Professor Justin Gifford Finalist for Phi Beta Kappa's Christian Gauss Award

Professor Justin Gifford Finalist for Phi Beta Kappa's Christian Gauss Award

Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest academic honor society, has named Professor Gifford's book "Pimping Fictions: African American Crime Literature and the Untold Story of Black Pulp Publishing" as a finalist for The Christian Gauss Award in the field of literary scholarship. Previous recipients of the award include Marjorie Garber, Harold Bloom, and Wayne Booth. The winner will be announced October 1st, 2014.

Posted August 23, 2014

BRIDGET LOWE: Poetry Reading

BRIDGET LOWE: Poetry Reading

Bridget Lowe is the author of the book of poetry At the Autopsy of Vaslav Nijinsky. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Best American Poetry, Boston Review, The New Republic, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Denver Quarterly, among other publications. She is a graduate of Syracuse University’s MFA program and has received a “Discovery”/Boston Review Prize, the 2011 Rona Jaffe Foundation Fellowship to the MacDowell Colony, and has been a scholar and fellow at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She lives in Kansas City, where she was born.

Sponsored by The Black Mountain Institute of UNLV, the UNR English Department
and Nevada Humanities

Date: Wednesday, September 24
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Rotunda Reading Room, MIKC

For more information contact Professor Steve Gehrke at

Posted September 18, 2014



John Price Reading: “The Nature of Kinship”

John Price delivers talk “The Nature of Kinship”

John Price is the author of the memoirs Daddy Long Legs: The Natural Education of a Father (Trumpeter Books/​Shambhala Press, 2013); Man Killed by Pheasant and Other Kinships (Da Capo Press, 2008; paperback released by University of Iowa Press, Spring, 2012) and Not Just Any Land: A Personal and Literary Journey into the American Grasslands (University of Nebraska Press, 2004). Price is also the editor of the nature anthology The Tallgrass Prairie Reader (University of Iowa Press, 2014). He attended the University of Iowa, where he earned his B.A. in Religion, M.F.A. in Nonfiction Writing and Ph.D. in English. A recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and other recognitions, his nonfiction writing about nature, family, and spirit has appeared in many journals, magazines, newspapers, and anthologies including Orion, The Christian Science Monitor, Creative Nonfiction, The Iowa Review, and Best Spiritual Writing 2000. He is a Professor of English at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where he directs the nonfiction writing program. Price is a prominent writer of place-based creative nonfiction from the prairies, and one whose trademark literary style combines poignancy and humor. As one reviewer put it: “If David Sedaris and Annie Dillard had a literary love child and raised him in Iowa, he would write like this.”

Date: Friday, October 24
Time: 4:00 PM
Location :Frandsen 106


Posted September 29, 2014


Nicole Seymour Lecture: “Documentary Film and the Ironies of Climate Change”

Nicole Seymour delivers a lecture on “Documentary Film and the Ironies of Climate Change”

Nicole Seymour was born, and presently lives, in the charmingly sketchy port city of Long Beach, California. In the years between being born and the present, she earned her Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University, taught at the University of Louisville and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and held a year-long fellowship at the Rachel Carson Center in Munich, Germany. She is currently Assistant Professor of English in the area of Literature and the Environment at Cal State Fullerton. Nicole has published articles in several edited collections and in venues such as Cinema Journal and the Journal of Ecocriticism. Her first book, Strange Natures: Empathy, Futurity, and the Queer Ecological Imagination, came out last year from the University of Illinois Press. Among other accolades, it now sits at #24 (out of 46) on's list of the Pinkest Books Ever.

Date: Friday, November 14
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: Frandsen 106


Posted September 29, 2014

Renowned scholar Jonathan Culler to speak on prospects for literary theory in the 21st century

Renowned scholar Jonathan Culler to speak on prospects for literary theory in the 21st century

Jonathan Culler, the Class of 1916 Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cornell University, will give a public lecture titled “Literary Theory for the 21st Century” at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15 in room 106 of the Ansari Business building. During his visit to UNR Culler will also conduct a brownbag discussion of material drawn from his eleventh book Theory of the Lyric, forthcoming from Harvard University Press in 2015. This event is scheduled for 12:30 pm on Thursday, October 16, in room 301 of the Fleischmann Agriculture building. Both events are sponsored by the UNR English Department, with support from the Hilliard Endowment for the Humanities and the English Department Public Occasions Committee.

Culler-Literary Theory for the 21st CenturyCuller’s visit will give members of the UNR community the opportunity to hear one of our most distinguished figures in the humanities reflect on the prospects for literary theory in the new century. He will do so from a unique vantage point: few scholars played a bigger role in launching the “theory boom” that transformed American literary scholarship. In works like Structuralist Poetics (1975) and On Deconstruction (1982) Culler helped bring the concerns of European structuralist and poststructuralist thinkers into the mainstream of American literary criticism. Renowned for his plainspoken and lucid prose style, he has had notable success in bringing theoretical concerns and methodologies out of elite cloisters and before a large public. His Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction (1997) has sold over 100,000 copies in English alone, and has been translated into 20 foreign languages. It has helped a generation of college students and lay readers to discover the pleasures and possibilities of literary theory.

Culler--Theory of the Lyric Culler taught at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford before arriving at Cornell in 1977. In a long and distinguished career he has published 10 books and over 200 scholarly articles, interviews, reviews, and occasional pieces. His scholarship is credited with establishing the significance of linguistic models for literary criticism; he is also widely admired for his sophisticated and luminous readings of literary figures like Baudelaire, Flaubert, and Poe. Culler has received some of the highest honors a literary scholar can aspire to, including the James Russell Lowell Prize of the Modern Language Association (awarded for his second book Structuralist Poetics in 1975), election to the American Academy of Art and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and the presidency of the American Comparative Literature Association.

Literary Theory for the 21st Century
Date: Wednesday, October 15
Time: 5:30pm
Location: Ansari Business Building, 106

Theory of the Lyric
Date: Thursday, October 16
Time: 12:30pm
Location: Max Fleischmann Agriculture Building, 301

Anyone interested in attending Culler’s 10/16 brownbag discussion should email Professor Ann Keniston ( for a copy of the precirculated reading.

Sponsored by:
The Hilliard Endowment
The English Department
The English Department Public Occasions Committee


Posted September 29, 2014

David Gessner Reading:
“All the Wild That Remains”

David Gessner LEcture:
“All the Wild That Remains”

David Gessner is the author of eight books, including Return of the Osprey, Sick of Nature, My Green Manifesto, and The Tarball Chronicles, which won the 2012 Reed Award for Best Book on the Southern Environment and the Association for Study of Literature and the Environment’s award for best book of creative writing in 2011-12. He has published essays in many journals and magazines, including Outside and The New York Times Magazine, and has won the prestigious John Burroughs Award for Best Nature Essay, a Pushcart Prize, and inclusion in Best American Nonrequired Reading. He recently appeared on MSNBC’s The Cycle to offer his take on the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Gessner taught Environmental Writing as a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard, and is currently a Professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he founded the award-winning literary journal of place, Ecotone. His latest book, All the Wild That Remains (forthcoming from Norton), is about following the ghosts of Wallace Stegner and Edward Abbey around the American West. Gessner is among the most accomplished contemporary American environmental writers, and he is known especially for his irreverent and comically energetic literary voice.

Date: Friday, November 14
Time:at 4:00 p.m.
Location: FH 106


Posted September 29, 2014

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