Professors John O'Brien and Brad Pasanek on 'Notes on the State of Virginia' app

Professors John O’Brien and Brad Pasanek spoke to UVA Today about their new web application for Thomas Jefferson's Notes on the State of Virginia. The application – developed by O’Brien and Pasanek, with the help of students and the University Library’s Scholars’ Lab – includes two versions of Jefferson’s encyclopedic volume: one of the first 1784 printings, which he gave to the Marquis de Lafayette, and a 1787 copy whose pages are full of his handwritten annotations, revisions and personal thoughts.

Gregory Orr on Here & Now

Professor Gregory Orr spoke to Robin Young on Here and Now about living after an accidental shooting death. Orr reflects on the recent incident in which a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot and killed her instructor at an Arizona firing range, as well as his own tragic experience: when he was 12 years old, he killed a younger brother in a hunting accident. Orr reads from his own poetry and discusses finding meaning after an incomprehensible tragedy.

Listen to the interview here.

 

 

The Great English Exposition Wednesday at 7pm

If you are an English major or potential English major, come out to The Great English Exposition this Wednesday at 7pm in Bryan Hall 229. This information session, sponsored by the English Department and UVa College Council, will include faculty sepakers, an introduction to our new specialist in Career Services, and exciting new updates about the major, including:

The New Undergraduate English Association
New Tracks in the Major
Spring Courses
The UVA Winter Reading Project
The Honors Program . The London Program . The BA/MA Program
…and more!

Rita Dove Receives 2014 Weinstein Prize

Rita Dove, Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia, is the recipient of the 2014 Carole Weinstein Prize in Poetry. The prize was awarded at the 17th Annual Library of Virginia Literary Awards Celebration on October 18 at the Library of Virginia in Richmond. Established in 2005, the prize is awarded each year to a poet with strong connections to the commonwealth of Virginia. The $10,000 annual prize recognizes significant recent contribution to the art of poetry and is awarded on the basis of a range of achievement in the field of poetry.

James Salter in residence at UVA

Author James Salter spoke to UVA Today recently about his time in residence with the UVA English Department's Creative Writing Program. The Kapnick Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Program, established last year in the tradition of William Faulkner’s legendary residencies at the University in 1957 and ’58, aims to bring writers of international stature to Charlottesville for one semester to teach and engage with U.Va. students and the literary community.

Lisa Russ Spaar finalist for the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing

Professor Lisa Russ Spaar is one of five finalists for the Nona Balakian Citation for Excellence in Reviewing for the National Book Critics Circle Awards. These awards are some of the most prestigious American literary awards and are judged by a panel of critics and book review editors. Read more about the awards and other nominees here.

The Winter Read Wednesday at 7pm

The English Department will host a community reading and discussion event this Wednesday at 7:00pm in the Bryan Hall Faculty Lounge. The Winter Read will bring together undergrads, graduate students, and professors to discuss Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Professors Clare Kinney, Stephen Cushman, and Victor Luftig will start off the event with a panel discussion, then participants will break into groups to discuss the book over pizza. Come one and all!

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Publications

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.