In the UW-L English Department's first colloquium presentation of the 2016-2017 academic year, Dr. Natalie Eschenbaum will present "Playing with Sensation in A Midsummer Night's Dream." In Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the characters, whether human or faerie, attempt to distinguish their realities from their imaginations by using their physical senses. Of course, in the topsy-turvy world of Athens’ forest, the characters’ senses are disconnected from reason, and nothing actually is what it looks, sounds, smells, tastes, or feels like. In this paper, Dr. Eschenbaum is particularly interested in Bottom, a figure both animal and human, and his ability to see through his current reality, and to reconnect sense with reason. To inform her readings of Shakespearean sensation, Dr. Eschenbaum examines a few early modern tracts that describe the senses that are most closely linked with human reason. Stephen Gosson, for instance, in his anti-theatricals, argues that one of the problems with theatre is that it is digested with hearing, and thus affects both the stomach and reason. Shakespeare’s Bottom, somewhat ironically, helps us to make sense of the most human of the early modern sensations, as they are described by characters, experienced by playgoers, and understood by readers. The presentation runs from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, September 23, in 112 Wimberly Hall. The event is free and open to the public. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact email@example.com or call 785-8295.
A grant from the National Endowment of the Arts will support a community-wide conversation about the Ernest J. Gaines novel “A Lesson Before Dying” during the coming school year.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse English Department received a $14,000 Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. It will be used to bring nationally recognized speakers to La Crosse and generate community-wide conversations around the book.
“We want it to be a community, grass-roots read,” said assistant professor Kate Parker, one of the grant’s co-authors. She hopes up to 3,000 area readers take part.
Partners in the project include the La Crosse Public Library; libraries at UW-L, Viterbo University and Western Technical College; area schools; and several local businesses and nonprofit organizations.
UW-L is one of only 77 organizations nationwide that received grants totaling more than $1 million for Big Read projects running September 2016 June 2017. The goal of Big Reads, according to the NEH, is “to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book.”
Another grant co-author, assistant professor of English Bryan Kopp, expects the Big Read to build community. “Slowing down and reading a book is a great way to connect with one another,” he said.
Community events planned for the Big Read include a kick-off event featuring Sister Helen Prejean, a social justice activist featured in the film “Dead Man Walking.” Other workshops and speaker presentations will be held this winter. Smaller groups will be encouraged to hold their own events while reading the book.
Parker, Kopp and the third grant co-writer, assistant professor of English Heidi Jones, worked with the public library to select the book from a list of 38 titles. “A Lesson Before Dying,” Gaines’ eighth novel, published in 1993, is a story about a young teacher pairing up with an uneducated young adult after he is wrongfully convicted of robbery and murder and sentenced to death in a small, fictional Cajun town.
“This is a book that invites us to think in unexpected ways about pressing social issues,” Parker said.
The faculty authors say there will be more formal and informal opportunities for students interested in promoting literacy — or just reading a good book — to become involved throughout the year. A full schedule of Big Read events will be announced in fall.
In his overview of theories of space and place titled Spatiality, Robert T. Tally, Jr. writes, “In the attempt to think critically about the spaces and places of our own world, we are frequently encouraged to imagine other spaces.” In this presentation, Professor Fowler discusses what it means to “imagine space” in the literary works of Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare while also “thinking critically” about the historical London that each of these authors inhabited and the contemporary London that one might encounter today. This talk represents the theoretical and pedagogical approaches underpinning Fowler’s Literary London: Chaucer and Shakespeare course being taught through the UWLondon study abroad program this summer.
