Lauren Goodlad: “A Study in Distant Reading”

Lauren Goodlad (Rutgers)

“A Study in Distant Reading”

Thursday, February 21 at 4pm in Austin 217 (Stern)



It is a commonplace of our times that late (neoliberal) capitalism produces a relentless anti-historicism that fixates on the present as the only viable reality. In such a climate even self-styled enthusiasts of long duree histories adopt reductionist methods to make positivistic claims about cultural archives. In this talk, Goodlad looks at detective fiction to show how some recent methods miss opportunities to break down the supposed impasse of form and history. Turning to A Study in Scarlet, she argues Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1887 novella is prescient in elucidating problems of genre, place, and ontology which flummox even the newest of data models. In an irony that Sherlock Holmes’s fans will likely appreciate, the world’s first consulting detective was also the world’s first distant reader.


Goodlad is the author of The Victorian Geopolitical Aesthetic: Realism, Sovereignty and Transnational Experience (Oxford, 2015) and Victorian Literature and the Victorian State: Character and Governance in a Liberal Society (Johns Hopkins, 2003); and co-editor of Mad Men, Mad World: Sex, Politics, Style, and the 1960s (Duke UP, 2013). She has also co-edited a number of journal special issues, including The Ends of History, a Summer 2013 special issue of Victorian StudiesStates of Welfare, a 2011 special issue of Occasion; and Comparative Human Rights, a 2010 special issue of the Journal of Human Rights.

IDEA Grant Winners

Congratulations to James Grindley and Jasmine Smith, both of the class of 2020, for winning IDEA Grants.

James will be writing “The Cut of a Steer: A Contemporary American Satire,” a 33-chapter, creative fiction novel in the broad genre of post-modern Neo American Gothic, where he will discuss a variety of current events that have defined the 21st century and the world we live in today.

Jasmine will create “Old/New/Inside/Out: An Exploration of Modern and Traditional Japanese Culture,” a visual journal documenting experiences in the traditional, yet advanced, country of Japan, with a specific interest in traditional vs. modern culture and the public opinion of both to cultivate a collection of artwork and creative writings for an exhibition and reading on campus.


Writers Who Edit, Editors Who Write Series

Aimee Nezhukumatathil was born to a Filipino mother and Malayali Indian father, and is the author of four books of poetry: Oceanic (2018), Lucky Fish (2011), winner of the Hoffer Grand Prize for Prose and Independent Books; At the Drive-In Volcano (2007), and Miracle Fruit (2003). Her collection of nature essays World of Wonder is forthcoming. With Ross Gay, she co-authored Lace & Pyrite (2014) a chapbook of nature poems. She serves as the poetry editor for Orion magazine. In 2014, she became one of the country’s youngest poets to achieve the rank of full Professor of English. She is now professor of English and teaches environmental literature and poetry writing in the MFA program at the University of Mississippi.

Sponsored by the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute, the Creative Writing Program and the UConn Bookstore.

Panel: Career Prospects in English

Career Prospects in English at 2-Year Colleges

Tuesday, February 19, 3:30-4:30, Stern Room

Please join us for a panel that explores rewarding, research-active careers in two-year colleges. Two local community college English professors (see bios below) will share their insights and field questions.

In 2016-17, 8.7 million students enrolled in public, two-year colleges, which represents more than a third of all undergraduates.

Newly arrived, mid-program, and dissertating graduate students are all encouraged to attend. This panel is not just for those on the job market but also for anyone who wants to learn more about the full range of possibilities for careers in English.  Faculty are also invited. The panelists can help us reflect on how our graduate program could better prepare students for faculty positions at community colleges

Jonathan Anderson, Professor of English, Quinebaug Valley Community College.  Jon, a UConn alum, is the author of Augur (Red Dragonfly Press, 2018), which was awarded the 2017 David Martinson/Meadowhawk Poetry Prize. Other books include Stomp and Sing (Curbstone Press/Northwestern University Press, 2005) and The Burden Note (Meridian Prize, 2014). He is also the editor of the anthology Seeds of Fire: Contemporary Poetry from the Other U.S.A. (Smokestack Books, 2008). His poems have appeared in many print and online venues, and he has been a featured reader at events in the US and UK.

