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English Professor Orlando Menes honored for poetry

Author: Mike Danahey

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Orlando Ricardo Menes, director of the University of Notre Dame’s Creative Writing Program, recently was named winner of the 2012 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry for his manuscript “Fetish,” which will be published by the University of Nebraska Press.

Founded in 1927, Prairie Schooner is a national literary quarterly published with the support of the English Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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English Professor Orlando Menes Honored for Poetry

Author: Mike Danahey

Orlando Ricardo Menes, director of the University of Notre Dame’s Creative Writing Program, recently was named winner of the 2012 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry for his manuscript, Fetish, which will be published by the University of Nebraska Press.

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Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival presents 'Hamlet'

Author: Chuck Gessert

Shakespeare Festival 2012

The Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival production of William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet,” directed by David H. Bell, will be performed Aug. 14 through 26 and features a company of professional actors including NDSF veterans Andy Truschinski in the title role, Elizabeth Ledo as Ophelia and Donald Carrier as Polonius.

“Hamlet” will be presented in the Decio Mainstage Theatre in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Tickets are on sale now for $12 to $75 with special discounts available for groups of 10 or more. A special family performance is offered at 2 p.m. Aug. 18 (Saturday) with four tickets for only $32. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center ticket office at 574-631-2800 or visit the website.

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English Major Invited to Study at Globe Theatre

Author: Kate Cohorst

Ariel Clark-Semyck, a rising sophomore English major at the University of Notre Dame, will spend three weeks at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre this June as part of the Fulbright Summer Institute program. She is one of three U.S. students invited to attend the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) Summer Institute at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre—a demanding academic and cultural immersion program that focuses on acting and the study of Shakespearean texts, including workshops on combat play, set design, movement, and dance.

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Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival to present 'Hamlet,' 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'

Author: Chuck Gessert

2012 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival

The 2012 Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival (NDSF) will run July 14 through Aug. 26, highlighted by the Professional Company’s production of “Hamlet,” directed by David H. Bell.

Other performances include “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” presented by the Young Company at outdoor spaces throughout the Michiana region; Beyond the Stage, a performance-based lecture series, which will be presented at select venues in July and August; and ShakeScenes, which will open the festival with performances at historic Washington Hall on July 14 and 15 (Saturday and Sunday).

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John Hunt Wins First Tom Brennan Prize for Excellence in Writing

Author: Karrie Fuller

On April 16, 2012, the English Department celebrated the inauguration of the Tom Brennan Prize for Excellence in Writing at the annual Ward-Phillips lectures with its winner, sophomore John Hunt. The prize is a $1,000 award for the best essay submitted among a pool of candidates taking the “Introduction to Literary Studies” course and nominated by their professors. According to the official description, “The purpose of the prize is to reward and celebrate the talent of a student who produces a piece of writing that the faculty believes is truly worthy of exaltation.”…

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José Limón to Direct Notre Dame's Institute for Latino Studies

Author: Kate Cohorst

José E. Limón, one of the country’s foremost scholars of Latino literature, has been tapped to lead the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies (ILS). As the new director of ILS, he will hold the Julian Samora Chair in Latino Studies. Timothy Matovina, a leading expert on Latino Catholicism, will serve as executive director of the institute, which is housed in the College of Arts and Letters. Both appointments take effect July 1, 2012. Established in 1999, the Institute for Latino Studies supports a variety of interdisciplinary initiatives to foster understanding of the U.S. Latino experience.

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Ph.D. Alumnus Explores the Political Through Art

Author: Aaron Smith

Literature courses are practices in close reading, but one class at Occidental College is equally an exercise in active listening. Taught by James Ford III, who will join the Occidental faculty this fall as an assistant professor of English and comparative literature studies, the course explores the aesthetic and philosophical evolution of the music genre known as hip hop.

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English Professor Develops Shakespeare App for iPad

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A signature work of the Bard just became more accessible thanks to a new iPad app developed by University of Notre Dame Associate Professor of English Elliott Visconsi and Bryn Mawr College colleague Professor Katherine Rowe.

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'To be or not to be?' There’s an app for that

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William Shakespeare

A signature work of the Bard just became more accessible thanks to a new iPad app developed by University of Notre Dame Associate Professor of English Elliott Visconsi and Bryn Mawr College colleague Professor Katherine Rowe.

Designed to bring a worldwide audience together around Shakespeare’s plays, The Tempest for iPad was engineered at Notre Dame’s Center for Research Computing.

