Thursday, March 31, 2011
Note on Contributors.
Part I: Introduction.
1 Imagining The West (Nicolas S. Witschi).
Part II: Regions and Histories.
2 Exploration, Trading, Trapping, Travel, and Early Fiction, 1780-1850 (Edward Watts).
3 Worlds of Wonder and Ambition: Gold Rush California and the Culture of Mining Bonanzas in the North American West (Peter J. Blodgett).
4 The Literate West of Nineteenth-Century Periodicals (Tara Penry).
5 A History of American Women's Western Books, 1833-1928 (Nina Baym).
6 Literary Cultures of the American Southwest (Daniel Worden).
7 Literary Cartography of the Great Plains (Susan Naramore Maher).
8 The Literary Northern Rockies as The Last Best Place (O. Alan Weltzien).
9 North by Northwest: The Last Frontier of Western Literature (Eric Heyne).
10 Chronotopes of the Asian American West (Hsuan L. Hsu).
11 African American Literature and Culture and the American West (Michael K. Johnson).
12 Mythical Frontiers: Manifest Destiny, Aztlán, and the Cosmic Race (John L. Escobedo).
13 Writing the Indigenous West (Kathleen Washburn).
14 Framing Class in the Rural West: Cowboys, Double-Wides and McMansions (Nancy Cook).
15 Postcolonial West (Alex Hunt).
16 New West, Urban and Suburban Spaces, Postwest (Krista Comer).
Part III: Varieties and Forms.
17 What We Talk about When We Talk about Western Art (Brian W. Dippie).
18 "All Hat and No Cattle": Romance, Realism, and Late-19th-Century Western American Fiction (Gary Scharnhorst).
19 The Coyote Nature of Cowboy Poetry (Barbara Barney Nelson).
20 "The Wind Blew Them Away": Folksinging the West, 1880-1930 (David Fenimore).
21 Autobiography (Gioia Woods).
22 Housing the American West: Western Women’s Literature, Early Twentieth Century and Beyond (Cathryn Halverson).
23 The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far from the Tree: Western American Literature and Environmental Literary Criticism (Hal Crimmel).
24 Detective Fiction (Nicolas S. Witschi).
25 The American Western Film (Corey K. Creekmur).
26 Post-Western Cinema (Neil Campbell).
Part IV: Issues, Themes, Case Studies.
27 America Unscripted: Performing the Wild West (Jefferson D. Slagle).
28 Revising Public Memory in the American West: Native American Performance in the Ramona Outdoor Play (Karen E. Ramirez).
29 Omnimedia Marketing: The Case of The Lone Ranger (Chadwick Allen).
30 The Nuclear Southwest (Audrey Goodman).
31 Ranging Over Stegner’s Arid West: Mobility as Adaptive Strategy (Bonney MacDonald).
32 The Global West: Temporality, Spatial Politics, and Literary Production (Susan Kollin).
33 Tumbling Dice: The Problem of Las Vegas (Stephen Tatum and Nathaniel Lewis).
Monday, March 28, 2011
Contact: Maia Hausler; 517-974-1959; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Campus Beet, a registered student organization at Western Michigan University, will hold an open house to showcase their dream for a student-led sustainable café. Free locally sourced food and entertainment will be available from 5:00-8:00PM on April 8 in the East Ballroom of WMU’s Bernhard Center. This public event will feature locally sourced delicious food options prepared by students, musical performances by Taylor Clark and a WMU jazz quartet, spoken word by WMU’s Onomatopoeia and other writers, a student art show, and a community art project led by the I.D.E.A Association. The Interior Design Student Organization is creating an atmosphere that reflects the vision of the Campus Beet Café.
The vision of the Campus Beet is to offer fresh, delicious, and ecologically sound food, to build the local economy and to support the WMU community. The café will provide space to cultivate growth and expression, while offering an opportunity for student leadership experiences. This open house is brought to you by The Campus Beet, the Interior Design Student Organization, I.D.E.A. association, Onomatopoeia, The Student Garden Organization, the WMU Dietetics Interns, and the WMU Office for Sustainability.
