Cooper Broadsheet: October 2013

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Registration for Spring 2014 begins on November 18.  Cooper students should be advised by Dr. Yoder, the Program Director, or by their project mentors.  Students planning to graduate in May 2014 should check with Dr. Philpotts to insure that all their requirements have been met.  Secondary Education minors should be advised by Dr. Minnick.  For all other English majors, the point person for advising is Dr. Barrio-Vilar.  Please do not wait until the last minute to get advised.


Dr. Angela Hunter will offer a seminar called Going Postal: Letters, Literature, and Beyond.  Some of our oldest literature is in the form of letters (real or fictional), and today many works still use letters as important aspects of a work.  But what constitutes a letter?  Are emails and postcards letters? What is the place of letters in literature or of literature in letters?  Do we read “fictional” letters differently from “real” letters? How do letters question our understanding of what it means to read, and specifically to read literature? These questions will guide our examination of the relationship between letter-writing, letter-reading, and literature.  We will discover that letters ask us to think not only about writers and readers, but also about the various systems that transmit and circulate messages and letters (postal, electronic, etc.)


On October 1, the Cooper Program co-hosted with Gender Studies a lecture by Dr. Lisa Corrigan on the convergence of racist rhetoric and sexual anxiety during the 1957 Central High integration crisis.  Those in attendance were treated to a stirring presentation and call to action to get involved with improving race, class and gender relations at the local, state and national levels.

October 24: In conjunction with Dr. Jeremy Ecke’s Cooper seminar on epic, Dr. Kristin Hanson of the University of California at Berkeley will present her lecture, “’London Homesick Blues’:  English Poetic Forms in West Texas Songs.”  The lecture will be at 6:30pm in DSC-G, with a reception before the lecture at 6:00pm.  Reception and lecture are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  Dr. Hanson specializes in poetic meter and linguistic approaches to literature. She received her PhD in Linguistics from Stanford University in 1990 and taught at the University of British Columbia from 1990-1996. Developing the theory of generative metrics, Professor Hanson has co-authored a number of seminal articles in metrical theory with the Stanford linguist Paul Kiparsky. Professor Hanson is currently working on a monograph entitled “An art that nature makes”: a linguistic perspective on meter in English; her teaching and writing ranges from the poetics of Shakespeare, Donne, Tennyson, and Hopkins to the relation between ballroom dancing and metrical feet.  Professor Hanson’s Cooper lecture, drawn from her current UC Berkeley course “Hardly Strictly Lyric Poems,” will explore the cultural, formal, and poetic relationship between Renaissance lyrics and the music of the West Texan folk/country/roots group The Flatlanders.  You can learn more about Dr. Hanson and her work here.

November 7: In conjunction with Prof. Nickole Brown’s Cooper seminar, poet and novelist Victoria Redel will read from her work.  The reading will held in Ross Hall 123, and it will begin at 6:15pm, with a reception before the reading at 5:45pm.  Prof. Redel is on the faculty at Sarah Lawrence College.  She is the author of 3 books of poetry (including Woman Without Umbrella (2012)), 2 novels (including The Border of Truth (2007) and Loverboy (2001) which was made into the 2005 movie starring Kyra Sedgwick and directed by Kevin Bacon), and 2 collections of short stories.  You can check out her webpage here.  The reception and reading are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.



In June 2013, Dr. Kris McAbee led a study-abroad course on “Shakespeare’s England.” Eight students traveled to England to study Shakespeare in the context of his homeland. Highlights of the trip included the Tower of London, a day-trip to Hampton Court (the palatial home to Henry VIII), and a weekend in Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon. The class toured the theaters of the Royal Shakespeare Company, where they saw productions of Titus Andronicus and Hamlet. Back in London, the class visited the reconstructed Globe, where they participated in a guided tour and attended a production of The Tempest.

As always, if you see mistakes in this Broadsheet or if you have any questions, please contact Dr. Paul Yoder at


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