Dr. Kate Parker will present "The Marquis de Sade's Communities of Feeling: A (Re)Enlightenment Salon" from 2:30-3:30 p.m., Friday Feb. 19, in Wimberly 113.
Given how our understanding of the philosophy and literature of the eighteenth century has radically shifted over the course of the past few decades—carving open a unified “Enlightenment” to see how it pieces together pure rationality with raw sentiment, how it emphasizes the communal as well as the alienation of the individual—this presentation on the Marquis de Sade will sketch a different, more nuanced, and in some ways significantly less radical Sade, one who finds resonance with eighteenth-century discourses of sentimentality and feeling as well as those of rationality and radical alienation. Together we'll uncover a Sade who strives to connect as much as he aims to estrange, who is as much defined by the communities of beings and things that he constructs in his texts as he is by the “cold and cruel” libertines who sit, all-consuming, at their center. Indeed, just as Sade might once have been said to be the extreme embodiment of Enlightenment principles—Enlightenment ideals gone too far, so to speak—so too does he nestle himself within its most treasured and traditional narratives: narratives of sociability and rational feeling. All are welcome to attend!
On Tuesday, December 15th, graduating English majors with a Rhetoric and Writing emphasis will present their senior capstone projects. The presentations will be held in 259 Cartwright Center. They are free and open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-8295.
9:00-10:30 Sapphire Sayaovong Travis Marcou Jennifer Glasgow Kate Habrel
11:00-12:30 Liuyu Bai Ellen Barrett Bryan Hall Rebecca Farrier
12:40-2:30 Emily Steiger Keeley McConaughey Mitchell Spoerl Sam Fischer Taylor Irish Jordan Sheets
On Friday, December 4, Dr. Tom Jesse will present “Avant-Rhetoric: Innovation as Argument in Postwar American Poetry” from 2:30-3:30pm in Wimberly 113. Focusing on innovative and experimental texts published after 1950, this presentation explores the argumentative possibilities of avant-garde poems that defy reader expectations for coherence and meaning. This avant-garde rhetoric—or “avant-rhetoric”—offers a model for reading vanguard poetry as a form of artistic expression with the potential to inaugurate gradual but meaningful shifts in the linguistic practices that give shape to everyday life. Admittedly, this requires a fundamental change in traditional conceptions of rhetorical argumentation, which are too often restricted to either ancient models of public oratory or contemporary models of corporate advertising. It necessitates a reorientation of attitudes toward the poetic as well, shifting away from models of aesthetic autonomy and toward a more political, more socially engaged understanding of poetry as a site for staging strategic interventions in a culture’s dominant discursive practices. If, as poet Lyn Hejinian claims in the essay “Barbarism,” experimental texts perform “new ways of thinking” that eventually make “new ways of being possible” (The Language of Inquiry), then Dr. Jesse contends that we need a rigorous method for explaining how the avant-garde poem argues for change in the social and political realms. Recognizing the persuasive forces that animate these changes thus becomes an essential task for poetry scholarship in the twenty-first century—one that has the potential not only to combat persistent assumptions regarding the “death” of contemporary poetry, but also to reinvigorate the historical avant-garde’s original desire to bring the poetic and quotidian closer together.
Set in one of the nation’s most highly segregated cities — Milwaukee, Wisconsin — Meet Me Halfway tells stories of connections in a community with a tumultuous and divided past. In nine stories told from diverse perspectives, Jennifer Morales captures a Rust Belt city’s struggle to establish a common ground and a collective vision of the future.
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 Public Reading: 6 p.m. | 141 Wimberly Hall Literary Craft Discussion: 3:55-5:20 p.m. | 326 Wimberly Hall
Sponsored by the UWL Department of English, with assistance from the Department of Ethnic and Racial Studies and the Institute for Social Justice.
Here is the schedule for next week's linguistics symposium, which features student presentations from ENG 332 ("Modern English Grammars" - Mann), ENG 334 ("Language Study for Teachers" - Crank), ENG 338 ("Linguistics and Literature" - Mann), and MLG 340 ("The Study of Language" - Linville).
All presentations will take place in the Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall.
Feel free to stop by whenever you can to support linguistic research at UW-L and to see all of the phenomenal work that our students are doing.
Fall 2015 Linguistics Symposium
Monday, November 16
12:10-12:20 Dani Weber (ENG 332) 12:20-12:30 Paige Edwards (ENG 338) 12:30-12:40 Alex Johnson (ENG 332) 12:40-12:50 Ellie Brown (ENG 338)
1:10-1:20 Alex Achammer (ENG 334) 1:20-1:30 Breanna Lindemuth and Saba Zaman (ENG 334) 1:30-1:40 Maleah Mumm (ENG 334) 1:40-1:50 Emily Mootz (ENG 334)
2:10-2:20 Jennifer Glaze (ENG 334) 2:20-2:30 Riley Hornickle (ENG 334) 2:30-2:40 A.J. Day (ENG 334) 2:40-2:50 Jennifer Michalke (ENG 334)
3:00-3:10 Jacena Moua (ENG 334) 3:10-3:20 Yi Huang (ENG 334) 3:20-3:30 Alex Bahr (ENG 332) 3:30-3:40 Alyssa Braun (ENG 332)
The English Department's William and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series will offer its monthly presentation on Friday, Nov. 20. Representatives of the English Department's Composition Committee, including Darci Thoune, Virginia Crank, and Sara Heaser, will present "Working with Multilingual Writers: A Film Screening and Workshop." Starting at 2:15, they will show the film "Writing Across Borders" and then lead a panel discussion on best practices for working with multilingual writers. The presentation will focus on contrastive rhetoric, theories of linguistic appropriation, and practical advice for prioritizing response to student writing. The presentation will be in Wimberly 113, and all members of the UWL and La Crosse community are welcome. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
Dr. David Hart will present his research titled “Beyond the Story Within the Story: A Case Study of the Art of Narrative Design” on Friday, September 23, 2:30-3:30 p.m., in Wimberly 113.
The question of how narrative accomplishes various meanings, and sometimes leaves a reader with ambiguous conclusions about a story’s meaning, provides the root of my inquiry. Tales that invoke conventional “frame narratives” may include a typical “story within a story” with an “outer frame” that is granted authoritative status over an “inner frame.” Yet what happens when there are multiple frames competing for authoritative attention? This critical inquiry focuses on why readers choose to privilege one narrative frame of reference over another.
This case study focuses on Robert Antoni’s historical fiction As Flies to Whatless Boys. The multi-framed organizational structure of this novel begs the questions, which frame should a reader privilege, and how and why does privileging occur? Does one narrative frame serve as an ultimate reference point for the others? This discussion attempts to answer these questions through the lens of narratology. A narratological approach leads to a rationale for the cognitive mapping of the novel based on narrative frame privileging. The outcome of this case study results in a narrative map that shows the cognitive ordering of meaning in Antoni’s storyworld that may be applicable to other texts. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-785-8295.