TopicCFP “Transnational Dimensions of Literature and the Arts” University of Buchares

THE 16th  ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ENGLISH DEPARTMENT UNIVERSITY OF BUCHAREST, ROMANIA The English Department of the University of Bucharest will hold its 16th from 5–7 June, 2014. The Conference will be organized in two sections: Papers are invited in: General Linguistics Linguistic Theories Theoretical Linguistics (syntax, phonology, semantics and the interfaces) Language acquisition Applied […]

DepositArt, Literature and Revolution in Latin America: Telling the Story

Course Description: As German intellectual Walter Benjamin writes in his essay “The Storyteller”, “Experience which is passed on from mouth to mouth is the source from which all storytellers have drawn.” In the process of sharing experiences, more stories are born with authorship that are common while at the same time recognizing the individual opening of the hearer and the teller. In this course, we will explore storytelling as a way to understand the changes that Latin America went through during the twentieth-century: from dictatorships and revolutions to efforts for reconciliation and preservation of memory. The course content will include diverse forms of art, including poetry, mural paintings, photography, testimonies, music, and novels. Equally important, students will be placed in bi-weekly engagement with a Latin American immigrant from the London (Ontario) community. Students will maintain a portfolio to keep notes, reactions, and thoughts about their conversations, class discussions, readings, and own reflections. Based on the portfolio, students will share one story with the rest of the class at the end of the term. Revolutionary movements: we will be able to discern, survive and keep growing in a large part because of its storytelling component, the sharing of experiences from mouth to mouth.

TopicASAP/7: "Arts & the Public"

ASAP/7: Arts & the Public September 24-27, 2015 Hosted by Clemson University at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville, SC Call for Papers ASAP/7 invites proposals from scholars and artists on the relations between the public—broadly conceived – and contemporary visual, literary, performing, musical, and media arts. From parks, schools, and museums to monuments, performances, and […]

DepositThe Art of Negotiation: Student Writers Claiming Authority and Humility

One of the hardest concepts to teach first-year composition students is the role of authority in academic writing. How are young adults who have a limited social world view and older adults who have left school for several years expected to assert themselves with confidence? Equally, another difficult threshold concept for FYC students is the act of humility in academic writing. Student writers need to acknowledge their limitations if they are going to establish authority in their writing. In my paper, I look closely at four students’ essays, examining how they venture and participate in academic conversations as they negotiate the role of humility and authority.

DepositThe Art of the Book in the Digital Age syllabus (undergraduate course)

The attached syllabus was written for my Honors undergraduate seminar “The Art of the Book in the Digital Age,” taught Fall 2016 at UNC Chapel Hill. Here is an excerpt from the course description: “The book’s role and significance within literary culture is being scrutinized today with an intensity unseen for five centuries. Nowhere is this questioning more acute, sophisticated, and nuanced than in the burgeoning field of the book arts, an umbrella term encompassing artists’ books, book sculpture, zines, and print-oriented forms of electronic poetry. This is an inherently collaborative and interdisciplinary field. Its practitioners skirt the thresholds between visual art and literature, technology and philosophy, producing uniquely bookish artifacts that defy easy categorization. These are artworks made not for the white walls of a gallery, but to be read and used; they are works of literature that engage the visual, tactile, and even olfactory senses. Difficult to reproduce in print editions or literary anthologies, they challenge our expectations of the codex as a platform for delivering and consuming textual information. Despite the diversity of the book arts, what brings these practices together is a shared interest in the potential of the book to model radical new forms of creativity, subjectivity, and political engagement. ‘if i can sing through my mouth with a book,’ writes El Lissitzky in a treatise on book design, ‘i can show myself in various guises.'”

GroupEthos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities, and Public Ethics

Ethos is a collective of critics, scholars, and public intellectuals who hope to inspire discussion about the cultures that shape—and are shaped by—contemporary society. This digital project is committed to providing an online space for reflecting upon the variety of collective customs, ideas, politics, and art that shape the human condition. To that end, Ethos […]