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Past Events

Faculty News

  • Dr. Magali Michael has finished her term as Department Chair and Dr. Greg Barnhisel is taking over as Department Chair as of this semester.

  • Professor John Fried has been granted tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.

  • Dr. Danielle St. Hilaire will be on sabbatical for the Spring 2014 semester.

Graduate Student News

Emily Rutter and Mary Parish received McAnulty College and Graduate School Dissertation Fellowships for 2013-2014.



Recent Faculty and Student Publications
Dr. Danielle St. Hilaire
Satan's Poetry: Fallenness and Poetic Tradition in Paradise Lost. Duquesne University Press, 2012.

Dr. Jessica McCort
"‘A Red-Blooded American Girl': Gender, American Culture, and Sylvia Plath." Critical Insights: Sylvia Plath. Salem Press, 2013.

Dr. Judy Suh
"Jean Rhys' Voyage in the Dark: Immigration, Race, and Empire." Communal Modernisms. Ed. Emily Hinnov. Palgrave Macmillan (2013)

EVENTS

Coffee House Readings

The Coffee House Reading Series is a monthly reading of creative writing at the Barnes & Noble Café in the Power Center on Forbes Avenue. Organized and sponsored by Duquesne University's English Department, the series aims to develop the creative writing and arts community on Duquesne's campus by inviting established writers to present their work along side the work of students and other emerging writers. You can view the current semester's schedule of readings below. For more information, contact friedj@duq.eduALL READINGS WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE BARNES & NOBLE CAFÉ, POWER CENTER, at 7:00 pm


Monday, February 3
Krista Mann (fiction)
Cameron Barnett (poetry)


Tuesday, March 18
Clint Benjamin (creative nonfiction)
Karen Dietrich (creative nonfiction)


Wednesday, April 9
Seth Taggart (fiction)
Karen Dwyer (fiction)


Colloquium
There will be no Colloquium during the Spring 2014 semester due to other events. Colloquium will resume in Fall 2014.
Dissertation Presentations


Lexicon
:lexicon, Duquesne's Literary and Arts Journal, is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2014 volume! Submissions from faculty and students are welcomed in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, January 23rd, so submit your work soon! All pieces of visual work will be considered for the issue's cover, and one work of art will also be chosen for an award. Please visit :lexicon's website for more information and submission guidelines.


Visiting Speakers
Wednesday, April 2
7:00-8:30 p.m., Power Center Ballroom


CMU poet Jim Daniels will be doing a public reading at Duquesne for the First-Year Writing Program. More information about Daniels can be found here.


Theater
2013-14 PRODUCTIONS


The Threepenny Opera
By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill
October 3-5 and 10-12


Premieres XXXVII
Written and Directed by Students
December 4-7


Awakening
By August Stramm
February 6-8 and 13-15


Strindberg One Acts
Renowned playwright August Strindberg
April 9-13


One Acts for Charity
April 23-26


All shows begin at 8:00 pm in Peter Mills Auditorium and are FREE with Duquesne ID, Carlow ID, or Red Masquers Card.
Visit redmasquers.blogspot.com or send an e-mail to redmasquers@gmail.com for more information.


Graduate Student Events
TBA


Upcoming Events
Modernist Studies Association Conference
November 2014

Duquesne University will host the 2014 Modernist Studies Association Conference at the Omni William Penn, November 6-9, 2014.
Please visit the MSA page for more information.

Fall 2013

NEWS

Faculty News

  • Dr. Danielle St. Hilaire will act as Interim-Director of First-Year Writing for the 2013-2014 academic year.
  • Professor John Fried has been granted tenure and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor.
  • Dr. Greg Barnhisel has been awarded a one-year NEH Fellowship for 2013.
  • The department welcomes the following new full-time faculty members: Dr. Anthony Adams, Dr. Faith Barrett, Professor Michael Begnal, Dr. Kristin Klucevsek and Dr. Matthew Ussia.
  • Dr. Linda Kinnahan and Dr. Tom Kinnahan will be teaching at Duquesne's Rome Campus for the Fall 2013 semester.
  • Dr. Emad Mirmotahari will be on sabbatical for the Fall 2013 semester.

Graduate Student News

  • Emily Rutter and Mary Parish received McAnulty College and Graduate School Dissertation Fellowships for 2013-2014.



Coffee House Readings

Thursday, October 3


Jenny Johnson (poetry)
Sarah Gerkensmeyer (fiction)


Tuesday, November 12


Samantha Leon (poetry)
Sherrie Flick (fiction)


Monday, December 2


Lorena Williams (Creative Nonfiction)
Anne Brannen (Creative Nonfiction/poetry)


Colloquium
3:00 - 4:30 p.m., 644 College Hall


Friday, September 20
Jeff Stoyanoff, presenting (Mis)Reading in Malory's "The Noble Tale of the Sankgreal"
and Emily Rutter, presenting "the old new ooh ooh": Fred Moten, Amiri Baraka, and the Billie Holiday Tribute


Friday, October 11
Jessica McCort and Johanna Sullivan


Friday, November 15
Dr. Laura Engel will present "The Secret Life of Archives: Sally Siddons, Sir Thomas Lawrence, and the Material of Memory" and PhD student Sara Tavela will present " 'I have unpacked the Gloves': Fashion, Accessories, and the Austen Sisters"


Friday, December 6
Matt Durkin and Mike Smith


Dissertation Presentation
Friday, November 22 1:00 p.m. 104 College Hall


Madhuchhanda Ray Choudhury will present her dissertation, "Taming a Monstrous Genre: Vexed Author-Figures and Their Lethal Texts: 1719-1824."
Light refreshments will be served.
Committee: Sue Howard (chair), Dan Watkins (first reader) and Laura Callanan (second reader)


Lexicon


Tuesday, December 10 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Lexicon Release Party
:lexicon's new issue will be available on Tuesday, December 10th! Come out to the Souper Bowl on 5th Ave. for issues, snacks, and an evening of amazing readings from this semester's artists and writers, along with readings from the Advanced Writing Students of Duquesne! Also, if you're a DU student, remember that Tuesday, Dec. 10 acts as a Friday, so even folks with Tuesday evening classes should be able to come out for the excitement! Snacks, seating and issues will be available at 5:30, and we'll start the reading at 6!


