On Friday, February 28th, 2:30-5:30, in 1309 Centennial Hall, the English Department is sponsoring a showing of the new documentary film The Pervert's Guide to Ideology by Sophie Fiennes and Slavoj Žižek. The film re-teams cultural theorist Slavoj Žižek with director Sophie Fiennes (The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema) for another wildly entertaining romp through the crossroads of cinema and philosophy. With infectious zeal and a voracious appetite for popular culture, Žižek literally goes inside some truly epochal movies to explore and expose how they reinforce prevailing ideologies. As the ideology that undergirds our cinematic fantasies is revealed, striking associations emerge: What hidden Catholic teachings lurk at the heart of The Sound of Music? What are the fascist political dimensions of Jaws? Taxi Driver, Zabriskie Point, The Searchers, The Dark Knight, John Carpenter’s They Live (“one of the forgotten masterpieces of the Hollywood Left”), Titanic and propaganda epics from Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia all inform Žižek’s stimulating, provocative and often hilarious psychoanalytic-cinematic rant. The film will be followed by a panel discussion including Dr. Bradley Butterfield, Dr. David Hart, Dr. Bryan Kopp, Dr. Kate Parker, Dr. Adam Putz, and Dr. Rob Wilkie. The event is free and open to the public, and all are welcome to attend. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact email@example.com or call 785-8295.
Take a fresh look at our role in the media landscape as consumers and makers. “Eyes Wide Open: This is Media” reveals the balancing act between being connected, responsible and private.
The Pivot Media short documentary and discussion will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, in 1400 Centennial Hall. Refreshments will be served. Panelist include:
Eighteenth-Century Poetry and the Rise of the Novel Reconsidered begins with the brute fact that poetry jostled up alongside novels in the bookstalls of eighteenth-century England. Indeed, by exploring unexpected collisions and collusions between poetry and novels, this volume of exciting, new essays offers a reconsideration of the literary and cultural history of the period. The novel poached from and featured poetry, and the "modern" subjects and objects privileged by "rise of the novel" scholarship are only one part of a world full of animate things and people with indistinct boundaries. Contributors: Margaret Doody, David Fairer, Sophie Gee, Heather Keenleyside, Shelley King, Christina Lupton, Kate Parker, Natalie Phillips, Aran Ruth, Wolfram Schmidgen, Joshua Swidzinski, and Courtney Weiss Smith.
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Appropriation emerged during the Celtic Revival as a singular mode of engaging the Shakespearean text to conceptualise and frame Ireland’s national identities using the English language. With The Celtic Revival in Shakespeare's Wake, Adam Putz has examined the ways in which the discourse of Anglo-Irish cultural politics shaped the Shakespeares of Matthew Arnold, Edward Dowden, and W. B. Yeats. His close readings of their works in poetry and prose underscore the instability of the binary oppositions upon which these writers relied to predicate their political assertions and Shakespeare appropriations. However, Putz finds in James Joyce an urgent concern for the pernicious manner in which the discourse of Anglo-Irish cultural politics mediated the relationship with Shakespeare for a generation of Irish men and women. Therefore, Putz reconsiders periodization and literary inheritance, the nation and modernity in order to point up the contingency of those values—aesthetic, political, and religious—located in and imposed upon Shakespeare during the Revival.
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Dr. Kate Parker, English Department faculty member, will continue the English Department's 2013-2014 William J. and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series with a presentation entitled "Be Mine: Eliza Haywood's Reappropriation of French Erotic Philosophy." Her paper examines Haywood's eighteenth-century English translation of Le Sopha (1742), an erotic conte morale (moral "fairy-tale") by Crébillon fils. Parker details some suggestive inconsistencies in Haywood's translation, particularly in its reinterpretation of the original Sopha's depiction of aroused female bodies. As her translation becomes suffused with a philosophical critique of the Sopha's dominant sexual paradigm, these descriptions increasingly challenge the pervasive notion of female desire as consistently and (un)naturally responsive in eighteenth-century masculinist philosophy and pornography. The presentation runs from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, February 14th, in 113 Wimberly Hall. The event is free and open to the public. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-8295.
On December 10th, in three sessions, Rhetoric and Writing Majors will present their senior capstone projects engaging a wide range of contemporary issues including: the linguistic construction of disability, classics and canonicity, translation in a global age, illusions of empathy, publishing and the impact of technology, communication strategies and the popularity of Ted Talks, tattoos as (permanent) discourse, rhetorical differences in political speeches, media and concussions in the NFL, taking back the women's interest genre in magazine publishing, and Nietzsche's Übermensch and Ranciere's "Part of No Part," (among others). The presentations will be held in 330 Cartwright. They are free and open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact email@example.com or call 785-8295.
