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Baines gives lecture in New Harmony

Robert Baines, assistant professor of English, gave a lecture at the Working Men's Institute Museum and Library in New Harmony on August 7. The lecture was organized by the Friends of the Working Men's Institute and was titled "Finnegans Wake: How to Read."

Baines gives paper at Antwerp Joyce Conference

Robert Baines, assistant professor of English, gave a paper on June 12 at the XXVI International James Joyce Symposium at the University of Antwerp. The paper was titled “‘This oldworld epistola’: Vico and the Letter in Finnegans Wake I.5.” On the same day, Baines also chaired a panel titled “The Feminine Voice in Late Ulysses and the Wake.” 

Grabill and Klinger Awards for Academic Writing

The Department of English at the University of Evansville has announced the winners of its annual Virginia Lowell Grabill and George Klinger academic writing awards.

The Third-place Grabill Award went to Kathryn Wolfinger for her essay “How Does King Lear Explore the Relationship Between Madness and Language?”

The Second-Place Grabill Award went to Ian (Charlie) Ericson for his essay “How Does Becket Depict Consciousness in Malone Dies?"

The First-place Grabill Award went to Andrew Harper for his essay “Milton and an Undetermined God.”

The George Klinger Award for Best Academic Essay went to Jade Shelby for her essay “Race Relations in Hope Leslie: How to Crush 19th Century Prejudice.”

All awards were made possible by generous legacies from Professor George Klinger and Professor Virginia Grabill and were presented at the English Department’s annual student literary conference, affectionately nicknamed “Chutney.”

Cirino hired as consultant on film

Mark Cirino has been hired as literature consultant on the forthcoming cinematic adaptation of Across the River and into the Trees, starring Pierce Brosnan and Isabella Rossellini. Cirino is an associate professor of English and the Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in English at the University of Evansville.

The film, directed by Martin Campbell, is a dramatization of Ernest Hemingway's 1950 novel.

Cirino will assist the cast and crew in their attempts to film the only Hemingway novel that has never been made into a movie. Filming begins in Venice, Italy, on April 23.

Baines gives lecture in New York

Robert Baines, assistant professor of English, gave a lecture to the James Joyce Society on Friday, February 16 at Glucksman Ireland House on the NYU campus. The lecture was titled "'Vico Influenced Joyce': Reappraising an Ideal History."

Cirino and Oaks co-write article for Hemingway Review

An article written by Mark Cirino and Amanda Oaks has been published in the current Hemingway Review. Their article, “Wise Blood: Menstruation, Fertility, and the ‘Disappointment’ in Hemingway’s Across the River and into the Trees," analyzes a crucial gap in the text that has presented a critical conundrum since the novel’s publication in 1950.

Cirino and Oaks conceived of this article during her ENGL 399 class as a UE student. Oaks is currently pursuing her MFA at Chatham University. Cirino is associate professor and Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in English at the University of Evansville.

Cirino publishes article in Huffington Post

Associate professor of English and the Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in English Mark Cirino co-wrote an article that was published in the Huffington Post. Cirino's article discusses a newly published Hemingway vignette called Torcello Piece.

This Hemingway sketch is in Cirino's new book, Hemingway and Italy: 21st-Century Perspectives, published last month by the University Press of Florida. Torcello is a small village north of Venice where Hemingway stayed in the late 1940s, and Torcello Piece is the writer's ode to the place he loved.

You can read Cirino’s article on the Huffington Post website.

Baines gives paper at Toronto conference

Robert Baines, assistant professor of English, gave a paper at the 2017 North American James Joyce Conference. The conference was June 21-25 at the University of Toronto. Baines’s paper was titled, “When the Lévy-Bruhls: The threefold Anthropologist of Finnegans Wake I.6.”

Cirino's "Hidden Hemingway" wins second gold medal

The Eric Hoffer Book Award has announced that Mark Cirino’s Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park has won the 2017 gold medal in the reference category.

Cirino, an associate professor of English and the Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in English, co-wrote Hidden Hemingway with Robert K. Elder and Aaron Vetch.

Earlier this year, Hidden Hemingway won the gold medal in the reference category by the Independent Publisher Book Awards.

Professor Mark Cirino's article appears in Huffington Post

University of Evansville associate professor of English and Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in English Mark Cirino has co-written an article that appeared in the Huffington Post. The article was written in honor of the 100th anniversary of Ernest Hemingway's high school graduation.

Cirino co-wrote the article to accompany rare and evocative images from Hemingway's high school years. Many of these photographs appeared in Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park, a book Cirino also co-wrote.

Read the article, Hemingway’s High School Graduation: 100 Years Later, on the Huffington Post website.

Klinger and Grabill writing awards announced

The University of Evansville Department of English has announced the winners of the Virginia Lowell Grabill Awards for academic writing and the George Klinger Prize for best academic essay.

The Third-Place Grabill Award went to Samantha Petitjean. The Second-place Grabill Award went to Taylor Gates. The First-place Grabill Award went to Sydney Blessinger. The George Klinger Prize was presented to Lydia Crain.

English department literary conference on Friday and Saturday

The Department of English at the University of Evansville invites all members of the campus community to its sixth annual literary conference on April 21 and 22.

On Friday night, acclaimed author Jacqueline Briggs Martin will appear at the Melvin M. Peterson Literary Forum to give the Hemminger-Brown Lecture, entitled “Gathering Stories Along the Way,” Her lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Harkness Hall (Room 162), Schroeder School of Business Building.

On Saturday morning, students will present their conference papers, with panels starting at 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and noon in Rooms 271 and 272 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. Following the final panel, the department will award its Grabill and Klinger writing prizes.

