Lisa Woolfork's 'Game of Thrones' class in the WSJ

Professor Lisa Woolfork's recent summer class on 'Game of Thrones' continues to capture media attention. The following article in the Wall Street Journal gives an in depth look into the class, talking to students about their experiences immersing themselves in the 'Game of Thrones' world from a literary perspective. It also contains the exciting news that Professor Woolfork is considering offering the course again in different iterations, including possibly as a regular spring semester course.

English PhD Audrey Golden wins third place in National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest

Audrey Golden, a recent PhD and lecturer in the English Department, has been named third prize winner in the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest. Contestants include the winners of three dozen book collecting contests held at colleges and universities across the country. Her entry, “Pablo Neruda and the Global Politics of Poetry,” had won first place in the 50th Student Book Collecting Contest sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia last spring.

The press release from the Bibliographical Society of UVA explains further:

PhD candidate Andrew Ferguson quoted as literary expert in The Guardian

PhD candidate Andrew Ferguson was quoted in The Guardian speaking about the works of science-fiction author RA Lafferty. The article credits Ferguson, alongside fellow enthusiast Neil Gaiman, for rekindling interest in Lafferty, described in the article as "the most important science-fiction writer you've never heard of." Ferguson is currently writing a biography of the author for the University of Illinois Modern Masters of Science Fiction series and will chair a panel on Lafferty on 14 August at Loncon, the World Science Fiction Convention, being held at London's Docklands.

Emeritus Professor E. D. Hirsch in Politico

UVa Emeritus Professor of English E. D. Hirsh, writes Politico, can be credited with the foundation of the Common Core teaching standards, currently adopted in 43 out of 50 American states. Developed in 2009 by the National Governors Association to better prepare students for the demands of college and the workplace, the Common Core spells out learning goals for grades K-12. According to David Coleman, who is often called the “architect” of the Common Core, Hirsch’s research showing the fundamental connection between knowledge and literacy “is absolutely foundational.”

Professor Gregory Orr reflects on fatal gun accident

Professor Gregory Orr reflects in The New York Times on the recent incident in which a nine-year-old girl shot and killed her instructor at an Arizona gun range. Professor Orr, author of 12 books of poetry and a memoir titled The Blessing, accidentally killed his younger brother in a hunting accident when he was 12 years old. Professor Orr meditates poignantly on the position of children who suddenly find themselves living out the consequences of a fatal accident and trying to comprehend their part in it.

Once-a-decade Furious Flower conference dedicated to Rita Dove

The Furious Flower Poetry Center’s once-a-decade conference is dedicated this decade to Professor Rita Dove. This gathering of poets and scholars, held at James Madison University, features readings by many of the best established and emerging African American poets writing today—and all of these readings are free and open to the public. The conference began September 24 and continues through Saturday, September 28, with readings, open mics, lectures, and concerts.

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Jerome McGann
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Stephen Cushman
Christopher Tilghman
Andrew Stauffer
Gregory Orr
Jerome McGann
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J. Daniel Kinney
Lisa Russ Spaar
Gregory Orr
John Casey
John Casey
Elizabeth Denton
Rita Dove
Jon D'Errico
Stephen Cushman
Stephen Cushman
Stephen Cushman
Anna Brickhouse
John Casey
Rita Dove
A.C. Spearing
Cynthia Wall
Christopher Tilghman
James (Jeb) Livingood
Rita Dove
Rita Dove
Lisa Russ Spaar
Christopher Tilghman
Andrew Stauffer
Lisa Russ Spaar
Lisa Russ Spaar
Rita Felski
Rita Dove
Rita Dove
Rita Dove
Rita Dove
Lisa Russ Spaar
Jahan Ramazani
Michael Levenson
Gregory Orr
Lisa Russ Spaar
Rita Dove
Robert Langbaum
Mark Edmundson
Arthur Kirsch
Christopher Tilghman
Patricia Meyer Spacks
Christopher Tilghman
Stephen Cushman
Jerome McGann
Jerome McGann
Jerome McGann
Gregory Orr
Debra Nystrom
Debra Nystrom
Bruce Holsinger
Bruce Holsinger
Stephen Cushman
Lisa Russ Spaar
Debjani Ganguly
Rita Felski
Jane Alison
Debra Nystrom
Jeffery Allen
Jeffery Allen
Jeffery Allen
Jeffery Allen
Jeffery Allen

Events

Tuesday, September 25th

  1. Ardis Butterfield (Yale Universitiy) - ‘Medieval lyric: a translatable or untranslatable zone?’
    • Where: Cocke Hall - Classics Philosophy Library
    • Start time: 05:30pm
    • End time: 07:00pm
    • Ardis Butterfield

      Marie Borroff Professor of English, Professor of French, Professor of Music, Yale University

      Sponsored by Medieval Studies, The Center for Poetry and Poetics, the Department of English.

      Ph.D., M.A., Trinity College, Cambridge
      M.A. University of Bristol

      Ardis Butterfield specializes in the works of Chaucer, literatures of France and England from the 13th to 15th centuries, and in medieval music, as well as in theories and histories of language, form, and genre, city writing, bilingualism and medieval linguistic identities. Her books include the prize-winning The Familiar Enemy: Chaucer, Language and the Nation in the Hundred Years War and Poetry and Music in Medieval France. She edited Chaucer and the City, a collection of essays inspired by her undergraduate course on London in Literature.

      Co-founder of the Medieval Song Network, a collaborative, international project to encourage new interdisciplinary research on the medieval lyric, she currently co-hosts the Yale–based group Medieval Song Lab, and an annual colloquium on Anglophone Histories which she also co-founded at Yale. In 2016 she was voted President of the New Chaucer Society (2016 - 2018).

      She is currently engaged in three projects: a biography, Chaucer: A London Life; a new edition of medieval English lyrics for Norton; and a book on lyric form in the middle ages: Living Form: The Origins of Medieval Song. Before coming to Yale, she broadcasted regularly on radio and television in the UK, and continues to write reviews for BBC History magazine and the London Review of Books amongst other magazines and academic journals.

Thursday, September 27th

  1. Aminatta Forna Fiction Reading
    • Where: UVA Bookstore, 400 Emmet St S, Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA
    • Start time: 05:00pm
    • End time: 06:00pm
  2. Matt Rubery - Lecture
    • Where: Bryan Hall Faculty Lounge
    • Start time: 05:00pm
    • End time: 07:00pm

Friday, September 28th

  1. Erika Meitner and Emilia Phillips Poetry Reading
    • Where: New Dominion Book Shop 404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, United States
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 08:00pm

Monday, October 1st

  1. Workshop for graduate students on preparing articles for publication, led by Elizabeth Duquette, co-editor of J19.
    • Where: Bryan Hall Faculty Lounge
    • Start time: 11:15am
    • End time: 12:30pm