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Monday, November 03 12:15 PM

Graduate Committee meeting

Graduate Committee meeting to discuss Graduate School initiative for recruitment funding.

Tuesday, November 04 4:00 AM

Lecture by Dr. E.V. Ramakrishnan, “Narratives of Memory: Representations of the Other in Postcolonial Indian Fiction”

Dr. Ramakrishnan, Franklin International Faculty Exchange scholar from Central University of Gujarat, will be lecturing on “Narratives of Memory: Representations of the Other in Postcolonial Indian Fiction” at 147 Miller Learning Center.

In postcolonial fiction memory is a site fraught with conflict and turbulence. This is particularly true of some of the recent Indian works in Indian languages as well as Indian writing in English. In this presentation it will be shown how remembering becomes an act of recovery and healing by making alternative discourses of the past available to a living community. Events that are excluded from official narratives of history are encountered in the private memories of individuals who are scarred by the traumatic remains of the past. Often there are hidden recesses of cultural memory that can only be indirectly accessed as they refuse to be translated into worldly discourses. The lecture will discuss in some detail two fictional works, The Hungry Tide (2005) by Amitav Ghosh (originally written in English) and Pterodactyl, Puran Sahay and Pirtha by Mahasweta Devi (originally written in Bengali and translated by Gayatri Spivak) to bring out the nature of their representation of memory. In the former novel, the incident of Marichjhanpi where thousands of refugees were forcibly evicted from an island in the Sundarbans resulting in the death of hundreds of them is recovered from the official amnesia surrounding it. The latter is more complex in suggesting layers of cultural memory that will remain inaccessible to modern nation-state and its representatives. The very question of representation is problematized by Mahasweta Devi by focussing on the ethical dilemmas of memory and forgetting. The novel, The Storyteller by Mario Vargas Llosa will also be mentioned in the discussion to highlight the parallels between the books discussed and the Latin American novel and draw attention to the larger implications of the theme of memory in the postcolonial context beyond the frontiers of India.   

For more information, contact Esra Mirze Santesso at


Wednesday, November 05 5:00 AM

Lecture by Dr. E.V. Ramakrishnan, “Alternative Modernities: Mapping Modernism from the Margins”

Dr. E.V. Ramakrishnan will be giving another lecture on “Alternative Modernities: Mapping Modernism from the Margins” at S150 Lamar Dodd School of Art.

The modernist writing in India was a response to the disruptions brought about by the colonial modernity. What took more than two centuries in the West happened in India in less than half a century. The breaching of entrenched traditions resulted in a crisis that had to be tackled creatively by interpreting alien traditions. The modernist sensibility that made its presence felt in India was oppositional in its orientation, and questioned the consensus regarding categories like ‘Indianness’ which was largely constructed in elitist terms in the dominant narratives of the nation and the nation-state. It is argued that modernisms as it emerged in non-Western societies are not derivative discourses, but embody certain clearly defined ideological resistance to local and regional hegemonic structures of power. The trajectory of modernism in India will be illustrated with examples from Indian fiction and Indian poetry. The novels that will be discussed will include, Legends of Khasak by O.V.Vijayan and Samskara by U.R.Ananta Murthy apart from poems by Arun Kolatkar and K.G.Sankara Pillai.     

This talk is sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Modernisms Workshop. For more information, contact Susan Rosenbaum at

Thursday, November 06 5:00 PM

Lila Quintero Weaver, "DARKROOM: The Making of a Graphic Memoir on Immigration and Race" (MLC 171)

Lila Quintero Weaver is the author of the award-winning graphic novel DARKROOM: a memoir in black and white (U of Alabama P, 2012), about her childhood and adolescence in the South during the African American freedom struggle of the fifties and sixties.  She emigrated with her family from Argentina to the United States.  Her book, which recently has been published in French by Steinkis Editions of Paris, is a richly illustrated, probing account of southerners' attitudes towards race, class, gender, religion, and the American dream during the civil rights era.  She will give a public talk on Thursday Nov. 6, at 5 p.m. in Miller Learning Center Room 171, and interact with classes: more details to follow.  Her visit is sponsored by the Office of Inclusion and Diversity Leadership, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences; the Department of English, the Department of Romance Languages, and the Creative Writing Program.  Contact Barbara McCaskill ( with queries.      

