East-West Fiction as World Literature

Posted 4 years 11 months ago
tropicopolitans book cover

The department of English and the Franklin College welcome professor and dean of humanities at Duke University Srinivas Aravamudan to campus on Sept. 13:

[Dr. Aravamudan] will give the first lecture of the 2013-14 Georgia Colloquium in 18th and 19th Century British Literature at the University of Georgia. His talk on "East-West Fiction as World Literature: Reconfiguring Hayy ibn Yaqzan" will be Sept. 13 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 265 of Park Hall.

Aravamudan specializes in 18th century British and French literature and in postcolonial literature and theory. His study on "...

The humanities: is everything contextual and contingent?

Posted 4 years 11 months ago

In 1996, a hoax perpetrated by NYU physics professor Alan Sokal exposed some of the ideological and professional blinders of academic publishing, particularly in the humanities. This and other examples build an interesting criticism of academic life as construed in the work of writer Stanley Fish in the New Republic:

The empirical truth that Fish proffers can hardly be challenged—intellectual life in this country has been highly professionalized—but its banality is hard to beat. In response to criticisms of an argument or questions about a particular interpretation, Fish merely...

You're already a double-major

Posted 5 years 1 week ago
silhouette of Emily Dickinson

In that, beyond whatever disciplinary road you choose, you are already an adherent of your native language and will continue to study its literature. Nice meditation on reading that actually applies to everyone from the other Chronicle, The Ideal English Major:

Real reading is reincarnation. There is no other way to put it. It is being born again into a higher form of consciousness than we ourselves possess. When we walk the streets of Manhattan with Walt Whitman or contemplate our hopes for eternity with Emily Dickinson, we are reborn into more ample and generous minds. "Life piled...

Okie wins Fite dissertation award

Posted 5 years 1 month ago

We've been on a roll with history department students this week (and let's hear it for the humanities) and so in keeping with the theme, congratulations again, Tom Okie:

On June 15, 2013 the Agricultural History Society announced the winners of its annual publication and societal awards. The awards banquet was part of the Society’s annual conference, which was held in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The Agricultural History Society was founded in Washington, D.C. in 1919 and is the second oldest professional historical society in the United States. It has members around the world and is...

Ruppersburg: Dictionaries as Big Data

Posted 5 years 2 months ago
dictionary, OED spine, with pages

Do you keep a dictionary close? Consult it everyday? Multiple times per day? Do you realize the vast amounts of knowledge sitting idly by within those covers? Wonderful to consider.

And then consider how language as a source of power has been controlled at various times in the past, and how much we have at our fingertips now. Are we doing enough with it? The question is self-refuting.

The Dictionary Society of North America held is holding its 2013 Biennal Meeting at UGA this past weekend and, again, for more elegant thoughts on the subject, we turn the blog over to Franklin...