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Final things & events this week

First, the paper. It’s due F 5/10 at 5pm. Follow the guidelines and email it to me in Word format.
I’ll hold office hours W 5/8, 11-12:15. Please email in advance to let me know if you’re stopping by.
Second, there are many events this week. Take a pause from writing and grading to support your colleagues.
M 5/6
Jenn Shapland reads from her Keene prize-winning essay collection.
5pm, HRC lobby
W 5/8
Heather Love, Seminar on “Surface Reading”
1-3pm, CLA 1.302D
Email Michael,, for readings.
TH 5/9
Queer Affect, Queer Archives Graduate Symposium w/ keynote by Heather Love
*Rebecca, Laura, and Julia are presenting
9:30am – 7pm, keynote at 4:30pm
CLA 1.302E
F 5/10
Historical Poetics Graduate Seminar w/ keynote by Charlotte Sussman
(anyone in our class presenting?)
9am-4pm, keynote at 2:30pm
Texas Union, Quadrangle Room
Thank you again for a stimulating semester. I enjoyed learning with and from you, and look forward to hearing more from you as your careers proceed.

The Final Stretch…

Here’s what’s ahead, starting tomorrow.

M 4/29: Class symposium (see panels below)
I’ll provide a spread of vegan food–Mediterranean platter, popcorn tofu, sushi rolls–but bring your own beverages and anything else you’d like to eat.
Practice your talk to ensure that it comes in at <10min. I’ll stop you at time because this is going to be a tight fit.
Email me your symposium paper + bibliography right before or after class. (see guidelines)
If you’re showing PowerPoint slides or other media, email them to me before class. This will save time.
W 5/1 & F 5/3Office hours as usual
W 5/8Office hours TBD
F 5/10Papers due 5pm by email, in Word format. Include 2 cover letters (to me, to a journal editor) per the project guidelines.


Here are the groupings for the symposium:
“Utopia, The Unexpected”: Sara, Karen, Anne
Networks, Encounter”: Laura, Jenn, Reid
“Image | Narratives”: Rebecca, Perrin, Sequoia
“Human, Feeling”: Valerie, Julia, Alejandro

Events this week

T 4/23, 1:30-2:30
Panel on Gender and the Job Market
PAR 312 (write for info)

TH 4/25, 7-8:30pm
Louis Menand, Pulitzer-winning Harvard Prof. of English and New Yorker writer
“The Condition of the Humanities”
Alumni Center, Connally Room

(updated 4.23.13)

Meetings on M 4/22

Here’s the schedule for meetings on M 4/22:
11:00 Reid
11:20 Laura
11:40 Karen
3:00 Valerie
3:20 Anne
3:40 Rebecca
4:00 Sequoia
4:20 Perrin
4:40 Jenn
5:00 Julia
5:20 Alejandro
5:40 Sara
I’ll ask everyone how your research question has evolved and where your argument stands now, but this meeting is really for you: to think through ideas, troubleshoot writing and research issues, plan your presentation, &c.
The blog is still live but no longer required. Feel free to use it to try out paper ideas and discuss writing concerns. If you’re using it, I’ll let others know so that they check the blog occasionally and comment.

Events this week

T 4/16: Two talks by D.T. Max, author of David Foster Wallace biography Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story:
1:30pm in HRC, Mosley Room (open to UT affiliates only)
7:30pm in CRD 007, Joynes Room (open to public)

4/17 – 4/28: Fusebox Festival of experimental art, which includes literary-themed events like this one.

Event: Salim on Obama & language (F 4/12, 5pm)


Alim Talk flyer

Events + reading next week (4/15)

Beyond “Club Archiving”: A Methodological Conversation with Dr. Christine Bold
T 4/9, Noon-1:30 pm. HRC, Denius Seminar Room

Dr. Christine Bold, “Frontier Club Acts: Popular Westerns and Federal Policies, 1887-1924.”
T 4/9, 4:30pm. PAR 208

Austin Library’s New Fiction Confab
Sat. 4/13, all day
“the New Fiction Confab invites a handful of America’s most prominent early and mid-career authors to spend a day in Austin’s libraries leading writing workshops, reading their work, and engaging in conversations that allow the community to explore, assess, and discuss current literary fiction with critically acclaimed authors whose work is shaping the future of American literature.”

And for M 4/15:
In lieu of the Lanier excerpt[1], read Emily Bloom’s conference talk and pp. 1-2 & 8-12 of her TSLL article. We’ll dissect the components of the talk and discuss how her strategies differ for the article version. Bloom’s documents are on BB > Course Documents > Readings and here.
[1] Jaron Lanier is a fascinating guy, and You Are Not A Gadget is provocative if sometimes messy. I still recommend it even though I’ve demoted it for our purposes.
This post corrected on 13 April: the pages of the Bloom article changed.]

American Studies Conference (TH 4/4 & F 4/5)

I just received info about the American Studies Graduate Conference. Julia and Valerie presented today, and Sequoia and Sara up tomorrow (Friday). The schedule’s here.

Sequels 2013 (TH 4/4 & F 4/5)

At the end of this week English and E3W put on the annual Sequels Symposium. The keynote is TH 4/4 at 7 and grad student panels on F 4/5 from 9:30-1. Our own Julia speaks in the 9:30-11 panel and Alejandro between 11:30-1. More details here.

A panel on professionalization follows at 2:30. Check it out.

Week of 4/1

April is nigh, and you’re off on your projects. I’m reading the proposals now and will return e-documents with my comments at the end of the week.

In the meantime, you’ll get your colleagues’ feedback. For class tomorrow, read Fun Home and, if time allows, Cvetkovich’s chapter. As I said, the latter is more to open a conversation about genres of academic writing. It’s lower priority than Bechdel and reading the proposals+annotations. We’ll do peer review the last 30-45min of class, and I’ll also open the floor to conversation about the research and writing process. Bring questions/concerns, especially regarding the stage of the project you’re in now: research, reading, thinking, and annotating.

Finally, a reminder that Lauren Berlant is giving a talk tomorrow (M 4/1) at noon.