Loyola University Chicago

Department of English


Congratulations to Naomi Gades on winning the Fathman Young Scholar Prize!

Gades Prize

PhD student Naomi Gades won the Fathman Young Scholar Prize at the T. S. Eliot Society Annual Meeting in Atlanta for her paper "The Hypnotic Twist in 'Rhapsody': Bergson, Charcot, and Eliot in Paris." Naomi (right) is shown here with her faculty mentor, David Chinitz, who gave the keynote lecture at the conference, and with two of his PhD students from the past: Patrick Query (West Point) and Julia Daniel (Baylor).

Congratulations to Jake Hinkson for winning the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere for his mystery novel, No Tomorrow!

Hinkson Award

An article in the French Press about the award can be found here.

The Amazon link to Jake Hinkson's novel, No Tomorrow, can be found here.

Jake Hinkson's personal web page can be found at jakehinkson.com.

The 43rd annual Edward Surtz, S.J. Lecture in the Humanities

43rd Surtz

“Living with Little Corpses”
Robin Fleming
Professor of History, Boston College
Monday, October 15th 2018, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Information Commons, 4th floor lecture hall
Reception to follow.

Robin Fleming is Professor of History at Boston College and a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. Her research draws on a vast array of sources to provide new insight into migration, cultural identity, and the lives of women and non-elites in Britain during and after the fall of the Roman Empire, a formative era of European history. She is author of numerous articles and three books, including Britain After Rome: The Fall and Rise c. 400 to 1070.

Founded in 1973, the Surtz lecture promotes interdisciplinary and trans-historical humanistic inquiry in the university today. This annual endowed lecture honors the memory and scholarship of Edward L. Surtz, S.J., a beloved member of the Loyola faculty and distinguished scholar of early modern literature and renaissance humanism, best known for his work on the writings of Thomas More. Previous speakers have included Jeroslav Pelikan, Caroline Walker Bynam, Katherine Hayles, and Ato Quayson. The 2017/18 lecture was delivered by Emily Wilson, who spoke on “Translating the Odyssey: How and Why.”

Direct questions to Ian Cornelius icornelius@luc.edu

43rd Surtz Lecture Flier

A writing contest:

Current Loyola undergraduates are invited to enter a writing contest in conjunction with the 43rd annual Edward L. Surtz Lecture in the Humanities. Contestants should respond to one of the following prompts:

  1. Write a letter to an archaeologist in the distant future, explaining the significance of an everyday object in your possession.
  2. Imagine that you are an archaeologist in the distant future and you have unearthed an everyday object from the year 2018. Write a report in which you describe that object and speculate about its significance.

Use the following passage to guide your response:

[H]umble, everyday objects broadcast information about the identities of their users to anyone who saw them. […] Unfortunately for us, however, culture, identity, origins, and the objects of everyday life are knotted together in the archaeological remains of the sixth century in such a way that it is nearly impossible, a millennium and a half on, to disentangle them and to understand absolutely what, in this mess of recoverable things, was used to signify who and what a person was. The meaning of things, of habits and of actions, however, would have been clearer to contemporaries. They would have been able to discern important marks of identity in the same ways we do today. (Britain after Rome, pp. 63–4)

Authors of the top three submissions will be awarded copies of Britain after Rome: The Fall and Rise, 400 to 1070, by Robin Fleming, who will deliver this year’s Surtz Lecture. Winners will be announced at Professor Fleming’s lecture: Monday, October 15th, at 4pm, in the IC 4th floor lecture hall.

Contest details:

Entries are judged blind. Your name must not appear on your entry. Instead, choose a pseudonym containing more than one word to avoid possible duplication, and put the letters ps (for “pseudonym”) in parentheses after it. Print your pseudonym and the title of your submission at the top of the first page. For example:

Detroit Rambler (ps)
“The significance of pencils”

All entries should be double-spaced, no more than five pages in length, and accompanied by a separate covering sheet containing the following information: (1) your real name; (2) your pseudonym; (3) the title of your submission.

Submit three copies of your contest entry and one copy of your covering sheet to Stephen Heintz in the English department office (Crown Center, 4th floor). Entries must be received by 5:00pm on Wednesday, 10 October. Direct questions to icornelius@luc.edu.

Congratulations to our newest PhDs!

Congratulations to our newest PhDs!

Transformative Digital Humanities Conference: Feminist Interventions in Structure, Representation, and Practice

Transformative DH Conference

23 March 2018, 9:00am - 5:30 pm
Information Commons, 4th Floor
Loyola University Chicago 

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, University Libraries, the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, the English Department, the Women’s Studies and Gender Studies Program, and the Martin J. Svaglic Chair in Textual Studies. 

With generous support from Gale-Cengage 

Free and Open to the Public -- Register online: http://bit.ly/transformativeDH   

Contact Kyle Roberts, kroberts2@luc.edu with questions or visit the CTSDH website​

In 2018, how have digital humanities scholars taken up the call to expand the literary and historical canon to include groups that have been understudied or misrepresented by the print record? What does an intersectional, feminist DH methodology look like, who or what is it transforming, and how might we practice it in our own institutions? Transformative Digital Humanities: Feminist Interventions in Structure, Representation, and Practice asks how digital work might better support the knowledge and cultural production of women and people of color.

Keynote Speakers: 

Susan Brown, Professor of English; Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Digital Scholarship, University of Guelph. She leads the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory (www.cwrc.ca), an online repository and research environment for literary studies in Canada. She is also one of the founders of the Orlando project, an online repository of women’s writing in the British Isles. 

Laura Mandell, Professor of English; Director of Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture at Texas A&M University. She is the founding and current director of ARC, the Advanced Research Consortium (http://www.ar-c.org), editor of The Poetess Archive, and author of Breaking the Book: Print Humanities in the Digital Age. 

Kim Gallon, Assistant Professor of History, Purdue University. She is the founder and director of the Black Press Research Collective (http://blackpressresearchcollective.org) and an ongoing visiting scholar at the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University. 

Cassandra DellaCorte, Wikipedian in Residence, DePaul University.  She works with students and faculty to correct systemic bias and information gaps on Wikipedia, while highlighting the importance of media literacy in scholarship.


9:00 Coffee


9:15 Welcome - Pamela Caughie, Department of English; Geoff Swindells, Associate

Dean of the University Libraries


9:30-10:45 Keynote: Ontological Interventions

Laura Mandell, Texas A&M University, and Susan Brown, University of Guelph

Moderator: Niamh McGuigan, University Libraries


11:00-12:15 Roundtable Discussion: Putting it into Action

Margaret Heller, University Libraries; Andi Pacheco, School of Communication;

Rebecca Parker, Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities;

Caitlin Pollock, Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis;

Roshanna Sylvester, DePaul University


12:15-1:15 ​Lunch with Gale-Cengage, Presentation on Archives of Sexuality and Gender

and Digital Scholar Lab


1:30-2:15 Keynote: The Black Data Life Cycle: Black Digital Humanities Praxis

Kim Gallon, Purdue University

Moderator: Kyle Roberts, Department of History and CTSDH


2:30-3:30 Roundtable Discussion: Digital Representation Today

Florence Chee, School of Communication; Emily Datskou, Department of English; Frederick Staidum, Department of English; Priyanka Jacob, Department of English; Amanda Malmstrom,  Women and Leadership Archive


3:30-3:45 Coffee Break


3:45-5:00 A Woman’s Place is in the Wiki: Feminism and Wikipedia with Cassandra DellaCorte,

DePaul University

Moderator: Nancy Freeman, Women and Leadership Archives


5:00 Reception

The 42nd annual Edward Surtz Lecture in the Humanities

Edward Surtz Lecture

"Translating the Odyssey: How and Why"
Emily Wilson, Professor of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania  
Piper Hall. Tuesday, April 10th 2018, 4pm - 5:30pm. Reception to follow.

Professor Wilson will read from her new translation of the Odyssey and discuss her approach to this project. Her translation appeared from W.W. Norton in November 2017. It has received significant press attention in the New York Times Magazine and elsewhere.

Wilson is Professor of Classical Studies and Chair of the Graduate Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds degrees from Oxford and Yale in Classical Studies, English Literature, and Comparative Literature. Her previous books include Mocked with Death: Tragic Overliving from Sophocles to Milton (2004), The Death of Socrates: Hero, Villain, Chatterbox, Saint (2007), The Greatest Empire: A life of Seneca (2014) and verse translations of the tragedies of Seneca and Euripides. She is also classics editor for the new Norton Anthology of World Literature.

Founded in 1973, the Surtz lecture aims to promote interdisciplinary and trans-historical humanistic inquiry in the university today. This annual endowed lecture honors the memory and scholarship of Edward L. Surtz, S.J., a beloved member of the Loyola faculty and distinguished scholar of early modern literature and renaissance humanism, perhaps best known for his work on the writings of Thomas More. Previous speakers have included Jaroslav Pelikan, Caroline Walker Bynam, and Katherine Hayles. The 2016/17 lecture was delivered by Ato Quayson, who spoke on “Postcolonial Tragedy and the Education of Desire.”

A writing contest

In conjunction with this year’s Surtz lecture, the Departments of English and Classical Studies announce a competition in creative writing. Current Loyola undergraduates are invited to respond, in five pages or fewer, to the following question:

“Where are Odysseus and Penelope today?”

Entries may be verse or prose. Authors of the top three submissions will be awarded signed copies of Emily Wilson’s translation of Homer’s Odyssey. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 10, at the 42nd Annual Edward Surtz Lecture, where Professor Wilson will read from her translation and speak about her approach to translating Homer.

