This talk, drawing upon Stoner’s recent book Toward a minor architecture, proposes a new approach to the contemporary metropolis, drawing from disciplines of fiction, politics, art and critical theory. Three key witnesses to a set of obsolete mythologies-- the Prisoner, the Blind Man and the Peregrine Falcon-- offer alternative lenses through which to view architecture’s future, absent its Capital letter.
Jill Stoner is Professor of Architecture and Chair of the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of two books that reside at the intersection of architecture and literature, winner of numerous national and international awards in the area of landscape urbanism, and has held a "Sabbatical-in-Residence" position at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Her current research and teaching focuses on the theoretical and pragmatic potentials of urban vacancy.
The lecture will take place at the Georgia Museum of Art Auditorium, and is sponsored by the Willson Center, Department of Art, and Department of English.
The English department is in the process of searching for its next J. O. Eidson Professor of American Literature, a chair held by Dr. James Nagel. Jim retired last year after serving in that position since 1991. He taught courses in 19th- and 20th-century American literature and specialized in Hemingway. Jim was a particularly successful mentor of graduate students, many of whom published their dissertations and took jobs in schools throughout the nation. He will be hard to replace, but we have received strong applications from major scholars and hope to hire the new Eidson Professor this year to start next fall.
The English department continues to produce notable scholarship and art. Eighteenth-century literature specialist Dr. Chloe Wigston Smith published her first book this year, Women, Work, and Clothes in the Eighteenth-Century Novel with Cambridge University Press. The book studies the clothing of laboring women of the century and the roles that clothing played in the fiction of the period.
Dr. Michelle Ballif was chosen to edit the selected essays of the Rhetoric Society of America’s 2012 conference in Re/Framing Identifications. The collection represents the best current work being done in rhetoric and communication studies in a series of carefully edited essays.
Dr. Ed Pavlić, professor of creative writing, published his sixth book of poems, Visiting Hours at the Color Line, a collection that was one of only five selected during the National Poetry Series Open Competition and published by Milkwood Editions. The poet Adrienne Rich writes of Ed’s poetry that it “is a language-cable wrought to swing you out over unnerving spaces, let you see and hear what they really hold, and bring you back up more alive than you were before.”
I invite you to read more about the accomplishments of our faculty and students in this edition of the Park Hall Monitor.
Michael G. Moran, Head
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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.
R. Baxter Miller, professor of English and African American Studies, is recognized as one of the nation’s most prominent experts on African American literature. Much of his scholarship has focused on the great Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. Of the 10 books Miller has written, compiled or edited, four are on Hughes. With his 1989 book, The Art and Imagination of Langston Hughes, which won the American Book Award in 1991, Miller produced what is widely regarded as the first scholarly work to address fully the literary complexity and significance of Hughes’s writing. Miller is credited with remapping the historical renaissances in American literature by demonstrating that the Harlem or New Negro Renaissance of the 1920s and the New Chicago Renaissance of the 1930s to 1970s were part of three complementary historical streams within a broader movement. In the last four years, Miller has produced three well-respected books, and he continues to present his research to audiences throughout the world.