To find out more, visit http://thecampusbeet.wordpress.com, or email email@example.com.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
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Thursday, March 24, 2011
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Monday, March 21, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The Origins of the Sex-Positive Feminist Movement
Sponsored by the University of Michigan Institute for Research on Women and Gender
March 21, 2011 (Monday)
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
LOCATION: Angell Hall - Auditorium B
How did a Hollywood high school revolutionary on the FBI's list—who came to Detroit at 17, got arrested as a "menace to society," and spearheaded a front-page, radical trade-union movement— end up founding the legendary lesbian sex magazine, On Our Backs, and transform into the nation's first "Sexpert"?
Susie Bright was raised in California, where she joined a notorious high school underground newspaper, The Red Tide— the last days of the New Left and the first days of women’s/sexual liberation. After leading student-walkouts and mass disruption all over LA’s school district, there was only one thing left to do: Move to Detroit.
Bright’s bleeding-edge experiences in the late 70s, from Highland Park to Clark Park, are a climax of her story— and she looks forward to revisiting the scene of the crime!
Returning to the West Coast in the 80s, Bright uncovered the erotic forensics of the then-unspoken-of sex trade, old-school porn, founded On Our Backs (the first and last all-women’s sex magazine) and the genesis of the feminist sex-positive movement.
If you’re still standing here to talk about any of it— or you’re focused on what the international sexual revolution and activism looks like today, come meet Susie and talk about what the next radical-sex game-changer is going to look like.
This event is part of the LGQRI series and is co-sponsored by the Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop “Doing Queer Studies Now.” Common Language will be on hand to sell books.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Undergraduate Summer I/II -- Undergraduate Fall
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Sunday, March 13, 2011
Grad student wins Kennedy Center playwriting awardA Western Michigan University graduate student has won a coveted award for playwriting from the Kennedy Center and will take part in two intensive, resident playwriting workshops.
Mikala Hansen, a master's student studying playwriting and a graduate assistant in the Department of English, has won the Kennedy Center: The National Association of Partners of American Theatre Annual Playwriting Excellence Award for her full-length play, "Viking-American." Hansen will spend a week at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and a week at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas as part of an intensive program in writing for stage and screen.
Read more at WMU News
Friday, March 11, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
The department's next Scholarly Speakers Series lecture will take place on Thursday, March 17.
Dr. Dorothy Noyes, folklorist and professor of English, Comparative Studies, and Anthropology at Ohio State University, will speak on "Fairy-tale Economics: Scarcity, Risk, Choice" at 7 p.m. in Room 3025 of Brown Hall. She will discuss how the Western fairy tale, which was initially formed in a world of scarcity, persists in industrial and capitalist societies, largely because it stages the still uncertain fortunes of the individual.
Also, on Friday, March 18, at noon, in Bernhard Center 204, Professor Noyes will host a globalization brown-bag discussion based on her soon-to-be-published paper "Heritage, Legacy, Zombie: Burying the Undead Past."
At this Friday event, lunch will be provided courtesy of the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. If you plan to attend, please rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org. Her paper is available to be read ahead of time at http://www.wmich.edu/english/scholarly/.
A specialist in the history of folk voice, particularly in the Romance-speaking Mediterranean, Noyes is director of the Center for Folklore Studies and research associate at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, both at OSU. She has contributed articles to numerous prestigious journals and been an executive board member for both the American Folklore Society and Société Internationale d'Ethnologie et de Folklore. Her Fire in the Plaça: Catalan Festival Politics After Franco won the 2005 Book Prize of the Fellows of the American Folklore Society.
Noyes' visit to WMU is cosponsored by WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education, Africana Studies Program, Department of Anthropology, and Lee Honors College.
For more information, contact Dr. Anthony Ellis, Department of English, at email@example.com or (269) 387-2606.
Hadara Bar-Nadav's first book of poetry A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight (Margie/Intuit House, 2007) won the Margie Book Prize. Her second book The Frame Called Ruin is due out from New Issues in 2012. She is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
L. S. Klatt's poetry has appeared recently in the Cincinnati Review, Boston Review, and Drunken Boat. His new collection, Cloud of Ink, was awarded the Iowa Poetry Prize and will be published by the University of Iowa Press this coming March. His first book, Interloper, won the 2008 Juniper Prize.
MLive: Interview: Poet L.S. Klatt discusses his work, crossing the 'frontiers of consciousness'
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
We welcome you to join us for our third reading of the Spring 2011 Gwen Frostic Reading Series. We’re honored to have poet Nancy Eimers read her work on Tuesday, March 15th. The reading will take place at the WMU Bernhard Center, Room 105-107, starting at 8:00 PM. We look forward to seeing you there.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
A JNT Dialogue
JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory
For additional information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eastern Michigan University
Student Center Auditorium
900 Oakwood St.
Ypsilanti, Mi 48197
Date: March 15, 2011
Time: 6-7:30 pm
Refreshments follow in Student Center Art Gallery.