Event to Welcome English Majors


Wednesday, September 25 4:30 p.m. 644 College Hall
This event is open to all current, as well as propspective, English majors . Please join us if you have a question about the major or just want an opportunity to meet faculty and other students.
Interested in an English major or minor? Check out our Undergraduate page.


Applying to Graduate School Workshop
Thursday, October 10 3:15 p.m. 643 College Hall
Curious about Graduate School in English? Attend this workshop and Q&A!
Anyone interested in pursuing an M.A. or a Ph.D. in English is invited to attend.
Dr. Kathy Glass will give you tips on finding the right graduate program for you, preparing a writing sample, taking the GRE, preparing a personal statement, and more!


Visting Speakers
Thursday, November 7

  • Maggie Jackson (Details TBA)
  • Heather Love

The English Department presents a special presentation by Heather Love
"Reading the Social: Erving Goffman and Sexuality Studies"

4:30-5:30 p.m.
644 College Hall
Open to the public
In "Reading the Social: Erving Goffman and Sexuality Studies," Heather Love will trace the significance of microsociological, observational method in the emergence of queer studies, and offers a reading both of Goffman's work and of the classic text, Tearoom Trade.
Heather Love received her A.B. from Harvard and her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Her research interests include gender studies and queer theory, the literature and culture of modernity, affect studies, film and visual culture, psychoanalysis, race and ethnicity, sociology and literature, disability studies, and critical theory. She is the author of Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History (Harvard, 2007) and Queer Affect Politics: Selected Essays by Heather Love, and the editor of a special issue of GLQ on the scholarship and legacy of Gayle Rubin ("Rethinking Sex"), and the co-editor of a special issue of New Literary History ("Is There Life after Identity Politics?"). She has current projects on new readings methods in literary studies, the sociologist Erving Goffman, and pedagogy, mentorship, and generations in queer studies. She is R. Jean Brownlee Term Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of English, University of Pennsylvania.

CIQR Presentation-Dr. Magali Michael


Wednesday, September 11
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Berger Gallery (207 College Hall)
The Center for Interpretative and Qualitative Research presents:
"9/11 and the Politics of Aesthetics: Literature and Memorial Art"
As part of this series, Dr. Magali Michael will present "Narrative Innovation in 9/11 Fiction":
Exploring how fiction writers are using innovative ways to engage the 9/11 terrorist attacks.


Theater


Directing Showcase
Wednesday, December 11
6:00 p.m.
Peter Mills Theater, Rockwell Hall
FREE
On Wednesday, December 11th the Theater Arts Department's Directing I class will be presenting a Directing Showcase. This showcase consists of the four shows that the students have been working on all semester - the performance being their final project.
The plays are:
Extremities directed by Marsha Mayhak
Agnes of God directed by Caitlin Young
Echoes directed by Maeve Montgomery
How I Learned to Drive directed by Anne Wallo
The show will be about 2 hours long and includes an intermission.
Come out and support your fellow students! Since this is their final project, the more people that come, the better!
Send an e-mail to redmasquers@gmail.com if you have any questions


2013-14 PRODUCTIONS
The Threepenny Opera
By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill
October 3-5 and 10-12
Premieres XXXVII
Written and Directed by Students
December 4-7
Awakening
By August Stramm
February 6-8 and 13-15
Strindberg One Acts
Renowned playwright August Strindberg
April 9-13
One Acts for Charity
April 23-26
All shows begin at 8:00 pm in Peter Mills Auditorium and are FREE with Duquesne ID, Carlow ID, or Red Masquers Card.
Visit redmasquers.blogspot.com or send an e-mail to redmasquers@gmail.com for more information.

Graduate Student Events


Friday, September 6 7:00-10:30 p.m.
Department Beginning-of-the-Year party
All English graduate students and faculty are welcome


Wednesday, September 11 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Work and Life Balance Workshop with Dr. Anne Brannen
643 College Hall


Brown Bag Lunches and Discussion


Tuesday, September 24 12:00-1:00 p.m.
"Networking at Conferences and Elsewhere"
Dr. Laura Engel
643 College Hall


Wednesday, November 13 1:00-2:00 p.m.
"The Research Profile: Why and How"
Dr. Faith Barrett and Dr. Anthony Adams
643 College Hall

Coffee House Readings

The Coffee House Reading Series is a monthly reading of creative writing at the Barnes & Noble Café in the Power Center on Forbes Avenue. Organized and sponsored by Duquesne University's English Department, the series aims to develop the creative writing and arts community on Duquesne's campus by inviting established writers to present their work along side the work of students and other emerging writers. You can view the current semester's schedule of readings below. For more information, contact friedj@duq.edu

ALL READINGS WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE BARNES & NOBLE CAFÉ, POWER CENTER, at 7:00 pm

February 12, 2013:
Craig Bernier (fiction) and Heather McNaugher (poetry)

March 21, 2013:
Brian Tierney (poetry) and Steven Schwartz (fiction)

April 16, 2013:
Keeley Teslik (fiction) and Jennifer Collins Gorman (poetry)

Colloquium

3:00 - 4:30 p.m., 644 College Hall

January 18, 2013:
Michael Begnal presents "Pittsburgh Memoranda: Documentary Poetics and Politics in the 1930s"

April 19, 2013:
Dr. Emad Mirmotahari presents "Practicing World Literature"

Dissertation Presentation

March 22, 2013:
3:00-4:00 p.m., 644 College Hall

Melissa Wehler will present her dissertation: "Illegitimate Celebrity in the British Long 18th Century"

Director: Laura Engel, First Reader: Anne Brannen, Second Reader:

April 23, 2013:
3:00-4:00 p.m., 313 Canevin Hall

Marianne Holohan will present her dissertation: "Scenes of Reading: Forgotten Antebellum Readers, Self-Representation, and the Transatlantic Reprint Industry"

Director: Tom Kinnahan, First Reader: Greg Barnhisel, Second Reader: Kathy Glass

Visiting Speakers

April 4, 2013:
Toi Derricotte

7:00 p.m., Power Center Ballroom

As part of the UCOR 102 Readings Series, poet Toi Derricotte gave a wonderful reading last night, attended by over 700 students and faculty members. Thanks to the English department, the Office of the Provost, and the faculty and staff of the First-Year Writing Program for making this event such a success.

