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  • Oct. 24th, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM: McKay Jenkins Lecture - “Highways, Subdivisions, and GMOs: An Environmental Humanities Look at the Way Americans Eat"
    @ Center for Composite Materials, Room 106:

    “Highways, Subdivisions, and GMOs: An Environmental Humanities Look at the Way Americans Eat.” The talk is part of the Energy and Environment Seminar Series at the Delaware Environmental Institute

  • Oct. 25th, 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM: Deanna Kriesel Lecture-"How to Do Things with Ecocriticism: Towards a Reading Practice for the Anthropocene"
    @ Memorial Hall, Room 037:

    "How to Do Things with Ecocriticism: Towards a Reading Practice for the Anthropocene"  As ecocriticism has become an institutionally established intellectual methodology -- most "Introduction to Literary Theory" textbooks now include a chapter on environment and literature -- it also has spawned a multiplicity of different (sometimes contradictory) approaches. From its earliest beginnings as a movement devoted to explicating and appreciating representations of the natural world, ecocriticism has developed into a group of sophisticated critical methodologies, many of which explicitly challenge the idea of a "natural world" at all. As the threat of global climate change grows more pressing, the stakes of these contradictory approaches to the ontological status of Nature become clearer; as Dipesh Chakrabarty has famously argued, "anthropogenic explanations of climate change spell the collapse of the age-old humanist distinction between natural history and human history."  In this talk, Deanna Kreisel will survey some recent green reading methodologies, including queer ecology and feminist new materialisms, that attempt to forge an anti-organicist critical approach that nonetheless allows for political praxis. The talk will consider two Victorian texts, Emily Brontë's 1847 novel “Wuthering Heights” and Matthew Arnold's 1867 poem "Dover Beach," that explicitly stage problems of sustainability as a crucial component of their imagined ecologies, and discuss how queer/feminist ecocritical approaches help us revisit the problematic relationship between extratextual and socially constructed Nature.


    Deanna Kreisel is Associate Professor of English at the University of British Columbia and visiting scholar in the English Department at the University of Pennsylvania. Her book “Economic Woman: Demand, Gender, and Narrative Closure in Eliot and Hardy” was published by the University of Toronto Press in 2012.  She also has published articles on Victorian literature and culture in such journals as “PMLA, Victorian Studies, Representations, ELH, Novel, Mosaic”, and elsewhere.  She is a founding member of Vcologies, a network of nineteenth-century literature scholars working on ecocritical topics. Her current monograph is on sustainability and utopia in the nineteenth century.



  • Oct. 28th, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM: Fall Meeting of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America
    @ 1941 Lecture Room, UD Morris Library:

    "Reflections on Alice and Lewis Carroll”


    Fall 2017 meeting of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, with talks and a display of books and photographs connected to the author of “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” from UD Library collections.

    Free and open to the public; lunch provided for registrants.


    Sponsored by the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, University of Delaware Library, and the Department of English.

    Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 10:00am to 6:00pm  Morris Library, Class of 1941 Lecture Room


    Reception sponsored by the Department of English, to follow in Memorial Hall, 3rd floor Dome


  • Nov. 2nd, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM: Poetic Revolutionaries in Black and White
    @ Mechanical Hall Gallery:

    A poetry reading featuring Joseph Ross.  Emcee will be Professor Celeste Doaks from the Department of English.  Reading will be followed by and open mic for particpants.

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