, and financial need. Those chosen will be awarded a $2,500 scholarship for the senior year only. In addition, faculty mentors will be provided with $1,000 for research support. Rapoport Fellows are expected to meet on a regular basis with other Rapoport Fellows and their faculty mentors.

Professor Phillip Barrish Publishes New Book

White Liberal Identity, Literary Pedagogy, and Classic American Realism

Wed, Sep 6, 2006

White Liberal Identity, Literary Pedagogy, and Classic American Realism brings literary works from the turn of the last century face to face with some of the dilemmas and paradoxes that currently define white liberal identity in the United States. The book contributes not only to American literary and cultural studies, but also to critical race theory, masculinity studies, and critical pedagogy.

The Vice President for Research announces the 2006-2007 Undergraduate Research Fellowship competition

Applications are due by September 28, 2006

Tue, Aug 22, 2006

The Vice President for Research is pleased to announce the continuation of the Undergraduate Research Fellowship program for 2006-2007. The program awards fellowships in amounts up to $1,000 and is open to full-time undergraduate students under the guidance of a faculty supervisor. Applications must be received in the Office of the Vice President for Research, Main Building 302, by September 28, 2006.

The English Advising Office renews the faculty mentor program for 2006-2007

Tue, Aug 22, 2006

The English Advising Office is now coordinating the faculty mentor program for the 2006-2007 academic year. All English majors are eligible for our mentor program. Mentors are invaluable: they help students clarify their goals, they provide guidance and support for decision-making, including choices relating to careers and graduate schools, and they help students navigate the UT system. Students are matched to mentors with similar interests and on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested students should visit the Undergraduate Advising Office in Parlin 114.

Professor Receives Teaching Award

John Rumrich Honored with Innovative Instructional Technology Award

Mon, Jul 10, 2006

Professor John Rumrich has won an Innovative Instructional Technology Awards Program Silver Award for Resource Development for: Paradise Lost, Book Nine: prototype of a multimedia audiotext within a book-based interface design (with Olin Bjork and Shea Suski)

English Faculty Honored

James Ayres Receives Presidential Citation

Mon, Jun 19, 2006

The Department of English is pleased to announce that Professor James Ayres is one of this year's recepients of the Presidential Citation.

Announcing the James Joyce Conference

Sponsored by the Department of English

Thu, Jun 8, 2006

To honor the lifetime achievement of Tom Staley, the 2007 Joyce Conference will be hosted by the English Department of The University of Texas at Austin. The event will feature plenary presentations and readings by Vicki Mahaffey, Paul Muldoon, Tom Staley, and Sean Walsh; a round-table discussion with all the plenary speakers; academic panels on Samuel Beckett, Elizabeth Bowen, Tom Stoppard, contemporary Irish poetry, and such other Joyce-related topics as film, the Harry Ransom Center, music, race, Shakespeare, ''the wake of the Wake,'' and gender; a performance of Stoppard's Travesties by the Austin Shakespeare Festival; Joycean music and film; an exhibit of Joyce and Stoppard holdings at the Harry Ransom Center; a boat cruise on Town Lake. We welcome proposals and abstracts for both additional panels and individual papers, and especially encourage submissions of work linked in some way to the Harry Ransom Center holdings.

The Department of English Congratulates Scholarship and Thesis Prize Winners

Fri, May 26, 2006

The Department of English would like to congratulate the winners of this year's Scholarship and Thesis prizes.

Four English Department Faculty Win Teaching Awards

Loehlin, Furman, Wilks and Perez Honored

Tue, May 16, 2006

The Department of English would like to congratulate the following outstanding faculty who have been honored for their teaching.

English Department Faculty Recognized for Outstanding Teaching

Graham, Woods, Cox, and Heinzelman Honored

Tue, May 16, 2006

The following English Department faculty have been honored for their teaching:

The Department of English Congratulates Sally Dee

Recepient of the Liberal Arts Staff Excellence Award

Fri, May 12, 2006

The English Department congratulates Administrative Associate Sally Dee on her Liberal Arts Staff Excellence Award. Sally provides support for our Undergraduate Advisers, and is Honors Program and Oxford Summer Program Coordinator. Professor Elizabeth Scala, the Director of the English Honors Program, writes, ''The Program could not be run without Sally's experience and assistance. Her generosity and cheerfulness are exceptional.''