 

Fall 2012

Be sure to visit our Facebook page for additional news and events! www.facebook.com/duqenglish

Faculty News

Dr. Greg Barnhisel received the Eugene P. Beard award, the top award for Ethics at Duquesne University, and was featured in the Awards and Honors section of Dateline Pittsburgh.

Dr. Barnhisel has also been awarded a one-year NEH Fellowship for 2013.

Craig Bernier is the 2012 winner of the St. Lawrence Book Award for his collection of short stories entitled Your Life Idyllic. Read more about it here.

Dr. Kathy Glass took over as Director of Undergraduate Studies for the department, beginning in Fall 2012.

Dr. Linda Kinnahan was named the Hillman Endowed Professor at Duquesne University in July 2011. This is a five-year term that will help support her research, particularly, on her current book project.

John Lane was granted tenure in Fall 2011.

Dr. Bernard Beranek and Dr. Frederick Newberry retired in Spring 2012. (We regret to add that Bernard Beranek passed away on November 23, 2012. His obituary is available here.)

Dr. Beth Buhot Runquist and Dr. Bettina Jones joined the department as one-year Visiting Assistant Professors for the 2012-2013 academic year.

 

*NEW* Concentration in Graduate Studies

 

The English Department has created a new concentration for graduate students in conjunction with the Journalsm and Multimedia Department:
M.A. in English with a Concentration in Writing, Media Arts and Technology

 

Graduate Student News

 

Maureen Gallagher (Ph.D. student) received a 2011-2012 Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Melissa Wehler (Ph.D. student) received the 2011 Eric Molin Graduate Student Essay Prize from the East Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies.

(anti)Foundations: An Interdisciplinary Conference

The English Graduate Organization will host this conference March 15-16, 2013. Proposals of academic papers from the humanities, arts, and sciences, as well as submissions of creative work from graduate and undergraduate students, are now being accepted. The deadline for all submissions is January 5, 2013.

Please visit the English Graduate Organization website for more information.

 

Meet some of our Current Students!

 

Recent Faculty and Student Publications

 

Dr. Danielle St. Hilaire
Satan's Poetry: Fallenness and Poetic Tradition in Paradise Lost.
Duquesne University Press, 2012.

Alumni Newsletter

Much Ado

The department is proud to announce the publication of our Alumni newsletter, "Much Ado". First published in Spring 2008, the newsletter was developed as a way for our graduates to stay up-to-date with what is happening in the department, as well as with each other. The department hopes to publish a new issue each semester.

We want to hear from you! If you have had any works published, presented papers, received an award or new position, or participated in anything else that you think may be of interest to our Alumni, please let us know.

Also, let us know if you would like to be included on the newsletter email and/or mailing list.

Contact: Nora McBurney, at (412)396-6420 or mcburne655@duq.edu

Previous newsletters:

Vol. 1, Issue 1- Spring 2008
Vol. 1, Issue 2- Fall 2008
Vol. 2, Issue 1- Spring 2009
Vol. 2, Issue 2- Spring 2010
Vol. 3, Issue 1- Summer 2010
Vol. 3, Issue 2- Fall 2010
Vol. 4, Issue 1- Spring 2011
Vol. 5, Issue 1- Fall 2011/Spring 2012


Events


Coffee House Reading Series

The Coffee House Reading Series is a monthly reading of creative writing at the Barnes & Noble Café in the Power Center on Forbes Avenue. Organized and sponsored by Duquesne University's English Department, the series aims to develop the creative writing and arts community on Duquesne's campus by inviting established writers to present their work along side the work of students and other emerging writers. You can view the current semester's schedule of readings below. For more information, contact friedj@duq.edu.

ALL READINGS WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE BARNES & NOBLE CAFÉ, POWER CENTER, at 7:00 pm

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Brian Clements, poetry
Dean Rader, poetry
Jonathan Silverman, creative nonfiction

Monday, November 5, 2012

Lawrence Wray, poetry
Jane McCafferty, fiction

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Mike Begnal, poetry
Peter Trachtenberg, creative nonfiction

 

Colloquium - 3:00 pm, 644 College Hall

 

Friday, September 7, 2012

Dr. Stuart Kurland will present "Shakespeare and Politics"

Friday, October 5, 2012

Dr. Robin Sowards will present "Counting and Collectivity in Wordsworth's 'We Are Seven'"

Friday, November 9, 2012

Dr. Tom Kinnahan will present "Elaborate Contradictions: Progress and Pastoralism in William Dean Howells' 'A Sennight of the Centennial'"

Bryon Williams will present "Praxis, Gnosis, Poiesis: Inhabitation in H.D. Thoreau and Robinson Jeffers"

Friday, December 7, 2012

**O'Donell Undergraduate Research Award Recipients**

Melissa Unger

Justin Fanzo

Theater

Check out the Red Masquers blog!

 

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Red Masquers!

 

All performances are at 8:00 pm in the Peter Mills Theater, Rockwell Hall, unless otherwise specified.

Septeber 27, 28 & 29

Variety Show Benefit- "The History of the Red Masquers"

Join emcees, Comedy and Tragedy, for the evening as they present a number of skits and musical performances
that bring together Masquers of yesterday and today.
The musical numbers are all pulled from shows previously performed by the Red Masquers.

The September 29 performance is an Alumni event to benefit the Keenan/Lane Scholarship,
and will be followed by a special reception.

October 11-13 and 18-20

Be Our Guest- World Premiere!

by Pittsburgh playwright F.J. Hartland

December 5-8

Masquer One Acts for Charity

 

Events for English and Theater Majors/Prospective Majors

 

Wednesday, October 3


4:00-5:30 pm, 553 College Hall

Join the English Department for free pizza and drinks as you learn about exciting opportunities, career options and events for current
and potential English and Theater Majors!

Department faculty as well as representatives from The Duquesne Duke, Lexicon, Yearbook, and the Red Masquers will be present to answer
your questions and give you information about their groups.