Tuesday, December 10th, in 330 Cartwright:
Katharine Mickschl – "The Future of the Publishing Industry: The Impact of New Technology"
Rachel Gerlach – "Taking Back the Women's Interest Genre"
Gregory Nickel – "Concussed Ideals: How Head Trauma Wreaked Havoc upon the NFL"
David Stilin – "Science, Différance and the Pursuit for Knowledge"
Allison Scherer – "Ted Talks: Popularity and Public Speaking Strategies"
Nicholas Wimmer – "Tattoo: A Permanent Discourse"
Annalise Falck-Pedersen – "International Interpretations of Meaning"
Jenna Englerth – "Touching the Heart Through The Eyes"
D. Shane Dull – "Rhetoric of Communication: Exploring the Inevitable Rumor"
Chad Nickerson – "The Illusion of Empathy"
Ryan Churchill – "Classics and Canon"
Danielle Bakkum – "Constructing Disability through Language"
Karin Johnson – "Analysis of Presidential Rhetoric through Reading Level: Campaign 2008 versus Obama’s First Term"
Alan Voy – "Nietzsche's Übermensch and Ranciere's 'Part of No Part,'"
Dr. Stephen L. Mann, English Department faculty member, will continue the English Department's 2013-2014 William J. and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series with a presentation entitled "Schoolhouse Rock as both Pedagogical Tool and Model in a College-Level English Grammars Course." This presentation addresses a semester-long group project designed to help students become actively engaged in a linguistically-grounded approach to English grammar, which often challenges many of their preconceived notions of grammar. The project also gives pre-service teachers a model assignment, which they can adapt and use in their own English and language arts classrooms. The presentation will address the project's goals, requirements, execution, initial results, and lessons learned. The presentation runs from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, December 6th, in 113 Wimberly Hall. The event is free and open to the public. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-8295. For more information, visit http://rhetor.blogs.com/english.
Students from Professor Stephen Mann's ENG 332 ("Modern English Grammars"), ENG 334, ("Language Study for Teachers"), and ENG 494, ("Language Attitudes and Ideologies") will be presenting formal research papers, findings from fieldwork, proposals for future research, lesson plans, and creative works as part of a semester-end linguistics symposium.
The presentations will be held in the Hall of Nations in Centennial Hall and will run from 9am-3pm on Monday, December 2 and Wednesday, December 4, and 9am-12pm on Monday, December 9. All are welcome to attend! The event is free and open to the public. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact email@example.com or call 785-8295.
A Presentation of the English Department's William J. and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series.
Dr. Bradley Butterfield, English Department faculty member, will continue the English Department's 2013-2014 William J. and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series with a presentation entitled "Who Are You and What Are You Doing in This Class? Huxley's Brave New World and the Pedagogy of the Personal." A century ago, President Woodrow Wilson suggested that higher education in the liberal arts should be reserved for society's elite. Was he right? Are all those pesky Gen Ed requirements a waste of time for tomorrow's work force? Come hear what the likes of Aldous Huxley, Sigmund Freud, Herbert Marcuse, Thomas Harris, Erich Fromm, Paul Fussell and Richard Rorty might have said about the relation between one's social class and one's college class in today's "brave new world." The presentation runs from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, November 15th, in 113 Wimberly Hall. The event is free and open to the public. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-8295.
Dr. Tom Pribek, English Department faculty member, will initiate the English Department's 2013-2014 William J. and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series with a presentation entitled "The 'Tell-Tale' Narrator: Oral Literature of the 19th Century and an Appreciation of Edgar Allan Poe." Recitation, reading out loud to an audience, is no cliché of 19th-century period movies: it was so popular that a separate genre of book was published, the "elocution" anthology, containing a textbook for "vocal culture" and literature appropriate for oral reading. What the movies probably get wrong is portraying this reading as too decorous, too dignified, too "Victorianized." The books' emphasis on dramatic reading suggest, in fact, that whether reading at home or for a public audience, people really performed. Knowing this, we can better comprehend some of Edgar Allan Poe's innovations with short fiction: short, in particular, he insisted upon. Moreover, his use of 1st-person narrators for his monsters/villains does more than just bring an audience closer to a criminal psychology – still a favorite device of the thriller – it gives him a literal voice, in the same room as his listener: a turn of the screw no movie or private reading can accomplish. If successful, the highlight of this presentation will be Dr. Pribek's reading of "The Tell-Tale Heart," with, he hopes, a few new turns of the screw and insights into that story we all know. The presentation runs from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, September 27th, in 113 Wimberly Hall. The event is free and open to the public. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact email@example.com or call 785-8295.
Contest open to all Wisconsin writers & poets!
Wisconsin People & Ideas, the Wisconsin Academy's quarterly magazine of Wisconsin thought and culture, regularly publishes some of the best fiction and poetry from around the state. Now it's your chance to become a part of Wisconsin's new literary canon by participating in our annual fiction and poetry contests, open to all Wisconsin residents and students. Click below for more info on how to enter your short stories and poems in our 2014 contests, which are currently accepting submissions until December 15, 2013, and you could win up to $500 and other prizes along with publication in Wisconsin People & Ideas, a one-week residency at the lovely Shake Rag Alley in Mineral Point, and a reading at the Wisconsin Book Festival.
CONTEST UPDATE: Just announced as lead contest judges this year areauthor Susanna Daniel and Wisconsin Poet Laureate Max Garland.
Visit our Fiction & Poetry Contest Page for more details and complete contest rules.
The La Crosse Storytelling Festival was first conceived in 2003 by two local attorneys, Keith Belzer and Ted Skemp. Through their efforts and backing, the first 3 Festivals took place at Pettibone Park in La Crosse. It was in these first years that groundwork was lain for all following Festivals: the Festival would be first and foremost a family event, the level of National talent would be of the highest caliber, the Festival would highlight professional local tellers, and the event would serve as a way to educate the general public about storytelling.
In 2006, the Bluff Country Tale Spinners storytelling guild took on the major responsibility for the La Crosse Storytelling Festival. And, as Wisconsin’s Only Storytelling Festival, it continues to meet the initial objectives.
Come and enjoy the magic of storytelling!