Contest details:

Entries are judged blind. Your name must not appear on your entry. Instead, choose a pseudonym containing more than one word to avoid possible duplication, and put the letters ps (for “pseudonym”) in parentheses after it. Print your pseudonym and the title of your submission at the top of the first page. For example:

Michigan Rambler (ps)
“Odysseus on the Red Line”

All entries should be double-spaced and accompanied by a separate covering sheet containing the following information: (1) your real name; (2) your pseudonym; (3) the title of your submission.

Submit three copies of your contest entry and one copy of your covering sheet to Stephen Heintz in the English department office (Crown Center, 4th floor). Entries must be received by 5:00pm on Thursday, 5 April.

Join us for "Richard Wright's 'Shame of Chicago,'" a talk by Liesl Olson

Liesl Olson Talk

Olson will discuss Wright's scathing 1951 critique of Chicago, published in Ebony magazine, and the documentary impulse of Wright's work. She will also consider some of the surprising influences that went into the making of Wright's luminous introduction to Cayton and Drake's Black Metropolis (1945), including Wright's understanding of ideas first introduced to him by Gertrude Stein. Olson will explore the unexpected ways in which Stein's ideas about modernist literary development are embedded in the now classic study of black Chicago.

Congratulations to Instructor Nadine Kenney-Johnstone on winning the Chicago Writers' Association Book of the Year Award!

New Book by Nadine Kenney-Johnstone

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Stanley Clayes Memorial Essay Competition!

2017 Clayes

First Place went to Mary Lutze, for her essay "Advancing Accessibility: The 'Radical Deaf Theatre' of Aaron Sawyer's The Vineyard." This essay also won the Anthony Ellis Award for the best graduate student essay for the 2017 Comparative Drama Conference.

Second place was awarded to Danielle Richards, for her essay "Tyranny and Bestial Barbarity in Windsor-Forest."

The essays were judged by the faculty of the Committee on Graduate Programs. Submissions were read “blind”; i.e., the identities of the authors were not disclosed to the judges. In the first round of judging, no professor read a paper that was written for his or her own course.

Congratulations to our winners on their excellent work!

The Complete Prose of T.S. Eliot: The Critical Edition Volume 6

T.S. Eliot Vol 6

Although T. S. Eliot died more than a half-century ago, the vast majority of his prose remained uncollected before the eight-volume scholarly edition of his Complete Prose began to appear in 2014. Volume 6, The War Years: 1940–1946 reveals Eliot’s response to the extraordinary pressures of total war. Much of his work of the period was composed under circumstances or for purposes dictated by World War II, and the war remains the grim background for his prose whether he was writing on the ballet, the book trade, Kipling, Poland, or Poe. The latest pieces in the volume bring Eliot to the brink of another global conflict: the Cold War.

The volume includes over 140 works of prose, from essays, lectures, and radio broadcasts to autobiographical documents, book reviews, newsletters, position papers on ethical and theological questions, public correspondence, and even a wry social comment in the form of a limerick. One piece was written as cultural propaganda for a magazine airdropped into occupied France by the Royal Air Force.

The volume brings a wealth of new material to light. Twenty-eight of the included works are published here for the first time; another 38 were published in circumstances obscure enough that they went uncatalogued in the standard Eliot bibliography.

Eliot has a global readership of long standing, and his prose writings range to such fields as economics, education, philosophy, politics, theology, and cultural theory as well as literature. Mindful of the diverse audiences interested in Eliot, the editors have annotated each item in the Complete Prose series to make it accessible to an international readership and to scholars in any discipline. The annotations are designed not only to clarify and to point up literary references, but to illuminate both the immediate and the larger intellectual contexts of Eliot’s writings.


Modernism and Its Texts

Modernism and its Texts

Modernism and its Texts - click here to download the flyer for the event.

Modernism Conference Program- click here to download the conference program.

This gathering of distinguished general editors and editors of scholarly editions of the works of some of the major figures in Modernist literature will be the first of its kind. It will offer the opportunity to assess the diverging trends and methodologies in editorial procedure in both print and digital editions that have been emerging over the last few decades. The role of a press, questions of audience, shifts in the understanding of textual authority, and attendant theoretical-empirical issues will receive discussion as a future for editing is brought into focus.


Svalgic Lecture

Hans Walter Gabler: ‘Ushering a Scholarly Edition into the Digital Age: Forty Years of Steering James Joyce's Ulysses Through Turbulences of Textual Scholarship’ (40 mins; then Q&A 20 mins.)

Reception 30 mins, then dinner for conference speakers

Thursday 28 September 2017, 4.00pm–5.30pm, IC 4th floor


Day Conference: Modernism and its Texts
In honor of Hans Walter Gabler

Friday, 29 September 2017, IC 4th floor

8.15–8.45am Morning coffee, breakfast 


8.45–10.45am F. Scott Fitzgerald and D. H. Lawrence

Joyce Wexler, Loyola University Chicago

Plenary Lecture:
James L. W. West III, Pennsylvania State University, General Editor of the Cambridge Works of Fitzgerald “The Cambridge Fitzgerald: An Intentionalist Edition”

Plenary Lecture:
Roger Osborne, The University of Queensland, Editor in the Cambridge Works of Conrad “The Implications of Editorial Disagreement: The Cambridge, Penguin, and Norton Editions of the Works of Joseph Conrad”

Paul Eggert, Loyola University Chicago
Mary Jane Edwards, Carleton University, Ottawa


10.45–11.05am Coffee break


11.05am–12.45pm W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot

Ian Cornelius

Plenary Lecture:
Ronald Schuchard, Emory University, Editor of Yeats’s letters and General Editor of The Complete Prose of T.S. Eliot, “Yeats and Eliot Redivivus: The Collection and Digital Presentation of T.S. Eliot’s Multiform Texts in The Complete Prose

Plenary Lecture:
David Chinitz, Loyola University Chicago, Co-editor of The Complete Prose of T.S. Eliot. Volume 6: The War Years, 1940 – 46. “What is Overannotation?”

Graduate Students, Hans Walter Gabler, University of Munich


12.45–1.45pm  Lunch (catered at venue)


1.45–4.00pm Virginia Woolf (coffee available throughout)

Paul Eggert

Plenary Lecture:
Hans Walter Gabler, University of Munich, “Autopalimpsests: Virginia Woolf’s Late Draftings of her Early Life”

Plenary Lecture:

Jane Goldman, University of Glasgow, Scotland, Co-General Editor of the Cambridge Works of Virginia Woolf, “Is There a Feminist Textual Editing?”


Graduate Students. Katelan Dyson, Loyola University Chicago, Peter Shillingsburg, Loyola University Chicago 

4.00–5.00pm Reception

Book launch during the reception (4.15pm): Peter Shillingsburg’s Textuality and Knowledge (PennState UP, 2017), to be launched by James West (10 minutes) with a reply from Shillingsburg (5).

Dinner for speakers and respondents



Hans Walter Gabler, emeritus professor at the University of Munich, was famously responsible for the highly contested critical and synoptic edition of James Joyce’s Ulysses (1983), a brilliant achievement whose legacy in textual studies and digital humanities continues to this day. He subsequently prepared critical editions of Joyce’s Dubliners and Portrait of the Artist. He has more recently turned his attention to the textual study of Virginia Woolf. The theoretical implications of his editorial work have ramified through a series of powerful essays in editorial theory making him one of the most influential editorial thinkers in the field today. 

James L. W. West III is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University.  He is a biographer, book historian, and scholarly editor.  He is currently at work on a Variorum edition of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby (1925). 

Roger Osborne has taught Australian and American literature at several Australian universities. He is a contributing editor to the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Joseph Conrad (Under Western Eyes and Nostromo), and publishes widely in the fields of book history and digital humanities. His Joseph Furphy Digital Archive was published in 2015, and his book with David Carter, Australian Books and Authors in the American Marketplace 1840s-1940s, is forthcoming from Sydney University Press.​ 

Ronald Schuchard, Goodrich C. White Professor of English, Emeritus, at Emory University, is the author of Eliot’s Dark Angel (1999) and The Last Minstrels: Yeats and the Revival of the Bardic Arts (2008). He is the editor of Eliot’s Clark and Turnbull Lectures, The Varieties of Metaphysical Poetry (1993); co-editor with John Kelly of The Collected Letters of W. B. Yeats, volumes 3, 4 and 5 (1994, 2005, 2017); and General Editor of the eight-volume Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot: The Critical Edition, five volumes of which appear online on Project Muse, Johns Hopkins University Press. 

David E. Chinitz, professor of English at Loyola, is the author of T. S. Eliot and the Cultural Divide (Chicago, 2003) and Which Sin To Bear? Authenticity and Compromise in Langston Hughes (Oxford, 2013). He is most recently co-editor, with Ronald Schuchard, of The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot. Volume 6: The War Years, 1940-1946 (Johns Hopkins, forthcoming). 

Jane Goldman, Reader in English Literature at the University of Glasgow, is co-General Editor of the Cambridge University Press Edition of the Works of Virginia Woolf. Her books include The Feminist Aesthetics of Virginia Woolf of 1998, Modernism 1910–1945, published in 2004, The Cambridge Introduction to Virginia Woolf (2006), and With You in the Hebrides: Virginia Woolf and Scotland (2013).




