- The Politics of Apocalypse: Why Zombies Matter to the Future of the Humanities
- Dr. Katherine Toy Miller in television documentary on D. H. Lawrence
- Shakespeare Beyond Doubt named "Book of the Year"
- UNR alum Claire Watkins wins the Dylan Thomas Prize
- The Blood, Love, and Rhetoric School reads The School for Scandal
- Professor Rasmussen Publishes William Shakespeare & Others
The Politics of Apocalypse: Why Zombies Matter to the Future of the Humanities
Professor Justin Gifford—Jean Sanford Distinguished Professor in the Humanitieswill give a lecture in the Jot Travis Building, Room 100 on Tuesday November 19th at 4p.m.
Zombies have infected every aspect of American popular culture. We can find them roaming apocalyptic landscapes in film and television, video games, literature, and even political theory. They are the subjects of conference papers and PhD dissertations, academic articles and NY York Times bestselling books. Although the figure of the zombie has been circulating in mass culture since the 1920s and 1930s, the twenty-first century has witnessed an unprecedented outbreak of apocalypse-related art and cultural production.
Professor Justin Gifford examines this zombie renaissance as a symbolic struggle with the crises of our times: economic collapse, ecological decay, persistent race hatred, the industrialization of the food industry, a broken health care system, and an empty consumer culture. The zombie apocalypse narrative has emerged as an important medium through which we understand these catastrophes.
Professor Gifford provides a genealogy of the zombie canon, and he illuminates ways we might read the stories of walking dead as potent allegories for the political and social divides that we face in America in the twenty-first century.
Date: Tuesday, November 19th
Location:Jot Travis Building, Room 100
Posted November 05, 2013
Dr. Katherine Toy Miller in television documentary on D. H. Lawrence
Dr. Katherine Toy Miller, Lecturer in the Core Writing Program of the English Department, will appear in a one-hour television documentary on the life of British author D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930) produced as a special for the BBC Two Culture Show which acquired worldwide distribution rights. Filmed in England, the Alps, and New Mexico, “D. H. Lawrence: A Journey Without Shame” will air Saturday, November 23, at 22:15 according to the BBC website. Miller, a permanent resident of Taos, New Mexico, speaks about Lawrence’s interest in the Native Americans of Taos Pueblo as part of his lifelong spiritual quest.
Related to her interest in Lawrence’s observations of the Native Americans of the Southwest, Miller has been asked to write on the roll Lawrence played in the creation of the novel Brave New World by his friend Aldous Huxley, particularly the Savage Reservation section set in New Mexico. Miller’s essay, “Penitentes at the Snake Dance,” about Huxley’s conflation of the Hopi Antelope-Snake Ceremony and the use of flagellation by the lay Catholic Penitentes will appear in Salem Press’s “Critical Insights” series volume on Huxley’s Brave New World (2014).
Posted November 20, 2013
Shakespeare Beyond Doubt named "Book of the Year"
Shakespeare Beyond Doubt: Evidence, Argument, Controversy (Cambridge University Press) has been named a "Book of the Year" by both the Times Literary Supplement and the journal History Today. In announcing the winners in History Today, the noted Victorian scholar Judith Flanders singled out the chapter written by Professors James Mardock and Eric Rasmussen as her favorite in the collection which she characterized as "thorough, rigorous, scholarly -- and a lot of fun."
Date: Wednesday, November 20th
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Location: Sundance Books
121 California Ave Reno, NV 89509
Posted November 05, 2013
UNR alum Claire Watkins wins the Dylan Thomas Prize
Claire Vaye Watkins has been named the 2013 winner of the £30,000 Dylan Thomas Prize for new writers. Judges said she was an "exceptional" writer and described her collection Battleborn as "infectious". The UNR alum was one of seven writers aged under 30 shortlisted for the prize. The prize based in Thomas's birthplace of Swansea is one of the largest literary cash awards in the world
Posted November 8, 2013
The Blood, Love, and Rhetoric School reads The School for Scandal
We will gather, divvy up parts, and muddle through this egregiously improper skewering of “polite” 18th-century society. Wigs, fans, false noses, and talent are not required; only enthusiasm is compulsory.
request a PDF of the script, ask for directions, and/or call dibs on a part to James Mardock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date: Thursday, November 21th
Location: 1080 Mount Rose
Posted NOvember 20, 2013
Professor Rasmussen Publishes Centennial work of Shakespeare Scholarship: William Shakespeare & Others: Collaborative Plays.
In partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company, leading experts Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen present William Shakespeare & Others: Collaborative Plays.
In the companion volume to the UK bestseller The RSC Shakespeare: Complete Works, renowned Shakespeare scholars Jonathan Bate and Eric Rasmussen bring together the fascinatingly varied body of plays that became known as "The Shakespeare Apocrypha" for the first time in over a hundred years, in a beautifully packaged and illustrated collection that is sure to be a must-have for all Shakespeare fans.
“A rich collection of early modern plays that are entertaining, exciting and often simply superb.”
-- Peter Holland,
University of Notre Dame, USA
Posted November 06, 2013
Additional Items of Interest
English Department Clubs
The English Department helps to support several clubs for UNR's students. Please click on the images above to learn more about each club.
University Writing Center
Funded by student fees under the ASUN-initiated and student-approved Joint Vision 2017
Plan, the University Writing Center provides free one-on-one tutoring for undergraduate and graduate students. UWC staff is also available to give presentations to classes, faculty, and other groups.