News and Notes

newsnotes1Kenneth Brewer, Lecturer, read a paper, “Interrogating Autobiographical Art: Noah Baumbach’s The Squid and the Whale” at the Southwest/Texas Popular and American Cultures Association Regional Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, February 13-16, 2013. He also chaired the session “Biography, Autobiography, Memoir, and Personal Narrative: Critical Analysis.”

Southern Illinois UP is reissuing a revised paperback edition of Aristotle’s Voice by Professor Jasper Neel.

Assistant Professor Jayson Gonzale Sae-Saue has an article forthcoming from American Literature: “Aztlán’s Asians: Forging and Forgetting Crossracial Relations in the Chicana/o Literary Imagination.”

Associate Professor Lisa Siraganian has won the award for the best essay published in the Williams Review (issue 28, 1-2) for her essay entitled “Modern Glass: How Williams Reframed Duchamp’s Window.”

Professor Willard Spiegelman published several essays in the Yale Review and the Virginia Quarterly Review: “Has Poetry Changed: The View from the Editor’s Desk” and “Kay Ryan’s Delicate Strength” (VQR), both picked up by the on-line “Poetry Daily”; “Some Words on Silence” and a long review of Timothy Donnelly’s The Cloud Corporation (Yale Review). He writes regularly for Opera News and The Wall Street Journal, and he serves as a judge for the Christian Gauss Prize of Phi Beta Kappa. He is also on the advisory board of the Guggenheim and Bogliasco Foundations.

newsnotes2Lori Ann Stevens, Lecturer, was invited to write a libretto for a commissioned opera. After some research, she chose to recount the life of Evariste Galois, a 19th century mathematician who died in a duel at the age of twenty. The evening before his death, he revised a math proof, essentially creating group theory, which fundamentally changed the field of mathematics. Composer Helgi Ingvarrson will complete the score, and the opera will be performed in London at the Courtauld Gallery Museum later this year.

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