On Friday March 4, Dr. Susan Crutchfield is going to present on
Teaching and Untoothing Howl: Epstein and Friedman's Film Adaptation of Allen Ginsberg's Poem Howl.
This project explores how the film Howl (dir. Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, 2010) adapts Allen Ginsberg's poem of the same name, alongside other historical texts relevant to the 1957 obscenity suit against the book Howl, with the particular interest of forwarding gay rights. One could say that the film is a "failure," if one is a critic following the fidelity model, but I use Bortolotti and Hutcheon's biological model of evaluating adaptations to argue that the film functions as a contribution to the millennium's same-sex marriage rights movement (very much in the news in 2010) and that its structure teaches its audience how to interpret the poem sympathetically in light of that goal. My general education literature course students tend to be sympathetic towards the film, whereas they feel baffled and assaulted by the poem (which they read before they watch the film). My project considers why this might be, and what this might mean in terms of how the film capitalizes on a contemporary audience's film genre literacy and their valuing of freedom of expression as well as monogamous, long-term romantic relationships and stories of personal overcoming, rather than of social rebellion/revolution.
The presentation is from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in CWH 104
As part of the College of Letters and Sciences "Creative Imperatives" symposium, the English Department is hosting an evening at the Root Note. Monday night, 2/29, from 7:00 - 9:00 PM (115 4th Street, La Crosse).
Leading off at 7:00 will be student contributors to The Catalyst reading works from the latest issue.
At 8:00, we're excited to welcome Wisconsin Naturalist and author Jill Sisson Quinn. Jill's essays have appeared in Ecotone, Orion, and OnEarth. Her essay "Sign Here if You Exist" was selected for The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2011. You may have heard her on Public Radio's Wisconsin Life, where she is a regular guest contributor. Jill will read recent work, including selections from her memoir Deranged: Finding a Sense of Place in the Landscape and in the Lifespan.
Please consider coming out in support of literature and creative writing at UW-L! We'll hope to see you there!
Join creators Misha Bolstad, Kelly Sultzbach, and some of their students, on a literary and graphic walk through the La Crosse marshes. The short hike will feature the work both classes did for the literary anthology website they compiled and created: betweenriverandsky.org. Environmental Literature students will read some of the environmental poetry that inspired their own analysis of why these pieces might help us reconsider our relationship to our local parks. Advanced Graphic Design students will discuss the relationship of the photographs and stylistic choices to those issues and locations. Participants are urged to bring their smartphones to read the annotations and view the photographs during the walk, and also their sketchbooks to record any inspirational ideas.
On Monday, February 15, 2016, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse English Department proudly hosted theBattleofthe Books.
At the beginning ofthe school year over 500 students competed across area elementary schools to win a place at the final competition held Monday. In the end over 80 fourth and fifth grade students came to demonstrate their passion for reading and knowledge of twenty selected young adult books.
Four-person teams conferred in low whispers and gestures during thebattles, but their emotions rang loudly -- excitement, disappointment, discovery, and joy.
Jodi Brueggeman, the High Performance Learning Coordinator for the La Crosse school district, announced the winners at the awards ceremony: an unprecedented three-way tie for second place, and one team winning for both third and first place.
The top team from each school will now compete online for the state championship ofBattleoftheBooks.
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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!
The Racquet is hiring student reporters, which could be great experience and would look great on your resumes! This position is PAID, and would be a great way for you to be published on campus as well. The position would include receiving an article assignment from the appropriate section editor on Monday nights with a due date of Fridays at noon. The article will then be published in the next week’s paper.
Applications will be due on Monday, February 18. For more information go to: http://theracquet.org/apply/