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Thursday, October 02 2:00 PM

Undergraduate Graduation Check Info Session

All English major undergraduates within three semesters of graduating have the opportunity for "Grad Checks" with a Graduation Certification Officer, Ms Melissa Wallace, in Memorial Hall. At this info session, Ms Wallace is coming to us instead.

Ms Wallace will be in the Undergrad Lounge (Park 111) from 2:00 to 4:00 on Thursday, October 2nd. She will be answering questions about the graduation process and what our undergrads need to know in order to make sure they are finishing on time. She will also provide formal "e-grad checks" the next day to anyone who attends.

Thursday, October 16 5:00 PM

Betsy Erkkila (Northwestern University): "Romancing the Revolution: Jefferson's Declaration" (Lanier lecture series)

Betsy Erkkila, the Henry Sanborn Noyes Professor of Literature at Northwestern University, will be giving a talk on Thomas Jefferson on Thursday, October 16, at 5 p.m. in 265 Park Hall. Professor Erkkila is currently completing a book entitled Imagining the Revolution: Literature and Politics in Insurrectionary America, which was supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2010-2011. She is the author of The Whitman Revolution: Why Poetry Matters (Iowa, 2011); Mixed Bloods and Other Crosses: Rethinking American Literature from the Revolution to the Culture Wars (Penn, 2005); The Wicked Sisters: Women Poets, Literary History, and Discord (Oxford, 1992); Whitman the Political Poet (Oxford, 1989); and Walt Whitman Among the French (Princeton, 1980), as well as dozens of essays and articles.

Sponsored by the English Department and the Helen S. Lanier Lecture Series.


Friday, October 17 3:00 PM

Information Session on the Graduate School Application Process

Students in the English Department considering applying to graduate school in literary fields (MA, MFA, PhD) are invited to attend an information session on the graduate school application process led by Dr. Zurawski. This meeting is meant to help undergraduates better understand what admissions committees are seeking to learn from an application.  We will look at examples of successful personal statements and CVs, and discuss the importance of recommendations and writing samples.


Interested students should sign-up for the session with Ms. Laurie Norris, who will provide them with sample application materials. Students are encouraged to read these materials prior to the meeting and come ready with questions.

Wednesday, October 22 4:30 PM

Jonathan Ellis, Senior Lecturer, University of Sheffield: "Last Letters: Keats, Bishop, and Hughes"

Sometimes it seems as if the death of letter writing is an annual event. As an Observer editorial recently put it: ‘Cultural treasures will be lost if we no longer put pen to paper.’ Such laments are not as new as one might think.The death of letter writing has long been forecast. Nineteenth-century writers expected the telegram to replace letter writing. Twentieth-century writers the telephone. Indeed, almost every generation of letter writers thinks it will be the last.
This lecture looks at the discourse of last letters in the writing of poets such as John Keats, Elizabeth Bishop, and Ted Hughes. In particular, it scrutinises the close relationship of the ‘last letter’ to aesthetic and theoretical debates about the permanence of art over life, mind over matter, writing over speech. The lecture will also address the elegiac strain in late twentieth-century letter writing, the sense among many poets that they are the very last letter writers.

Dr Ellis is a Senior Lecturer in the School of English at the University of Sheffield. His publications include Art and Memory in the Work of Elizabeth Bishop (2006), The Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Bishop (2013; co-edited with Angus Cleghorn), Letter Writing Among Poets: From William Wordsworth to Elizabeth Bishop (2014), and numerous articles on twentieth-century poetry, the visual arts, and cinema. He has also contributed essays, interviews and reviews to The Georgia Review, Metre, Poetry Ireland Review, PN Review, Thumbscrew and The Times Literary Supplement. Dr Ellis has received a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship and a British Academy Research Development Award.

The lecture will take place in Park Hall Room 265 at 4:30, and is free and open to the public.

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.