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  • 2018 Garnett Sedgewick Lecture

    When: 16th Mar 2018 3:00:pm
    Green College (Coach House)

    The 2018 Garnett Sedgewick Lecture will be given by Daniel Katz (Professor, University of Warwick) "As Firmament to Fin: Unpublishing Jack Spicer" Friday, 16 March 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Green College, Coach House This talk will explore the theoretical questions raised by preparing a posthumous collection of unpublished writings by a poet who explicitly problematized conceptions of authorship, life, and the “public” as major parts of his own project.  Spicer, through his trope of authorship as “dictation,” his positing of “death” as the space of poetic vitality, his refusal of copyright and other forms of textual ownership, and his consistent destabilizing of the opposition between the public and private, raises particularly pointed questions for a project of this kind.  We will see how these questions play out in works both published and unpublished, and also explore what some of the currently unpublished material reveals about his exchanges with other members of the counter-cultural poetic community in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, with a particular emphasis on the Beat poet Bob Kaufman.   Daniel Katz is Professor of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick, and Series Editor of the book series “Bloomsbury Studies in Critical Poetics."  He is the author of three books, Saying I No More: Subjectivity and Consciousness in the Prose of Samuel Beckett (Northwestern UP, 1999), American Modernism’s Expatriate Scene: The Labour of Translation (Edinburgh UP, 2007) and The Poetry of Jack Spicer (Edinburgh UP 2013) as well as numerous chapters and articles on 20th and 21st century writing.  He is currently editing The Uncollected Jack Spicer: Poetry and Plays for Wesleyan UP. This is presented by the Visiting Speakers Series of the Department of English Language & Literatures

  • English Majors & Honours Info Session

    When: 19th Mar 2018 3:00:pm
    Ike Barber Learning Centre, Rm 261

    Students are invited to an information for the English Major and the English Honours programs. Monday, 19 March 2018 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Ike Barber Learning Centre, Room 261 This session is especially designed for students completing their first or second year of the B.A.  Advisors will be on hand to answer students’ questions about the programs and the admission process. Students who may be considering a Double Major are very welcome to attend, as are students interested in a Minor in English. Pizza will be served!

  • 2018 Dorothy Black Lecture

    When: 27th Mar 2018 12:00:pm
    St John College, Fairmont Lounge

    The Visiting Speaker Series 2017-2018 is happy to announce the annual Dorothy Black Lecture for First Years. This year we welcome Andrew Parker whose lecture, "Digital Inhumanities: Taking the Measure of Metrics," will address the future of the university and the value of the humanities in the new university. This topic is related to his Mellon supported inter-university research project with UNAM in Mexico City entitled, “The University and its Publics”. Students from all disciplines and levels welcome. 27 March 2018, 12:00 to 1:00 pm at the Fairmont Social Lounge at St. John's College First Years and undergraduates are encouraged to attend.  Andrew Parker is Professor of French and Chair of Comparative Literature at Rutgers-New Brunswick.  From 1982-2012 he taught English at Amherst College.  He is the author mostly recently of The Theorist's Mother (Duke), which attends to traces of the maternal in the lives and works of canonical male theorists from Marx and Freud to Lacan and Derrida.  The translator and editor of Jacques Ranciere's The Philosopher and His Poor (Duke), he was coeditor with Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick of Performativity and Performance (Routledge), with Janet Halley of After Sex? (Duke), and of three other essay collections.  In progress is a book on Marx and the figure of theater, and an online, collaborative, multilingual edition of Julio Cortzar's novel Rayuela/Hopscotch. Committed to education throughout her life, Dorothy Black earned her BA from UBC in 1952 and taught in Burnaby schools for over 40 years.  A bequest from Ms. Black established the Dorothy L. Black First Year English Speakers’ Series Endowment after her passing. This event is free and open to the public and we would like to acknowledge that it takes place on the traditional, unceded, occupied and ancestral homelands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nation. Thank you to the Musqueam for hosting us.