 

Friday, November 30

Applying for Graduate School in English

3:00 pm, 643 College Hall

 

Curious about graduate school in English? Attend this workshop and Q&A!

Open to anyone interested in pursuing an M.A., M.F.A. or Ph.D. in English.

The workshop will include tips for finding the right graduate program for you, preparing writing samples, taking the GRE, writing personal statements, and more!

 

Friday, December 7

Undergraduate English Majors Symposium

3:00 pm, 644 College Hall

 

Featuring winners of the 2011-2012 O'Donnell Undergraduate Research Award:

Melissa Unger, presenting "Transformation of the Self in the Captivity Narrative"

and

Justin Fanzo, presenting "Exploring Bakhtin's Carnival in H.P. Lovecraft's The Music of Erich Zann"

Information about the O'Donnell Undergraduate Research Award and applications for next summer will be available. Refreshments will also be served.

 

:Lexicon Release Party

 

Thursday, December 6

5:00 p.m., Souper Bowl

For more information, please visit the Lexicon page.

Spring 2012

Coffee House Reading Series

The Coffee House Reading Series is a monthly reading of creative writing at the Barnes & Noble Café in the Power Center on Forbes Avenue. Organized and sponsored by Duquesne University's English Department, the series aims to develop the creative writing and arts community on Duquesne's campus by inviting established writers to present their work along side the work of students and other emerging writers. You can view the current semester's schedule of readings below. For more information, contact friedj@duq.edu.

ALL READINGS WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE BARNES & NOBLE CAFÉ,POWER CENTER at 7:00 pm

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Laura Callanan, creative nonfiction
Ashley Kunsa, fiction

Monday, March 12, 2012

Ashley Cowger, fiction
Carl Marcum, poetry

 

Colloquium - 3:00 pm 644 College Hall

Thursday, February 17, 2012

Ashley Kunsa will present ‘Betwixt and Between': Liminality, the American Soldier in Vietnam, and Tim O'Brien's Going After Cacciato"

Shannon Richter will present "A Tidy End to a Messy Villain: Controlling and Containing the "Self" in Lady Audley's Secret"

Wednesday, March 16, 2012

Emily Rutter will present "MOST YOUNG KINGS/ GET THEIR HEADS CUT OFF": Kevin Young's To Repel Ghosts: The Remix and the Legacy of Jean-Michel Basquiat

Wednesday, April 20, 2012

Dr. Danielle St. Hilaire

 

Visiting Speakers

Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 4:30 pm, Papper Lecture Hall,
Bayer Learning Center

Desmond Egan, poetry reading

Monday, March 26, 2012, 7:00 pm, Duquesne University Power Center Ballroom

Stewart O'Nan reading his fiction click here for more information


Fall 2011

Coffee House Reading Series

The Coffee House Reading Series is a monthly reading of creative writing at the Barnes & Noble Café in the Power Center on Forbes Avenue. Organized and sponsored by Duquesne University’s English Department, the series aims to develop the creative writing and arts community on Duquesne’s campus by inviting established writers to present their work along side the work of students and other emerging writers. You can view the current semester's schedule of readings below. For more information, contact friedj@duq.edu.

ALL READINGS WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE BARNES & NOBLE CAFÉ,
POWER CENTER

 

Monday, October 3 7:00 pm

Shannon Cain, fiction
Sally Kindred, poetry

Wednesday, November 2 6:00 pm

Elizabeth Willis, poetry
Elizabeth Savage, poetry

Tuesday, December 6 7:00 pm

Edye Pucciarrelli, poetry
Joy Katz, poetry

 

Visiting Speakers

Wednesday, September 21 4:30 pm 644 College Hall

Dr. Jennie Batchelor
MORE

Wednesday, November 2 7:00 pm Power Center Ballroom

Sudhir Venkatesh
- author of Gang Leader for a Day
MORE

EGO Book and Bake Sale

Monday, October 24 9:00 am-4:00 pm 2nd floor lobby, College Hall

The English Graduate Organization will be holding their fall semester Book & Bake Sale on Monday, October 24, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., in the 2nd floor lobby of College Hall. There will be a wide variety of delicious baked goods available, and books will be priced as low as $1.00, so please come out, grab a snack, and browse through the stacks!

 

Colloquia

Friday, September 16 3:00 pm 644 College Hall

Jade Higa, "Walpole's Monstrous Shrine: The Mysterious Mother and the Beauclerc Closet" and
Dr. Laura Engel, "Archival Performances: Fanny Kemble and Amelia Watson"

Friday, October 14 3:00 pm 644 College Hall

Ian Butcher, " 'It only has to be done': Reading and Living Against the Censor in Baldwin's Giovanni's Room"

Friday, November 11 3:00 pm 644 College Hall

TBA

Friday, December 2 3:00 pm 644 College Hall

TBA

 

Dissertation Presentations

Monday, November 14 4:30 p.m. 644 College Hall

Beth Buhot will present "Women and the Suburbs in late 20th and Early 21st Century American Film and Fiction." (Director: Magali Michael, First Reader: Linda Kinnahan, Second Reader: Judy Suh)

 

:Lexicon Open Mic Night

Interested in sharing your poetry or fiction? Wondering how an audience will receive newly written monologues, creative nonfiction, or even comedy? Just curious about what the Duquesne community is writing, and thinking about sharing your voice….some time?

Come out to read, or just enjoy a coffee and listen to what Duquesne writers have to say!

Any questions can be directed to lexicon@duq.edu.

Tuesday, September 6 6:30 pm Barnes & Noble Cafe, Power Center
Monday, October 24 6:45 pm Barnes & Noble Cafe, Power Center

 

:Lexicon Fundraiser

Monday, October 24-Wednesday, October 26

:Lexicon fundraiser at TGI Friday's on Fifth Avenue (Consol Energy Center)

---pick up an invitation from the English Department or :Lexicon office (632 College Hall), turn it in with your bill at any time from the 24th-26th, and Friday's will donate a portion of your bill to the promotion of literary publications and opportunities on Duquesne's campus!