English Capstone Presentations April 27, May 3rd, May 4th and May 5th
On April 27, May 3, May 4, and May 5 the English Department will hold three Capstone Presentations for Majors in Rhetoric & Writing and Literature (ENG 413 and ENG 484). The presentations will all be held in 330 Cartwright. The colloquia are free and open to the public. A brief question-and-answer period follows each presentation. Light refreshments will be served. Please drop in for any or all of the following presentations:
Wednesday, April 27th,330 Cartwright Center
Ellen Brown: "Transforming Gender?: Outlander and the Mobilization of Gender Narratives"
Dylan Elliott: "'Not That There's Anything Wrong With That!' Analyzing Representations of Queer Identity in Seinfeld"
Emily Moua: "Animal-Aberration: Deconstructing Anthropocentrism in Nishioisin's Monogatari Anime Series"
Blaire Robertson: “Victorian Portrayals of Families in Jane Eyre and Mary Barton”
Brooke Robison: “Relative Reality: Narrative Building in In Cold Blood and Making a Murderer”
Eric Steffen: “‘O Earth, Pale Mother!’: Questioning Nature as Sanctuary in Into The Wild”
Tuesday, May 3rd, 330 Cartwright Center
Zachary Olson: "Language and Class Division"
Rongqing Jiang: "Video Producing: For the Audience"
Sam Petersen: "Sample at Your Own Risk: How Copyright Laws Obstruct Creativity in an Age of Digital Media"
Samantha Loomis: "Redefining Journalism in the 21st Century: An In-depth Look at the Impact of Citizen Journalism"
Spencer Mertes: "Public Relations and the Public: An Evolving Relationship"
Amy Kempf: "Design Tactics of Local Government Websites: comparing La Crosse, Minneapolis, and New York City"
Jonathan Cook: "Generalities of the Political Rhetoric in the 2016 Presidential Campaigns"
Lara Spilmon: "The Importance of Redefining the Term Rape: A Closer Look at the Language Used to Define It and the Role Society Plays"
Jintian Li: "Social Media and Public Relations: The Implications of Facebook for Marketing Public Relations"
Amber Middleton: "Rhetoric of Grant Writing Manuals"
Alayna Stein: "The Man Who Deconstructed a Genre: The Ethical Complexity of Reporting Psychological Research Revealed Through Critical Discourses Analysis of the Work of Oliver Sacks"
Danielle Watterson: "Comic Revisionism: The Evolving Archetypes of Superheroes"
Fangfang Li: "Twitter and Weibo: The Localization of Social Media in America and China"
Wednesday, May 4th, 330 Cartwright Center
Lauren David: “A Feminist View of Edna St. Vincent Millay and the Woes of the Literary Canon”
Rachel Hoffmann: “A New Definition of Literature: How The Digital Age is Altering The Literary World”
Carly Radiske: "A Look at the Relation of Race, Class and the Grotesque in William Demby's Beetlecreek"
Keagan Safstrom: “Changing the Grizzly Man Narrative: A Shift from Humanism to Posthumanism”
Charleton Skinner: "Siddhartha: From Nihilism to Belonging"
April Wildes: "Evaluating The Binary of Animals and Humans in Alice in Wonderland"
Thursday, May 5th, 330 Cartwright Center
Daniel Wirtz: "People Should Be People: The Media and its Rhetorical Effect on How We View Personhood"
Yu Cai: "Minimalism: From Arts to Life"
Abbey Grall: "Let’s Talk Pretty: Challenging the Conventional Representation of Womyn and Beauty Standards Through Photography"
Liqi Yi: "Website Localization"
Sarah Busse: "Personality and Rhetoric: An Analysis of how Extroversion and Introversion Shape Language Choices"
Aijing Song: "Science Writing for the Public"
Madelyn Kulas: "The Horses and Their Boys: A Rhetorical Analysis of the Buying and Selling of Draft Horses"
Haolin Huang: "Dream and Reality: Robots In Film History"
Danielle Cook: "Like, Comment, Share, Consume: Advertising to Today’s Teenagers"
Lingyuan Xiong: "Examining the Role of Social Media in Crisis Management"
Sam Smith: "Snapchat: The Social Aspect Through a Rhetorical 'Filter'"
Yu Huang: "The Sharing Economy is an Alternative Capitalism"
Xiaoqian Zeng: "Cross-Cultural Web Design: How to Effectively Communicate Between Cultures"
Matt Leitner: "The Role of Oral Tradition in the Catholic Church: Undermining Written Scripture in the Eucharist"
Brittany Lofgren: "'A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words': The Rhetoric and Marketing of Images"
Kyndra Rothermel: "Knowing versus Retaining: A Comparison of U.S. and British Education Systems"
Kasey Overgaard: "Rhetoric in Advertising: How Print Ads Affect Consumer Behavior"
Steam Ticket Literary Journal Vol. 19 Release Party--THIS THURSDAY, April 28, 4 p.m.--The Eagle's Nest, 1914 Campbell Rd. Help the students in English 320 celebrate--we'll have brief readings, briefer speeches, free appetizers, stories about our production process. We're proud of this excellent issue that our hard-working and discerning editors and readers have assembled!
At 4:00pm on April 21st in 150 Murphy, the TEDxUWLaCrosse Salon Series will present "Fatletes, Health, and Our BMI Obsession: A Cultural Discussion of Branding Fat as the Enemy."
At a TEDx salon, attendees watch TED Talks, listen to speakers, and have discussions about the talks they witnessed. Salons re-engage the audience in the presentation model through the critical element of lively discussions, allowing attendees to actively participate in the event and shape the conversation.
Fat is a culturally-loaded word—we reference it in terms of amounts in food, leverage it as an insult, worry about it as a state of being, chastise it as a moral failure, medicalize it under the guise of health, and discuss it it in broad strokes as a crisis and a high priority for erasure. Primarily, then, fat is culturally-articulated and understood as synonymous with bad and unhealthy—this understanding, however, encourages humans to collapse understandings of health and wellness with appearance-based body assessment.
Dr. Marie Moeller describes the salon, “This session responds to and challenges the way we understand fat—instead of being a visual marker of health, this talk reframes understandings of the way fat is culturally-treated, medicalized, shamed, hidden, and oppressed by our varying governing institutions—political, educational, medical, legal, juridical, and many others. Let’s understand, in other words, the complexity that is ‘fat’.”