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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.

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Upcoming Event: Poetry Reading With Vera Pavlova

October 7th, 2014

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Poetry Reading with Vera Pavlova
Tuesday, October 21, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Mandel Reading Room (Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room 303)

Vera Pavlova is a contemporary Russian poet who has published fourteen collections of poetry, four opera librettos, and lyrics to two cantatas. Her works have been translated into eighteen languages, including English.

During this interactive reading, each member of the audience will receive cards with Vera’s poems written in Russian and English. The owner of the card will be asked to read the English translation out loud while Vera will read the Russian original. A question-and-answer session will follow the readings. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information about Vera Pavlova, visit

This event is sponsored by Brandeis’ Russian Studies Program.

Upcoming Event: Playing It Again: Trauma and Please in Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing”

October 7th, 2014

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Playing It Again

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Upcoming Event: Confronting the Reality: Sexual Violence on College Campuses

October 2nd, 2014

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Sexual Violence

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

September 29th, 2014

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Upcoming Event: Wurthering Heights, the Revenge Novel

September 22nd, 2014

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Please join us for “Wuthering Heights, The Revenge Novel,” a presentation by UC Berkeley’s Catherine Gallagher on Thursday, October 2nd at 5:00pm in the Mandel Reading Room. Please contact with any questions. We hope to see you there!Catherine Gallagher Lecture

Upcoming Events: Master of Arts Program in Comparative Humanities (MACH) Information Session

September 18th, 2014

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Please join us at the Master of Arts Program in Comparative Humanities Information Session to learn more about the MACH program, including the new BA/MA track for Brandeis undergraduates. Faculty and Admissions representatives will be available to share information and answer questions about the program curriculum, milestones, and application process.

The session will take place on Tuesday, September 30, from 4-5 p.m. in the Mandel Reading Room (Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room 303). Light refreshments will be served. All students are encouraged to attend.

Please contact Alyssa Fabrizio, MACH Program Administrator, at with any questions.

Upcoming Event: Transparency, Expression, and Self-Knowledge

September 16th, 2014

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The Philosophy Department is kicking off its 2014-2015 Colloquium Series on September 19th with Dorit Bar-On from the University of Connecticut who will be speaking on: Transparency, Expression and Self-Knowledge at 3:30pm in Rabb 338 (The Danielsen Room).

Contact Julie Seeger ( with any questions about the event.

Upcoming Event: Ballads, Nations, and Histories of Form

September 11th, 2014

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Please join us for “Ballads, Nations, and Histories of Form,” a lecture by Professor Meredith Martin of Princeton University. This event will be held on Thursday, September 18th at 12:00pm in Rabb 119 (the DuBois Lounge.)

Lunch will be provided. We hope to see you there!

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