James Gentile, Professor of English, Manchester Community College.  James is Director of the Connecticut Poetry Circuit and co-chair of the English Department at MCC, where he has also served as Co-Director of the Liberal Arts Division and Chair of the Center for Teaching for the community college system. Currently, he is co-chair of the Connecticut Coalition of English Teachers, the professional organization for all English faculty in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, and State Representative to the Two-Year College English Association-Northeast. He has worked with the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium on its online tutoring program in writing and with the Neag School of Education at UConn on a DHE grant-funded project focusing on universal design in instruction. Gentile holds a doctorate in English and comparative literature from Columbia University, with an emphasis on American literature.

Creative Writing Award Winners

Congratulations to the English Department’s 2018-2019 Creative Writing Award Winners!


The Edward R. and Frances Schreiber Collins Literary Prizes

Prose Winner/$2,400: Sean Cavanaugh


Poetry Winner/$2,400: Veronica Schorr


The Jennie Hackman Memorial Prize for Fiction

First place/$1,000: Courtney Haigler

Second place/$300: Ellen Fuller

Third Place/$200: Christopher Gardner


Wallace Stevens Poetry Contest

First place/$1,000: Kerry Carnahan

Second place/$500: Matthew Ryan Shelton

Third place/$250: Christine Byrne

Honorable Mentions: Julia Brush, Siobhan Dale, and Benjamin Radcliffe

The Aetna Children’s Literature Award

Winner/$250: Madeline Eller


The Aetna Translation Award

Winner/$250: Xin Xu


The Aetna Creative Nonfiction Awards

Undergraduate First prize co-winners/$125 each: Andrew Kucharski and Natiel Cooper

Graduate First Prize, /$250: Sophia Buckner

Honorable Mentions: Jeanne Bonner and Maurice Rodriguez


Long River Review Graduate Writing Award

Winner/$250: Sophia Buckner


Edwin Way Teale Award for Nature Writing

Winner/$900: Ellen Fuller

Haiku Writing Workshop

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Stanford M. Forrester/Haiku Writing Presentation and Workshop

Austin 217, Milton Stern Room, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Space is limited. Please RSVP


Sponsored by the English Speaker’s Fund, the English Department, and the Creative Writing Program.


Stanford M. Forrester is a past president of the Haiku Society of America as well as the editor of bottle rockets: a collection of short verse, which boasts its 20th year in print. Forrester has had poems published in many journals and anthologies worldwide. He perhaps is most proud of his haiku being included in Haiku edited by Peter Washington in the Everyman’s Pocket Poetry Series published by Knopf and Haiku in English: The First 100 Years by Norton. In 2004, he took first seat in the 57th Annual Basho Anthology Contest in Ueno, Japan, and in 2012, one of his haiku won second place in the International Robert Frost Poetry & Haiku Contest. Most recently, one of his poems was featured on Haiku Masters in Japan on NHK TV and this past summer a haiku of his won in the Ito-En Japanese Green Tea Contest. He now drinks a lot of green tea.

Submit your work to Long River Review

Submit Your Work

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2019 issue of Long River Review. The deadline is Friday, February 8, 2019. We will be able to get back to you by the end of February, 2019, at the earliest.

Who can submit? Anyone! As of 2017, we are now accepting submissions from the general public as well as from UConn students and faculty at any of our campuses.

Guidelines for Written Submissions

Please send all poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, international pieces, translations, hybrid pieces, and/or any otherwise uncategorized creative works to If submitting a translation, please also include the original poem that you are translating with your submission and cite the source of the original non-English piece.

All entries must include a cover sheet with the following information: Title, genre, your name, address, phone number, email, and student ID number (if applicable – UConn students only). Please include the genre of your submission(s) in the subject line of your email.

If entering submissions in multiple genres, group your submissions by genre: e.g. send one email with all of your poetry submissions, a separate email with fiction, another email with nonfiction, etc.

The number of submissions is not limited. However, do use your best judgment and send us your best work.

If you have any questions or concerns please email Darcie Dennigan, Faculty Advisor, at

Guidelines for Art Submissions

The Long River Review welcomes art submissions of all mediums including photography, illustration, printmaking, paintings, comics, drawings, and mixed media works.

All art submitted by UConn students to LRR will be considered for generous cash prizes provided by the Gloriana Gill Art Awards and the Long River Art Award.

Files must be emailed to with “LRR Art Submission” in the subject line.

Submit art work based on the following specifications:

Photoshop tiff
5.75 inches (minimum width)
300 dpi

All entries must include a cover sheet with the following information: Title of work, medium, your name, local address, local phone, email, student ID number, 50-word biographical note, and a short description of piece.

Pieces may be printed in black and white. If color is an important element to your piece and you do not want it to be printed in grayscale, please indicate your preferences when you submit.

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