“Disability and Divergent Readers: The History of the Book through Other(ed) Senses," Dr. Jonathan Hsy

Professor Jonathan Hsy is this semester's Franklin College Diversity Fellow. Jonathan Hsy is Associate Professor of English at George Washington University and founding co-director of the GW Digital Humanities Institute. He specializes in medieval literature with interests in translation, material culture, and disability studies. He is the author of Trading Tongues: Merchants, Multilingualism, and Medieval Literature (2013), and one of his current book projects explores autobiographical writing by medieval authors who self-identified as blind or deaf.

"The Scarcities of Udolpho," Dr. Scott MacKenzie

In a 1780 parliamentary speech, “On Economical Reform,” Edmund Burke asserts that the British royal household “has lost all that was stately and venerable in the antique manners, without retrenching anything of the cumbrous charge of a Gothic establishment” and is populated by “grim spectres of departed tyrants—the Saxon, the Norman, and the Dane; the stern Edwards and fierce Henries—who stalk from desolation to desolation, through the dreary vacuity, and melancholy succession of chill and comfortless chambers.” The proposed reforms that Burke introduced with that speech included effo

"The Future and Its Discontents: Eco-Time in Three Victorian Texts," Dr. Deanna Kreisel

The question of how (or why, or whether) to commingle queer theory and ecocriticism has become an urgent concern for many theorists writing in the wake of Timothy Morton’s 2010 PMLA essay “Queer Ecology.” While Greg Garrard, for example, thinks that queer theory needs ecocriticism in order to avoid theoretical bankruptcy and irrelevance, Jordy Rosenberg argues exactly the opposite, warning that certain versions of eco-theory are guilty of promulgating “a primitivist fantasy that hinges on the violent erasure of the social: the conjuring of a realm—an ‘ancestral realm’—that exists i

Clark Lunberry: Writing on Water

Interdisciplinary artist Clark Lunberry will talk about creating site-specific poetry installations and introduce a new work for the UGA campus. Lunberry is a Professor of English at the University of North Florida and the author of Sites of Performance: Of Time and Memory (Anthem Press 2014) and Writing on Water | Writing on Air (University of North Florida 2016). His large-scale poems placed on water and windows include recent installations in Oxford, England; Paris, France; Toronto, Canada; Tokyo and Hiroshima, Japan; and Stanford University. 

"A Brief History of Creative Flux: GTA Preparation at the University of Alabama"

As part of the SEC Faculty Exchange grant, Lucas Niiler (Director, First Year Writing Program, University of Alabama) and his team are coming to the department to observe our program and exchange thoughts about ePortfolios, curriculum, teacher training, and the rest. The FYC administrative team (Drs. Desmet, Miller, and Steger) will go to Tuscaloosa in November for a return site visit.

"The Making of Jane Austen," Devoney Looser, Professor of English, Arizona State University

Professor Looser (Professor of English, Arizona State University) has authored or edited numerous books on women's writing, including Women Writers and Old Age in Great Britain, 1750-1850 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008), British Women Writers and the Writing of History, 1670-1820 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005), and Jane Austen and the Discourses of Feminism (Palgrave, 1995). 

Digital Humanities Colloquium Speaker: Thomas Herron

The Digital Humanities Colloquium has invited Professor Thomas Herron as its April speaker to talk about his project "Centering Spenser" and the use of mapping and rich markup techniques to create a virtual version of the ruined Kilcolman Castle in Ireland. 

You can receive further information from Sujata Iyengar (iyengar@uga.edu) or Emily McGinn (mcginn@uga.edu), or visit the project website at http://core.ecu.edu/umc/Munster/.