Monthly Archives: November 2013

Milton’s Grand Style – Dec. 6, Boston University

Milton’s Grand Style: The Poet & His Critic

Join us for a three-part program celebrating the 50th anniversary of the landmark book, Milton’s Grand Style, by Professor Sir Christopher Ricks. Fifty years ago Ricks attempted to refute Milton’s detractors by showing the delicacy and subtlety which is to be found in the verse of Paradise Lost. Ricks bravely unearthed the foundations of Milton’s use of complex verse by deviating greatly from common usage. The book’s impact on Milton scholarship remains unmatched in the twentieth century.
All events occur on Friday, December 6, 2013

1.  “Milton’s Grand Universe” a lecture by John Leonard, Professor of English, University of Western Ontario. 5:30 PM, Trustee Ballroom 9th Floor, One Silber Way.
2. “Milton’s Sweet Echo” a concert of music featuring Robert Crowe, male soprano; Victor Coelho, lute; Dana Whiteside, baritone; James Johnson, piano; featuring the music of Henry Lawes , Charles Ives, Gerald Finzi, Arnold Rosner and Bob Dylan.  7:00 PM, Marsh Chapel, 735 Commonwealth Avenue.
3. An evening reception, an opportunity for refreshments, conversation and socializing.  Open to members of the BU campus and their guests.  8:15 PM, BU Castle, 225 Bay State Road.
Christopher Ricks is Warren Professor of the Humanities at Boston University and co-director of the Editorial Institute. He has taught at Boston University since 1986; he was formerly King Edward VII Professor of English Literature at the University of Cambridge and held the position of Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford from 2004 to 2009.
This program is sponsored in part by the BU Core Curriculum, the NEH Distinguished Teaching Professorship and the Center for Humanities.For more information contact or


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David Ferry poetry reading Dec 5th at 6 p.m.


The Poetry Reading Series at

Boston University

Fall 2013

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities at Boston University,

the College of General Studies and the ALSCW



Thursday, December 5th at 6 p.m.


Katzenberg Center, 3rd Floor, 871 Commonwealth Avenue


David Ferry is the author of Of No Country I Know: New and Selected Poems and Translations, winner of the 2000 Rebekah Johnson Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry and the Academy of American Poets’ Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. He is the translator of Gilgamesh(1992), The Odes of Horace (1998), The Eclogues of Virgil (1999), The Epistles of Horace (2001), winner of the Landon Translation Prize, and The Georgics of Virgil (2005), all published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Ferry’s other awards include the Sixtieth Fellowship of The Academy of American Poets, the Teasdale Prize for Poetry, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, the Ingram Merrill Award, and the William Arrowsmith Translation Prize from AGNI magazine. His most recent book, Bewilderment, won the National Book Award for Poetry (Univ. of Chicago Press, 2012).


This  reading  is  free and  open  to  the  public. Please contact Meg Tyler at (617) 358-4199 or with any questions. Books will be available for sale.

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Literary Matters 6.3 is Now Available

A new issue of Literary Matters is now available.

The issue is densely populated with news, book reviews, poetry, and more. It is available in .pdf, and can be found by clicking on the cover image below.

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New York Local Meeting: Peter Carey at The CUNY Graduate Center, Nov. 21

The Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers

cordially invites you
to a reading and conversation with novelist

Peter Carey

Co-sponsored by
the Center for the Humanities and the Ph.D. Program in English
at The CUNY Graduate Center

The Martin Segal Theatre
365 Fifth Avenue
(at West 34th Street)
New York City

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Peter Carey will be introduced by novelist Sigrid Nunez

A conversation moderated by Aoibheann Sweeney will follow the reading


Peter Carey is one of only three writers in history to have won the Booker Prize twice, first for Oscar and Lucinda and again for True History of the Kelly Gang.  With Parrot and Olivier in America he became the first author to be simultaneously a finalist for the National Book Award and the Booker Prize. A New York Times front page review described True History of the Kelly Gang as “Triumphantly eclectic, as if Huck Finn and Shakespeare had joined forces to prettify the legend of Jesse James.” Paul Auster describes Parrot and Olivier in America as “possibly the most charming and engaging novel this demon of a story-teller has yet written.” His most recent novel, The Chemistry of Tears, was published by Knopf in 2012.  He is a Distinguished Professor at Hunter College in New York, where he is Executive Director of the MFA program in Creative Writing.


Sigrid Nunez has published six novels, including A Feather on the Breath of God, The Last of Her Kind, and, most recently, Salvation City. She is also the author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag. She teaches in the graduate writing programs at Columbia University and Boston University.


