ENGL 4640: FILM AS LITERATURE
“. . . BLACK SOUNDS MATTER”: Black Music in Modern and Contemporary Cinema
This course surveys and explores the many roles that African American music has played in US and world cinema. We'll watch for the way the positioning of black music in films works formally within the works themselves but, we'll also look closely at the politics implied (or even confessed) by such positioning in its historical era.
ENGL 4830: Advanced Studies in Writing
In this course we will explore some basic questions: What is “nature”? What is “nature writing”?
And attempt to provide some answers:
Creating a dialogue between
Active and Imaginative Experience
Contemplative and Practical Experiencing
Reflecting on Literary Traditions and Scientific Disciplines
Building a context for self-discovery
Un-writing our conditioned responses to “Nature”
We write about Nature; with Nature; through Nature to find our way to Nature Writing.
ENGL 4884 : CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN AMERICAN WRITING
“Love’ll Stunt Your Growth, Hate’ll Make You Old” : PROF ED PAVLIC
This course will explore black voices, recent depictions of a wide variety of contemporary African American experience. We’ll examine writing broadly reading between and across genre and form (novels, essays, non-fiction, poetry). We’ll read and discuss a list of books written in the 21st century by writers.
The Political Poetess By Tricia Lootens
The Georgia Colloquium in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Literature celebrates
The Political Poetess by Tricia Lootens
Please join us for a reading and reception
Wednesday, January 11th, 7:00-9:00 pm
Hendershot’s Coffee, 237 Prince Avenue
Free & Open to the Public
English at UGA
The English Department at the University of Georgia is a diverse scholarly community of more than 40 faculty, 100 graduate students, and more than 600 undergraduate majors and minors held together by a common commitment to preserving, transmitting, and extending the rich cultural legacy of the English language. At the core of our discipline lie the complex skills of reading and writing, and though these can be productively applied to a wide range of professional goals our own work as scholars and teachers strives to deepen our understanding of the critical and creative imagination. A sympathetic participation in the verbal worlds of other times and places, drawing on the full range of linguistic tools, historical knowledge, and interpretive experience at our disposal, allows our students to enhance their appreciation for expressive possibility. The diversity of the faculty's interests and research methods helps ensure that an English major at the University of Georgia develops a sophisticated, practical grasp of the central role that language plays in the preservation of human institutions.
AFAM/ENGL 4630 African American Fiction
TR 12:30-1:45 Dr. Ron Miller
English 3440: Literature and Philosophy
Spring 2017, 3:30 TTh, Dr. Kraft
What is the best way to live? How and why do we pursue happiness? How do literature and philosophy address these questions differently? How do they do so in conversation with one another? Our focus in this class will be on Ethics in literary works by authors such as Laurence Sterne, J.M. Coetzee, Leonard Cohen, Margaret Atwood, William Wycherley, and Aphra Behn and in philosophical works by authors including Kierkegaard, Emmanuel Levinas, Stanley Cavell, Martha Nussbaum, Judith Butler, and Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. We will also view three films in pursuit of our topic: Stephen Spielberg's Schindler's List, a Hollywood comedy of remarriage, The Philadelphia Story, and a Hollywood melodrama of the unknown woman, Gaslight.
ENGL 4820, Literary Theory
Dr. Ballif T/Th 2-3:15 pm
This course will investigate the principles and practices of contemporary literary criticism. We will focus our attention on several major approaches within modern and contemporary literary criticism and the theories that sustain them. Our examination of these various approaches will focus not only on understanding the methodologies of each—and the application of each, but also on identifying what is at stake in any given reading. That is, by inquiring into a text's meaning, we will interrogate the ways and means whereby the act of literary criticism reproduces and institutionalizes as well as challenges and transforms cultural values. We will explain what turtles have to do with any of this: so many turtles, so little time!
ENGL 4698: James Joyce
A work of genius ... incredibly filthy ... truly magnificent ... the literature of the latrine ... Zolaesque ... an illiterate, underbred book ... literary Bolshevism... All of these terms were used by James Joyce's contemporaries to describe his novel Ulysses when it was published in 1922. Take this course and you will find out why.