Announcing Spring 2006 Commencement

for the Department of English

Tue, May 9, 2006

English Department Commencement ceremonies will take place Saturday, June 20th, 12:30 PM in Gregory Gymnasium. Join us as we celebrate the achievements of our decorated class of 2006 and look forward to the future ahead. This year will feature an address by outgoing Chair Jim Garrison, and music by the Longhorn Band. No tickets are required for this event. Accommodations will be offered for family and friends with mobility impairments. If you have any questions, please contact Zack Bastian at 232-2343.

The Department of English Congratulates Writing Contest Winners

29 Winners Take Home Prize Money

Wed, May 3, 2006

The English Department and English Undergraduate Advising Office sponsored another successful writing contest this spring. Categories included fiction, poetry, essay, and literary criticism, as well as the Fania Kruger Fellowship and Academy of American Poets College Poetry Contest. The contest attracted 71 student authors and 142 entries; 29 winners and honorable mentions were awarded over $1,500 in prize money. Winners were announced and honored at a reception on April 28. Winners present at the reception offered readings of their work, with approximately 50 students, staff, faculty, and guests in attendance.

Floetry: A Poetry and Jazz Colloquium

Sat, Apr 15, 2006

The Department of English, in conjuction with the Center for African American Studies, is proud to present Floetry, a poetry and jazz colloquium. Featuring presentations from Anna Katnelson, Patricia M. Burns, D.Antwan Stewart, Noel Betzner, and Melissa Morrow. Followed by a collaborative jazz and poetry performance by A. Van Jordan, reading, and music by Joao Costa Vargas. This event provides a great opportunity to take a look at the commonalities between music and the written word, and to enjoy their intermingling. This event is free to attend. April 26th from 4 to 7 PM in Jester A232.

Animal Humanities

An Interdisciplinary Symposium led by Ivan Kreilkamp

Thu, Apr 6, 2006

''Animal Humanities,? an interdisciplinary symposium on animal studies in the humanities sponsored by the Donald D. Harrington Fellowship Program, British Studies, and the Department of English, will be held Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22, at the Texas Union on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Plenary speakers include Steve Baker (Reader in Contemporary Visual Culture, University of Central Lancashire), Harriet Ritvo (Arthur J. Conner Professor of History, MIT), and Cary Wolfe (Bruce and Elizabeth Dunlevie Professor of English, Rice University).

Dr. Janine Barchas presents ''Technologies of Innovation''

The Visual Exuberance of Eighteenth-Century Print Culture

Mon, Mar 27, 2006

EVENT: Janine Barchas, associate professor of English at The University of Texas at Austin and author of the award-winning Cambridge study ''Graphic Design, Print Culture, and the Eighteenth-Century Novel,'' addresses the graphic uniformity of eighteenth-century texts published in today's paperbacks and critical editions to ask whether they accurately convey the visual exuberance of the originals. WHEN: 7 p.m., Thursday, April 6. Theater doors open 30 minutes prior to event. WHERE: The Harry Ransom Center is on the corner of 21st and Guadalupe streets on The University of Texas at Austin campus. Maps of campus are available online. BACKGROUND: The Ransom Center's current ''Technologies of Writing'' exhibition, on which Barchas served as a consultant to curators Elizabeth Garver and Kurt Heinzelman, forms an excellent background for Barchas' lecture. Both lecture and exhibit showcases a number of graphically innovative eighteenth-century works. Barchas raises questions about the role

Announcing the Sequels Symposium

For the study of Ethnic and Third World Literature

Thu, Mar 23, 2006

Sequels, an annual symposium sponsored by the Ethnic and Third World (e3w) Literature graduate specialization in the Department of English at The University of Texas at Austin, hosts distinguished e3w graduates and honors their recently published work. The symposium convenes each year in the spring semester and includes a roundtable discussion with the featured alumni, a keynote address from these alumni on their new work in progress, and panel discussions by graduate students on topics raised by the works. The fifth annual Sequels Symposium takes place on Thursday and Friday, 30-31 March 2006, and features Laura E. Lyons (University of Hawai?i at Manoa) and Salah D. Hassan (Michigan State University). The e3w Review of Books features reviews of their work as guest editors of special issues of the journals Biography (Personal Effects: The Testimonial Uses of Life Writing) and CR: The New Centennial Review (Terror Wars).