Hans Walter Gabler

“Leading a Scholarly Edition into the Digital Age:
Forty Years of Steering James Joyce's Ulysses Through Turbulences of Textual Scholarship”

It was back in 1973 that I first heard of hopes that the future for scholarly editing might lie in computer support. In the same year, I gathered early outlines of challenges ahead for whoever might muster the courage to edit James Joyce’s Ulysses. Here was a peak in World Literature of the 20th century for which notes, manuscripts, typescripts, serial publications of 14 chapters, and multiple proofs of the first edition had been preserved; and for which the first edition published in 1922 carried the note of apology: “The publisher asks the reader’s indulgence for typographical errors unavoidable in the exceptional circumstances.” Closer scrutiny soon revealed not just the typographical errors deplored. It laid bare, rather, a wider field of departures in the first edition from the text progressively written for Ulysses and successively inscribed by Joyce into the range of documents preserved. Editorial methodology in the United States and Great Britain was not comfortably equipped to handle archival diversity as extant for Ulysses. By contrast, diversities of the kind were familiar to German scholarly editing oriented towards the composition and growth of texts. Yet the German editorial school, in turn, knew little of the rules prevalent for Anglo-American critical editing. What Ulysses required in terms of editorial procedure was a merger of the methodologies. An editorial recording and unfolding of the novel’s pre-publication history of composition in particular, moreover, cried out for a harnessing of computer support. From all extant evidence of Joyce’s writing Ulysses, and with the double aim of both displaying the growth of the text from fair copy to first edition, and of critically establishing a reading text, a team of dedicated collaborators and I in Munich edited Ulysses afresh from the ground up. Work began in 1978; the three-volume Critical and Synoptic Edition was published in 1984. In my talk, I will first dance through some patterns of our editorial work and the formats of the edition’s book-page presentation, as well as mention passing turbulences during the years of editing. I will then outline the veritable roller-coaster reception the edition received, with high praise as well as some fierce, albeit temporary, turbulences of opposition against it. In conclusion, I will demonstrate how today’s updating of our digital archive of the 1978-1984 editing period has enabled a generation renewal of the Critical and Synoptic Edition of 1984 in book form into a dynamic online Digital Critical and Synoptic Edition which now, in younger hands, is well under way to be fully realized for the engagement and use of future readers, students, and researchers of James Joyce’s creativity and workmanship in writing Ulysses. 


Roger Osborne

“The Implications of Editorial Disagreement: The Cambridge, Penguin, and Norton editions of the Works of Joseph Conrad” 

In this paper Roger Osborne traces the history of scholarly editions of the works of Joseph Conrad from the foundational textual scholarship at Texas Tech in the early 1970s through to the present day. Osborne considers the aspirations for a digital edition of Conrad's works alongside the editorial rationales that have guided the flurry of scholarly and commercial editions published in recent years. He pays particular attention to the Cambridge editions and the  "disagreements" of Paul B. Armstrong's Norton more 2016 edition of Heart of Darkness. Osborne argues that such editorial disagreement should inform the theoretical and practical framework of any future plans for scholarly editions of Conrad's work in either print or digital forms.  


Ronald Schuchard

“Yeats and Eliot Redivivus: The Collection and Digital Presentation of T.S. Eliot’s Multiform Texts in The Complete Prose

The late Valerie Eliot’s commission of The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot: The Critical Edition, with six of the eight volumes “live” on Project Muse of Johns Hopkins University Press, has made possible an expanded conception of what constitutes a “Complete” edition. In addition to the major collections of prose from The Sacred Wood (1920) through To Criticize the Critic  (1965), the edition includes all of Eliot’s uncollected prose, including his Criterion Commentaries, over 200 printed items unrecorded in the Gallup bibliography, and over 100 unpublished items, all arranged in chronological order of publication or composition from 1909 to 1965: juvenilia, undergraduate and graduate essays, reviews, letters to the press, syllabuses, broadcasts, prefaces and introductions, addresses to charities, schools, and churches, prefaces and introductions, documents signed with multiple authors, lectures reconstructed from partial transcriptions and reports. This paper will discuss a selection of texts from this vast repository, focusing on the role of the Eliot, Faber, and institutional archives, the creation of an electronic database, the editorial procedures and principles for editing and annotating published and unpublished texts, copyright laws and the exclusion of most American editions as copy-texts, the role of Emory digital encoders, Johns Hopkins Press, and Project Muse, and the relation of the digital edition to the forthcoming print edition and digital platform.


James L. W. West III

“The Cambridge Fitzgerald: An Intentionalist Edition” 

In this paper West will outline a history of the 18-volume Cambridge Edition of the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald—its founding, progress, and approaching completion.  The Cambridge Fitzgerald is an intentionalist edition; it publishes what Fitzgerald wrote, not what various of his editors thought he should have written.  This effort has been aided enormously by the fact that Fitzgerald was a pack rat.  He saved an extensive archive of holographs, typescripts, proofs, correspondence, and other materials that make it possible to trace the compositional history of much of his oeuvre and to discern his intentions, in so far as editorial skill and imagination can allow.  West will offer examples from the published volumes of the Cambridge Fitzgerald and from the recently completed Variorum edition of The Great Gatsby.


David Chinitz

"What Is Overannotation?"

The question of how much annotation is too much has dogged the editing of T. S.
Eliot’s texts since 1996, when Eliot’s apprentice poems were published as Inventions
of the March Hare with copious notes by Christopher Ricks. For different reasons, the
question has arisen again—though only behind the scenes—with respect to the
ongoing Complete Prose series. It seems surprising that few reviewers of the recent
two-volume scholarly edition of the Poems, edited by Ricks and Jim McCue, have
expressed any qualms, since the same methods that were controversial two decades
ago have been employed in these volumes’s extremely generous annotations. Beyond
suggesting possible reasons for this change of critical heart, I will show that,
depending on what one considers to be the proper function of annotation, the Poems
may even be in some respects underannotated. Moreover, the different critical
perspectives from which these various judgments may be rendered are not arbitrary
or capricious; rather, they reflect divergent ways of looking at and in turn
representing Eliot and modernism generally.

Jane Goldman

“Is There a Feminist Textual Editing?”

This paper is in three parts:
(1) Authority and the Cambridge Woolf – An Edition of Record;
(2) Queenly Authority in the Textual Apparatus & Explanatory Notes of the Cambridge University Press Edition of Orlando: A Biography;
(3) Hans Walter Gabler and To the Lighthouse.
The paper reflects on my work for the Cambridge Woolf as general editor and volume editor, drawing on arguments in recent and forthcoming presentations and publications on editing Woolf. It considers the possibilities and ramifications of a feminist textual editing; it explores the critical stakes of a startling textual variant in the early impressions of Orlando recently discovered by the Cambridge editors; and it will also engage with Hans Walter Gabler’s productive insights into some of the challenges of editing To the Lighthouse.

Congratulations to Aaron Baker!

Aaron Baker, Assistant Professor of English, is the winner of the 2017 Barry Spacks Poetry Prize for his new collection of poems, Posthumous Noon, published by Gunpowder Press. 

Jane Hirshfield, who judged the competition, wrote: 

"Posthumous Noon is a book of grief and its bearing. It is also a book of language’s largess and leaping—as all true poem-volumes must be—and a book of the treasure house of the living: of largemouth bass; of the eros of moths and of humans; of cities and fields, stories and waters. It is a book holding as well many kinds of migration: the migration of the body in illness, of love’s witness, of souls, of creatures, of aftermath. In word, music, and image, Aaron Baker confirms his book title’s promise: even amid loss’s darkness, the full dimensions of light cannot be kept from this world.” 

Aaron Baker’s first collection of poems, Mission Work (Houghton Mifflin, 2008), winner of a Katherine Bakeless Prize in Poetry, is based on his experiences as a child of missionaries living among the Kuman people in the remote Chimbu Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Judge Stanley Plumly wrote: “How rare to find precision and immersion so alive in the same poetry. Aaron Baker’s pressure on his language not only intensifies and elevates his memories of Papuan ‘mission work,’ it transforms it back into something very like his original childhood experience. Throughout this remarkably written and felt first book, the reader, like the author himself, ‘can’t tell if this is white or black magic,’ Christian, tribal, or both at once.” In 2009, Baker won the $2,500 Shenandoah/Glasgow Prize for a poet who has published only one book. Judge Alice Friman noted that Mission Work touches “the essential mystery that underlies all things.” 

Aaron Baker earned his B.A. from Central Washington University, and his M.F.A. from the University of Virginia. His honors and awards include a Stegner Fellowship, a Henry Hoyns Fellowship in Creative Writing, a Ludwig Vogelstein Literary Fellowship, and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. 


New Book by Professor Ian Cornelius

New Book by Professor Ian Cornelius

Alliterative poetry is first recorded in English from the late seventh century, which makes it the oldest poetry in this language. Surviving poems include several of the most admired works of medieval literature, including Cædmon’s Hymn, Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and Piers Plowman. This is also a defunct poetry (it died out soon after the close of the period we call “medieval”) and it is a deeply mysterious poetry. It was christened “alliterative” in the eighteenth century, for the simple reason that it alliterates a lot. One wonders where this poetry came from, how it was organized, and why it died out. None of these questions has an easy answer. 

Reconstructing Alliterative Verse: The Pursuit of a Medieval Meter explains why the earliest English poetry has remained so enigmatic for so long—and aims to make it slightly less so. This book explains the distinctive nature of alliterative meters, explores their differences from subsequent English verse forms, and advances a new understanding of medieval English literary history. The startling formal variety of Piers Plowman and other alliterative poems comes into sharper focus when viewed in diachronic perspective: the meter was always in transition; to understand it, we need to reconstruct the stages of its development and see where it was headed at the moment it died out.

Edwin T. and Vivijeane F. Sujack Teaching Award

Sujack 2017

Dr. Badia Ahad, Dr. Joyce Wexler, Members of the Sujack Family

Associate Professor Badia Ahad was named a Master Teacher by the 2017 Sujack Awards committee.


Howard Axelrod’s memoir illustrates the healing power of solitude

3-27-17 Axelrod

English lecturer Howard Axelrod teaches the "Literature from a Writer's Perspective" course in the Mundelein building at Loyola's Lake Shore campus in March 2017. Axelrod's memoir, "The Point of Vanishing: A Memoir of Two Years of Solitude," was released last year. (Photo: Heather Eidson)

By Anna Gaynor

Howard Axelrod’s road to Loyola is an unusual one for an educator.

