Animal Trouble: Blake, Derrida, Huyghe

Animal Trouble: Blake, Derrida, Huyghe

Talk by Jacques Khalip (Professor of English at Brown University)

Friday, October 26, 2018, 3:30-5:00 pm in Austin 217


Jacques Khalip is the author of Last Things: Disastrous Form from kant to Hujar (Fordham University Press, 2018) and Anonymous Life: Romanticism and Dispossession (Stanford University Press, 2009). He is also the co-editor of Constellations of a Contemporary Romanticism (Fordham University Press, 2016) and Releasing the ImageFrom Literature to New Media (Standford University Press, 2011). With Claire Colebrook and Lee Edelman, he is currently co-writing a book entitled Unlivable: Queer Theory Beyond The Material (under contract, Columbia University Press).


Sponsored by the Department of English, University of Connecticut.

Wallace Stevens Poetry Prize

Wallace Stevens Poetry Prize

Deadline: December 10, 2018

Prizes: $1,000 (first); $500 (second); $250 (third)

Each year since 1964, a prominent poet has been invited to give a reading at the University of Connecticut as part of the Wallace Stevens Poetry Program. A student poetry contest is held in conjunction with that program. First, second, and third place cash prizes are awarded. Prize winners read from their work at the annual program, and winning poems will be published in the Long River Review.

Who’s Eligible

Undergraduate and graduate students from the University of Connecticut’s main and regional campuses, except previous first place winners.


Submit a single MS Word document containing the cover sheet followed by 5-8 pages of poems (cleanly typed, only one poem per page). This can be up to eight short poems, or several longer pieces. Please submit your work via e-mail following these guidelines. The subject line of the email must indicate the full name of the contest. Note that while your student ID number should appear on every page, your name should appear only on the cover sheet.

Spooky Poetry Rocks!

Spooky Poetry Rocks!

This quarterly poetry series based at Arts Center East in Vernon, features MCC Professor John Stanizzi, Cynthia Peck, and RHS poet Venecia Fultz  on Sunday Oct. 21, at 7:00 p.m. The featured readers will be followed by an extended open microphone session, with participants encouraged to write “Edgar Allen Poe-try,” spooky poems inspired by Poe’s works, or macabre works in general.

Arts Center East is located at 709 Hartford Turnpike. For more information, please call series director, Pegi Deitz Shea, at 860-878-7016, or email her at Check for events.


Elysian Poetry with Dr. Patrick Cheney

Elysian Poetry: A Short History of Immortality, Homer to Heaney
A Talk by Dr. Patrick Cheney (Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Pennsylvania State University).

Thursday, October 18, 2018 4:00 – 5:30, The Stern Lounge (217 Austin Building)
(Talk sponsored by the English Department’s Speakers and Symposia Committee).

Popular Publishing with Christine Smallwood

A conversation about popular publishing with Christine Smallwood!

Monday, October 15th, 2018  4:00-6:00pm

Humanities Institute Seminar Room, Babbidge Library 4th Floor

Christine Smallwood is a writer and critic living in New York. Her reviews, essays, and short stories have been published in Harper’s, The New York Times MagazineThe New YorkerThe Paris Review, and Vice, among others. She holds a PhD in English Literature from Columbia University and is a core faculty member of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research.

“Surviving Diaspora: Glance and Relief”


On Wednesday, October 17th, at 4:30 PM this semester’s English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) Outside Speaker, Dr. Ianna Hawkins Owen will be delivering a talk in the Stern Lounge.

Dr. Ianna Hawkins Owen is an Assistant Professor of English at Williams College. She earned her PhD in African American Studies at UC Berkeley with a Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality and is a former University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at Berkeley. Her areas of interest include African diaspora theory, asexuality, failure and freedom. Her book manuscript is titled Ordinary Failures. You can learn more about Hawkins Owen’s research and writing at her website:

This event is sponsored by EGSA and the Graduate Student Senate. Refreshments will be served.

Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus

Tues, Oct 16, 7:30 pm
Performance Talk 6:30 pm by Dr. Dwight Codr

Aquila Theatre’s bold and thrilling Frankenstein pays homage to the original, frightening writing of Mary Shelley, raising the important question about innovation – just because it can be done, should it be done?

About Dwight Codr

Dwight Codr received his PhD in English Literature from Cornell University in 2006 and he served as an Assistant Professor at Tulane University before joining the faculty at the University of Connecticut, Storrs in 2011. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of English. His research focuses on the way ideas about both economics and disability are mediated by and transmitted in popular cultural forms – novels, plays, poems, films, and so forth – and how those forms are, in turn, influenced by changes in ideas and attitudes about economic life and human embodiment. Among other things, he has published multiple articles on Frankenstein and he has taught what is affectionately referred to as “The Frankenstein Course” at UConn since 2011.

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Wallace Stevens in Hartford: Marjorie Perloff

Wednesday, October 10  —  Marjorie Perloff, Professor Emerita at Stanford University, distinguished scholar and literary critic, will speak on “’The Malady of the Quotidian’: From Wallace Stevens’ The Rock to Susan Howe’s The Quarry.”

We often think of Wallace Stevens’s poetry as being abstract and difficult, but, as another great Connecticut poet teaches us in her recent prose poem, The Quarry, Stevens has an uncanny sense of the everyday—especially the everyday of weather and seasonal change—of the bleak light and bare boughs of winter that, in this poet’s imagination, take on a special magic and unique perspective.  Howe’s own poem builds on citations and images from the late Stevens to create an equally imaginative—but also very different—personal landscape of memory and desire.  His “Vacancy in the Park” becomes her “Vagrancy in the Park”—a delicate and compelling transformation that makes us see Hartford’s Elizabeth Park and related sites anew.

3:00 p.m. at the Hartford Public Library.