 

:Lexicon Release Party

Friday, December 2 5:00 pm TGI Friday's, Consol Energy Center

This fall's Release Party will be held at the TGI Friday's on 5th Avenue on the first floor of the Consol Energy Center. The Release Party will begin at 5, with the reading to start around 5:30. Come early to grab a seat and socialize over Friday's appetizers. As always, the reading is sure to provide entertainment, and our staff has worked incredibly hard on this issue, so we're excited to see what you think!

Panel/Roundtable Discussions

Thursday, October 27 5:00 pm 643 College Hall

Roundtable Discussion by the Department of English

  • What does the English major offer socially conscious students?
  • Why does literary scholarship matter in public debate about race and ethnicity in the U.S.?
  • How does literature act as a vehicle for racial consciousness?
  • How do race and ethnicity find expression in literature?

Light refreshments will be provided. Open to any Undergraduate students who are interested.

 

Friday, October 28 3:00 pm 644 College Hall

The Ins and Outs of Publishing Fiction and Poetry

We're pleased to announce a panel on the publishing of fiction and poetry, specifically directed at writers who are just trying to figure out how (and where?!?) to send their work. The panel will be held at 3 PM in College Hall 644, and will be followed by a Q&A period. After this Q&A, panelists will also be available to take a look at cover letters and/or query letters that you might already have on hand. Since all of our panelists are experienced with negotiating the territory of submissions to national literary magazines, and finding homes for their work, this is the perfect opportunity for writers who are just starting out, especially with a panel of such wide-ranging backgrounds in writing! Some of the topics we'll be covering include: how to figure out whether your work is ready for publication, general protocols for submitting work to national literary journals, writing those dreaded cover/query letters, presenting your work in its best light, finding the markets that are right for your work as you keep developing your craft, and considering whether or not an MFA might be right for your future (and, if so, what type?).

If you have questions ahead of time, feel free to direct them to :Lexicon's editor, Jennifer Collins, at collinsj@duq.edu, and she'll make sure they get included in the schedule.

Panelists will include Duquesne's own Craig Bernier, Anne Brannen, John Fried, and Brian Tierney.

 

Writer's Room

Monday, October 17 5:30 pm Barnes & Noble Cafe, Power Center

We are pleased to announce our first Writers' Room at our new location for
the fall semester, Barnes & Noble Cafe
Monday, October 17
From 5:30 - 7pm

Our theme this session, right in time for Halloween is: Alter Egos, Secret Identities. Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, even if you just write in your journal, come join us to read and write in a relaxed atmosphere where all genres and experience levels are welcome.

Bring your laptop or just a notebook and pen!

For more information and to keep informed via e-mail about upcoming sessions, please contact
Jill Khoury (khouryj@duq.edu)

 

Theater Performances

ALL PERFORMANCES WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE PETER MILLS PLAYHOUSE,
ROCKWELL HALL

September 29 & 30, October 1, 6, 7, & 8 8:00 pm

Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare
Red Masquers

November 9, 10, 11, & 12 8:00 pm

The Maids by Genet
Red Masquers

November 30 & December 1, 2, & 3 8:00 pm

Premiere Performances: One-acts written, directed, and produced by students
Red Masquers

 

Spring 2011

Coffee House Reading Series

The Coffee House Reading Series is a monthly reading of creative writing at the Barnes & Noble Café in the Power Center on Forbes Avenue. Organized and sponsored by Duquesne University’s English Department, the series aims to develop the creative writing and arts community on Duquesne’s campus by inviting established writers to present their work along side the work of students and other emerging writers. You can view the current semester's schedule of readings below. For more information, contact friedj@duq.edu.

 

ALL READINGS WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE BARNES & NOBLE CAFÉ,

POWER CENTER

Monday, January 24           7:00 pm

David Swerdlow, poetry

Irina Reyn, fiction

Tuesday, March 8                7:00 pm

Magali Cornier Michael, fiction

Deborah Bogen, poetry

Visiting Speakers

Tuesday, February 15    4:30 pm        644 College Hall

Caroline Bergvall

www.carolinebergvall.com

--"Writer and Cross-Disciplinary Artist"

--"Projects and research alternate between published poetic pieces and performance-oriented writing projects."

Friday, April 1      4:00 pm       Power Center

Trinh Minh-ha, "Miles of Strangeness"

--Artist, Activist, Author, Filmmaker

--Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Rhetoric,

University of California, Berkeley

Monday, April 4        7:00 pm        Power Center Ballroom

Terrance Hayes

--Pittsburgh poet and Carnegie Mellon University faculty member

--winner of the 2010 National Book Award for Poetry for his collection, Lighthead

 

Colloquia

Friday, January 28            3:00 pm            644 College Hall

Dr. Anne Brannen, "Speaking Subtleties: Ekphrastic Poetry at the Medieval English Feast"

Friday, February 18          3:00 pm                644 College Hall

Erin Rentschler, "Teaching Narratives of War, Re-examining the Document" and Michelle Gaffey, "Recent Engagements with the Documentary Book Tradition"

Friday, March 25               3:00 pm                644 College Hall

Shreyashi Mukherjee

Friday, April 8                  3:00 pm            644 College Hall

Laura Callanan, "Marilynne Robinson, Linda Hogan, and the Trope of the Exploding House; or, Requiem for the Strident Feminist Voice"

 

Dissertation Presentations

Friday, April 1            2:15 pm            644 College Hall

Sharon George will present her dissertation, "The Pursuit of Divinity:  Religious Faith and Fear in late Victorian Women's Poetry," on Friday, April 1. (Director:  Dan Watkins, First Reader:  Laura Engel, Second Reader:  Kathy Glass)

Thursday, April 14            3:00 pm            447 College Hall

Amy Criniti Phillips will present her dissertation, "Private Reader, Public Redactor: Narrative Strategies of the Nineteenth-Century Female Revisionist," on Thursday, April 14.  (Director:  Laura Callanan, First Reader:  Laura Engel, Second Reader:  Dan Watkins)

Monday, April 18            4:30 pm                644 College Hall

Bettina Jones will present her dissertation," 'This is Me Right Here':  August Wilson and Pittsburgh's Hill District," on Monday, April 18.  (Director:  Linda Kinnahan, First Reader:  Anne Brannen, Second Reader:  Magali Michael)

 

:Lexicon Open Mic Night

Monday, March 28        6:45 pm        Barnes & Noble Cafe, Power Center

Interested in sharing your poetry or fiction?  Wondering how an audience will receive newly written monologues, creative nonfiction, or even comedy?  Just curious about what the Duquesne community is writing, and thinking about sharing your voice….some time?