It started in 1994, while he was a student at Harvard University and was jabbed in the eye during a pick-up game of basketball—a freak accident that left him permanently blind in one eye. Five years later and after a failed romance in Italy, he decided to move into a small house in the woods of Vermont. 

Out of that experience came his memoir, The Point of Vanishing: A Memoir of Two Years in Solitude, which made the “Best of 2015” lists for publications such as Slate and the Chicago Tribune. 

Now, Axelrod is bringing the knowledge he gained from living in almost complete isolation to his creative writing courses at Loyola. 

“I feel like it’s my job, and really the job of a college education, to help you develop the kind of mind that you want to live with, that you’re comfortable living with, and that is going to help you live well,” Axelrod said. 

“How do you develop that kind of mind, rather than feeling that in order to be an educated person you have to have read every book in the library? It’s hard to say.  But without question, to be an educated person you have to have developed a mind that is both critical and empathetic.”

 It’s an approach he brings to his nonfiction-writing workshop, where creative writing majors work together developing their personal stories and the tools to pen them. 

“I haven’t talked to them too much about my memoir,” Axelrod said. “But I’ve had friends Skype into the class who have also written memoirs. Then students can ask them questions, and that’s just gone great in part because my friends are generous people—but also because the students had such good questions. 

“They could see that everyone struggles with writing, and everyone has different approaches. So, it’s not as though I’m giving them some sort of party line.”

Continuing a Tradition

When it was released, Axelrod’s memoir was compared to Henry David Thoreau’s Walden and Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild. Today though, what sticks with Axelrod are the individual responses from readers who found that his story resonated with their own painful experiences.

“They would tell me very personal stories,” Axelrod said. “For three readings in a row, there was someone who had a child die in a car crash. There’s no way to respond other than to listen.  It’s so much worse than anything I’ve gone through. That’s what surprised me the most: the emails and all the letters I got from people saying how the book connected with their lives.”

For Axelrod, the experience has shown him the importance of continuing in the footsteps of the writers who impacted his life—something he’s been able to bring to his teaching as well.

“Now I’m also thinking who is going to come after, and that’s part of what is so gratifying about teaching,” Axelrod said. “When you see students who are talented or who are really engaged, you think, ‘Oh literature is going to be in good hands and it’s going to keep going.’ 

“My job is to be another link in that tradition and to write my books, but it’s also to pass on the tradition—pass on what other writers have passed along to me.”

Dr. William Spurlin's Workshop and Lecture, Coming to Loyola this March

Pedagogy Workshop

Contested Borders: Cultural Translation and Queer Politics in Contemporary Francophone Writing from the Maghreb


The Arts of Adaptation

The Arts of Adaptation

To download the conference program, click this link: Adaptations Conference Program

March 18, 2017, Information Commons, 4th Floor, Loyola University Chicago

"Adaptation is almost coterminous with literature, indeed with all of human creativity. Almost every work of art can be seen as adapted from something else: from another work of art in the same or a different genre or medium, from mythology, history, biography, current events, scientific research, nature. The list of possible and potential sources is as endless as the ways of adapting and the forms of adaptation. Cave painters adapted scenes from hunts, the Greeks adapted myths, Shakespeare adapted stories and historical chronicles, and innumerable authors have adapted the Greeks and Shakespeare. In the mid-twentieth century when scholars embarked on the academic study of adaptation, they began with dramatization: that is, with the remediation of literary works into the contemporary dramatic medium of film. Today, adaptation studies cover intra- and intergeneric as well as intermedial adaptations in film, fiction, drama, poetry, and digital media."




Speaker Biographies:

Verna A. Foster is Professor of English at Loyola University Chicago, specializing in dramatic genre, dramatic adaptations, and their relation to reception. Her publications include The Name and Nature of Tragicomedy (2004), the edited collection Dramatic Revisions of Myths, Fairy Tales and Legends: Essays on Recent Plays (2012), and numerous articles. Her work in adaptation studies includes essays on dramatic revisions of Chekhov’s The Three Sisters and Woody Allen’s reworking of A Streetcar Named Desire in his film Blue Jasmine. Her most recent article is “Meta-melodrama: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Appropriates Dion Boucicault’s The Octoroon” in Modern Drama (Fall 2016).

Paul Eggert is Martin J. Svaglic Endowed Chair in Textual Studies, Loyola University Chicago. He most recently edited Henry Lawson’s While the Billy Boils: The Original Newspaper Versions (2013). This followed editions for the Cambridge Works of Lawrence and the Works of Conrad series, as well as for the Academy Editions of Australian Literature. A theorist of the editorial act, Eggert’s principal arguments are brought together in Securing the Past (2009) and Biography of a Book (2013). He is past president of the Society for Textual Scholarship and a corresponding fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. 

Trained as a literary scholar at Columbia and Yale, Thomas Leitch drifted into cinema studies when he discovered a love of storytelling that transcended literature. Even before he came to the University of Delaware to direct the Film Studies program, he had already begun to explore this love in his first book, What Stories Are: Narrative Theory and Interpretation. Since then, he has continued to build bridges between literature and cinema studies in ten books and over a hundred essays. Since preparing an annotated bibliography of his teacher Lionel Trilling, he has published extensively on narrative theory, genre theory, and popular culture. In addition to Perry Mason and Crime Films, which was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award in 2003, he has written two books on Alfred Hitchcock and coedited a third. For the past ten years, most of his work—especially Film Adaptation and Its Discontents: From Gone with the Wind to The Passion of the Christ—has focused on the process of textual adaptation and its broader implications for the teaching of English. His most recent books are Wikipedia U: Knowledge, Authority, and Liberal Education in the Digital Age and The Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies. He is currently working on The History of American Literature on Film. He regularly reviews mystery and suspense fiction for Kirkus Reviews, where he is Mystery Editor.

Siobhan O’Flynn, a digital humanist, has extensive experience working in and consulting on interactive storytelling, digital media, and experience design. She is currently working on a monograph for Routledge, to be called Mapping Digital Narrativity: Design, Practice, Theory, which examines the impact of digital media on storytelling by recontextualizing Aristotle’s theory of tragedy and catharsis as a form of experience design.

 Lecture Abstracts:

Verna Foster (Loyola University Chicago):

‘Why Adapt? The Cultural Work of Dramatic Adaptation’

After surveying some of the cruxes in adaptation theory, including the relationship between text and performance in dramatic adaptation, this paper focuses on the cultural work performed by intrageneric dramatic adaptations with special reference to Mabou Mines Dollhouse, contemporary Medea plays, and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s An Octoroon.

Panel: Ann Shanahan (Theatre, Loyola Univ.), Rebecca Cameron (English, DePaul Univ.), Rick Gilbert (grad. student), Lydia Craig (grad. student)

Paul Eggert (Loyola University Chicago):

‘Textual Criticism and the Curious Art of Adaptation: The Ned Kelly Story’

Replication and revision is a definition of Adaptation study. Textual criticism is the study of versions. Must these related pursuits continue to proceed in ignorance of one another? The paper addresses this question squarely, based on a case study of the versions and adaptations of the Ned Kelly outlaw-bushranger story-type. 

Panel: Virginia Strain, Ian Cornelius, Mary Lutze, Grace Stephens

Thomas Leitch (University of Delaware):

‘Screening (Out) the American Short Story’

Although Hollywood has looked since its earliest days to novels and plays for properties that could be profitably adapted to the cinema, it has rarely drawn its source material from the American short story, despite the genre’s prominent status in American literature. This presentation investigates the reasons why. 

Panel: Jack Kerkering, Casey Jergenson, Sarah Polen, Timothy Koppang

Siobhan O'Flynn (University of Toronto):

‘Media Fluid and Media Fluent: Adaptation as Experience Design’

In the digital world, multi- and trans-media elements, situations, and contexts deliberately invite audience participation in experiences allowing entry into the ‘storyworld,’ to co-create and extend content. Originating in the field of Human Computer Interaction, and now central to game design, marketing, and top-tier branded transmedia productions, experience design recognizes its media-fluent audience (i.e. people) as a medium.

Panel: Kyle Roberts, Elizabeth Hopwood, Katherine Ziobro, Maria Palacio

For more information, contact Randall Newman at rnewman2@luc.edu

Congratulations to PhD student Grace Stevens on being awarded the William and Mary Burgan Prize!

Stevens Award

The William and Mary Burgan Prize for the Outstanding Presentation by a Graduate Student at the Midwest Victorian Studies Association conference recognizes a graduate student who exemplifies the qualities of an excellent teacher as well as a capable scholar by giving a presentation that demonstrates "teacherly" qualities. Criteria include an unhurried, well-organized presentation that meets the time limits; good eye contact with the audience; effective use of visual and verbal aids (though visual aids are not a requirement); an obvious passion for the work presented; and grace in handling questions at the end. In short, the winner of the Burgan Prize should demonstrate promise as a teacher as well as a scholar.  The 2016 recipient is Grace Stevens of Loyola University for "'In Earnest or in Jest': the Graphic Serialization of Tess of the D'Urbervilles as a Commentary on Censorship."

Endowed by former Executive Secretary Keith Welsh, professor of interdisciplinary studies at Webster University in St. Louis, the William and Mary Burgan Prize encourages young scholar-teachers and acknowledges the contributions of Bill and Mary Burgan to Victorian studies and to this association. The award honors two people who are admirable scholar/teachers in their own right, and who, during their distinguished service at Indiana University, always evidenced sincere care and concern for graduate students. Bill and Mary Burgan have long been mainstays of Victorian studies, and each has done significant interdisciplinary work. But in addition to being fine scholars and fine teachers, they are wonderful human beings.

Congratulations to PhD student Lydia Craig on being awarded the MMLA 2016 Graduate Student Paper Prize!

