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Upcoming Event: Wendy Doniger, “Memoirs of a Jewish Girlhood”

September 17th, 2015

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Wendy Doniger Lecture

Announcement: Stephen McCauley’s Novel “The Easy Way Out” To Be Adapted As A French Film

April 22nd, 2015

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Associate Director of Creative Writing Stephen McCauley’s 1992 novel, The Easy Way Out, has been adapted into a French film. L’art de la Fugue was directed by Brice Cauvin and stars Laurent Lafitte and Agnès Jaoui.

The Easy Way Out, McCauley’s second novel, was praised by Publishers Weekly as a “beautifully written, heartbreaking book” and “an eloquent depiction of the compromises lovers and families make to keep relationships alive.”

L’art de la Fugue will be released in France on March 4th, 2015. The trailer can be viewed here.

Read a Q&A with Prof. McCauley about the upcoming adaptation here.

Upcoming Event: Bach, Beethoven, Brahms

April 19th, 2015

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German Music Night

Upcoming Event: Translingual Trajectories

April 15th, 2015

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Translingual Trajectories: A Symposium on Translation Studies

Friday, April 17, 12:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Mandel Reading Room
Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room 303

This one-day symposium, presented by the Mandel Center for the Humanities and co-sponsored by the Master of Arts Program in Comparative Humanities (MACH), aims to examine the history and theory of translation from a comparative and global perspective, paying particular attention to the active role of translingual interpretation in transforming traditions and imagining cultural-political changes.

The symposium will be divided into three panels and a roundtable discussion. All participants are Brandeis faculty. The complete schedule is available at

The event is open to the public. In addition to lunch and a reception, light refreshments will be provided.

Upcoming Event: Translingual Trajectories

April 9th, 2015

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Upcoming Events with Artist Shimon Attie

February 21st, 2015

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Shimon Attie: Artist Residency 2015
Mark your calendars! Here are three opportunities to engage with artist Shimon Attie during his residency at Brandeis University – two artist talks and a panel discussion. All three events are free and open to the public.

LAND LORD, 2014, by Shimon Attie, Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, NY
Thursday, February 26, 2:00-3:20 p.m.
Israel/Palestine: Facts on the Ground
Mandel Center for the Humanities, M328 (third floor)
Artist talk. Reception to follow.

Friday, February 27, 11:30 a.m.-1:20 p.m.
Gendered and Other Memory Spaces
Goldman Schwartz 115
Artist talk.

Thursday, March 26, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Language and Landscape
Goldman Schwartz 115
Panel discussion with Shimon Attie and Joseph Wardwell, moderated by Professor Peter R. Kalb.

For more information, please contact Christine Dunant,

Upcoming Event: Mega Language Lunch

November 6th, 2014

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The Division of Humanities and the Foreign Language Oversight Committee, with support from the Provost’s office and the Dean of Arts and Sciences, invite all members of the Brandeis Community (students, faculty and staff) to experience and celebrate the linguistic diversity of Brandeis. Individual language tables will host speakers of Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Latin, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Yiddish. Stay for a few minutes or for the entire hour. Do you speak several languages? Visit multiple tables during lunch. No matter that your level of proficiency, you are welcome! The only rule is NO ENGLISH! Please speak only the language of a specific table (tables) during your visit.

Participants are asked to sign in at their chosen language table to receive a voucher for the buffet lunch. While the amount of food is limited, we encourage late arrivals to bring their own lunch fare to the table of your choice.

Time: Noon to 1 pm, November 11, 2014
Location: Sherman Function Hall


Please use the link below to sign up for the Mega Language Lunch!

Upcoming Event: Visiting Artist Mark Bradford at the Rose Art Gallery

October 22nd, 2014

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Mark Bradford

Announcement: Three Books Reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement

October 18th, 2014

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Three books with English Department ties have recently been reviewed in the prestigious Times Literary Supplement (TLS).

Prof. Ramie Targoff’s Posthumous Love (University of Chicago Press) is reviewed in the October 3 edition. Targoff’s book shows that Renaissance England love poetry, with its emphasis on the finality of death, was a stark contrast to the Italian poetry tradition where love transcends the grave. In her review, Alana Shilling-Janoff highlights that “Targoff convincingly argues that he (Wyatt) inspired a new poetic predicated on the knowledge of love’s inevitable end.” Shilling-Janoff notes that Targoff’s work “makes of us new readers of old favourites” such as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

A review of Holly Jackson’s (Ph.D. 2008) American Blood (Oxford University Press) can be found in the May 23 edition. Jackson’s book explores the more dubious aspects of family in nineteenth-century American literature. Tom Wright points out in his review that “(i)n a series of new readings of canonical and lesser-known works, Jackson sketches a new anti-familial literary history.” He believes American Blood “will help encourage cultural historians and literary critics to ask new questions about the ‘new footings’ of the novel, the family and the powerful cultures of sentimentalism that bound the two together during this period.”

Imperial Media (Ohio State University Press) by Aaron Worth (Ph.D. 2004) is reviewed in the September 10 edition. His book reveals how the technology of the time promoted British imperialism. In her review, Mary Shannon argues that “(b)ecause we are still very much living in the information age . . . we should perhaps take note of how the texts analysed by Worth find in information systems a source of both promise and threat, triumph and dismay.”

These three books highlight the historical and geographic range of work of our scholars, the originality of their ideas, and prominence of the scholarship coming from the Brandeis English Department.

Content written by Lisa Pannella

Upcoming Event: Reading By Marilyn Hacker and Deema K. Shehabi

September 29th, 2014

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