Tuesday, November 11 4:30 PM

Georgia Colloquium in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Literature

The Georgia Colloquium in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Literature is pleased to present a lecture by Dr. Paula Backscheider: "Crisis Texts: Staging the Wartime Woman." The lecture begins at 4:30pm in Park Hall 265 and will be followed by a reception in the library.

The lasting, iconic images of many wars are of women. Throughout history, including today, women are captives, hostages, casualties, fighters, and objects of propaganda. Their bodies in all times and places are texts on which patriotism, struggle, mourning, and violation are written. Dr. Backscheider focuses on the representations of women during wartime and the ways they are used to further causes as well as what these portrayals reveal about the situation of women in their cultures. Offering a brief tour of some of the women who are “crisis texts” created in the long eighteenth century, her talk will identify some resonant examples and core similarities that continue into our own time.

Paula R. Backscheider holds the Philpott-Stevens Eminent Scholar chair at Auburn University, where she specializes in Restoration and eighteenth-century literature, feminist criticism, and cultural studies. She is an award-winning teacher and the author of several books including Daniel Defoe: His Life (winner of the British Council Prize), Spectacular Politics, Reflections on Biography, and Eighteenth-Century Women Poets and their Poetry: Inventing Agency, Inventing Genre (winner of the Modern Language Association Lowell Prize). A former president of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, she has held ACLS, NEH, and Guggenheim Fellowships and is one of the few American members of the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Edinburgh. Her most recent book is Elizabeth Singer Rowe and the Development of the English Novel (Johns Hopkins).

This event is supported by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and the department's Rodney Baine Lecture Fund.

Please contact Chloe Wigston Smith ( for further information.

Thursday, November 13 4:31 AM

Ballew Lecture and Poetry Reading: C.S. Giscombe

Poet and Scholar C.S. Giscombe will give a lecture and reading on Thursday, November 13. The lecture will take place at 4pm in Room 81 of the Miller Learning Center. The reading will take place at 8pm at Cine in downtown Athens. Both events are free and open to the public. 

C. S. Giscombe’s poetry books are Prairie StyleGiscome RoadHere, etc.; his book of linked essays (concerning Canada, race, and family) is Into and Out of Dislocation.  His recognitions include the 2010 Stephen Henderson Award, an American Book Award (for Prairie Style) and the Carl Sandburg Prize (for Giscome Road).  Two new books are forthcoming—Ohio Railroads (a poem in essay form) will be published in 2014 and Border Towns (essays on poetry, color, nature, television, etc.) will appear in 2015.  He teaches at the University of California, Berkeley.  He is a long-distance cyclist.


Park Hall Monitor: Summer 2014

Park Hall Monitor: Summer 2014

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.

Barbarous Antiquity: Reorienting the Past in the Poetry of Early Modern England
Barbarous Antiquity: Reorienting the Past in the Poetry of Early Modern England

New book by Assistant Professor of English, Miriam Jacobson.

Miriam Jacobson’s book Barbarous Antiquity: Reorienting the Past in the Poetry of Early Modern England has just been published by the University of Pennsylvania Press this Fall, 2014. The book  explores the role of poetry in negotiating and transposing England’s newly established mercantile relationship with the East, and its vexed relationship to the classical past. It is the first full length scholarly book to examine the engagement of Renaissance English poetry (as opposed to drama and prose) with the Ottoman Empire, Central Asia, and the Middle East, and it does this by focusing on the roles Eastern imported objects and ideas—sugar, zero, Arabian horses, Turkish bulbs, oriental pearls, dyes, and ink—play in poetry by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Spenser, and their contemporaries. Central to Jacobson’s argument is the transformative power of newly minted English words to describe these imported things, words that instigate change within the cultural and poetic landscape of early modern England.

Pavlić awarded National Poetry Series prize
Pavlić awarded National Poetry Series prize

Professor Ed Pavlić is one of our most accomplished faculty members, and even as a star among many, his sterling accomplishments as a poet, critic and cultural interlocutor stand out. His impressive resume recently received another bolded line as a winner of the Open Competition from the NPS for 2014:

The National Poetry Series recently announced the five winners of its 2014 Open Competition, which included "Let's Let That Are Not Yet: Inferno" by the University of Georgia's Ed Pavlić, a professor of English and creative writing in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.