Come out to read, or just enjoy a coffee and listen to what Duquesne writers have to say!

Any questions can be directed to lexicon@duq.edu.

 

Theater Performances

ALL PERFORMANCES WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE PETER MILLS PLAYHOUSE,

ROCKWELL HALL

Saturday, January 15        8:00 pm

Pittsburgh Monologue Project by Robert Isenberg and Brad Keller,

directed by senior Jacob George

February 3, 4, 5 and 10, 11, 12        8:00 pm

A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine, a musical, directed by John Lane

April 7, 8, 9 and 14, 15, 16        8:00 pm

Speak Now by Robert Isenberg, directed by John Lane, a world premiere

Wednesday, April 20        8:00 pm

One Acts for Charity, produced and directed by students

 

Graduate Student Conference

"Echoes:  Across Disciplines, Texts, and Times"
March 18 & 19

 

Call for Papers

Jane Austen Festival of Pittsburgh
March 12

 

Fall 2010

Coffee House Reading Series

The Coffee House Reading Series is a monthly reading of creative writing at the Barnes & Noble Café in the Power Center on Forbes Avenue. Organized and sponsored by Duquesne University’s English Department, the series aims to develop the creative writing and arts community on Duquesne’s campus by inviting established writers to present their work along side the work of students and other emerging writers. You can view the current semester's schedule of readings below. For more information, contact friedj@duq.edu.

ALL READINGS WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE BARNES & NOBLE CAFÉ,
POWER CENTER

Monday, September 27        7:00 pm

Jimmy Brancho, fiction
Robert Isenberg, nonfiction
Anne Brannen, poetry

Tuesday, October 26        7:00 pm

Mark Poteet, fiction
Lesley Wheeler, poetry

Monday, November 29        7:00 pm

Sarah Perrier, poetry
Sharon Dilworth, fiction

About the presenters

Visiting Speakers

Tuesday, October 12        4:00-6:00 pm    Power Center Ballroom

Linda Hogan
--Author of Mean Spirit, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction
-- One of today's most influential and provocative Native American figures

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Book-signing to follow.

Friday, November 12        3:00-4:30 pm    104 College Hall

Katherine Hayles,
"How We Read:  Close, Hyper, Machine"
--Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Program of Literature, Duke University

Tuesday, November 16        7:00-8:30 pm    Power Center Ballroom

Farhad Manjoo,
"Navigating a post-fact world: How to make sense of rumor, innuendo, and faux news in the Internet age"
--Slate.com and NPR technology commentator and author of True Enough:  Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society

Book-signing to follow.

Colloquia

Friday, September 3        3:00 pm    644 College Hall

Dr. Greg Barnhisel, presenting "Encounter Magazine, Literary Modernism, and the Roots of Neoconservatism"

Friday, October 1        3:00 pm    644 College Hall

Justin Kishbaugh, presenting "Editorial Images: Des Imagistes and Ezra Pound's Rendering of Imagism"

Friday, October 29        3:00 pm    644 College Hall

Maria Barron, presenting "Lacking Testimony; or the Misappropriation of Nelly's Narrative in Wuthering Heights," and Glencora Cowan, presenting "This Hungry Space: A Poetic Inquiry into the Function of Economy"

Friday, December 3        3:00 pm    644 College Hall

Dr. Magali Michael, presenting “An Anti-War Novel for the 21st Century: Jonathan Safran Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Rewrites Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughter House-Five”

Dissertation Presentations

Thursday, December 9        3:00 pm       643 College Hall

Janine Bayer will present her dissertation, "Nicomachean and Neo-Aristotelian Ethics and Shakespeare's Tragedies," on Thursday, December 9.  (Director: Dr.  Anne Brannen, First Reader: Dr.  Bernard Beranek, Second Reader:  Sr. Michele Bisbey, Ph.D.)

:Lexicon Release Party

Friday, December 3        5:00 pm        613 Student Union

Open to the entire Duquesne Community.  Featuring a dramatic reading of "Nine to Five in the River Styx," a one-act by Thomas Svoboda, as well as readings from student and faculty contributors.

Theater Performances

ALL PERFORMANCES WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE PETER MILLS PLAYHOUSE,
ROCKWELL HALL

Saturday, September 4        8:00 pm

Pittsburgh Monologue Project by Robert Isenberg and Brad Keller,
directed by senior Joyce Hinebusch

September 15 through September 18        8:00 pm

Private Lives by Noel Coward, directed by senior Justin Sines

November 4, 5, 6 and 11, 12, 13        8:00 pm

The Country Wife by William Wycherley, directed by Jay Keenan

December 1 through December 4        8:00 pm

Premiere Performances- student written, directed and produced one-acts

 

Spring 2010

Coffee House Reading Series

 

The Coffee House Reading Series is a monthly reading of creative writing at the Barnes & Noble Café in the Power Center on Forbes Avenue. Organized and sponsored by Duquesne University’s English Department, the series aims to develop the creative writing and arts community on Duquesne’s campus by inviting established writers to present their work along side the work of students and other emerging writers. You can view the current semester's schedule of readings below. For more information, contact friedj@duq.edu.

ALL READINGS WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE BARNES & NOBLE CAFÉ,

POWER CENTER

 

Monday, February 1       7:00 pm

Claire Barbetti, poet and John Fried, fiction writer

Tuesday, March 16       7:00 pm

Sandy Tseng, poet and Lynn Emmanuel, Pitt professor and poet

Monday, April 19           7:00 pm

Jill Khoury, poet and Jim Zervanos, fiction writer

 

 

Poetry Reading

Wednesday, March 17      3:00 pm      613 Union

Desmond Egan

 

A renowned Irish poet, Egan has produced 23 collections of poetry; two of prose and two translations of Greek plays.  He has won  several awards, including the National Poetry Foundation of America award (1983), and he received an honorary doctorate in Literature from Washburn University in 1998.  Egan lives in County Kildare, Ireland as a full time writer.