Lauren Berlant and Jack Judith Halberstam
Lauren Berlant bio:
Lauren Berlant is the George M. Pullman Professor of English at the University of Chicago, where she teaches about the intimate public spheres that cross over politics and the ordinary in mass societies. She is author of a national sentimentality trilogy that spans the U.S. 19th century to the present: The Anatomy of National Fantasy: Hawthorne, Utopia, and Everyday Life (1991); The Female Complaint: The Unfinished Business of Sentimentality in American Culture (2008); and The Queen of America Goes to Washington City: Essays on Sex and Citizenship (1997). Her next book, Cruel Optimism (2011) looks at the affective components of contemporary intimate publics transnationally, and focuses on the fate of the good life fantasy that accompanies the current capitalist collapse. Other works on public spheres as affect worlds include Our Monica, Ourselves (with Lisa Duggan); the much-anthologized "Sex in Public" in Critical Inquiry (with Michael Warner); as well as two essay collections, Compassion (2004) and Intimacy (2001).
Jack Judith Halberstam bio:
Jack Halberstam, formerly Judith Halberstam, is Professor of English, American Studies, and Ethnicity and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. Halberstam works in the areas of popular, visual, and queer culture with an emphasis on subcultures. Halberstam's books include Skin Shows: Gothic Horror and the Technology of Monsters(1995), the ground-breaking Female Masculinity (1998), as well as a co-authored photo/essay, The Drag King Book (1999), and a co-authored anthology, Posthuman Bodies (1995). The latest book, In a Queer Time and Place: Transgender Bodies, Subcultural Lives (2005), theorizes queer reconfigurations of time and space in relation to subcultural scenes and transgender visibility. Halberstam regularly publishes journalism in venues like BITCH Magazine and The Nation, and has just finished a book titled The Queer Art of Failure due out next year from Duke University Press. Halberstam is working on two other books now, one on "Bats" and another on children and the Holocaust.
Lauren Berlant, "Structures of Unfeeling: Mysterious Skin"
“Structures of Unfeeling: Mysterious Skin" uses Scott Heim's novel and Gregg Araki's film of AIDS, abductions, and the paranoid 90s to think about how to think about underperformed emotion: Berlant's paper gathers up many traditions, from twentieth century avant-gardes through trauma, punk, and indie casualness, to consider the ways in which affective activity appears as inexpressive form, form providing a holding space in the absence of knowing how or wanting to respond to the urgencies of the moment (the historical moment, the sexual moment, the intimate moment, the moment where survival time is always being apprehended, absorbed, and encountered).
Jack Judith Halberstam, "Unbecoming"
Building here on the work of feminists like Saidiya Hartman and Saba Mahmood and locating a queer femininity that refuses resistance and reshapes the meaning of the political in the process, Halberstam's paper offers up in the Bersani tradition narrated and extended by Heather Love in her book Feeling Backward, a queer theory of masochism and negative affect that revels in failures, builds around an anti-heroic, disintegrating subject and in the process recasts the project of thinking sex and gender. Halberstam charts a genealogy of an anti-social or anti-humanist or counter-intuitive feminism that arises out of queer, post-colonial, and Black feminisms and that thinks in terms of the negation of the subject rather than her formation.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Khaled read in the Spring 2009 Gwen Frostic Reading Series. The book's cover, featured on the PBS interview, was designed by a WMU student Josh Tabbia (now graduated) at the Design Center.
"Benghazi-Born Poet Mattawa Reflects on Growing up Under Gadhafi"
Jeffrey Brown talks to Libyan-born poet Khaled Mattawa about life under Moammar Gadhafi and the recent crisis in his homeland.
The day before, Jeffrey Brown interview Khaled for Art Beat on PBS:
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
WMU community members are welcome to attend any of the session without charge; however, the non-profit conference cannot provide free meals to those who are not presenting. (Free free, however, to come have Danish æbleskiver with us in 1343 Ellsworth Hall Thursday night and to have a mini-bagel and coffee from our breakfast snacks Friday or Saturday).