Craig Story

Craig’s paper “The Juvenile and the Erudite: A Study of the Marginalia in Newberry Case Y 12.T219” examined the marginalia done by two hands within the Newberry Library’s Roxburghe copy of All the Workes of John Taylor (London, 1630), demonstrating the various ways in which two Early Modern readers, an adult and a child, could utilize a printed book as both text and object to reinforce social standing, to promote literacy and penmanship, and, finally to promote good moral values and educational learning.  While the adult’s marginalia indicates political and moral perspectives by expressing approbation through marks, thus subjecting the manuscript to a selective and personal reading process, the child’s marginalia rewrites, imitates, mocks, and even changes Taylor’s text. These instances provide physical evidence of how two readers separately constructed their own paratexts in order to respond to, or to resist what D.F. McKenzie terms an author’s “directed meanings” in his contemporary historical moment. 

Past and Present: New Directions in Victorian Studies Day Conference

New Directions in Victorian Studies Day Conference

The Loyola University Chicago Victorian Society (LUCVS) is proud to present the day conference "Past and Present: New Directions in Victorian Studies." Located on the 4th floor of the Lake Shore Campus's Information Commons, the conference will commence at 8:00am and end at 5:15pm on Saturday, October 29th, 2016. Coffee will be provided throughout the day and a wine and cheese reception will follow the event. Besides several panels on various Victorian literary, historical, and theoretical research subjects, Anna Kornbluh and Benjamin Morgan (V21) will serve as plenary speakers and Elaine Hadley (The University of Chicago) will be the keynote speaker. 

As a Professor in the University of Chicago’s Center for the study of Gender and Sexuality, Elaine Hadley’s various interests are focused on nineteenth-century British culture. In recent years, she has studied popular culture broadly defined (theater, journalism, cheap fiction) and political culture, especially liberalism as a social formation. Her latest book, Living Liberalism, addresses Victorian political culture through political theory, theories of embodiment and the material practices of citizenship, while her current project concerns war, war literature, and war journalism in the period. 

Anna Kornbluh is an Associate Professor at UIC. Her research and teaching interests center on Victorian literature and Critical Theory. She is the author of Realizing Capital: Financial and Psychic Economies in Victorian Form (Fordham UP 2014), which studies the emergent trope of "psychic economy" in the period of financialization, and her essays have appeared or are forthcoming in ELH, Novel: A Forum on Fiction, Henry James Review, Mediations, and elsewhere. She is currently at work on two books: The Order of Forms, an experimental anti-mimetic ontology of literary realism rooted in its relations with architecture, structural anthropology, and mathematical formalism, aimed at wresting literary (and political) theory from the biopolitical paradigm, and Marxism: Fight Club, for the Bloomsbury "Film Theory in Practice" series.  


Benjamin Morgan is an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago. His research and teaching focus on literature, science, and aesthetics in the Victorian period and early twentieth century. Particular areas of interest include nineteenth-century sciences of mind and emotion; aestheticism and decadence in a global context; and speculative and non-realist fiction, including gothic, science fiction, utopia, and romance. His approach to the period is oriented by critical traditions in aesthetic and affect theory, science studies, and the environmental humanities. He is currently working on a book, The Outward Mind: Materialist Aesthetics in Victorian Science and Literature, which explores how Victorian sciences of mind and emotion generated new and controversial explanations of art, literature, and beauty. 


Thanks are due to our sponsors, the Graduate School, the Department of English, and Dr. Paul Eggert (Martin J. Svaglic Endowed Chair for Textual Studies) for their generous support of the LUCVS day conference. To reserve a place at the conference, click on the following link: 


More details concerning the conference can be found on our website: 



Instant History, The Postwar Digital Humanities and Their Legacies: A Day Conference

Instant History Day Conference

Instant History Flyer: download a .pdf of the flyer.

In 1949, Jesuit scholar, Father Roberto Busa began to collaborate with IBM to build a massive lemmatized concordance to the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. By the mid 1950s he had established in Milan the first humanities computing center, which both IBM and Father Busa referred to as a Center for Literary Data Processing. This turn toward thinking of texts as data – or as potential sources of data – to be processed using computers and algorithmic, quantitative methods, has its legacy in many of today's digital humanities and electronic textuality, from the creation of electronic editions to so-called distant reading and quantitative analyses and visualizations of very large corpora of texts.

Our day-conference will explore several aspects of this legacy of Father Busa's mid-century humanities computing, including the history of natural language processing and digital text processing, systems of textual markup and the creation of digital scholarly editions, topic modeling and large-corpora analysis.

Saturday, September 24th, 2016, Information Commons, 4th Floor

Lake Shore Campus, Loyola University Chicago

6501 N. Kenmore Avenue

8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.

For more information, contact: Prof. Paul Eggert at peggert@luc.edu

Congratulations to our new PhDs!

The English Department would like to congratulate our new PhDs: Mark Owen, Richard Obenauf, and Vicki Bolf (Not pictured: Sarah Eilefson and Nathan Jung).

Congratulations to Johanna Doreson on winning an Outstanding Loyola Undergraduate Research Award!


The Sons of Africa

"My research investigates a band of former slaves who called themselves the Sons of Africa and coauthored a series of open letters to various statesmen throughout the late eighteenth century. My study sought to answer the questions who were the Sons of Africa and did their letter-writing campaign influence the abolition movement? I argue that by repackaging their ideas within the context of letters of thanks to prominent abolitionists, the Sons simultaneously enlisted Parliament’s aid and relayed their case to the broader British public. The Sons of Africa used these letters of gratitude to show that Africans were capable of participating in the slavery debate and to steer the direction of that debate by subtly attributing their own ideas to others."

-Johanna Doreson

The Humanities, Civic Education and the Problem of the Political, a lecture by Danielle Allen Sponsored by the Loyola English Department

Man Into Woman: A Comparative Scholarly Digital Edition with Dr. Pamela Caughie

Textual Databases And Textual Computing: The Example of Bichitra, by Sukanta Chaudhuri

Sukanta Chaudhuri will give the presentation, titled "Textual Databases And Textual Computing: The Example of Bichitra.This presentation will use the online Tagore variorum Bichitra as the starting-point for some issues concerning textual databases and the computer analysis of texts.

Join us for the 2015-2016 Annual Edward L. Surtz Lecture!

W.J.T. Mitchell, the Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor of English and Art History at the University of Chicago will give the 2015-2016 Annual Edward L. Surtz Lecture, titled "Salvaging Israel/Palestine: Art, Collaboration, And The Binational State."

Announcing the Launch of ModNets

ModNets Announcement

Drs. Pamela Caughie and David Chinitz are pleased to announce the launch of Modernist Networks (www.modnets.org). A federation of digital projects in the field of modernist literary and cultural studies, “ModNets” provides a vetting community for digital modernist scholarship and a technological infrastructure to support access to scholarship on modernist literature and culture.  Newly launched at the Modernist Studies Association conference in November, “ModNets” is now actively seeking digital projects. This federation has been years in the making. We want to thank the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Deans of the College, the Libraries and the Graduate School, the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, and the English Department for their support. 

The Present, the Past, and the Material Object: the Svaglic Chair's Inaugural Lecture

Click Here to download a PowerPoint of Dr. Eggert's Inaugural Lecture!

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Open to students, Loyola community, and the public.


Thomas Hardy the poet, and famously the author of Tess of the D’Urbervilles, had previously been a professional architect and restorer of medieval church buildings. When he could afford to do so he gave up his professional life for writing, but an abiding attitude toward the past and its material manifestations links the two. In his literary works he frequently returned to the possibility of recovering the past, to the conditions of that recovery and thus to the nature of its ongoing life in the present. Not only the ancient natural landscape but also the historic built environment served as the vital link.

Prof. Eggert’s lecture will start with discussion of a poem of Hardy’s that will serve as a spur for a reflection on the general conditions of our dealings with the past, especially as engaged by its material forms, whether in buildings or art works or literary works. Distinctions between the forms are of course necessary but, he will argue, continuities remain: the mute testimony of the material object concerning the agents of its creation; the role of the viewer or reader in realizing the work; the hand of the editor or conservator; and the role of time in its successive forms of existence.

This line of reflection issues finally in some predictions about the forms that scholarly editing and archiving will soon take, now that their material basis is changing. In the digital realm, what relation will the two responsibilities have to one another now that that they can be disaggregated rather than presented with the seamless continuity and stability expected of the printed form?

Paul Eggert is an editorial theorist, scholarly editor and book historian. Earlier this year he moved from the University of New South Wales in Australia to the English Department at Loyola University Chicago to take up the Martin J. Svaglic Endowed Chair in Textual Studies.

In his book Securing the Past: Conservation in Art, Architecture and Literature Eggert extended the purview of editorial theory to encompass the different but, as it turned out, parallel discourses surrounding the conservation of historic buildings and art works, and the nature of forgery. The book was published by Cambridge University Press in England in 2009; it won the Society for Textual Scholarship’s Finneran Award as the best book of editorial theory for 2009–10. Eggert subsequently served as President of this US-based society for 2013–2014.

His later thinking about the empirical realities of the textual condition may be found in his Biography of a Book (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2013). Over the years, full-scale scholarly editions of works by D. H. Lawrence, Henry Kingsley, Rolf Boldrewood, Henry Lawson and Joseph Conrad have appeared under his hand. The most recent of these, an edition of Conrad’s novel Under Western Eyes, was published in 2013 in the Cambridge Works of Conrad series.

An elected fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities since 1998, Eggert served as the general editor of its Academy Editions of Australian Literature (10 vols, 1996–2007) and received the Centenary Medal of the Commonwealth of Australia for services to the study of literature in 2003.

