Month: April 2018

Photography and Poetry Exhibit

“Photographs from a Poet’s Eye” exhibit by Pegi Deitz Shea runs from May 4 to May 30. The opening on May 4 was open to the public from 6-8pm, and included wine, beer, and hors d’oeuvres.

Date: May 4

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm

Location: Tolland Arts Center (22 Tolland Green)



Dissertation Defenses

Patrick Butler defended his dissertation, “Unsettling the Exceptional Hero: Recognition & Vulnerability in Middle English Romance,” on April 26, 2018 at 8:30 am in Austin 217.

M. Breann Leake defended her dissertation, “Rewriting the Historian of the English People: The Afterlife of Bede in Early English Texts,” on April 26, 2018 at 12:00 pm in Austin 217.

“The Black Avenger: A Western Tradition of Novelty”

Brown Bag talk with Professor Grégory Pierrot: “The Black Avenger: A Western Tradition of Novelty” on May 2, 2018 from 1:30-3:00 pm in Austin 217.

Grégory Pierrot is an Assistant Professor of English at UConn, Stamford. He has recently translated the French treatise Free Jazz/Black Power by Philippe Carles and Jean-Louis Comolli (Mississippi UP: 2015), and edited a scholarly edition of Marcus Rainsford’s An Historical Account of the Black Empire of Hayti (Duke UP: 2013; co-edited with Paul Youngquist). His articles have been published in Studies in American Fiction, the African American ReviewCriticism, and Notes and Queries. He is currently working on a monograph tentatively titled One in a Million: Black Avengers in Atlantic Culture.



Dissertation Defenses

Interested members of the faculty and graduate students are invited to attend!


Eleanor Reeds: Thursday, April 19, at 3:30 pm in Stern.

Dissertation Title: “Hearing Voices: The Reader Encounters Genre in the Nineteenth Century”


Rachel Nolan: Thursday, April 19, at 11:00 AM in Stern.

Dissertation Title: “Professions of Intimacy: Work, Reproduction, and the Professional Woman in the Progressive Era United States”

“The Zero-Sum Game of Corporate Personhood”

Clare Eby talk

Professor Clare Eby presents “The Zero-Sum Game of Corporate Personhood.” April 18, 1:30-3:00pm, Austin 217.

Citizens United (2010) provoked outrage at the idea of corporations having free speech rights. Drawing upon benchmark Supreme Court decisions, this talk looks at how US law has developed inconsistent rationales to theorize corporate rights. These incongruities should be exposed and corporate personhood abolished because this “legal fiction” (as it is called by legal scholars) has become a zero-sum game in which extending rights to corporations becomes the pretext for curtailing the rights of actual human citizens. Corporate personhood is also a metaphor, and literary writers have much to teach us about it.  This talk therefore also examines recent novels that expose the incommensurability of the corporate and the human, such as Richard Powers’s Gain, Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Gary Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story, Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, and Chang-Rae Lee’s On Such a Full Sea.

Dissertation Defenses

Christina Solomon and Erick Piller will be defending their dissertations this week. More information is listed below:

Christina Solomon: Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 3:30 pm in Stern.

Dissertation Title: “Romantic Orientalisms: British Encounters with the East and the Forms of the Oriental Tale, 1765-1825.”

Erick Piller: Friday, April 13, 11:00 am in Stern.

Dissertation Title“Invention in the Age of Innovation: Composition, Creativity Studies, and Social Change”