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Upcoming Event: American Literature as a Transcultural Experience in Bosnia and Herzegovina

December 2nd, 2014

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selma flyer

Upcoming Event: The Passages of Walter Benjamin

November 21st, 2014

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“The Passages of Walter Benjamin” a documentary film by Judith Wechsler followed by a question and answer session with the director.

December 2, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Mandel Center of the Humanities, Mandel G03

Please email Patrick Gamsby ( with any questions about the event.


Upcoming Event: Betsy Rosenberg, “A Future More Vivid”

November 13th, 2014

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Betsy Rosenberg

Upcoming Event: Who is ‘Fully Human?’ Junot Diaz and the Human Right to Health

November 10th, 2014

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Julie Minich

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: Sexuality and Queer Studies Roundtable

October 29th, 2014

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Sexuality and Queer Studies Roundtable

Upcoming Event: Kazim Ali Poetry Reading

October 28th, 2014

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Kazim Ali Reading

Upcoming Event: The Other Stories in Anna Karenina With Rosamund Bartlett

October 24th, 2014

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Monday, November 3, 2 p.m.
Mandel Reading Room (Mandel Center for the Humanities, Room 303)

This talk will explore the translation history of Anna Karenina, and the particular role played by Constance Garnett and Louise and Aylmer Maude in establishing Tolstoy’s reputation in the English-speaking world. This will lead to a discussion of some of the novel’s less well-known, but surprisingly revealing aspects, as seen from the grass-roots level of a contemporary translator, and, through a comparison of the fictional Anna with her real-life British contemporary Louise Jopling, a reconsideration of the novel’s relationship to the “woman question” in late 19th-century Russia.

Rosamund Bartlett is a writer, scholar, translator and lecturer. She is the author of Tolstoy: A Russian Life and translator of Anna Karenina. She has also written a biography of Chekhov and published two volumes of his short stories. She has lectured on Russian literature, music and cultural history at universities and public institutions around the world, and has a particular interest in the comparative history of European Modernism, opera, and the intersection between politics, history and the arts.

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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