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In memoriam: James H. Walton, professor emeritus of English

Author: Michael O. Garvey

James H. Walton

James H. Walton, professor emeritus of English at the University of Notre Dame, died Saturday after a brief illness. He was 74 years old.

A native of Blue Island, Ill., Walton was graduated from Notre Dame in 1959 and earned master’s and doctoral degrees in English from Northwestern University in 1960 and 1963, respectively.

He joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1963, teaching popular courses on the English novel and 18th-century literature until his retirement in 2003. A few years earlier, he had jokingly summarized his career at Notre Dame with what he called “painful brevity: I’ve taught British fiction from Defoe to Joyce for 25 years without once being solicited by ‘Who’s Who.’”

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English Professor Kathryn Kerby-Fulton Receives NEH Grant

Author: Joanna Basile

Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, professor and Notre Dame Chair in English, has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for her book project titled Professional Reading Circles, the Clerical Proletariat, and the Rise of English Literature. She was also recently elected as a fellow in the Medieval Academy of America.

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Ph.D. Alumnus Explores the Political Through Art

Author: Aaron Smith

 

Literature courses are practices in close reading, but one class at Occidental College is equally an exercise in active listening. Taught by postdoctoral fellow James Ford III, who received his Ph.D. in English from Notre Dame in 2009, the course explores the aesthetic and philosophical evolution of the music genre known as hip hop. Ford, who will join the Occidental faculty this fall as an assistant professor of English and comparative literature studies, also teaches an advanced course called Black Reconstruction: Reading Radicalism in African American Literature.

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English Majors Delve Into Senior Thesis Projects

Author: Joanna Basile

English and anthropology major Caitlin Wilson traveled down the rabbit hole for her senior thesis, which examines the connection between Victorian children’s literature and ethnography, or the anthropological study of customs and cultures.

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Recent Books From Our Faculty

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The Dispossessed State: Narratives of Ownership in Nineteenth-Century Britain and Ireland

The Dispossessed State: Narratives of Ownership in 19th-Century Britain and Ireland

 

Sara Maurer

Assistant Professor

Maurer connects the Victorian novel’s preoccupation with the landed estate to 19th century debates about property, specifically as it played out in the English occupation of Ireland. By focusing on the ownership of land, The Dispossessed State

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Hybrid Irelands Conference at Notre Dame, March 29-31

Author: Karrie Fuller

The weekend of March 29-31, 2012 promises to be an exciting one for students and faculty interested in Irish Studies at Notre Dame. “Hybrid Irelands: At Culture’s Edge,” a conference organized by John Dillon and Nathaniel Meyers, will take place at the Notre Dame Conference Center with plenary lectures by Terry Eagleton (University of Notre Dame), Clair Wills (Queen Mary, University of London), and David Lloyd (University of Southern California). All panels and lectures are open for Notre Dame Students to attend, and the schedule can be accessed at the conference’s website: http://hybridie.nd.edu

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Creative Writing MFA Student Betsy Cornwell Signs Book Deal

Author: Joanna Basile

Betsy Cornwell, a master’s student in Notre Dame’s Creative Writing Program, has sold her first two novels to Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Both books, written for a young adult audience, have their roots in the science fiction and fantasy genres.

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The Novel That Changed America: Celebrating Ralph Ellison's 'Invisible Man'

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The acclaimed novel “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison (1914-1994) holds a prominent place in the annals of both American literature and American history. Its release in March 1952 helped catalyze the civil rights movement in this country, and generations of students have been moved by the novel’s rich portrayal of social conflict and the poignant life of its unnamed narrator.

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the release of the book, as well as the author’s March 1 birthday, the University of Notre Dame’s Department of English is sponsoring a public reading of selections of the great novel from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday (March 1) in the Great Hall of O’Shaughnessy Hall, where faculty and students will read.

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Mark Brazaitis wins 2012 Sullivan Prize

Author: Coleen Hoover

 

Mark Brazaitis is the winner of the University of Notre Dame’s 2012 Sullivan Prize for his collection of stories, “The Incurables.”

The Sullivan Prize, which began in 1996, is awarded biennially to an author who has already published at least one volume of short fiction. The winner receives a thousand dollars and publication by the University of Notre Dame Press.

Valerie Sayers and William O’Rourke, both professors of English and former directors of Notre Dame’s Creative Writing Program, were the judges. O’Rourke commented that this year, “Once again, the difficulty in judging was extreme; we had to contend with an excess of riches, but Brazaitis’ collection stood out amongst the many worthy (manuscripts) we had to consider.”

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