Images: JJ Quarterly covers
ENGL4450/4461: The Global Eighteenth Century
Beth Tobin T/TH 3:30-4:45
We live in a world created by political, economic, and social forces unleashed in the eighteenth century. During this time period, the Americas, Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and the islands in the South Pacific were transformed by their encounter with European nations. This course will examine literature in English that grapples with Britain’s imperial ambitions, specifically its investment in plantation slavery and the slave trade, its colonial presence in India, and its exploration of the South Pacific. Diverse eighteenth-century genres, including novels, poems, plays, travel narratives, memoirs, and essays—will be paired with a range of scholarly approaches to imperialism, cosmopolitanism, and exploration as we consider the circulation of people, commodities, and ideas across global trade routes. Eighteenth-century literature was shaped by and contributed to conceptions of race, gender, nation, place, democracy, tyranny, and global engagement, concepts that continue to impact our lives today.
ENGL4350: Seventeenth-Century Poetry
Dr. Jacobson. T/Th 9:30am
The 17th century in Britain encompassed revolutionary cultural shifts, from advancements in biological sciences and medicine to a preoccupation with religious devotion and a fascination with death and the dying body. The politics of independence, disobedience and sovereignty were given voice during the English civil war, while at the same time, global exploration, trade, and conquest began to define Britain as an Empire. What emerged out of this chaos, conflict and change was poetry that grappled with new philosophies. We will enhance our readings of poetry (John Donne, Mary Wroth, George Herbert, Richard Crashaw, Andrew Marvell, John Milton, John Wilmot, Margaret Cavendish and more) with excerpts from Renaissance texts on natural science, medicine, exploration, philosophy, politics, and religion, interpret maps, paintings, book illustrations and engraved title pages, and consult critical essays on seventeenth-century culture. (Image: Georges de La Tour, The Penitent Magdalene, c. 1630-1632.)
ENGL 8900: Kenneth Burke and (Rhetoric after) Modernism
This seminar explores Burke’s relation to modernism and New York’s culture during the 1920s and 1930s, focusing on the development of his thought in relation to music, art and literature.
It also seeks to make connections among classical, Burkean, and contemporary (including post-human) rhetorics.
Open to all students with an interest in the topic(s); for additional information contact Christy Desmet, firstname.lastname@example.org
ENGL 3850S: Writing and Community
This class will explore the relationship between writing and communities. Key questions this course will consider include: What is the role of writing and written texts in the formation and maintenance of communities? How do technologies and media affect communities and shape community writing and rhetorical practices? How can writers contribute to their communities in productive ways? For the service-learning component of this course, we will be working with one of UGA’s Public Service and Outreach units, the Archway Partnership, to help a multi-county coalition develop written materials for the “Traditions Highway” project. The goal of the project is to promote travel along Georgia’s Highway 15 corridor that runs the length of the state, and the texts we create for the project will be published in print and online! Develop your writing skills in the classroom community, and put those skills to work for our larger Georgia community. (*Course fulfills the Experiential Learning requirement.)
ENGL 4810: Literary Magazine Editing
Prof. Barbara McCaskill, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
This class will provide you with hands-on, applied opportunities to sharpen your writing and editing skills by composing and submitting both online and print publications. In this experiential learning, workshop style course, you will have an opportunity to develop editorial skills--reading and critiquing texts, communicating with authors and editors, working collaboratively within groups, using new digital technologies--and to stay abreast of current trends in editing and publishing by working on specific projects that may be published by entities on and around campus. This is a class to consider taking if you are interested in a future that involves writing creatively and critically and working with publishers to make visible your work; becoming a member of and working in some capacity on a book, journal, or magazine team; and staying abreast of ways in which you can use digital and visual technologies in conjunction with text to present information.
Dean Rader reading
LeAnne Howe, Eidson Distinguished Professor in American Literature at the University of Georgia, in conjunction with the Creative Writing Program, is thrilled to present a reading by writer and poet Dean Rader. Rader has published widely in the fields of poetry, American Indian studies, and popular culture, and his newest collection of poems, Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry, is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press. This event is will take place at Ciné (234 W Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601) and is free and open to the public.
Editing Richardson's _The History of Sir Charles Grandison_; or, A Good Man is Hard to Find
Professor E. Derek Taylor (Longwood University), with Professor Elizabeth Kraft, will present a discussion of their experiences editing The History of Sir Charles Grandison for Cambridge University Press. This event will take place at the Special Collections Library, Room 277. It is supported by the English Department's Rodney Baine Lecture Fund and the Willson Center.
Teaching, Assigning, and Assessing Writing in Large Classes
In this workshop, participants will learn about writing-intensive practices (e.g., peer review, workshops, research papers, reflective writing, and others) that can be implemented in classes across the curriculum with enrollments ranging from 30 to 300. This workshop will report on research from a wide variety of fields that recognizes successful approaches to incorporating writing while minimizing boosts to faculty workload. Participants will discuss the advantages and troubleshoot the challenges of a writing-intensive pedagogy, and they will have the opportunity to consider and customize research-based strategies and assignments. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to develop instructional materials and plans for their own large-enrollment, writing-intensive courses.
