Fall 2016 Talks: Vicki Mahaffey and Lisa Goldfarb

Two upcoming talks on 11/11 and 11/18, reception to follow

The CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 35th St.), room 4406

Friday, November 11th, 4 pm, room 4406

Vicki Mahaffey, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign – “Adultery and the Everyday: Flaubert and Joyce”

In nineteenth-century European literature, adultery (when committed by a woman) was depicted as a deadly enemy of the domestic and the everyday. Such a view is vividly apparent in Paul de Kock’s Le Cocu (1832), a copy of which Joyce owned. The conflict between adultery and the everyday is personified in the tragic relation between Emma and Charles in Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. Flaubert, however, suggests that Emma’s adultery paradoxically stems from her purity, a purity stoked by the romanticism of religion and novels. In Ulysses, Joyce reconciles adultery with the everyday by connecting the process of adulteration with adulthood. Ultimately, he transfers the site of adulteration from individual adult people to the word. Language reconciles the tension between adulteration and the everyday. Deployed as an “everyday poetics,” language inspires a different model of time, one that can accommodate anachronism. The splitting of the word coincides with a fissuring of the moment, interrupting and scrambling the relentless sequencing of past, present, and future.

Vicki Mahaffey is Kirkpatrick Professor of English and Gender and Women’s Studies at University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign. She is the author of Modernist Literature: Challenging Fictions?; States of Desire: Wilde, Yeats, Joyce, and the Irish Experiment; and Reauthorizing Joyce; as well as the editor of Collaborative Dubliners: Joyce in Dialogue. She has authored many articles on Joyce, as well as articles on W.B. Yeats, Samuel Beckett, Virginia Woolf, Oscar Wilde, and Henrik Ibsen, among others. Her current book project, The Joyce of Everyday Life, is an effort to demonstrate how language can be “played” almost orchestrally if we pay attention to both the history of words and to their associative linkages with other words.

Friday, Nov 18th, 4pm, room 4406

Lisa Goldfarb, NYU Gallatin –  “Three Voices of Modern Musical Poetry: Stevens, Eliot, Valéry”

Opposite as their philosophical aims may be, and however distant he may declare himself from Eliot’s poetic practice, Stevens nevertheless praises Eliot for his modern musicality. Both poets theorize and practice a musical poetic that shares many features. Stevens and Eliot, too, have great admiration for symbolist poetics, and, in particular, for Paul Valéry, who carved a musical aesthetic for modern poetry. This presentation will engage the musical poetics of all three poets, drawing together poetic voices which are not often seen in relation to one another.

Lisa Goldfarb is Associate Professor at the Gallatin School of New York University, President of The Wallace Stevens Society, and Associate Editor of The Wallace Stevens Journal. She is the author of The Figure Concealed: Wallace Stevens, Music, and Valéryan Echoes, co-editor of Wallace Stevens, New York, and Modernism, Poetry and Poetics after Wallace Stevens (forthcoming), and two special issues of The Wallace Stevens Journal. Her current book project explores the resonance of Valéryan poetics in Anglo-American poetry.

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Fall 2016: The 20th/21st Century Studies Workshop Series

The 20th/21st Century Studies Workshop Series for Fall 2016:

The aim of the monthly series is for us to come together informally around our largely independent research and works in progress: to learn about each other’s projects, give or get feedback, and build community through our interests. Presenters are doctoral students and candidates at the GC. All interested parties are welcome!

All interested parties are welcome!

Discussions range from media studies to transnational modernism with articles and dissertations:

Sept. 30 – Sarah Schwartz
Oct. 21 – Erin Garrow
Nov. 11 – Allison Douglass
Dec. 2 – Elizabeth Goetz, 1st part; Wei Wu, 2nd part

The series meets one Friday each month at 12.30, for 45 or 60 min. in Conference Room 5489* (Sept./Oct.) or the English Thesis Room.

Supported by the student-run DSC 20th Century Studies Group and organized through the English department 20th/21st Century Area Group.

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Sept. 9th, 2016: Jane Marcus Feminist University

Jane Marcus Feminist University is a day-long celebration of the life and scholarship of Jane Marcus organized by her former students.

Distinguished Professor of English at City College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, Jane Marcus was a radical scholar, mentor, and activist. Her seminal work established Virginia Woolf as a major canonical writer. Her scholarship laid the groundwork for feminist studies to become a mode of inquiry within the academy. Because of her advocacy and radicalism as a teacher, numerous individuals were able to gain rights and access to professional opportunities—particularly within academia—that had traditionally been unavailable to people of color, women, and members of the working class.

