Spring 2013 ECLS EVENTS
Damian Stocking will be giving the spring ECLS presentation on Thursday, February 21, at 4 pm in Morrison Lounge: Damian Stocking, "The Human as Soul, The Human as Hole: Aristophanes' Contest with Socrates in the Clouds."
Margot Mifflin: 6th Annual Charles Jensvold memorial lecture "Art, Sex, and Symbol: The Politics of Tattooed Women" March 28: 4:30 pm in Mosher 1, with refreshments.
A book author, freelance journalist, and feminist critic, Margot Mifflin has written about art, fiction, pop culture, and women's issues (specifically, popular culture from a feminist slant and the cultural politics of transgressive bodies) for The New York Times, The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, The Believer, and Salon.com. She is best known for Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo, a seminal study of the implicit politics of tattooed women and female tattooists. Mifflin argues that "positioned against the shifting social backdrop of Western culture in the last century, tattoos serve as touchstones for women's changing roles and evolving concerns during the most progressive era in women's history, and as visual passkeys to the psyches of women who are rewriting accepted notions of feminine beauty and self-expression."
In The Blue Tattoo: The Life of Olive Oatman, Mifflin's 2009 contribution to the subgenre of American historical studies known as the pioneer captivity narrative, she recounts the slaughter of Oatman's family by marauding Yavapai Indians near the Gila River in Arizona, Oatman's abduction, and her subsequent assimilation into Mohave tribal culture.
Nina Revoyr, novelist reading April 4 4:30 Morrison Lounge, with refreshments.
Nina Revoyr was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a white American father, and grew up in Tokyo, Wisconsin, and Los Angeles. She is the author of four novels. Her first book, The Necessary Hunger, was described by Time magazine as "the kind of irresistible read you start on the subway at 6 p.m. on the way home from work and keep plowing through until you've turned the last page at 3 a.m. in bed."
Her second novel, Southland, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller and "Best Book of 2003," a Book Sense 76 pick, an Edgar Award finalist, and the winner of the Ferro Grumley Award and the Lambda Literary Award. Publishers Weekly called it "Compelling... never lacking in vivid detail and authentic atmosphere, the novel cements Revoyr's reputation as one of the freshest young chroniclers of life in L.A."
Nina’s third book, The Age of Dreaming, was a finalist for the 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize; her fourth novel, Wingshooters, was published in March, 2011. It was one of Booklist’s Books of the Year for 2011 and an O: Oprah Magazine's "Book to Watch For," and has won an Indie Booksellers Choice Award and the Midwest Booksellers Choice Award. Publishers Weekly described it as "remarkable...an accomplished story of family and the dangers of complacency in the face of questionable justice; and Booklist called it "a shattering northern variation on To Kill a Mockingbird.
Freedman Awards for creative writers (winners of the ECLS contest): April 15, 4:30 (in conjunction with the math department's Freedman awards), Salsbury-Young, with refreshments
Ashby Kinch lecture April 18 4:30 Ashby Kinch is professor of Medieval literature at the University of Montana. His research interests include the history of lyric poetry and translation studies, specifically Middle English translations of Latin and French writing in the fifteenth century and the relation of neuroscience and poetry. His current book project, "Imago Mortis: The Mediating Image of Death in late Middle English Poetry," focuses on "macabre" literature of the 15th century and its relationship with the visual iconography of death: based on an analysis of images of three principal typologies (Bedside Death scenes, the Three Living and Three Dead, and the Danse Macabre) in France and England.