CalendarFriday, September 12 6:00 PM
Hilton Als Lecture
Hilton Als, staff writer and drama critic at The New Yorker, will lecture and read from his work at the M. Smith Griffith Auditorium of the Georgia Museum of Art.
Wednesday, September 24 7:00 PM
Canadian poet Jordan Scott will read and screen photographs from his co-authored book Decomp in the lab room at Ciné.
Sponsored by the Creative Writing Program.
Free and open to the public.
Please address questions to Andrew Zawacki (firstname.lastname@example.org).
As usual, the English department has been productive this year.
For the past few years, Assistant Professor Miriam Jacobson has organized a major seminar for faculty and graduate students on the “History of the Book”. Run with the support of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, this seminar examines books as material objects. In the fall of 2013, she taught a graduate class related to this seminar in which her graduate students curated projects at the Hargrett Library, emphasizing Renaissance books that served useful roles in their cultural milieus. Called “Books in Action: What Books Allow Us to Do”, the student exhibits were installed in the rotunda of the Russell Special Collections Library.
Another scholar in the department who made an important contribution to the Hargrett is Dr. Elizabeth Kraft. She has been editing the novels of Samuel Richardson, one of the early novelists of eighteenth-century England, for the prestigious Cambridge University Press’s Complete Works of Samuel Richardson. This work required her to examine all editions of the novels, including editions of Sir Charles Grandison, Richardson’s famous attempt to produce a novel exploring the nature of male virtue. Professor Kraft found a rare copy of the third edition of this work online, and she needed to examine the book to determine what changes had been made from the previous edition. The department was able to purchase the novel and, when Professor Kraft had completed her analysis, to donate it to the Hargrett to make it available to all future students and scholars of Richardson’s work.
Associate Professor Charles Doyle has spent a professional lifetime studying the intersections among the areas of linguistics, folklore, and literature – what is known as philology, one of the earliest professional areas of study in English. His work has recently led to the publication of the Dictionary of Modern Proverbs (Yale University Press), which collects proverbs coined from 1900 to the present. Professor Doyle’s work often tracks down the origins of contemporary proverbs, tracing them back to previous centuries and unexpected groups of writers.
This will be my last introduction to the newsletter. I am stepping down as head and retiring from UGA. The newsletter, which we revived in 2011, has, I hope, found in you an interested audience in the goings on at Park Hall. Many thanks go to the first editors Drs. Chloe Wigston Smith and Barbara McCaskill, both of whom stepped down this year, and to Drs. Esra Santesso and Cynthia Turner Camp, who have taken over the editorial duties. Thanks, too, to Carmen Comeaux for her proofreading skills.
Please, keep in touch! In addition to the event listings on the department's webpage, you can now follow the English department on Twitter or like us on Facebook to keep tabs on departmental kudos and items of literary interest. If you find yourself in Athens, we would be pleased to see you at the lively lectures, readings, discussions, and symposia that our faculty organizes each semester.
Michael G. Moran, Head
For more, please read the latest version of the Park Hall Monitor, the department's newsletter.
In August 2013, Dr. Chloe Wigston Smith, assistant professor of English, published her first book, titled Women, Work, and Clothes in the Eighteenth-Century Novel (Cambridge University Press). While much scholarly attention has been devoted to aristocratic silks and masquerade balls (not to mention lush period films and BBC dramas), Dr. Wigston Smith’s book takes the unusual route of studying the non-elite dress of laboring women in her examination of how fiction emphasized durable, practical garments as a means of marketing its own staying power.
In spring 2013, graduate students Maria Chappell, Benjamin Fuqua, Joshua King, Laurie Norris, and Dorothy Todd created an exhibit in the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library Gallery of the Russell Special Collections Library. The project contributed to a biannual symposium jointly organized by assistant professor Miriam Jacobson and Anne Myers DeVine, bibliographic coordinator for Rare Books at the Hargrett Library, on the history of the book. The exhibit, “Unbound in Time: Futures of the Book,” showcased books and objects that represent innovations in book making and conveying stories and information. Each housed in its own case, the exhibit’s sub-themes— “Anachronistic,” “Prophetic,” “Reproducible,” and “Trans(form)ative”—explore aspects of the imagined future of the book.