Jane Marcus Feminist University will feature a round table discussion on feminist pedagogy; breakout workshops on her scholarship; readings from her work and primary influences; and a plenary on her legacy. This unconventional conference will honor Jane’s intellectual bravery and her lasting impact on the lives of so many students.

Cosponsored by Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, the Phd Program in English, Global Studies Collective, Doctoral Students’ Council, the Twentieth Century Area Studies Group, and the Feminist Studies Group, the Women’s Studies Certificate Program at the Graduate Center, CUNY; The International Rebecca West Society, Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, The Feminist Press, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and Sandi Cooper, Michael Marcus, and Linda Camarasana.

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April 5th, 2016, at 6 pm – Jean Mills visit

Friday, April 5th, 6pm – 7:30pm in the English program Thesis Room, informal conversation with program alum Jean Mills (GC graduate) of John Jay.

Professionalization workshop: Discussion and questions covering student questions about the field of modernist studies, the profession as a whole, turning the dissertation into a book, her publication history and publishing advice, and questions about her work.

Organized by the Modernist Studies Reading Group.

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Spring 2016: The 20th/21st Century Studies Workshop Series

The 20th/21st Century Studies Workshop Series for Spring 2016:

The aim of the monthly series is for us to come together informally around our largely independent research and works in progress: to learn about each other’s projects, give or get feedback, and build community through our interests. Presenters are doctoral students and candidates at the GC. All interested parties are welcome!

Upcoming discussions range from museum collaboration to a conference paper in gestation, to different stages of dissertation work:

Feb. 26 – Zebulah Baldwin
Mar. 18 – Elizabeth Goetz
Apr. 1 – Michele Chinitz, 1st part; Stefano Morello, 2nd part
May 6 – Jason Nielsen, 1st part; Madison Priest, 2nd part

The  series meets one Friday each month at 12.30, for 45 or 60 min. in the English Thesis Room, room 4406. Midday refreshments provided. RSVP: not necessary but helpful for planning.

Supported by the student-run DSC 20th Century Studies Group and organized through the English department 20th/21st Century Area Group.

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09/11/15 – “Periodizing the Twentieth Century”

09/11/15, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, room 4406

Friday Forum: “Periodizing the Twentieth Century

How does literary criticism today periodize the twentieth century? How do scholars organize artifacts of the (relatively) recent past given their temporal proximity to the present? Does the twentieth century present unique challenges in this regard and thus require different approaches to periodization than do other eras? What are the advantages and drawbacks of grouping texts by era as opposed to place, genre, or other rubric? This panel brings together a range of scholars from the CUNY Graduate Center English Program to consider these and related pressing questions in contemporary literary criticism.

Speakers will include Ammiel Alcalay, Mary Ann Caws, Marc Dolan, Peter Hitchcock, and Hildegard Hoeller.

Organized by Aaron Botwick, Marissa Brostoff, Liz Goetz, & Madison Priest

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Spring 2015 – Area Studies Group Activity

02/16/15 – 4:00pm – 6:00pm – Friday Forum, room 4406 – “Teaching CUNY at CUNY: Engaging with CUNY Histories and Archives” (co-sponsor)

02/23/15 – 2:00 pm – 4:00pm – Modernist Studies Reading Group meeting to discuss Layne Parish Craig’s When Sex Changed: Birth Control Politics and Literature between the World Wars

03/06/215 – All day – English Student Association conference “Trance” (co-sponsor)

 

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02/16/15 – “Teaching CUNY at CUNY: Engaging with CUNY Histories and Archives”

The Twentieth Century Area Studies Group is co-sponsor of the “Teaching CUNY at CUNY event” – From the Center for Humanities website:

Join scholars, historians, and activists at the Graduate Center for an ongoing conversation about the intersections of pedagogy, poetics, and activism at CUNY. In particular, this panel will map relationships between CUNY’s past and its present in the context of Graduate Center students’ research and teaching at the CUNY colleges. How can we think alongside our students about the kinds of spaces for learning and writing that have been created and challenged by administrators, activist students and faculty? What does teaching the work of CUNY writer-educators such as David Henderson, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, and Adrienne Rich, who were present during key moments of change, open up for us today? This event is motivated by a desire to gather resources and strategies to build on CUNY’s legacy of anti-oppressive education, even as it has been and continues to be threatened.
Cosponsored by the PhD Program in English and Twentieth Century Area Studies Group.
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