Lisa Woolfork's 'Game of Thrones' class captivates students, media

Professor Lisa Woolfork has garnered a flurry of media attention with her popular 'Game of Thrones' course. The class, offered this summer as a four-week, discussion-based seminar, focuses on the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning HBO series and George R. R. Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire' novels, on which the series is based. In their discussions, students analyzed the series in light of topics including racial and cultural allegory, gender roles and power, identity formation, and fan fiction.

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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Lisa Russ Spaar
Christopher Tilghman
Bruce Holsinger
Jahan Ramazani
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
Brian Teare
Brian Teare
Brian Teare
Brian Teare
Kiki Petrosino
Kiki Petrosino
Writing Communities
Stephen Parks
The Brick House
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
A Brief History of Yes
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
The Mirror in the Well
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
Draining the Sea
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
The Daydreaming Boy
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
Three Apples Fell From Heaven
Micheline Aharonian Marcom
Victorian Connections
Jerome McGann
Air Heart Sermons
Jerome McGann
Don Juan in Context
Jerome McGann
Publication icon
Jerome McGann
Hothead: A Poem
Stephen Cushman
Roads of the Heart
Christopher Tilghman
Stauffer
Andrew Stauffer
The Textual Condition
Jerome McGann
Byron and Romanticism
Jerome McGann
Petronius’ Satyrica
J. Daniel Kinney
Cellar
Lisa Russ Spaar
Kneeling on Rice
Elizabeth Denton
Selected Poems
Rita Dove
The Craft of Argument
Jon D'Errico
Blue Pajamas
Stephen Cushman
Cussing Lesson
Stephen Cushman
Riffraff
Stephen Cushman
American Smooth
Rita Dove
The Rape of the Lock
Cynthia Wall
Mason's Retreat
Christopher Tilghman
Best New Poets 2010
James (Jeb) Livingood
The Poet's World
Rita Dove
Museum
Rita Dove
Book icon
Lisa Russ Spaar
The Way People Run
Christopher Tilghman
Robert Browning's Poetry
Andrew Stauffer
Blue Venus
Lisa Russ Spaar
Glass Town
Lisa Russ Spaar
Rethinking Tragedy
Rita Felski
Sonata Mulattica
Rita Dove
Fifth Sunday
Rita Dove
Thomas and Beulah
Rita Dove
Mother Love
Rita Dove
Satin Cash
Lisa Russ Spaar
A Transnational Poetics
Jahan Ramazani
Modernism
Michael Levenson
Vanitas, Rough
Lisa Russ Spaar
Grace Notes
Rita Dove
Why Read?
Mark Edmundson
In a Father's Place
Christopher Tilghman
The Right-Hand Shore
Christopher Tilghman
Heart Island
Stephen Cushman
Book icon
Jerome McGann
Byron and Wordsworth
Jerome McGann
The Invention Tree
Jerome McGann
Torn Sky
Debra Nystrom
Bad River Road
Debra Nystrom
A Burnable Book
Bruce Holsinger
The Invention of Fire
Bruce Holsinger
The Red List
Stephen Cushman
Orexia: Poems
Lisa Russ Spaar
This Thing Called the World
Debjani Ganguly
Uses of Literature
Rita Felski
Nine Island
Jane Alison
A Quarter Turn
Debra Nystrom

Events

Thursday, October 28th

  1. MFA Reading Series
    • Where: New Dominion Bookshop 404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, United States
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • Hannah Dierdorff and Nana Nyarko Boateng

Friday, October 29th

  1. Lydia Brown dissertation presentation
    • Where: Bryan Hall Faculty Lounge
    • Start time: 12:00pm
    • End time: 01:00pm

Tuesday, November 2nd

  1. Thadious Davis, Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of English - Inaugural Ross Family Lecture, “Imploding History in Home: Toni Morrison’s Mid-century Modernism”
    • Where: Location TBD
    • Start time: 04:00pm
    • End time: 06:00pm

Thursday, November 4th

  1. Lecture by Rabih Alameddine, "Concerning the Politics in Art"
    • Where: Newcomb Hall Ballroom
    • Start time: 05:00pm
    • End time: 07:00pm
  2. MFA Reading Series
    • Where: New Dominion Bookshop 404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, United States
    • Start time: 07:00pm
    • End time: 08:00pm
    • Katherine James and Sophia Saklikowski

Saturday, November 6th

  1. Lisa Russ Spaar Book Launch: Madrigailia
    • Where: New Dominion Bookshop 404 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902, United States
    • Start time: 04:00pm
    • End time: 05:00pm
    • Join us as we celebrate the release of Lisa Russ Spaar’s new poetry collection, Madrigalia: New & Selected Poems. This in-person event will be free and open to the public. We recommend arriving early for the best seating.

      About the Book: This career-spanning volume portrays in stunning fashion Lisa Russ Spaar’s exquisite obsessions: spiritual hunger, lingual pleasures, bodily decay. The “ringleader of a stunning lexicon” (Shenandoah), Spaar offers poems that are both colloquial and sumptuous, hyper-attuned to contemporary idiom while rooted in language’s primordial, earthy roots. Whether writing of the erotic or the divine, of anorexia or insomnia, of fairy tale or literary history, Spaar’s writing is unmistakably her own, a trove of music and magic like nothing else in contemporary poetry. In Madrigalia, her oeuvre is on full display; it is a showcase of her indispensable poetic gifts, a tribute to a writer both ascetic and ecstatic.

      About the Author: Lisa Russ Spaar is the author of many collections of poetry, most recently Orexia (Persea, 2017), and a collection of essays, The Hide-and-Seek Muse: Annotations of Contemporary Poetry. She is the editor of four poetry anthologies, most recently More Truly and More Strange: 100 Contemporary American Self-Portrait Poems. Her awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Award, and the Library of Virginia Award for Poetry. She is a poetry columnist for Los Angeles Review of Books and professor of English at the University of Virginia.