 

 

O'Donnell Scholarship Recipient Presentation

Friday, April 23     12:00 pm     643 College Hall

Monica Harold, 2009 recipient of the undergraduate O'Donnell Research Scholarship, will present her research on Langston Hughes and Nicolas Guillen on Friday, April 23.

 

 

Visiting Speakers

Thursday, March 11      3:00 pm      644 College Hall

Peter Holland, Ph.D.

"Shakespeare, Theatre Companies, and the Internet"

Friday, March 12      3:00 pm      644 College Hall

Romana Huk, Ph.D.

"Philosophy, Theology, and Poetry at Mid-Century:  George Oppen & Denise Levertov square off"

 

Tuesday, April 13       4:00 pm      Power Center Ballroom

Linda Hogan

CANCELLED

Due to health reasons, Linda Hogan's visit to Duquesne University on Tuesday, April 13th is cancelled.  The department hopes to reschedule her visit for next Fall, 2010.

 

Colloquia

Friday, February 19      3:00 pm      644 College Hall

Rachel Luckenbill, presenting "Pittsburgh Modern"

Friday, March 19      3:00 pm      644 College Hall

Jennifer Collins, presenting "The Strategy of the British Country House in Lillian Hellman's Watch on the Rhine"

Friday, April 16      3:00 pm      644 College Hall

Jeff Stoyanoff, presenting "Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Problems within Mythological and Folkloric Criticism"

 

 

Dissertation Presentations

Friday, April 9      3:00 pm      644 College Hall

Claire Barbetti wil present her dissertation, "Ekphrastic Medieval Visions:  A New Discussion in Ekphrasis and Interarts Theory", on Friday, April 9.  (Director:  Anne Brannen, First Reader:  Linda Kinnahan, Second Reader:  Bernard Beranek)

Monday, April 19     3:00 pm     600 Fisher Hall

Rita Kondrath will present her dissertation, "Performing to Reclaim:  War Trauma and Female Non-Combatant Recovery in Sylvia Townsend, Virginia Woolf, and H.D.", on Monday, April 19.  (Director:  Laura Callanan, First Reader:  Linda Kinnahan, Second Reader:  Judy Suh, Third Reader:  Laura Engel)

Wednesday, April 21     3:00 pm     310 Canevin Hall

John Zedolik will present his dissertation, "The Transcendent Comedy of the Canterbury Tales:  Harmony in 'Quying', Harmony in Fragmentation", on Wednesday, April 21.  (Director:  Anne Brannen, First Reader:  Bernard Beranek, Second Reader:  Linda Kinnahan)

Friday, April 23     3:00 pm     644 College Hall

Shayne Confer will present his dissertation, " 'Falling to a devilish exercise':  Magic and Spectacle on the Renaissance Stage", on Friday, April 23.  (Director:  Bernard Beranek, First Reader:  Stuart Kurland, Second Reader:  Laura Engel)

Thursday, May 6     1:00 pm     346 College Hall

William Racicot will present his dissertation, " 'If We Shadows Have Offended':  Reflections of Social Attitudes Towards Reform in Late Medieval and Reformation Dream Visions", on Thursday, May 6.  (Director:  Anne Brannen, First Reader:  Bernard Beranek, Second Reader:  Stuart Kurland)

 

Fall 2009

Coffee House Reading Series

Monday, September 28 7:00 pm

Shawn Klocek, student and winner of the Carroll Creative Writing Award & Justin Kishbaugh, Ph.D. candidate

Monday, October 26 7:00 pm

Bill Kirchner, fiction writer & Michael Begnal, poet

Thursday, November 19 7:00 pm

Susan Kelley-Stamerra, creative non-fiction & Rebecca Godfrey, creative non-fiction

Poetry Reading

Friday, September 11

MILOŠ DJURDJEVIĆ (Croatia), MEENA KANDASAMY (India), SOHEIL NAJM (Iraq)

 

Colloquia

Friday, September 18 3:00 pm        220 College Hall

Featuring Suzanne Cook, presenting "Macheath at the Scaffold:  Fetishization of the Criminal Body in John Gay's The Beggar's Opera" and Melissa Wehler, presenting "Revising Ophelia:  Joanna Baillie's Orra and the Tradition of Madwomen"

Friday, October 16 3:00 pm      220 College Hall

Featuring Dr. Linda Kinnahan, presenting "Mina Loy's War Poems, Hans Bellmar's Photographs, and Surrealism's Broken Body"

Friday, November 13 3:00 pm       220 College Hall

Featuring Mary Parish, presenting "9/11 and the Limitations of the 'Man's Man' Construction of Masculinity in Don DLillo's Falling Man" and Megan Kelly, presenting "Gender vs. Race:  Constructing Conflict and Perpetuating Racial Patriarchy"

Friday, December 4 3:00 pm      220 College Hall

Featuring Mark Phillips, presenting "America's First Gay Novel"

 

Dissertation Presentations

Thursday, October 29 3:00 pm     644 College Hall

Richard Clark will present his dissertation, "Fitzgerald in the late 1910s:  War and Women", on Thursday, October 29.  The dissertation argues for a reconsideration of F. Scott Fitzgerald's early fiction.  ( Director:  Linda Kinnahan, First Reader:  Frederick Newberry, Second Reader:  Greg Barnhisel)

Friday, November 20 3:00 pm      644 College Hall

Julie Kloo will present her dissertation, "The Architecture of the Great House in the Contemporary PostColonial Novel", on Friday, November 20.  ( Director:  Magali Cornier Michael, First Reader:  Laura Callanan, Second Reader:  Judy Suh)

Thursday, December 3 3:00 pm      644 College Hall

Jessica Jost-Costanzo will present her dissertation, "The Editor, The Preface, and the Eighteenth-century Edition:  A Critical Bibliographic Study", on Thursday, December 3. (Director:  Susan Howard, First Reader:  Laura Engel, Second Reader:  Anne Brannen)

 

Faculty Presentations

Wednesday, October 28 3:00 pm     Duquesne Room

Dr. Linda Kinnahan was chosen as a recipient of the Paluse Faculty Research Award through the Center for the Study of Catholic Social Thought.  She will present her paper, "The Poetry of Mina Loy, The Catholic Worker, and Radical Representations of Poverty," along with three other recipients at the First Annual Paluse Lecture Series, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Catholic Social Thought.

