I discovered Thomas More’s polemical writings a few years before I retired in 2000 and thus had the good luck to start out on a wholly new research project at the time I departed from teaching and department responsibilities. What I found is that these polemical works are light years from the universe of Utopia, the universe of the Renaissance and Humanism, because, of course, Reformation polemic is much more Scholastic and disputatious than any of the forms of Humanistic discourse. More excelled at both, but my interests settled in the disputatious zone, the zone of Responsio ad Lutherum and A Dialogue concerning Heresies. (more…)
Eric D. Meyer (BA, 1976), an independent scholar and former assistant professor, has just published Questioning Martin Heidegger: On Western Metaphysics, Bhuddhist Ethnics, and the Fate of the Sentient Earth (University Press of America, 2013). (more…)
Congratulations to the English Majors named to the fall 2012 term dean’s list!
Each term, the University of Oregon names its top students to the dean’s list in recognition of their academic achievements. During the 2012 fall term, 1,538 UO students qualified for this honor. To qualify, a student must be an admitted undergraduate and complete at least 15 credits for the term; 12 of the 15 credits must be graded with a GPA of 3.75 or better. Total undergraduate enrollment for the term was 20,467. Deans list fall 2012
Around the O profile: Professor Kirby Brown.
Kirby Brown’s research and teaching areas include Native writing from the late eighteenth century to the present, Indigenous critical theory, and nation/nationalism and sovereignty/self-determination studies. His current research project, Stoking the Fire: Nationhood in Early Twentieth Century Cherokee Writing, examines how four Cherokee writers variously remembered, imagined and enacted Cherokee nationhood in the period between Oklahoma statehood in 1907 and tribal reorganization in the early 1970s. (Kirby Brown’s profile).
Professor Ben Saunders’ DUKtalk on the Birth of the Superhero!
(DUKTalks) is a showcase for faculty who represent the best of the University of Oregon College of Arts and Sciences—as demonstrated by their exploration of unexpected directions in their teaching and research.
Ben Saunders, Professor of English at the University of Oregon, specializes in two fields: the literature of the English Renaissance; and the history of British and American comics and cartoons. His first book, Desiring Donne, explored the intersection of spirituality and sexuality in the poetry of John Donne alongside larger questions of literary theory and hermeneutics. Shortlisted by Choice magazine as one of the outstanding academic titles of 2006, Desiring Donne was also nominated as a Finalist for the Oregon Book Award that same year. His second book, Do The Gods Wear Capes?, focused on modern American superhero comics, arguing that the superhero fantasy can tell us a great deal about our conceptions of the human, the post-human, and the divine Ben Saunders’ Profile).
Nicholas Wallerstein (PhD 1989) is Professor of English at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S. Dak. He teaches surveys of early British literature, upper-division courses in Shakespeare, and seminars on Virgil, Chaucer, and Spenser. Because he holds a graduate degree in theology from Harvard, he also teaches a course on western religions. His fifteen scholarly publications are wide-ranging, running from Beowulf to Audre Lorde.
Sarah Jaquette Ray’s (PhD 2009) first book, The Ecological Other will be published this May by the University of Arizona Press. Ray’s book examines the ways in which environmentalism can create social injustice through discourses of the body. Ray investigates three categories of ecological otherness: people with disabilities, immigrants, and Native Americans. (more…)
Among much else, Jeff Whitty is a living answer to the question, “What do you do with a B.A. in English?” A 1993 UO graduate with Honors in English, Whitty is now a playwright and actor, who has written successful musical adaptations of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City and the high school cheerleading classic Bring It On. He also won a Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for Avenue Q. Whitty remembers English as “a great department . . . . It gave me a curiosity and exposure to all kinds of material that I draw on all the time.“
The first Head of the English Department (from 1888-1909) was Luella Clay Carson, a professor of rhetoric at Oregon and later president of Mills College in California from 1909 to 1913. Her papers can be found in Knight Library Special Collections, including letters from former students and official letters concerning her work at Oregon and at Mills College. There are eight volumes of syllabi, grade books, and memorandum books. (more…)
Ernest Stromberg (Ph.D. 1996) published American Indian Rhetorics of Survivance: Word Medicine, Word Magic (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2006). The book presents a critical and theoretical analysis of American Indian rhetorical practices in both canonical and previously overlooked texts: autobiographies, memoirs, prophecies, and oral storytelling traditions. (more…)