Aoibheann Sweeney is author of the novel Among Other Things, I’ve Taken Up Smoking. She serves as the Executive Director of The Center for the Humanities at The CUNY Graduate Center.

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Louisiana Regional Meeting, THE SHORT STORY, Nov. 21

November 21, 2013
Hill Memorial Library LSU

Louisiana State University PhD Program in Comparative Literature


The Faculty and Graduate Students in the PhD Program in Comparative Literature are hosting a conference and regional meeting of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers on Thursday, November 21, 2013 in Hill Memorial Library on the LSU campus. The topic this year in our on-going series on literary genres is the short story in all national traditions.  The morning will be devoted to analytic papers on individual short stories, writers of short stories from Poe to Maupassant to Alice Munroe, to the history of the short story, the short story’s relationship with other literary forms, and the evolution of the short story in the current digital context.  Creative Writers will also read from their works.  Each scholar and writer will be given twenty minutes for his or her presentation with ten minutes of discussion.  Ben Forkner, Professor Emeritus at the Université d’Angers, known short story scholar and anthologist, will give a keynote speech from 12:30 to 1: 15. From 3:00 to 4:30 in the afternoon, there will be a round table discussion among three writers and teachers who are accomplished in the genre: guest speaker David Huddle (University of Vermont and Bread Loaf), James Gordon Bennett (LSU), and Ava Leavell Haymon (Louisiana Poet Laureate). 



8:00-8:15 Introduction Adelaide Russo, Phyllis M. Taylor Professor of French Studies, Director, LSU PhD Program in Comparative Literature

8:15-8:45 Christie Mills Jeansonne, Ghostly Markings: Aesthetic Redemption and the Spirit-Artist in Wilde’s “The Canterville Ghost”

8:45-9:15 Kristina Gibby,“ Calderón de la Barca, Maupaussant and James : Baroque Illusionism and the Emergence of Modernity in the Nineteenth Century Short Story”

9:15-9:45 Guillermo Severiche, “Writing a Novel, Designing a Short Story”

9:45-10:15 Liliana McGuffin-Naranjo “Portraits”

10:15-10:30 Pause

10:30-11:00 Safa M. Einalli, “Libyan Short Story: From Suppression to Freedom”

11:00-11:30 Elizabeth Ortel, El baño de Julia”: The Masculine Challenge to Female Modernism in Latin America”

11:30-12:00 Benjamin Forkner, “Ernest Gaines’s Bloodline: A Quest for Manhood”

12:00- 12:30 Michael James Griffin II, “Disturbing the Short Story Form, Lydia Davis’s Varieties of Disturbance”

12:30-1:15 Introduction J. Gerald Kennedy, LSU Boyd Professor of English

Ben Forkner, Université d’Angers Emérite,“ The Making of Louisiana Stories : a reading”

3:00- 4:30 Round Table David Huddle, Ava Leavell Haymon, James Gordon Bennett III

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Major Prizes for Rowan Ricardo Phillips

ALSCW Member Rowan Ricardo Phillips has been honored with two significant literary prizes for his first book of poems, The Ground (FSG). The book has been recognized with a PEN/ Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, and a Whiting Award.

Rowan gave a reading at one of our New York salons last year.

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UPDATE. 2014 Call for Papers, Final Version

With the inclusion of information about Panel 5 on friendship in the Renaissance, the 2014 Call for Papers is now complete. We look forward to seeing you at Indiana University, Bloomington, this coming April.

Please find the updated Call for Papers in .pdf by following the link below.

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Monday, Nov 11, 7:00pm
New York, NY


Poets Frank Bidart, Sven Birkerts, Eavan Boland, Lucie Brock-Broido, Greg Delanty, Jonathan Galassi, Eamon Grennan, Matthea Harvey, Edward Hirsch, Jane Hirshfield, Yusef Komunyakaa, Paul Muldoon, Atsuro Riley, Tom Sleigh, Tracy K. Smith, Jean Valentine, Anne Waldman, and Kevin Young, and novelist Colm Tóibín will gather at Cooper Union for a public tribute to the beloved and world-renowned poet Seamus Heaney, who passed away on August 30, 2013, at the age of 74. Each will read a favorite Heaney poem and Irish pipes will be played. Singer Paul Simon will make a special guest appearance.

Seamus was a member of the ALSCW; he and his wife Marie gave money to support the Association.

The event is free and open to the public.
The doors will open at 6:15.

Cooper Union
The Great Hall
30 Cooper Square

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