English Club Lunchtime Flash Mic

Posted February 19, 2015 by Janine Utell
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Kudos to the English Club for pulling off an awesome lunchtime flash mic!  And special thanks to Kelsey Styles for the video.  Make sure to catch their next open mic during Honors Week in March!

Don’t-Miss Events This Week!

Posted February 18, 2015 by Janine Utell
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Take a break from the pre-midterm whirl to catch these two don’t-miss events!

  • Lone Brick Theater is in the second week of running their production of Steve Yockey’s “Very Still and Hard to See” — it’s been selling out, so make sure to reserve your tickets!  Catch the show 2/19, 2/20, or 2/21 at 8pm.  More details here.

    LBT doing "Very Still and Hard to See"

    LBT doing “Very Still and Hard to See”

  • Jayne Thompson and Emily DeFreitas will be reading from Letters to My Younger Self at Big Blue Marble Books on Friday, 2/20 at 7pm.  The two will be sharing audio recordings of these men reading their work, as well as exploring the role of memoir and writing in changing lives, and guiding a conversation on the school-to-prison pipeline.

We’re also pleased to announce that Letters to My Younger Self will be the common reading for the Fall 2015 First-Year Common Experience — so if you have not yet heard Jayne read, come on out!


Professor Utell Promoted

Posted February 17, 2015 by widenerenglishadmin
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10384483_10152305635336527_8006364191011215425_nCongratulations to Dr. Janine Utell, chair of the English department, on her promotion from Associate Professor of English to Professor of English! Faculty are evaluated by their colleagues in three categories–teaching, professional development, and academic citizenship. To achieve promotion to Professor candidates must be found excellent in each. Moreover, the Faculty Handbook stipulates that only the exceptional candidate will be promoted in his or her first year of eligibility (after five years since promotion to associate level), and Professor Utell’s colleagues at both the Humanities Division level and the College of Arts and Sciences level unreservedly found her to be so. Dean Sharon Meagher recently presented the promotion-and-tenure committees’ findings to the Board of Trustees who agreed and approved Dr. Utell’s promotion.

The English department is particularly proud of and grateful to Professor Utell, whose excellence is an inspiration to us all and whose leadership is unparalleled!

Major Work on Wordsworth Published by Professor Robinson

Posted February 9, 2015 by Janine Utell
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We are very pleased to announce the publication of The Oxford Handbook of William Wordsworth, co-edited by Richard Gravil and our own Daniel Robinson.  This major work of scholarship represents the culmination of several years of research, writing, and collaboration with over 40 internationally renowned Wordsworthians.  The collection joins a series that 9780199662128_450includes titles on Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Milton, and Percy Bysshe Shelley.

While the emphasis is naturally on Wordsworth’s poetry, readers will also find essays on Wordsworth and science, Wordsworth and humanism, Wordsworth and landscape, and an extended section on “The Recluse,” the poet’s great unfinished work, which includes several essays on The Prelude.  Several enlightening biographical essays are offered as well, examining Wordsworth and friendship (most famously with Coleridge) and Wordsworth as a professional author.  william-wordsworth

Professor Robinson, in addition to editing the volume, penned several essays:  “Wordsworth and Coleridge’s Lyrical Ballads, 1798,” “The River Duddon and Wordsworth, Sonneteer,” and the introductory pieces in collaboration with co-editor Richard Gravil.

An invaluable resource for scholars and students alike, the collection brings together essentials of Wordsworth criticism as well as new trends in the field.  For her part, this reader looks forward to delving into “Wordsworth’s Ethical Thinking,” “Wordsworth and Twentieth-Century Poets,” and “Wordsworth in Modern Literary Criticism.”  Congratulations to Professor Robinson!

Pulitzer-Prize Winning Writers Speak

Posted February 6, 2015 by widenerenglishadmin
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Ruderman (l) and Laker (r)

Ruderman (l) and Laker (r)

Winners of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, Wendy Ruderman and Barbara Laker spoke to a sizable audience Wednesday night in Founders Hall about their work on a series of articles for the Philadelphia Daily News that led to an acclaimed book, Busted: A Tale of Corruption and Betrayal in the City of Brotherly Love, and a forthcoming television series starring actress Sarah Jessica Parker.

The Pulitzer Jury cited Ruderman and Laker for “their resourceful reporting that exposed a rogue police narcotics squad, resulting in an FBI probe and the review of hundreds of criminal cases tainted by the scandal.” Notably, Ruderman and Laker are the first all-female investigative team to win in the category of “distinguished example of investigative reporting by an individual or team, presented as a single article or series, in print or online or both.”

Professor Pobo Makes a Splash at The Waves

Posted January 28, 2015 by Janine Utell
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Last week Professor Ken Pobo traveled to New Orleans to perform in The Waves Reading Series:  LGBTIQ Writers in New Orleans.  He read at the launch party for The Queer South:  LGBTQ Writers on the American South, a new anthology which features some of Professor Pobo’s work.  Over 75 people came out on a rainy night to hear the authors!

Professor Pobo reads at The Waves

Professor Pobo reads at The Waves

Jayne Thompson and Lise Funderburg at the State Street Reading Series

Posted January 21, 2015 by Janine Utell
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On January 15, Jayne Thompson and Lise Funderburg performed at the latest installment of the State Street Reading Series at the Media Arts Council Gallery.  Thompson, a Widener English faculty member, read excerpts from her recent anthology of prison writing, Letters to My Younger Self; the event was advanced by this great piece on the Widener Magazine blog which features some details about Thompson’s project.  (You may recall the interview she gave with Marty Moss-Coane on Radio Times a while ago, too.)

Funderburg followed, reading a chapter from her recent memoir Pig Candy: Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home.  Funderburg’s work has appeared in many venues including The Philadelphia InquirerThe New York Times, and Salon; she teaches at Penn and Rutgers-Camden.  You can check out more about Pig Candy, a moving, funny, delectable piece of writing, here.



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