Sunday, March 30, 2014

Nagle Presents on Queer Theory in the 18th Century

Chris Nagle recently attended the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies (ASECS) annual conference, held this year in Williamsburg, VA, where he took part in a roundtable on the uses and abuses of Queer Theory in current work on the Long 18th Century. The session was sponsored by the ASECS Gay and Lesbian Caucus and organized by George Haggerty and Susan Lanser, and the group is currently planning to develop the presentations and responses for a possible publication.

Chris's participation in the conference was made possible by a Women's Caucus Professional Development Grant, which helped to defray some of the travel costs.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Maisha Winn Visit a Success

Prof. Maisha Winn's visit to WMU last Wednesday began with a lunch discussion with graduate students and host Allen Webb, and culminated in her public address to a full house at the Center for Humanities followed by a reception afterward.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

MAISHA WINN visit to WMU~Wed., 3/26

The WMU English Department’s
Anthony Ellis Scholarly Speakers Series
proudly presents

University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Building a ‘lifetime circle:’
English Education in the time of Mass Incarceration”

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
4:00 PM
Center for the Humanities/Knauss 2500

The talk is free and open to the public.

A reception will follow.

Prof. Maisha T. Winn (formerly Maisha T. Fisher) is a former public school teacher. She earned her doctorate in Language, Literacy, and Culture at the University of California, Berkeley and competed a postdoctoral fellowship at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Winn became a member of a community of scholars who are intent on examining everyday literacy practices among adolescents in the interest of expanding earlier work on literacy practices within families and neighborhoods. Her work is focused on expanding the discipline to include performance and oral traditions in the examination of what constitutes the study of literacy.

Winn's research spans a wide variety of understudied settings including her earlier work on the literate practices extant in bookstores and community organizations in the African American community to her most recent work in settings where adolescent girls are incarcerated. Her work is multidisciplinary in that she examines the cognitive dimensions of the literate practices, the micro-level\interactional processes through which knowledge is constructed in these settings, and the socialization functions that take place through both peer relation and adult-youth relations as they emerge in these various institutions. And the substance of Winn's investigations further illuminate the roles that these institutions play within the larger cultural-historical development of racially diverse and low income communities -- including populations of Dominican, Puerto Rican, Columbian and African American descent.

Most recently, Winn’s continued work examining youth performing literacy and more specifically the intersection of arts in the lives of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated girls has been published in Girl Time: Literacy, justice, and the school-to-prison pipeline (Teachers College Press). Additionally, her research has been published in numerous journals including Harvard Educational Review; Review of Research in Education, Race, Ethnicity, and Education; Anthropology and Education Quarterly; Research in the Teaching of English, Journal of African American History, Written Communication, and English Education.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New Issue of Comparative Drama

Comparative Drama is pleased to announce the publication of our Winter issue, volume 47.4. This was the last issue worked on by Tony Ellis and has been dedicated to him. It includes the following contributions:


"Wise Enough to Play the Fool": Robert Armin and Shakespeare’s Sung Songs of Scripted Improvisation
Catherine Henze

After Chekhov: The Three Sisters of Beth Henley, Wendy Wasserstein, Timberlake Wertenbaker, and Blake Morrison
Verna Foster

"What Citadels, what turrets, and what towers": Mapping the Tower of London in Thomas Heywood's Lord Mayors' Shows
Kristen Deiter

Double Exposures: On the Reciprocity of Influence between Tennessee Williams and Jean Cocteau
Laura Michiels and Christophe Collard

"I Have Done the State Some Service": Reading Slavery in Othello through Juan Latino
Emily Weissbourd


Of Bondage: Debt, Property and Personhood in Early Modern England
by Amanda Bailey
reviewed by: Lorna Hutson

Shakespeare and the Book Trade
by Lukas Erne
reviewed by: Douglas Bruster

The Sentimental Theater of the French Revolution

by Cecilia Feilla
reviewed by: Yann Robert

Metatheater and Modernity: Baroque and Neobaroque

by Mary Ann Frese Witt
reviewed by: Tessa C. Gurney

The Poetics of Piracy, by Barbara Fuchs
reviewed by: Hilaire Kallendorf

The Tears of Sovereignty: Perspectives of Power in Renaissance Drama

by Philip Lorenz
reviewed by: Hilaire Kallendorf

Corpus Christi Plays at York: A Context for Religious Drama
by Clifford Davidson with a contribution in collaboration with Sheila White
reviewed by: Hans-Jürgen Diller

The Ghosts of the Avant-Garde(s): Exorcising Experimental Theater and Performance

by James M. Harding
reviewed by: Jennifer Buckley

The Modern Art of Influence and the Spectacle of Oscar Wilde

by S. I. Salamensky
reviewed by: Ellen Crowell

Acting Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict
edited by Cynthia E. Cohen, Roberto Gutiérrez Varea, and Polly O. Walker
reviewed by: Kelly Howe

Mortal Thoughts: Religion, Secularity, and Identity in Early Modern Culture

by Brian Cummings
reviewed by: Christopher Kendrick

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Grad Student Featured in New Publication from the Newberry

We are pleased to announce the essays that have been chosen for inclusion in this year's online selected conference proceedings publication, Newberry Essays in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Vol. 8: Selected Proceedings of the Newberry Center for Renaissance Studies 2014 Multidisciplinary Graduate Student Conference.

The authors are working with their editors to revise their papers for publication. We plan to publish the volume by this summer.

Contributors and essays for this year's volume:

Patrick Bonczyk, Music, Michigan State University, “Breastfeeding the Soul: Spiritual Hunger and Baby-Death in Henry Purcell’s ‘With sick and famish’d Eyes,’ Z200”

Caroline Carpenter, English, Claremont Graduate University, “A Trinity of Donne Plus One: Jack, John, Doctor, and Conscience”

Kristie Flannery, History, University of Texas at Austin, “Juegos Prohibidos/Gente Prohibida: Regulating Space, Race, and Gambling in Early-Modern Manila”

Mary Helen Galluch, Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, “Amending the Ascetic: Community and Character in the Old English Life of Saint Mary of Egypt”

Jared Halverson, Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University, “Hate and Hermeneutics: Interpretive Authority in Luther’s On the Jews and their Lies”

George Klaeren, History, University of Kansas, “Rational Inquisitors: Medical Discourse, Empiricism, and Catholic Truth in the Century of Light”

Sarah Lube Roe, French, University of Texas at Austin, “Theatre as a Jansenist Tool? The Importance of Perspective and Interpretation in Overcoming the Theatricality of Amour-Propre in Racine’s Phèdre”

Heather Smith, Art History, University of Missouri-Columbia, “A Different Picture of Female Piety: The Margaret and Catherine Window at Chartres Cathedral”

Shana Thompson, Art History, University of North Texas, “Land, Water, Woman: Place, Identity, and Coudrette’s Mélusine in Late Medieval Poitou”


Mary Angelo, who recently completed a PhD in French at the University of Chicago and is research assistant for a current Center for Renaissance Studies project

Contributing editors:

Laura Bland, History & Philosophy of Science, University of Notre Dame
Catherine Conner, English, Claremont Graduate University
Charles Keenan, History, Northwestern University
Danielle Kuntz, Musicology, University of Minnesota
Lance Lubelski, History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Andrea Nichols, History, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Greta Smith, English, Miami University
David Vaughan, English, Oklahoma State University
Daniel Yingst, Divinity School, University of Chicago

See previous volumes of Newberry Essays in Medieval and Early Modern Studies: