Monthly Archives: January 2013

Local Meeting at Editorial Institute, Feb. 6 – Kate Womersley on Samuel Beckett

Please join us on February 6 at 5pm for the next ALSCW Local Meeting.

Kate Womersley will talk on “Beckett’s Funny Turns.”

After reading English at Cambridge, Kate Womersley came to Harvard for a Master’s in History of Science. She has worked on Beckett and T.S. Eliot, and her thesis is about the metaphor of the biological clock.

Editorial Institute, Boston University, 143 Bay State Rd.
Free to the public

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Literary Matters 5.3 Now Available

Dear friends and members of the ALSCW,

A very Happy New Year to you all. I am pleased to announce the release of Literary Matters 5.3.

I hope that the pieces contained within stir you, provoke further thought, and spark discussion in your varied circles. It is also my wish to hear from as many of you as are so inclined, whether to offer comments about the materials presented in this issue, to submit articles for future issues, or to share news of your recent publications. Literary Matters 5.4 will be a special issue, so please note that the next deadline, February 15, 2013, is for submissions to Issue 6.1. I will be glad to answer any questions you may have about contributing to Literary Matters, so please do not hesitate to be in touch.

Thank you all for your time, and for your support of the Association. Take good care, and happy reading.

Warm regards,

Samantha Madway
Editor, Literary Matters

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Forum 5 Draws Attention from Leon Wieseltier in The New Republic

December 31, 2012:
‘A few months later, the Council on Foreign Relations published another instrumentalist analysis, equally uncomprehending about the horizons of the classroom, called “U.S. Education Reform and National Security,” which proposed, among other things, that the liberal arts curriculum be revised to give priority to “strategic” languages and “informational” texts. As Robert Alter acerbically remarked, in a devastating issue of the Forum of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, this is “Gradgrinding American education”: “there is no place whatever in this purview for Greek and Latin, because you can’t cut a deal with a multinational in the language of Homer or Virgil.”’
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Announcing the Meringoff Awards Winners

The ALSCW is pleased to announce the winners of the Stephen J. Meringoff Literary Awards. The winner of the Meringoff Poetry Award is Chana Bloch, for a group of poems, selected by judges Greg Delanty and David Curzon. The winner of the Meringoff Fiction Award is Lisa Heiserman Perkins, for “I’m Dying Here,” selected by judges Francis Blessington, Mark Halliday, and Rosanna Warren. The Meringoff Nonfiction Award has been divided between two co-winners, Cassandra Nelson, for “Manichaeism and the Movies: Flannery O’Connor and the Roman Catholic Response to Film and Television at Midcentury,” and George Wen, for “House Hunting in Shanghai,” selected by judges John Burt and Gail Holst-Warhaft. The Meringoff High School Essay Award goes to Nora Battelle, Grade XII, of the Brearley School, New York City, for “And Joy Must Flee,” selected by judges John Leonard and Elise Partridge. All winners will receive $2000 (with the exception of the co-winners of the Nonfiction Award, who will receive $1000 each), and the winning entries will be published in either Literary Imagination or Literary Matters. The Meringoff Awards are funded by Stephen J. Meringoff.

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