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Jan 13, 12:00 pm1:00 pm

The Nature of California: A Work-in-Print Talk with Sarah Wald

walnatUO English and the OHC present “The Nature of California”: A Work-in-Print talk with Sarah Wald (UO English) at noon in the OHC Conference Room (159 PLC). (more…)

July 8, 2016

The Nature of California

Book cover: The Nature of CaliforniaAuthor:  Sarah Wald

The California farmlands have long served as a popular symbol of America’s natural abundance and endless opportunity. Yet, from John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath and Carlos Bulosan’s America Is in the Heart to Helena Maria Viramontes’s Under the Feet of Jesus, many novels, plays, movies, and songs have dramatized the brutality and hardships of working in the California fields. Little scholarship has focused on what these cultural productions tell us about who belongs in America, and in what ways they are allowed to belong. In The Nature of California, Sarah Wald analyzes this legacy and its consequences by examining the paradoxical representations of California farmers and farmworkers from the Dust Bowl migration to present-day movements for food justice and immigrant rights.

Analyzing fiction, nonfiction, news coverage, activist literature, memoirs, and more, Wald gives us a new way of thinking through questions of national belonging by probing the relationships among race, labor, and landownership. Bringing together ecocriticism and critical race theory, she pays special attention to marginalized groups, examining how Japanese American journalists, Filipino workers, United Farm Workers members, and contemporary immigrants-rights activists, among others, pushed back against the standard narratives of landownership and citizenship.

November 8, 2015

UNESCO on the Ground: Local Perspectives on Intangible Cultural Heritage

JFR BOOK V2.inddAuthor:  Lisa Gilman

For nearly 70 years, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has played a crucial role in developing policies and recommendations for dealing with intangible cultural heritage. What has been the effect of such sweeping global policies on those actually affected by them? How connected is UNESCO with what is happening every day, on the ground, in local communities? (more…)

August 13, 2015

UO English Newsletter now available

10349944_425902167556903_3610227624159589777_n2014-2015 UO English Department Newsletter is now available! Read about all the great things UO English accomplished this year, including Shakespeare’s First Folio visit to UO. (more…)

Jun 26, 2014Sep 22, 2014

Spring 2014 Festivities

On June 4, UO English celebrated the end of the year, recognizing student and faculty accomplishments at a reception in the Knight Library Browsing Room. The celebration was inaugurated by the UO Poetry Slam Team, which treated the department to a performance by team co-captain, Alex Dang. (more…)

January 15, 2014

The Logos of the Living World: Merleau-Ponty, Animals, and Language

Author:  Louise Westling

Presenting the philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty as a theoretical grounding for studies in environmental humanities, The Logos of the Living World: Merleau-Ponty, Animals, and Language draws on interdisciplinary research to argue that human and animal semiotic activities—including cultural and linguistic behaviors—are not separate phenomena, but rather exist on a continuum.  Chapters include case studies of literary examples from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Yann Martel’s Life of Pi.

January 6, 2014

Living Oil: Petroleum Culture in the American Century

Living OilAuthor: Stephanie LeMenager

Living Oil: Petroleum and Culture in the American Century, is a work of environmental cultural studies that engages with a wide spectrum of cultural forms, from museum exhibits and oil industry tours to poetry, documentary film, fiction, still photography, novels and memoirs. The book’s unique focus is the aesthetic, sensory and emotional legacies of petroleum, from its rise to the preeminent modern fossil fuel during World War I through the current era of so-called Tough Oil.

Art’s Undoing: In the Wake of a Radical Aestheticism

Pyle BookAuthor: Forest Pyle

Art’s Undoing: In the Wake of a Radical Aestheticism (2013) is about radical aestheticism, the term that best describes a recurring event in some of the most powerful and resonating texts of nineteenth-century British literature. A radical aestheticism offers us the best way to reckon with what takes place at certain moments in certain texts by Shelley, Keats, Dickinson, Hopkins, D.G. Rossetti, and Wilde when aestheticized representations reach their radicalization. (more…)

Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Environment

Editor: Louise Westling

Louise Westling’s Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Environment (2013) includes contributions from experts in the interdisciplinary field of environmental literary criticism. The collection traces the development of ecocriticism from its origins in European pastoral literature to contemporary environmental literary scholarship [dealing with] an array of issues such as the place of the human within nature, ecofeminism, critical animal studies, postcolonialism, posthumanism, and climate change.

November 22, 2013

“Wonder Woman in Bondage”: Professor Ben Saunders talks superheroes with KNPR.

1 ben saundersProfessor Ben Saunders discusses Wonder Women and his Vegas Valley Comic Festival presentation, “Wonder Woman in Bondage: Gender, Power and the Amazon Superhero,” with KNPR. Hear about the wonderful and unorthodox intellectual life of, William Moulton Marston, the comic’s creator. (more…)

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