Dean Family Speaker Series
The Department of English at Wake Forest University is proud to host the Dean Family Speaker Series. This series has been endowed by a gift from the Dean Family, and brings nationally and internationally recognized scholars to campus. It encourages critical conversations and dialogue related to the study of English. All talks are open to the public, and everyone is invited to attend.
Our recent speakers have included Shannon Winnubst, Nancy Armstrong, Richard Begam, Lauren Berlant, Wai Chee Dimock, Jonathan Freedman, Robert S. Levine, Fred Moten, Marjorie Perloff, Carrie Preston, Martin Puchner, and Peter Stallybrass.
For further information about the Dean Family Speaker Series, contact director Judith Madera.
We’ve compiled an end-of-summer reading list featuring some of the exciting literary scholars and writers who are coming to Wake Forest this year. You can learn more about these speakers and other English department events on our events calendar. Fall 2018 Literary Events: An End-of-Summer Reading List A. R. Ammons “About… Continue Reading: Get to know this year’s visiting speakers and writers with our end-of-summer reading list
Devoney Looser, author of The Making of Jane Austen, will give a talk titled “The Afterlife of Austen’s Sense and Sensibility” for the English department’s Dean Family Speaker Series October 23, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. in the ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404). A book signing and reception will follow. Dr. Looser, whose upcoming… Continue Reading: Scholar Devoney Looser to speak on the “Afterlife of Austen’s Sense & Sensibility” on Oct. 23
Renowned Shakespeare scholar Jean Howard will give a Dean Family Series talk titled “Rewriting Shakespeare: Bond’s Bingo” on Thursday, March 15 at 4:30 p.m. in ZSR Library Auditorium (Room 404). A reception will follow. This event is free and open to the campus community and the general public. Rewriting Shakespeare: Bond’s Bingo In Bingo Edward… Continue Reading: Jean Howard to speak on “Rewriting Shakespeare: Bond’s Bingo” on March 15
Shannon Winnubst to speak on “After Sex, Inside Race: Living Difference in the 21st Century” on Oct. 3
Shannon Winnubst will speak on “After Sex, Inside Race: Living Difference in the 21st Century” on Tuesday, October 3rd at 4:30 in DeTamble Auditorium as part of the Dean Family Series. What if sexuality is in decline? What if one of the most powerful apparati of modernity is slipping, losing its hold?… Continue Reading: Shannon Winnubst to speak on “After Sex, Inside Race: Living Difference in the 21st Century” on Oct. 3
Ivy Wilson will speak on “Hieroglyphs of Blackness: Egypt, Fantasy, and the American Imaginary” on Mar. 29
“Hieroglyphs of Blackness: Egypt, Fantasy, and the American Imaginary” examines representations of Egypt to reconceptualize the meanings and limits of transnational affinity relative to discourses about the black diaspora. Covering a long historical arc from the 18th century to the present, with particular attention to the aesthetic practices of iconography, this… Continue Reading: Ivy Wilson will speak on “Hieroglyphs of Blackness: Egypt, Fantasy, and the American Imaginary” on Mar. 29
The talk entitled “De-Ciphering American Literature: 1945-1840-2016” links American literature to the information age. Those interested in the digital humanities as well as American literature will find this talk on Poe and Claude Shannon (the ‘father’ of information theory) of special interest. The event will take place on Wednesday, October… Continue Reading: Caroline Levander to speak on “De-Ciphering American Literature: 1945-1840-2016”
Gordon Hutner is a professor of American Literature at the University of Illinois, where he directs the Trowbridge Initiative in American Cultures. Professor Hutner is the author and editor of several books in American literature and culture, including What America Read: Taste, Class, and the Novel, 1920-1960. His most recent publications include the second… Continue Reading: Gordon Hutner speaks on “The 21st Century American Novel: A Short History” on Sept. 6
Ben Schreirer will speak on “The History of Jewish American Literary History” on Thursday, March 31 at 4 p.m. in DeTamble Auditorium. Schreier is Associate Professor of English and Jewish Studies, Lea P. and Malvin E. Bank Early Career Professor of Jewish Studies, and Director of the Jewish Studies Program at Penn State University.… Continue Reading: Ben Schreier to speak on “The History of Jewish American Literary History” on Mar. 31
Richard Begam addresses “From Automaton to Autonomy: Mechanical Reproduction in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis” on Mar. 23
Richard Begam will speak on “From Automaton to Autonomy: Mechanical Reproduction in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis” on Wednesday, March 23, at 4:30 in Tribble C216. A reception will follow in Ammons Lounge, A107. Begam considers issues of modernism and modernity in Fritz Lang’s 1927 cinematic masterpiece, Metropolis. Drawing on Walter Benjamin’s “The… Continue Reading: Richard Begam addresses “From Automaton to Autonomy: Mechanical Reproduction in Fritz Lang’s Metropolis” on Mar. 23
CAS Assistant Professor of English at Boston University, Carrie Preston studies the highly traditional form of Noh Japanese dance as part of her research on Yeats’ dance plays. Preston is pictured in dance attire from Japan including footwear (tabi) and a fan. Photo by Melody Komyerov for Boston University Photography… Continue Reading: Learning to Kneel for Hagoromo: Ezra Pound as Noh Student
Wednesday, March 18 at 4:30 p.m. Tribble Hall, Room C216 Reception follows in Ammons Lounge A Lecture by Lauren Berlant Sponsored by the Dean Family FundLiving in Ellipsis: On Biopolitics and the Attachment to Life Dr. Lauren Berlant, a George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of English… Continue Reading: Lecture by Lauren Berlant 3/18/15