English Lectures and Events


Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts Conference

October 9-12, 2014

for more information please visit http://litsciarts.org/slsa14/Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014



Poetry Reading

featuring Brooklyn poets Nicole Callihan, Lorraine Doran and James Tolan

Wednesday May 7 at 7 pm McCord Auditorium


Poetry Reading by Timothy Donnelly

April 24, 2014

6 PM

McCord Auditorium


Kenneth Gross

April 10, 2014

6:00 PM Reception

6:30 PM Lecture

DeGolyer Library

“The survival of strange sounds:  Forms of Life in Lyric Poetry”

Taking up instances from Renaissance to modern times, the talk will reflect on how lyric poems shape new, often baffling and violent rhythms of possibility in language.  Lyric poetry asks us to listen to its words, and language in general, with different ears; it invites us to trust powers of thought and feeling often buried, unacknowledged, irrational and even childish.  Lyric poems seek to lend to words an often uncanny vitality, an energy of language in which we are at home in paradox or silence, in opacity and wonder, in what may seem like nonsense.  There is a strong embrace of mutability, of linguistic play, in most lyric poems, and yet poets often stake on their volatile language a wish to survive in time, to persist in our hearing, to face down death, even if only in uncertain ways.  They know that poetry is “a most durable carpet, woven out of water,” as the Russian poet Osip Mandelstam wrote.

Kenneth Gross is the author of Spenserian Poetics: Idolatry, Iconoclasm, and Magic (1985), The Dream of the Moving Statue (1992), Shakespeare’s Noise (2001), and Shylock is Shakespeare (2006). His most recent book, Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life (2011), was co-winner of the 2011-12 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. A former fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the Princeton Council of the Humanities, and the American Academy in Berlin, he is the Alan F. Hilfiker Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Rochester.6 PM Reception

Literary Fest 2014, March 18-22


The annual three day event is to be held on the SMU campus between March 18 and March 22, 2014. The literary festival will include author readings, student conferences and book signings. All events are Free and open to the public.

The 2014 line-up (in alphabetical order)

Nan Cuba, Erica Dawson, Tarfia Faizullah, Jennifer Key, Jamaal May, Kyle McCord, Tim Parrish, and Rob Yardumian

Get the latest news on LitFest2014 here:http://smulitfest2014.wordpress.com/


Join the English Department for Movie Night!

All Screenings to be held at 7:30 pm, McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall.

Sunday, Jan. 26: Pulp Fiction

Sunday, Feb. 9: Chinatown

Sunday, Feb. 23: Midnight in Paris

Monday, March 3: Vertigo

Sunday, March 23: Avatar

Sunday, April 13: Apocalypse Now

Sunday, April 27: Grizzly Man



David Palumbo-Liu: "Justice in a Post-racial World"

February 13, 2014, 6:00 p.m.

DeGolyer Library

This talk will use Hannah Arendt's idea of the social and the political spheres, as well as her writings on war crimes, to open up a discussion of the difficulty of prosecuting hate crimes in what some call a "post-racial" world. Drawing on the murders of Trayvon Martin and Vincent Chin, and the subsequent trials of their killers in order to ask: How is the supposed race-blindness of the law impinged upon both positively and negatively by the social sphere?"

David Palumbo-Liu is Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor, and Professor of Comparative Literature, at Stanford University. He is also the founding editor of the journal, Occasion: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities and a Contributing Editor for the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Elizabeth Samet

DeGolyer Library
6:00 p.m.  Reception
6:30 p.m.  Lecture/Reading

Elizabeth D. Samet is the author of Soldier's Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point (FSG & Picador), which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Current Interest and was named one of The New York Times's 100 Notable Books of 2007; and Willing Obedience: Citizens, Soldiers, and the Progress of Consent in America, 1776-1898 (Stanford UP). Her essays and reviews have been published in various venues, including The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, and The New Republic. She has also appeared on the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, NPR, and the BBC World Service. Samet is professor of English at West Point. Her Guggenheim Fellowship will support the writing of Crimes of Odysseus: Imagining Postwar America, a book about mythologies of the war veteran in American culture, specifically in Hollywood cinema.