A recent article of Paul’s in Textual Cultures, his presidential address to the Society for Textual Scholarship entitled ‘The Hand of the Present’, may be found at http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/textcult.7.2.3

PhD student Lydia Craig awarded the Anthony Ellis Prize

Craig Drama Prize

Lydia Craig has won the Anthony Ellis Prize for best paper by a graduate student at the Comparative Drama Conference 2015 for “Politic Silence: Female Choruses in Lochhead’s Medea and Wertenbaker’s The Love of the Nightingale.” Lydia's essay will appear in Text & Presentation, 2015, where it will be designated as the 2015 Anthony Ellis Prize Winner.

The late Anthony Ellis was a board member of the Comparative Drama Conference who received his PhD from Loyola University Chicago. Lydia's winning the Anthony Ellis prize this year is thus especially meaningful to the Loyola English Department. Congratulations to Lydia!

Versions, Versioning and Versionality: A Day Conference

Click here (Versions PDF) to download a PDF version of the flyer.

Conference Program.


Keynote speakers’ abstracts:

Michael Anesko

“The Textual Condition of The Ambassadors: A Revised Scenario”

Ever since 1950, when Robert E. Young (then a graduate student at Stanford) made the startling discovery that two chapters of Henry James’s self-described masterpiece, The Ambassadors (1903), had been printed in reverse order, scholars and bibliographers have been trying to figure out (and sometimes even to justify) why this happened. How could an author, renowned for his meticulous concern for matters of form, have made such a blunder? And then repeat it, when the novel was included, without correction, in the New York Edition? This paper will untangle the evidence and the conflicting claims that have thus far been advanced to propose a new scenario to help us better understand the textual condition of The Ambassadors.

Michael Anesko teaches English and American literature at The Pennsylvania State University. He has published extensively on Anglo-American literary culture, including four books that have established critical benchmarks in their respective fields: “Friction with the Market”: Henry James and the Profession of Authorship (1986); Letters, Fictions, Lives: Henry James and William Dean Howells (1997); The French Face of Nathaniel Hawthorne: Monsieur de l’Aubépine and His Second Empire Critics (2011); and, most recently, Monopolizing the Master: Henry James and the Politics of Modern Literary Scholarship (2012). He is a General Editor of the forthcoming Cambridge Edition of the Complete Fiction of Henry James and has prepared a new authoritative text of The Portrait of a Lady for that series. He is also now Co-General Editor of The Complete Letters of Henry James, published by the University of Nebraska Press.

Robin Schulze

“When Is Version Not a Version?: Printing Marianne Moore”

Modernist poet Marianne Moore took each opportunity to reprint her poetry as an opportunity to revise. Her versions spanned decades, creating a textual history so complex that Jerome McGann used Moore’s oeuvre as a key example of why eclectic editing just didn’t work. While several of my colleagues and I have tried hard to make Moore’s many versions available to readers through a series of editions that owe much to McGann’s theories, our efforts have unwittingly, I think, created difficulties for the audiences we hoped to help. Presenting Moore’s versions as social-text products (many in facsimile form), I designed my edition to give readers access to the versions they would have encountered in particular venues at particular times. Moore’s poems, however, were notoriously hard to print. Her experiments with the poetic line led to misprints aplenty, misprints that my social-text edition duplicated. Many of the “versions” that appeared in print in no way resembled the complex patterns of lines and indents that Moore intended. The effect that such “versions” had on Moore’s contemporary reception, and continue to have through my edition, demonstrate how important the material form of a poem can be. At the same time, however, such “versions” reveal that social-text editing, too, has its limitations. The “versions” of Moore's poem, “Those Various Scalpels,” offer a telling example of the difficulties that attend the editing of truly experimental modernist verse.

Robin Schulze is Professor of English and Interim Associate Dean for the Humanities at the University of Delaware and President of the Society for Textual Scholarship [www.textual.org]. Her specialties include Modernist American Poetry, Textual Scholarship and Editorial Theory, and Modernist Literature and Culture. She is the author of The Web of Friendship: Marianne Moore and Wallace Stevens (University of Michigan, 1995), and the editor of Becoming Marianne Moore: The Early Poems, 1907-1924 (University of California Press, 2002). Her most recent book, The Degenerate Muse: American Nature, Modernist Poetry, and the Problem of Cultural Hygiene, appeared from Oxford University Press in 2013. She is the co-editor, with Linda Leavell and Cristanne Miller, of Critics and Poets on Marianne Moore: “A Right Good Salvo of Barks” (Bucknell, 2005) and 1914–45 Period Editor of the Pearson Custom Library of American Literature.

Her most recent project is a full-scale digital edition of Marianne Moore's 122 notebooks, one of the great cultural and critical resources for modernist studies, which she is pursuing with colleagues Elizabeth Gregory, Cristanne Miller, and Heather White.

Suzanne Gossett

"What Do We Mean by 'Versions' of Shakespeare's Plays?"

Suzanne Gossett is Professor Emerita of English at Loyola University Chicago. Her scholarly writing concerns early modern English drama, including Shakespeare and his contemporaries; feminist and gender studies; and nineteenth century American literature. She has published extensively on theatrical collaboration and on Shakespeare’s late plays, as well as on the theory and practice of textual editing. She is a General Textual Editor of the new Norton Shakespeare, third edition, and a General Editor of the Arden Early Modern Drama series. She has edited Pericles for the Arden Shakespeare, Eastward Ho! for the Cambridge Works of Ben Jonson, A Fair Quarrel for Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works, Beaumont and Fletcher’s Philaster for Arden Early Modern Drama, as well as Lady Mary Wroth’s Urania, Jacobean Academic Plays and plays from the English College, Rome. From 2011-2012 she was President of the Shakespeare Association of America. Currently she is preparing the Arden 3 edition of All’s Well that Ends Well and editing the Shakespeare Association collection, Shakespeare in Our Time, which will appear in honor of the 2016 anniversary year.

Joseph Janangelo

“Serving the Material: Remastering Maria Callas and Completing Judy Garland”

Versions and versionality are endemic to the remastering of classical and popular music for new audiences. Two such remastering projects—contested and celebrated ones—will be discussed. The first is the 2014 boxed CD set, Maria Callas—Remastered (The Complete Studio Recordings 1949–1969). The second, which exists in past, forestalled and potential versions, involves attempts to compile and design a complete, or at least more coherent, version of the 1965 double-album, Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli “Live” at the London Palladium.

This paper raises several questions pertinent to Digital Humanities in contemporary textual and rhetorical practice. Textual Studies scholars have offered thoughtful ideas for assessing evidence, establishing versions, and editing written texts. What ideas might the work of remastering classical and popular music bring to this debate?

When do the salient motivations of improving sonic quality, preserving textual nuance, correcting or at least minimizing editorial errors and technical or performance deficiencies, become a tampering with rather than a serving of the material—especially when we are talking about familiar, legacy works of revered, even beloved artists?

In particular, how might such remastering projects engage their historical, embedded and evolving rhetorical situations? That work can involve editors understanding and addressing the projected audience’s knowledge and perception of the artist and their work, as well as personal memories of and opinions about the strengths and limitations of previous versions and releases.

Variant versions, including outtakes and re-edits, circulate in various forms: as material object, online on web sites, or via zip files. All of these complicate the situation. Whether in terms of attention to or actual involvement in the compiling of new versions and variants, audience interest awaits, and perhaps abets, future and potentially damaging re-releases.

In addressing these contingencies the intersections between technological advancement, archival research, and editorial endeavor in remastering projects will be explored.

Joseph Janangelo is Past President of the Council of Writing Program Administrators and a founding member of the CWPA Mentoring Project, which offers graduate students, adjunct and full-time faculty at two and four-year schools professional mentoring opportunities related to teaching, administration and scholarship. Joe is associate professor of English at Loyola University Chicago where he is the English Department’s Director of Assessment and Self-Study, and has served as the Director of Writing Programs.

His publications include Resituating Writing: Constructing and Administering Writing Programs and Theoretical and Critical Perspectives on Teacher Change. His work has appeared in College Composition and Communication, College English, Computers and Composition, Journal of Teaching Writing, Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, Rhetoric Review, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, The Writing Center Journal, and WPA: Writing Program Administration.

You are invited to Dr. Frank Fennell's retirement party!

You are invited to Dr. Frank Fennell

On Monday, April 13, the Department of English is hosting a retirement party for Frank Fennell, marking the last semester of his 47 years of service to Loyola students.

Because of his many ties and involvements outside the department, we are reaching out to faculty and staff throughout the college. We understand how busy you are at this time of year and that you may well not be able to come. But if it is possible for you, please know that you will be most welcome. If you are aware of a colleague who would like to attend this reception, please forward this invitation.

One thing Frank is adamant about: no gifts, please. Your presence is gift enough. When I pressed him to name an organization to which individuals could contribute in lieu of a gift, he suggested Save the Children at www.savethechildren.org. (If you would like to do this, please contact the organization directly.)

We hope you can join us on April 13. The party will be in the Palm Court, 4th floor of the Mundelein Center, from 5 to 7 p.m. For planning purposes, it would be helpful if you could please RSVP to Brenda Jervier by Wednesday, April 8 at bjervie@luc.edu.

You are invited to a lecture by Peter Robinson

You are invited to a lecture by Peter Robinson!

Robinson Event Flyer

The last two decades have seen a vigorous incursion into scholarly editing by the rising discipline of the digital humanities, a move which has coincided with (and contributed to) a thorough rethinking of the fundamentals of scholarly editing by various scholars, including Paul Eggert. This talk will relate these shifts within scholarly editing in terms of the fundamental concepts of document, work and text, and consider the implications for software development, for the making of editions and for edition deployment.

Peter Robinson is Bateman Professor of English at the University of Saskatchewan. He is currently leading development of the “Textual Communities” project, which aims to provide a platform for collaborative scholarly editing, building on his previous experience in the creation of digital tools for editors. He is active in the development of standards for digital resources, formerly as a member of the Text Encoding Initiative and as leader of the EU funded MASTER project, and has published on Chaucer, scholarly editing, and digital humanities.

