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Fall 2014

Faculty News

Get to know our faculty! Jen Elsner

Amanda Klinger

Elsner recently joined the writing staff of “Boyd Street Magazine” as a regular contributor. Look for her articles starting in the November issue.

Klinger’s article “The Violence of Enlightenment in William Blake’s Visions of the Daughters of Albion” was accepted for publication in Nineteenth Century Studies.

Nancy El-Gendy On Oct. 22, El-Gendy interviewed Mia Couto, a Mozambican writer and the winner of the 2014 Neustadt International Prize for Literature. The interview will be published in the January print issue of World Literature Today. On Oct. 24, she moderated “‘What Africa Does the African Writer Write About:’ Understanding the Work of Mia Couto,” a roundtable discussion with Niyi Afolabi, University of Texas at Austin; David Brookshaw, University of Bristol; Juan Pérez-López, University of Oklahoma; and ElGendy. The experts in African Lusophone literature discussed the work of Neustadt winner Mia Couto. The audiences for this discussion included OU faculty and students and around 200 high school students who had read several short stories by Couto. Since the start of October. El-Gendy hosted “ShutUpAndWrite Meet Ups” every Friday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at OU’s Writing Center, located in Wagner Hall. Everyone is invited to visit and enjoy positive energy, coffee, snacks and SILENCE.

David Anderson Anderson was invited to give a talk at Vanderbilt University on Nov. 18. The talk, titled “Enlightenment Violence: Religious, Political or Rational?” is part of the “Early Modern Enlightenments” symposium at Vanderbilt. Amit Baishya Baishya presented a paper titled "Bisected Lives: narrating History's Footnotes in Aulingar Zui," at the 43rd Annual Conference on South Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in October. Baishya also was the organizer of the panel. He presented his paper titled "Regional Transmutations: Northeast India as a Space of Improvisation."

English Department Newsletter - November 2014  
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