 

Spring 2009

Coffee House Reading Series

Craig Bernier, Fiction Writer & Ava Cipri, Poet
Monday, February 2 at 7:00 pm at the Barnes & Noble Cafe, First floor, Power Center

Bill Kirchner, Fiction Writer & Jonathan Loucks, Poet
Monday, March 16 at 7:00 pm at the Barnes & Noble Cafe, First floor, Power Center

Linda Kinnahan, Professor of English & Poet, & Magali Cornier Michael, Professor of English and Fiction Writer
Monday, April 6 at 7:00 pm at the Barnes & Noble Cafe, First floor, Power Center

 


Mini-Conference

"Visionary Poetics Today: New Visions of Milton and the Romantics"
Featuring: Brad Hollingshead (Medaille College), Laura Knoppers (Penn State), and Keynote speaker, Joseph Anthony Wittreich, Jr. (CUNY Graduate Center)
Friday, February 20 at 3:00 pm in the Duquesne Room, Student Union

 


Visiting Speakers

John Keeble
Author of Yellowfish and Nocturnal America (Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction)
Co-Sponsored by the English Department, Duquesne Library, and McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Thursday, February 12
Reading, Power Center Ballroom, 7:00 pm
Friday, February 13
Lecture on Fiction vs. Non-Fiction, 104 College Hall, 3:30 pm

 

Desmond Egan
Poet and author of 17 books of poetry, and recipient of the National Poetry Foundation of American Award (1983)
St. Patrick's Day event to include a performance of Sean O'Casey's Bedtime Story by the Red Masquers
Tuesday, March 17
Shepperson Suite, Power Center, 7:00 pm

 

Samuel Hazo, Ph.D.
Poet and Professor Emeritus of English
Author of several books, including A Flight to Elsewhere and The Song of the Horse: Selected Poems, 1958-2008, and founder of the International Poetry Forum
Co-sponsored by the English Department and the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts
Friday, April 17
Reading, 104 College Hall, 3:30 pm



Colloquia

Friday, February 27
3:30-4:45, 346 College Hall
Maureen Gallagher presenting "The Debate over Integrating Literature and Freshman Composition" and Beth Buhot presenting "Designing the Suburbs and Redesigning Suburban Literature in D.J. Waldie's Holy Land: A Suburban Memoir and David Beers's Blue Sky Dream: A Memoir of America's Fall from Grace"

Friday, March 13
3:30-4:45, 346 College Hall
Madhuchhanda Ray Choudhury presenting “Exploring the Lure of the Spectacle in The Necromancer”

Friday, April 3
3:30-4:45, 346 College Hall
Jess Chainer Nowacki presenting "The Light at the End of the Tunnel: The Dissertation as Journey into the Great Unknown" and Claire Barbetti, presenting “Secret Designs/ Public Shapes: Ekphrastic Tensions in Hildegard's Scivias”

Friday, April 17
3:30-4:45
Dr. Samuel Hazo, Professor Emeritus in English

 

Dissertation Presentations

Rosemary Scanlon McTier
Dissertation title: "An Insect View of Its Plain: Nature, Perception, and Insects in Thoreau, Dickinson, and Muir"
Tuesday, March 10 at 3:00 pm in 223 College Hall

Patricia A. Callahan
Dissertation title: "The Reader of Milton's Higher Argument in Paradise Lost"
Friday, March 20 at 10:00 am in 207 College Hall (Berger Gallery)

 

Fall 2008

Lifting Belly High: A Conference on Women's Poetry Since 1900
Hosted by the English Department at Duquesne University
Thursday-Saturday, September 11-13, 2008

 

Coffee House Reading Series

Joey Breslove and Amanda Minutola, DU students and winners of the 2008 Carroll Creative Writing Scholarship
Monday, September 22, 2008 at 7:00pm at Starbucks in the Duquesne Union

Gary Zebrun, fiction writer & author of Only the Lonely
Monday, October 6, 2008 at 7:00pm at Starbucks in the Duquesne Union

Heather McNaugher, Chatham Professor, poet, & author of Panic & Joy
Monday, November 3 at 7:00pm at Starbucks in the Duquesne Union

John Fried, Duquesne Professor
Thursday, December 11 at 7:00 pm in the Barnes & Noble Cafe

McAnulty College Invited Speaker


Horacio Moya
Co-sponsored by the English Department
Monday, October 27, 2008 at 4:30pm in the Power Center Ballroom

Visiting Speaker


Jackie Kay
Poet & Author of The Adoption Papers
Co-sponsored by English Department
Part of the Pittsburgh Consortium for Adoption Studies
Monday, November 17, 2008 at 7:00pm in the Power Center Ballroom

 

Dissertation Presentations

Heather Shippen Cianciola
Dissertation title: "A Poetics of the Soul: Victorian Devotional Poetry in Elizabeth Barrett Browning; Alfred, Lord Tennyson; and Christina Rossetti"
Friday, September 19 at 3:15pm in 644 College Hall

 

Kristianne Kalata Vaccaro
Dissertation title: "Transatlantic Acts: Nation, Self-Narration, and Celebrity in Victorian and Modernist Women's Autobiography"
Monday, November 17 at 4:30 pm in 351 College Hall

 

Sean Martin
Dissertation title: "H.P. Lovecraft and the Modernist Grotesque"
Wednesday, December 10 at 1:00 pm in 346 College Hall

 

Colloquia

Friday, October 10
"Literature and Activism"
Michelle Gaffey, " 'Gather[ing] up the fragments that/remain, that nothing be lost': The Radical Documentary Poetics of Chris Llewellyn's Fragments from the Fire"

Marianne Holohan, "Disrupting Middlebrow Taste: Zitkala-Sa's Autobiographical Writing and the Context of the Progressive-Era Atlantic Monthly"

Friday, November 7
Dr. Kathy Glass, "Love at Work: The Politics of Uplift in Frances Harper's Iola Leroy"

Friday, December 5

Dr. Timothy Vincent, "Einfuhlung and Virginia Woolf's Visual Aesthetic"