Presented by the Martin J. Svalgic Endowed Chair in Textual Studies.

For more information, contact Prof. Paul Eggert at peggert@luc.edu or 773.508.2238.

Cynthia Wallace, a recent Loyola PhD grad. won the Lionel Basney Award!

Wallace Story

Cynthia Wallace (PhD 2012), now assistant professor at St. Thomas Moore College in Saskatoon, Canada, won the Lionel Basney Award given annually to the most outstanding article of the year in the journal Christianity and Literature. The article is "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Purple Hibiscus and the Paradoxes of Postcolonial Redemption," Christianity and Literature 61.3 (2012): 465-83.  Congratulations to Cindy!

Julia Barrett Daniel, PhD 2012, has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Modern American Poetry

Julia Daniel

Julia Barrett Daniel, PhD 2012, has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Modern American Poetry at West Virginia University beginning Fall 2013. Julia is currently Instructor of Core Writing and Literature at Loyola University Chicago.  Congratulations to Julia!

Douglas Guerra, PhD 2012, has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Literature and Technology

Douglas Guerra

Douglas Guerra, PhD 2012, has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Literature and Technology at SUNY Oswego beginning Fall 2013. Doug is currently Instructor of Core Writing and Literature at Loyola University Chicago.

Congratulations to Dr. Allen Frantzen on receiving the Medieval Academy of America's Teaching Excellence Award for 2013.

Congratulations to Dr. Allen Frantzen on receiving the Medieval Academy of America

From the Medieval Academy of America:

CARA Teaching Award

The Committee on Centers and Regional Associations is pleased to present the CARA Teaching Award to Allen J. Frantzen, professor of English at Loyola University Chicago.  Allen, a truly dedicated teacher, has made substantial and important contributions to teaching medieval studies at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.  He has also written successful introductory-level books directed toward a general or undergraduate audience.  His electronic projects, now affiliated with the Loyola Center for Digital Humanities, included online research and database tools freely available to his own and others' students.

But Allen's commitment to pedagogy extended out of the medieval world into the most urgent needs of our contemporary culture.  In 1992, his vision and determination founded the Loyola Community Literacy Center, a community service organization based at the university to provide individual assistance to all adults, both native-born and foreign-born, who wish to improve their reading, writing, and speaking skills in English.

Allen has inspired, guided, pushed, challenged and helped not only his own large group of dissertation students in multiple sub-disciplines of medieval studies, but also undergraduates who then went on for PhDs and success elsewhere, and, probably more importantly, countless other undergraduates who went on to happy and successful lives, inspired by Allen, trained to be better thinkers and writers, and imbued with an interest in and appreciation for medieval literature and culture.

Allen's personal measure of success was how much others achieved with his guidance.  On that score, few can have been as successful.  Allen richly deserves the prestigious recognition of the CARA Teaching Award.

CARA Teaching Award Committee 2013
James Murray, Western Michigan University
Lilla Kopar, Catholic University of America
Frank Klaassen, University of Saskatchewan

Roger McNamara, PhD 2010, has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University

Roger McNamara

Roger McNamara, PhD 2010, has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University.  Congratulations to Roger!

Congratulations to Rick Rodriguez, one of 5 Loyola Ph.D.s in English to receive a tenure-track job this year!

Rick Rodriguez

Congratulations to Rick Rodriguez, one of 5 Loyola Ph.D.s in English to receive a tenure-track job this year!  Rick, Ph.D. 2008, has accepted a tenure-track assistant professorship in American literature at Baruch College in New York, beginning Fall 2013.

Liz Hanson wins dissertation award

Elizabeth Hanson

Elizabeth Hanson (Ph.D. 2013) won this year's Graduate School Dissertation Award in the field of Humanities for her dissertation "'Making Something Out of Nothing': Asexuality and Narrative" (Director, Dr. Pamela Caughie). Congratulations to Liz on this award!

Congratulations to our PhD graduates!

PhD Graduates 2013

Congratulations to our PhD Graduates: (left to right) Michael O'Connell, Elizabeth Hanson, Sean Labbe and Gillian Bauer.  Not pictured:  Julia Bninski and Catherine Ramsden.

Congratulations to Kimberly Jack, our 6th PhD graduate to receive a tenure-track job this year!

Kimberly Jack

Kimberly Jack, PhD 2008, has accepted a tenure-track position in the Department of English and Drama at Athens State University starting this August.  Congratulations to Kimberly!

Congratulations to Michael O'Connell!

Michael O

Michael O'Connell (Ph.D. 2013) has been hired as an Assistant Professor of Humanities at Siena Heights University in southeast Michigan.

Come see critically acclaimed author Brock Clarke give a reading from his new novel, "The Happiest People in the World."

Clarke Fiction Reading

Join us for an event: "Modernism's Legacies: (Post)Postmodernism"


Modernism's Legacies: (Post)Postmodernism

When:  April 11th, 2015, beginning at 10:00a.m.
Where: Loyola's Lakeshore campus, Information Commons building, 4th floor
Registration:  Free, but required.  Please contact Linda Winnard (lwinnard@luc.edu) by April 1st.

Please see these flyers for additional information:
Invited Speakers

A lifetime achievement award for Dr. Frank Fennell

A lifetime achievement award for Dr. Frank Fennell

Dr. Frank Fennell, long-time faculty member in the Department of English and Dean of CAS from 2008-2012, was the recipient of the Newbridge Silver Literary Award this past summer for lifetime contributions to scholarship on the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins.  This award is given by the Gerard Manley Hopkins Society at its annual summer Festival‌, held in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland, an event which welcomes scholars from across the globe and also focuses on music, poetry, and the visual arts.

Like much of the Irish tradition, the Festival brings together scholars, artists, and everyday people to create an engaged and lively experience for all.  Whether in classroom or pub, everyone finds themselves a student at this long-time Irish Festival, now in its 27th year.  Fennell has presented several times at the event and looks forward to continuing his relationship with the Gerard Manley Hopkins Society.

Dr. Fennell started at Loyola as an Assistant Professor in 1968 and became full professor in 1983. Since that time he has held many administrative positions at the University, including Chairperson of the English Department and at various times Assistant Dean, Associate Dean, and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.  His research interests focus on Victorian Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, and Pedagogy.  Review his faculty page for additional information.

New Book by Professor Steve Jones

New Book by Professor Steve Jones

The past decade has seen a profound shift in our collective understanding of the digital network. What was once understood to be a transcendent virtual reality is now experienced as a ubiquitous grid of data that we move through and interact with every day, raising new questions about the social, locative, embodied, and object-oriented nature of our experience in the networked world.

In The Emergence of the Digital Humanities, Steve Jones, Professor of English and Co-Director of the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, examines this shift in our relationship to digital technology and the ways that it has affected humanities scholarship and the academy more broadly. Based on the premise that the network is now everywhere rather than merely "out there," Jones links together seemingly disparate cultural events—the essential features of popular social media, the rise of motion-control gaming and mobile platforms, the controversy over the "gamification" of everyday life, the spatial turn, fabrication and 3D printing, and electronic publishing—and argues that cultural responses to changes in technology provide an essential context for understanding the emergence of the digital humanities as a new field of study in this millennium.

New book by Professor Jack Cragwall

Cragwall Book

Jasper Cragwall's new book, Lake Methodism: Polite Literature and Popular Religion in England, 1780–1830, reveals the traffic between Romanticism’s rhetorics of privilege and the most socially toxic religious forms of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The “Lake Poets,” of whom William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge are the most famous, are often seen as crafters of a poetics of spontaneous inspiration, transcendent imagination, and visionary prophecy, couched within lexicons of experimental simplicity and lyrical concision. But, as Cragwall argues, such postures and principles were in fact received as the vulgarities of popular Methodism, an insurgent religious movement whose autobiographies, songs, and sermons reached sales figures of which the Lakers could only dream.

With these religious histories, Lake Methodism unsettles canonical Romanticism, reading, for example, the grand declaration opening Wordsworth’s spiritual autobiography—“to the open fields I told a prophecy”—not as poetic self-sanctification, but as awkward Methodism, responsible for the suppression of The Prelude for half a century. The book measures this fearful symmetry between Romantic and religious enthusiasms in figures iconic and unfamiliar: John Wesley, Robert Southey, Wordsworth, Coleridge, as well as the eponymous scientist of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and even Joanna Southcott, an illiterate servant turned latter-day Virgin Mary, who, at the age of sixty-five, mistook a fatal dropsy for the Second Coming of Christ (and so captivated a nation).

New Book by Professor Jeffrey Glover

Glover Book

Paper Sovereigns
Anglo-Native Treaties and the Law of Nations, 1604-1664

"A nuanced narrative of Anglo-Native interactions in the early years of British colonialism. Jeffrey Glover crafts a persuasive story that draws on much of the best historical work, and rigorously avoids romanticizing (or demonizing) any of the involved parties, showing how indigenous leaders used the tools and strategies available to them to advance their individual and communal interests."—Sandra M. Gustafson, University of Notre Dame

In many accounts of Native American history, treaties are synonymous with tragedy. From the beginnings of settlement, Europeans made and broke treaties, often exploiting Native American lack of alphabetic literacy to manipulate political negotiation. But while colonial dealings had devastating results for Native people, treaty making and breaking involved struggles more complex than any simple contest between invaders and victims. The early colonists were often compelled to negotiate on Indian terms, and treaties took a bewildering array of shapes ranging from rituals to gestures to pictographs. At the same time, Jeffrey Glover demonstrates, treaties were international events, scrutinized by faraway European audiences and framed against a background of English, Spanish, French, and Dutch imperial rivalries.

