Katherine Fusco Discusses Lon Chaney and Ethics & Affects in The Phantom of the Opera

Katherine Fusco Discusses Lon Chaney and Ethics & Affects in <em>The Phantom of the Opera

Lon Chaney, "The Man of a Thousand Faces" as he was known, made films that can be seen as meditations on the promises and limits of sympathy. As ethics and affects increasingly interest film scholars and narrative theorists, Chaney's horror films are an important site for ethical thinking. Chaney's star persona and his filmography explore the relationship between identification and empathy, revealing the ethical problems of basing the latter on the former. To do so, he experimented with non-normative faces, repeatedly transforming through makeup so that the stability of the face comes into question. Using The Phantom of the Opera (1925) as a test case, this paper considers both philosophical and psychological studies of disgust - the affective state elicited by the non-normative face and which Chaney asks his audiences to reconsider. Finally, this paper considers the role editing and cinematography can play in making audiences think differently.

Date: Friday, April 18
Time: 3:00-4:00PM
Location: Frandsen Humanities 107


Posted April 11, 2014

Professor Cheryll Glotfelty Receives Regents' Academic Advisor Award

Professor Cheryll Glotfelty

At the Board of Regents' meeting last week, Professor Cheryll Glotfelty was selected to receive the 2014 Regents' Academic Advisor Award. This system-wide award is not only a great honor, but a fitting acknowledgement of the exceptional work that Cheryll has done as Director of Graduate Studies in our department.

Please join with me in congratulating Cheryll on this wonderful accomplishment -- and please plan to attend the University's "Honor the Best" Ceremony in early May when the award will be conferred upon her!




Posted March 27, 2014



The English Department’s Blood, Love, and Rhetoric School presents a reading of Middleton’s A Mad World, My Masters.

Brain Awareness Week 2014

At 7:00 pm, April 17, we will gather at 1080 Mount Rose, divvy up parts, and muddle through this hilarious and meticulously-plotted comedy greed and lust in seventeenth-century London. Masks, daggers, codpieces, and talent are not required; only enthusiasm is compulsory.

RSVP, request a PDF of the script, ask for directions, and/or call dibs on a part to James Mardock at


Date: Thursday, April 17
Time: 7:00PM
Location: 1080 Mount Rose
Reno, NV

Posted March 31, 2014


Poetry Reading:
Ann Keniston, Steven Nightingale, Joe Crowley

Join us Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m., for an evening of poetry with Ann Keniston, Steven Nightingale, and Joe Crowley. This evening is part of Sundance Books and Music's month long celebration of National Poetry Month.

This program is made possible through a partnership with Nevada Humanities and with support from the Nightingale Family Foundation.


Ann Keniston

Ann Keniston

Ann Keniston is the author of the poetry collection The Caution of Human Gestures (Wordtech, 2005) and a new chapbook, November Wasps: Elegies (Finishing Line, 2013); she is also coeditor of The New American Poetry of Engagement: A 21st Century Anthology (2012). Her poems have recently appeared in Literary Imagination, Southwest Review, Tampa Review, and elsewhere, and she has received grants from the Somerville (MA) Arts Council, the Sierra Arts Foundation (NV), and the Nevada Arts Council. Also a scholar of contemporary American poetry, she is the author of the critical study Overheard Voices: Address and Subjectivity in Postmodern American Poetry. She is currently finishing a new full-length poetry collection, entitled “Lament/Praise” and a scholarly study of memory in postwar American poetry. An associate professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno, she lives in Reno with her husband and teenaged sons



Steven Nightingale

Steven Nightingale

Steven Nightingale is the author of two novels, The Lost Coast and The Thirteenth Daughter of the Moon; Cartwheels, a limited edition book of sonnets; and four collections of sonnets published by the Black Rock Press. A native Nevadan, he received a B.A. at Stanford University where he studied computer science and literature. He lives in the Santa Cruz mountains near Woodside, California, with his wife Lucy and daughter Gabriella.




Joe Crowley

Joe Crowley

Joe Crowley is a former professor and administrator at the University of Nevada, Reno, who writes poetry in retirement. His publications include books about the college presidency and related subjects, the centennial history of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and lately, various poems.








For more information, please go to Sundance Book's Webpage.


Date: Wednesday, April 23th

Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Location: Sundance Books and Music
121 California Ave Reno, NV 89509
(775) 786-1188

Posted April 11, 2014

The English Department Public Occasions Committee presents a reading by Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith Gives a reading

Patricia Smith is the author of six books of poetry, including Shoulda Been Jimi Savannah, winner of the 2013 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and the Phillis Wheatley Award and finalist for the

William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America and the Balcones Prize. Blood Dazzler was a finalist for the National Book Award and Teahouse of the Almighty was a National Poetry Series selection.

Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The New York Times, TriQuarterlyTin House, The Washington Post, and in both Best American Poetry and Best American Essays.  A 2012 fellow at MacDowell and Yaddo, she is a two-time Pushcart Prize winner, recipient of a Lannan fellowship and a four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam, the most successful poet in its history.

She is currently working on a biography of Harriet Tubman, a poetry volume combining text and 19th century African-American photos, and a libretto for City Steam, a celebration of the re-opening of Philadelphia’s Dilworth Plaza. Patricia is a professor at the College of Staten Island and an instructor in the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College, where she is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Humanities.

Date: Wednesday, April 9
Time: 5:30PM
Location: MIKC 422
University of Nevada, Reno Campus

For further information:
Gailmarie Pahmeier
Department of English/0098
University of Nevada
Reno, NV 89557

Posted March 31, 2014

Three English Graduate Students win Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship

Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship

Three English PhD students have been selected to receive Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowships for the next academic year:

Kyle Bladow, "Organizing Fictions: Material Ecocriticism, Environmental Justice, and American Indian Literature"

Katrina Miller, "The Rhetoricality of Writing Assessment: Constraints and Contingent Possibilities"

Meghan Sweeney, "Identifying Threshold Concepts for College-Level Reading"

The University of Nevada, Reno College of Liberal Arts recently received a gift from the Bilinski Educational Foundation to fund dissertation-year fellowships for doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences. The $500,000 gift created the Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship Fund for Land-Grant Liberal Arts Scholarship. The 20 annual Bilinski fellowships each include a stipend and a modest travel allowance.

Posted March 14, 2014

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