Join Shakespeare at Winedale!

Applications Still Being Accepted for 2006 Summer Program

Mon, Mar 6, 2006

Take advantage of an opportunity to participate in one of the most prestigious and fascinating programs offered by the Department of English. Shakespeare at Winedale is a three part program, consisting of independent study, time in residence at the Winedale Historical Center, and a ten day trip to England. Students are given a chance to examine, dissect, and perform some of the Bard's finest works. The plays for 2006 are As You Like It, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and King Lear. Applications are due April 14th, 2006. For an application and any other questions, please contact: James Loehlin, Director Shakespeare At Winedale University of Texas at Austin, Calhoun 205 Austin, Texas 78712-1122 (512) 471-4993

Spotlight on Ivan Kreilkamp

Harrington Fellow and Guest Speaker at the Department of English

Fri, Feb 24, 2006

The Department of English is pleased to welcome Professor Ivan Kreilkamp of Indiana University as a Harrington Fellow. Dr. Kreilkamp received his undergraduate education at Yale and his Masters and Doctorate at Brown. His areas of interest are British Literature, Victorian Culture, the History and Theory of the Novel, Animal Studies, and Modern Literature and Media. In addition to his work as an Assistant Professor at Indiana, Dr. Kreilkamp has contributed to numerous publications, including the Nation, Spin, Rolling Stone, and the Boston Globe, among others. He serves as co-editor of Victorian Studies, and on the Executive Committee of the Modern Language Associations discussion group on Literature and Media. All those interested should take advantage of a great opportunity and see Dr. Kreilkamp speak this Monday, February 27th, at 4 PM in Parlin 203.

The Department of English Welcomes Ander Monson

Reading from his newest short fiction collection

Tue, Feb 14, 2006

Ander Monson will read from his work at 7:00 pm on Thursday, February 16 in the North Atrium (First Floor) of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center on the UT campus. Ander Monson lives in Michigan where he edits the magazine DIAGRAM and the New Michigan Press. His book of fiction OTHER ELECTRICITIES (Sarabande Books) was named one of the Village Voice's top 25 books of 2005. His collection of poems VACATIONLAND was a winner of the Tupelo Press first book prize. Most recently, his collection of essays NECK DEEP won the 2006 Graywolf Nonfiction Prize and will be published in Feb 2007. Monson grew up in Michigan's remote Upper Peninsula, and has lived in the Deep South, Iowa, and Saudi Arabia. The reading is free and open to the public. The Zero-to-Sixty reading series showcases young writers reading from recently published first or second books of fiction and poetry. Past readers have included Nick Flynn, Joshua Clover, Susan Steinberg, and Matthea Harvey. The series is curated b

the Department of English Welcomes Coleman Hutchison

Presenting ''The Civil War Song at the Kitchen Table''

Wed, Feb 8, 2006

The Department welcomes Mr. Hutchison, a PhD candidate at Northwestern University, for his visit. He will be delivering a lecture this Friday, February 10th at 4 PM. Entitled ''The Civil War Song at the Kitchen Table'', it will delve into examples of the trauma and experience of the war between the states seeping into popular culture. This is an excellent opportunity for both American History buffs and English students to get a closer look at how an especially turbulent period was reflected in the media of the day. This lecture is free and open to the public.

The English Department Congratulates Janine Barchas, Douglas Bruster, and Martin Kevorkian

Recepients of this Year's Promotions

Fri, Feb 3, 2006

The Department of English is proud to recognize those faculty members who have successfully completed the promotion process. In September 2006, Douglas Bruster will join the ranks of our Professors, and Janine Barchas and Martin Kevorkian will join the ranks of our Associate Professors. The department is pleased to acknowledge their hard work and know that they will continue to uphold the high teaching and research standards of the Department.

The English Department Welcomes Miriam Thaggert

Delivering a Talk on the Met's Harlem Exhibition

Wed, Jan 18, 2006

In conjunction with the Center for African American Studies and the Center for Women's and Gender Studies, the Department of English is pleased to present Dr. Miriam Thaggert, Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Thaggert will be delivering a talk entitled ''Our Harlem Renaissance: The Metropolitan Museum of Art's ''Harlem'' Exhibition''. This lecture is open to the public. It will be presented this Friday, January 20th, at 4 PM in Parlin 203. Please come out and take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.