To establish the meaning of their agreements, colonists and Natives adapted and invented many new kinds of political representation, combining rituals from tribal, national, and religious traditions. Drawing on an archive that includes written documents, printed books, orations, landscape markings, wampum beads, tally sticks, and other technologies of political accounting, Glover examines the powerful influence of treaty making along the vibrant and multicultural Atlantic coast of the seventeenth century.

Distinguished Scholar Award presented to Professor Steve Jones

Jones Scholar Award

During the January 2014 MLA meeting in Chicago, Steve Jones was presented with the Keats-Shelley Association's Distinguished Scholar Award. His former student, Orianne Smith, now Associate Professor of English at University of Maryland Baltimore, introduced Jones.

24th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf: Call for Papers

24th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf: Call for Papers

The 24th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf, co-sponsored by Loyola University Chicago and Northern Illinois University, will take place in Chicago, 5 – 8 June 2014.  “Virginia Woolf: Writing the World” aims to address such themes as the creation of worlds through literary writing, Woolf’s reception as a world writer, world wars and the centenary of the First World War, and a myriad of other topics. 

The call for papers and other information is available on the conference website: www.niu.edu/woolfwritingtheworld/home/

The English Department Welcomes Paul Eggert, the New Martin J. Svaglic Endowed Chair in Textual Studies


Paul Eggert is an editorial theorist, scholarly editor and book historian. In 2015 he moved from the University of New South Wales in Australia to Loyola to take up the Martin J. Svaglic Endowed Chair in Textual Studies.

A fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities since 1998, Dr Eggert served as the general editor of its Academy Editions of Australian Literature (10 vols, 1996–2007) and as chair of its English section (2009–11). He received the Centenary Medal of the Commonwealth of Australia for services to the study of literature in 2003.

During his thirty years with UNSW in Canberra Eggert served as founding director of the Australian Scholarly Editions Centre (1993–2005: http://hass.unsw.adfa.edu.au/ASEC), as head of the English department (2001–03) and, for his last five years, was an Australian Research Council professorial fellow.

His book Securing the Past: Conservation in Art, Architecture and Literature was published by Cambridge UP in 2009; it won the Society for Textual Scholarship’s Finneran Award as the best book of editorial theory for 2009–10. He was President of this US-based society during 2013–14 and, in Australia, served on the board of the well-known bibliographic database of Australian literature AustLit over many years.

Paul Eggert had three books appear in 2013: a scholarly edition of the original newspaper versions of Henry Lawson's short stories While the Billy Boils (Sydney UP); a scholarly edition of Under Western Eyes by Joseph Conrad, co-edited with Roger Osborne (Cambridge UP, in its Works of Joseph Conrad series), and Biography of a Book, a study of the life of Henry Lawson’s While the Billy Boils (Pennsylvania State UP and Sydney UP).

Several other full-scale scholarly editions of works by D. H. Lawrence, Henry Kingsley and Rolf Boldrewood have also appeared under Paul’s hand since 1990. He won various Australian Research Council grants over the years and was co-chief investigator on the Australian Electronic Scholarly Editing tool-development project (http://austese.edu.au).

His major editorial project at the moment is the Charles Harpur Critical Archive, which he brings to Loyola. Still in development as of 2015, a provisional prototype of the works of this significant Romantic-era poet of colonial New South Wales may be found at http://charles-harpur.org.

A recent article of Paul’s in Textual Cultures, his presidential address to the Society for Textual Scholarship entitled ‘The Hand of the Present’, may be found at http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.2979/textcult.7.2.3

Poetry reading with David Roderick

Poetry reading with David Roderick

David Roderick’s first book of poems, Blue Colonial, won the APR/Honickman Prize, and his second, The Americans, was recently published as part of the Pitt Poetry Series.  Stanford, Bread Loaf, the University of North Carolina, and the Trust of Amy Lowell have all granted fellowships in support of his work. Roderick currently serves as an Associate Professor of English in the MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

This event takes place on Thursday, February 19th in the Information Commons (IC) 4th Floor at 7pm.  It is free and open to the public.

The Humanities "Crisis" and the Future of Literary Studies

New Book by Professor Paul Jay

The Humanities "Crisis" and the Future of Literary Studies

"Anyone seeking arguments in support of the humanities will find a rich resource in the materials that Paul Jay has put together in this book. He combines a thorough synthesis of debates across the field with well-reasoned and persuasive arguments that go beyond the tired bromides and platitudes too often hauled out in support of the study of literature, philosophy, and other humanistic disciplines. In the process, he lays to rest some of the myths and misunderstandings that have created a rhetoric of "crisis," and offers his readers solid evidence that the humanities are as vital today as in any other moment." - Johanna Drucker, Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

The English Department's 2014 Holiday Party

2014 Holiday Party

Students and professors in the holiday spirit (Dr. Clarke)

Professors Glover and Cragwall

Glottal Attack performs Madrigals

2014 Annual Edward L. Surtz Lecture presents: Katherine Hayles

Hayles 2014

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
Coffey Hall - McCormick Lounge
3:00 - 4:30 PM
Reception to Follow

For more information, contact: Prof. James Knapp at jknapp@luc.edu / 773-508-2241

N. Katherine Hayles is Professor in the Literature Program at Duke University. She has a background in Chemistry (MS) and English (PhD); she worked as chemical research consultant before shifting fields to English Literature. Her interests include digital humanities; electronic literature; literature, science and technology; science fiction; and critical theory. Hayles is the author of numerous books, including How We Became Posthuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature and Informatics (1999), for which she won the Rene Wellek Prize. Hayles has won numerous prestigious awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Residential Fellowship, and two Presidential Research Fellowships from the University of California.

Steven Pinker is coming to Loyola University to discuss his new book on writing, The Sense of Style.

Pinker Visit

Steven Pinker is the Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. A two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and the winner of many awards for his research, teaching, and books, he has been named one of "Time's" 100 Most Influential People in the World Today and "Foreign Policy's" 100 Global Thinkers. He has written numerous books including How the Mind Works and The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence has Declined.

“ ‘Good writing can flip the way the world is perceived,’ Pinker writes, and The Sense of Style will flip the way you think about good writing. Pinker’s curiosity and delight illuminate every page, and when he says style can make the world a better place, we believe him.”

— Patricia T. O’Conner, author of Woe is I

IHC supports International Conference on Virginia Woolf with grant

Woolf Grant

The $4,500 grant will support the production of Sarah Ruhl’s play “Orlando,” adapted from the novel by Virginia Woolf.  It will additionally support “talk-backs” with the audience after the performances led by the play’s director, Ann Shanahan of Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Chicago artist Anna Henson, and Woolf scholar Jaime Hovey, of Loyola’s English Department.

Ann Shanahan

The performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5, and Friday, June 6, at the Newhart Family Theatre in the Mundelein Center for the Performing Arts on the north shore campus of Loyola University. For more information, contact woolfconference2014@gmail.com.


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6th Annual EGSA Symposium

EGSA Symposium

6th Annual English Graduate Student Association Symposium
3PM Wednesday, April 9th
Bremner Lounge, CFSU

Please come out and support the research of English graduate students.  All faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to partake in the fun, discussion, and refreshments.

The Symposium Will Feature Two Panels:

Twentieth Century Methods

Norah Alsuhaibani, Reading Kafka through Foucault and Butler
Brandiann Molby, Stanley Fish, Wolfgang Iser, and Mimetic Theory
Naomi Gades, Skyrim, A Two-Edged Model: How Data is Changing Objects Early Modern Wonder and Mystery

Early Modern Wonder and Mystery

Stephanie Kuscera, “A Most High Miracle!”: The Staging of Wonder in The Tempest
David Macey, The Bear Without a Head: A Textual Mystery

EGSA Symposium Flyer

Aleksandar Hemon Fiction Reading

Hemon Fiction Reading

On Thursday, April 10th at 7 p.m. in the Information Commons 4th Floor, acclaimed Chicago writer and essayist Aleksandar Hemon (The Question of Bruno, Love and Obstacles, The Book of My Lives, and The Lazarus Project, which was a finalist for the National Book Award) will read from his work.

Hemon Flyer.

Textual Conditions day conference on March 29th

Textual Conditions

Please see Textual Conditions Flyer for more information.

Center for Core Literature and Writing has a new home

Move to Loyola Hall

The English department has acquired additional space. Loyola Hall,  1110 W. Loyola Ave., is now home to the Center for Core Literature and Writing, the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, and the Loyola Community Literacy Center. The offices of faculty members who are involved in these centers are also in Loyola Hall. 

You can find us just east of the new Seminary building.

Possibilities and Provocations: Best Practices for Teaching Literature

Possibilities and Provocations

Professor Michael Bérubé was the keynote speaker at our day-conference on "Possibilities and Provocations: Best Practices for Teaching Literature."  This clip is from his talk titled "Slow Teaching." 

Day Conference Poster

Modernist Networks receives NEH Start-up Grant in digital humanities

Modernist Networks Workshop

Modernist Networks metadata workshop, 8-17-2013

Modernist Networks (ModNets), the federation of digital projects in modernist literary and cultural studies directed by Pamela Caughie and David Chinitz of Loyola’s English Department, held a workshop at the CTSDH on August 17, 2013, supported by an NEH Startup Grant, to discuss the metadata issues essential to aggregating digital modernist projects. Project managers, metadata analysts, and representatives of both ModNets and its umbrella organization, ARC, came from as far as Belgium, Nova Scotia, Texas, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and even Australia to attend. By generating sample metadata documents derived from existing projects, the group identified relevant issues in the current ARC metadata standard and mapped its next steps in developing a functional ModNets infrastructure.

Congratulations to Dr. Jeff Glover on being named a Master Teacher by the Sujack Awards Committee

Jeff Glover Master teacher