Chutney Literary Conference

The annual Chutney Literary Conference gives undergraduates the opportunity to present creative and critical papers to an audience of their peers and the campus and local literary community. Students also have the opportunity to win awards and prizes for their efforts.

The fifth annual Chutney Literary Conference began on April 8, 2016 with the Melvin M. Peterson Literary Forum. Dr. Matthew J. Bolton gave a lecture on T. S. Eliot titled:

“Eliot’s iPhone: Reading The Waste Land in the Information Age.”

Matthew Bolton

Matthew Bolton

Matthew Bolton earned his PhD in English from the City University of New York Graduate Center. He received the T.S. Eliot Society's Fathman Young Scholar Award for research related to his dissertation. Bolton's many publications include chapters in the books Ernest Hemingway and the Geography of Memory and The Waste Land at 90, as well as chapters in 25 books in the Critical Insights series. He has published articles and reviews in journals including the Yeats Eliot review, Dickens Quarterly, and Victorian Studies. He has previously taught at the City University of New York, the College of Mount Saint Vincent, and Loyola School, and is currently Head of the Upper School at the Seven Hills School in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The conference continued on Saturday, April 9, 2016 with five student panels. View the complete schedule.

At the end of the conference, the English department presented the 2016 Virginia Lowell Grabill and George Klinger Writing Awards.

  • The third-place Grabill Award went to Sydney Blessinger for her paper, “A Dynamic Eve: Milton’s Female Perception in Paradise Lost.”
  • The second-place Grabill Award went to Alex Gallo for her paper, “The Role of Nature in King Lear.”
  • The first-place Grabill Award went to Danielle Gillespie for her paper, “The Mabinogion in Modern Literary Fantasy.”
  • The George Klinger Award for an outstanding academic research paper went to Peter Orkiszewski for his essay, “A Feminist Account of Caryll Churchill’s Vinegar Tom."
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Past Speakers at Chutney

  • 2016 – Matthew J. Bolton – on TS Eliot
  • 2015 – William Hemminger – on Wallace Stevens
  • 2014 – Robert Paul Lamb – on Mark Twain
  • 2013 – Arthur Brown – on Stephen Crane
  • 2012 – Charles Conaway – on William Shakespeare

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