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Interdisciplinary Modernisms Workshop: Graduate Student Work-in-Progress
Please join us at the Willson Center House for a discussion of dissertation chapters by Sarah Harrell, Ph.D. candidate in English at UGA, and Lauro Iglesias Quadrado, Fulbright Scholar and Ph.D. candidate at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), in Porto Alegre, Brazil. We will pre-circulate the chapters: please contact Susan Rosenbaum (email@example.com) or Nell Andrew (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to receive the chapters or to be added to the workshop ELC page.
Willson Center House, Tuesday February 14th, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
The University of Georgia English Department mourns the passing of our colleague and friend, Judith Ortíz Cofer. Judith was a member of the UGA English Department from 1984-2013. She passed away on Friday, December 30th after a long battle with cancer. A memorial service will be held in the University Chapel on Friday, January 27 at 3 p.m., with a reception following in Demosthenian Hall.
Describing the scope and importance of her work and career, Director of the Creative Writing Program and UGA Distinguished Research Professor Dr. Ed Pavlić said, “Nationally and internationally known during the 1990s and into the 21st century, Judith Ortiz Cofer’s work made a very visible and important contribution to the expansion of the American literary cannon in ways that reflected the actual diversity, which is the reality, of the nation. Equally important is her tireless work, over decades, supporting women writers and writers of color. As a result, there are dozens of writers in the U.S. and abroad whose careers have been aided by Judith’s active support and by the diversifying and democratizing affect her work and career had on contemporary American literature.”
Judith was a prolific writer, penning over 20 books of poetry and prose, six of which were published by the University of Georgia Press. Her novel, The Line of the Sun, and her multi-gene work The Latin Deli, were both finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. She was also the first Hispanic writer to receive an O. Henry Prize, for The Latin Deli, in 1994. In 2010, Judith was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame.
Dr. Barbara McCaskill, UGA Professor and Co-Director of the Civil Rights Digital Library Initiative, has said, “Judith Ortiz Cofer is the rare writer who mastered every genre she touched—the essay, the short story, poetry, and the novel. As a disciplined writer and challenging teacher, she set very high standards for her students and colleagues to attain. Her works examine such universal and enduring themes as belonging and exile, love and longing, and identity and community, and always with a clear and confident voice that pulsates effortlessly between English and Spanish.”
During her 29 year career at UGA, Judith was recognized with several awards and accolades, including: University of Georgia’s J. Hatten Howard III award, which recognizes faculty members who demonstrate notable potential in teaching Honors courses early in their teaching careers; University of Georgia's Albert Christ-Janer Award for an outstanding body of nationally and internationally recognized scholarly or creative activities in the arts and humanities; and University of Georgia's 2013 Southeastern Conference Faculty Achievement Award. At the time of her retirement, she held both the Franklin Professorship and a Regents Professorship in recognition of her accomplishments.
Of her contribution to UGA, Emeritus University Professor of English and Senior Associate Dean Dr. Hugh Ruppersburg said, “Judith brought to the English department an energetic vitality, an example of fierce dedication and hard work, and a belief in the importance of expressing and developing the self through writing. She was a superb teacher whose students will testify to her lasting impact on them. She was incredibly productive, always trying to extend her limits, to try out new forms of writing, to extend her audience of readers. Her love of creativity and literature was infectious. She was one of several faculty members who helped to expand and enrich the courses and the list of writers that students study in the department. She helped diversify the curriculum and in this she helped transform the department.”
Judith was born in Puerto Rico in 1952. She and her family immigrated to the Unites States in 1956 and settled in Paterson, New Jersey, but eventually relocated to Augusta, Georgia. Judith spent extended periods of her childhood at her grandmother’s house in Puerto Rico, and her negotiation of two cultures was an important theme in her fiction and poetry. After graduating from Augusta College (now Augusta State University), she moved to Florida to pursue an M.A. at Florida Atlantic University, but she returned to Georgia and began teaching at UGA in 1984.
Judith is survived by her husband, Charles John Cofer; her daughter, Tanya Cofer; her brother, Rolando Ortiz; her grandson, Elias John Ruderfer; and her son in law, Isidor F. Ruderfer.
Judith is listed in the New Georgia Encyclopedia: http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/arts-culture/judith-ortiz-cofer-1952-2016Tweets by @UGAEnglish