Monthly Archives: March 2015

Lecture and Poetry Reading: Eugenio Montale and the Great Modern Cycle of Love Poetry

David Hertz, Professor and Chair of Comparative Literature, Indiana University, Bloomington

Wednesday, April 22, 5 pm

Foster 505, University of Chicago

1130 East 59th St.


The lecture will be followed by a reading of Montale’s love poems by Silvia Guslandi, David Hertz, Rosanna Warren, and Rebecca West

Refreshments will be served

David Michael Hertz’s most recent book, Eugenio Montale, The Fascist Storm and the Jewish Sunflower, is an extensive study of the Clizia myth in the works of the Italian poet Eugenio Montale, winner of the Nobel Prize in 1975. Hertz’s earlier books include Frank Lloyd Wright in Word and FormAngels of Reality: Emersonian Unfoldings in Frank Lloyd Wright, Wallace Stevens and Charles Ives; and The Tuning of the Word: the Musico-literary Poetics of Symbolist Movement. A composer and pianist, Hertz is the co-founder of the Center for Comparative Arts at Indiana University.

Silvia Guslandi is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Romance Languages, the University of Chicago.

Rosanna Warren is the Hanna Holborn Gray Distinguished Service Professor in the Committee on Social Thought, the University of Chicago.

Rebecca West is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Service Professor Emerita of Italian Literature in the Department of Romance Languages and the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, the University of Chicago.

Co-Sponsored by the Committee on Social Thought and the Association of Literary Scholars, Writers, and Critics



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Announcing the 2015 Stephen J. Meringoff Secondary School Essay Contest, Deadline June 1

In accord with the wish of the ALSCW to foster and recognize
excellence in the critically important area of student writing of
analytical essays at the secondary school level, the ALSCW invites
submissions of analytical essays by students in grades 9 through 12
dealing with works of recognized literary merit. Papers may examine
style, characterization, rhetorical technique, structure, and so on,
and may be about individual poems, short stories, novels, plays, or
essays. Papers may also compare two carefully selected works.

The judges value lucid and lively expression, conceptual maturity, and
argumentation that is developed from compelling and careful attention
to specific passages. They do not seek term/research papers, but hope
to receive carefully crafted interpretive and analytical essays of
1500 to 2500 words. Essays written in fulfillment of school
assignments are welcome.

The winning essay will be published in Literary Matters, the online
quarterly publication of the Association of Literary Scholars,
Critics, and Writers, and the winning contestant will receive an award
of $1,500.

To be eligible for the prize, students must be a member of the
ALSCW or be sponsored by a teacher or high school that is an ALSCW member. For information about joining the ALSCW, go to

Entries must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2015. Three copies of each entry (only one with the student’s name on it) must be sent WITH THE DOWNLOADABLE ENTRY FORM (see below) to:

ALSCW High School Writing Award
650 Beacon St., Suite 510
Boston, MA 02215

The printable entry form may be found at


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2015 Conference of the ALSCW

We are pleased to announce that the 2015 ALSCW Conference will take place Friday and Saturday, October 9th and 10th at the Louisiana State University, at the Lod Cook Alumni Center. Plans include a preliminary evening of readings on Thursday night, October 8th, and an ALSCW board meeting on Sunday morning the 11th.

Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

Mackie’s Airport Cab Service provides service between the Baton Rouge Airport and the conference site. Advance reservation can be made by calling (225) 774-9645. Rooms will be available for conference-goers at the Lod Cook Alumni Center ( as well as in several hotels adjacent to campus. Information about conference panels and their organizers will be forth-coming. We are looking forward to seeing you this coming October.


Adelaide M. Russo

ALSCW President

Phyllis M. Taylor Professor of French Studies

Director, Program in Comparative Literature

In addition, there will be a specific conference email address to be announced shortly.


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