Tita Chico, "Coquettes and Science"

Thursday, October 24th, 6:00 p.m.
DeGolyer Library

Tita Chico specializes in Restoration and 18th-century British literature and culture. Her book, Designing Women: The Dressing Room in Eighteenth-Century English Literature and Culture (2005), considers the prevalence of what seems to be a most ordinary image in eighteenth-century literature, the lady's dressing room, and argues that its development and circulation reflect a variety of key literary and cultural transformations. Her current project, Experimentalism: Literary Knowledge and Science in Eighteenth-Century Britain, studies literary celebrations, elaborations, and alternatives to the epistemology of experimental philosophy.
Chico is Editor of The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, a quarterly published by Penn Press. With Toni Bowers (University of Pennsylvania), she edited a collection of original essays, Atlantic Worlds in the Long Eighteenth Century: Seduction and Sentiment (2012). At the University of Maryland, Chico has served as Associate Dean for Fellowships and Awards in the Graduate School (2010-12), Coordinator of the College of Arts and Humanities's Critical Theory Certificate Program (2009-11), and Associate Director of Graduate Studies and Director of Placement in the English Department (2006-09).

Manuel Muñoz

Thursday, September 26th

Gilbert Lecture Series
Reception, 6:00 p.m.
DeGolyer Library

Manuel Muñoz is the author of two collections of short stories: The Faith Healer of Olive Avenue, published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill in 2007, and Zigza!er, published by Northwestern University Press in 2003. His first novel, What You See in the Dark, was published by Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill in spring 2011 and in paperback in spring 2012. A recipient of a Whiting Writers Award in 2008, Manuel was a finalist for the 2007 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Prize and the recipient of a Constance Saltonstall Foundation Individual Artist's Grant in Fiction, a National Endowment for the Arts literature fellowship, a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and a 2009 O.Henry Prize for a short story. He served as a juror for the O.Henry Prize in 2011. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Rush Hour, Swink, Epoch, Glimmer Train, Edinburgh Review and Boston Review, and has aired on National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts. A native of Dinuba, California, he is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Arizona at Tucson.

NoViolet Bulawayo
(Elizabeth Tshele MA'07)

April 4

DeGolyer Library, 6:30pm

Winner of the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing for her short story “Hitting Budapest.” Her book, We Need New Names is forthcoming summer 2013 from Little, Brown (U.S.) and Chatto & Windus (U.K.). She’s currently a Stegner Fellow at Stanford.

4th Annual SMU English Alumni Career Panel

April 9

Location: Dedman Life Science Building, Rm. 0131
April 9, 2013 at 6pm. Reception to follow in the Dallas Hall Reading Room at 7:30pm, ground floor.

So you're an English major...now what? What career paths has your major prepared you for?

This career panel is designed to show you how the skills you learn as an English major can be of major benefit to you in the workforce and in your job search, expose you to a wide range of fields and industries you may not have considered, and introduce you to knowledgable alumni who will answer your questions and provide valuable networking contacts. Past English alumni panelists have come from fields as diverse as publishing/editing, finance, marketing, and medicine. Come take advantage of their expertise and get a head start on your future career!

The Languages of Pain:
What Poetry Can Tell Us about Pain, and What It Can’t.

April 11

An Interdisciplinary Discussion with Dr. Willard Spiegelman. Pain is personal, yet it constantly speaks.
Professor Willard Spiegelman, Hughes Distinguished Professor of English, will lecture on the ways that poets have articulated the inexpressible dimensions of pain, demonstrating the power of the poetic idiom to say what those in pain cannot. Professor Spiegelman will be joined by Thomas Mayo (Law), Robert Howell (Philosophy), and Rhonda Blair (Theater) who will place the poetic against the linguistic and performative demands of their own disciplines. How do actors, lawyers, and philosophers work with the inexpressible quality of pain? How does pain function in a court of law or on a stage? Join us for an interdisciplinary discussion of the languages of pain.

Thursday, April 11, 2013 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Fondren Science, Room 133
Organized by the Medicine & Humanities Fellows Seminar
For more information, visit www.smu.edu/Dedman/dcii