Cirino's "Hidden Hemingway" wins Gold Medal

Mark Cirino's recent book, Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Ernest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park, was awarded the Gold Medal in the Reference category of the 2017 Independent Publishers Book Awards.

Cirino, associate professor and Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in English, co-wrote Hidden Hemingway with Robert K. Elder and Aaron Vetch. Kent State University Press published the book in 2017. 

Baines gives paper at Rome conference

Robert Baines, assistant professor of English, gave a paper at the 10th James Joyce Italian Foundation Conference. The conference took place at the University of Roma Tre in Rome on February 2 and 3. Baines's paper was titled "The Doublin Bruno: Reuniting the Nolan in Finnegans Wake I.6."

Pouliot and Hochwender co-author essay

Amber Pouliot, British Studies professor at Harlaxton, and Kristina Hochwender, associate professor of English at UE, recently co-authored an essay. The essay was about Hochwender’s use of a digital humanities project developed from a conference co-organized by Pouliot in 2015, called Placing the Author.

In addition to the conference, Pouliot and her co-organizers curated the Postcard Project, which invited literary tourists to post digital postcards of sites associated with nineteenth-century authors. During the spring 2016 term at Harlaxton, Hochwender asked her students to take part in the Postcard Project and to produce their own digital postcards as a reflective learning exercise. The essay has just been posted to the Journal of Victorian Culture Online.

Baines publishes article in Dublin James Joyce Journal

Robert Baines, assistant professor of English, published an article in the most recent edition of the Dublin James Joyce Journal. This edition of the journal was a special edition devoted entirely to Joyce's last novel, Finnegans Wake. Baines's article was titled "Time and Space: The Opposition of Professor Jones in Finnegans Wake I.6."

UE English Department reaches 1000 followers on Twitter

The University of Evansville’s English department recently reached the social media landmark of 1,000 Twitter followers. The department is currently one of the most popular college-level English departments on Twitter

Robert Baines, assistant professor of English and Twitterer-in-chief, said that he is “very happy about this. The achievements of our majors are continually extraordinary and it is great to be able to communicate those achievements to such a large audience. I hope that our social media presence continues to grow.”

You can follow the English department on Twitter at @ueenglish.

Department of English selects Grabill and Klinger writing award winners

At its annual Chutney literary conference, the Department of English 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.”

Baines gives paper at Notre Dame conference

Robert Baines, assistant professor of English, gave a paper at the recent annual national American Conference for Irish Studies at Notre Dame University. The national ACIS conference is America's largest Irish studies conference. Baines's paper was titled "'Let us be tolerant of antipathies': Opposing opposition in Finnegans Wake I.6." 

English Professor Publishes Book: Reading Hemingway's Across the River and into the Trees

Mark Cirino, professor of English at the University of Evansville, has published a new book, Reading Hemingway’s Across the River and into the Trees, as part of Kent State University Press’s “Reading Hemingway” series.

This book is a line-by-line annotation and commentary on Hemingway’s 1950 novel, the first scholarly book ever devoted to Hemingway’s inscrutable and maligned novel.

Cirino was a Global Scholar in 2012-13, which allowed him to travel to Venice to research the novel. Several recent UE graduates contributed to the preparation of Cirino’s book as part of ENGL 399, Independent Study in Literature: Jenelle Clausen, Rachel Cochran, Nick Holder, Kevin Kay, Amanda Oaks, Natalie Updike, Samantha Urban, and Susan Vandagriff.

For more information on the book, click here and here.

Cirino co-authors book about Hemingway's childhood

Mark Cirino, associate professor of English, has co-authored a book, Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Oak Park Archive, which will be published next year by Kent State University Press. This book, written with journalist Robert K. Elder, investigates the materials of Hemingway's childhood, particularly the relics of Hemingway's childhood home and the Hemingway Museum in Oak Park, Illinois. 

Cirino publishes new book

Mark Cirino, associate professor of English and Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in Literature,  has published a new book, Reading Hemingway’s Across the River and into the Trees, as part of Kent State University Press’s “Reading Hemingway” series.

This book is a line-by-line annotation and commentary on Hemingway’s 1950 novel, the first scholarly book ever devoted to Hemingway’s inscrutable and maligned novel.

Cirino was a Global Scholar in 2012-13, which allowed him to travel to Venice to research the novel.

Several recent UE graduates contributed to the preparation of Cirino’s book as part of ENGL 399, Independent Study in Literature: Jenelle Clausen, Rachel Cochran, Nick Holder, Kevin Kay, Amanda Oaks, Natalie Updike, Samantha Urban, and Susan Vandagriff.

For more information on the book, go here and here.

Cirino publishes new book

UE English Professor Publishes New Book on Ernest Hemingway

Mark Cirino, assistant professor of English at the University of Evansville, has published a new book, Ernest Hemingway: Thought in Action, from the University of Wisconsin Press.

The book offers a new look at Hemingway, revealing a concern with consciousness similar to his predecessors and contemporaries William Faulkner, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Henry James, and Marcel Proust.

Ernest Hemingway’s groundbreaking prose style and examination of timeless themes made him one of the most important American writers of the twentieth century. Yet in Ernest Hemingway: Thought in Action, Cirino observes, “Literary criticism has accused Hemingway of many things but thinking too deeply is not one of them.”

Although much has been written about the author’s love of action — hunting, fishing, drinking, bullfighting, boxing, travel, and the moveable feast — Cirino looks at Hemingway’s focus on the modern mind and interest in consciousness. Hemingway, Cirino demonstrates, probes the ways his characters’ minds respond when placed in urgent situations or when damaged by past traumas.

In Cirino’s analysis of Hemingway’s work through this lens — including such celebrated classics as A Farewell to ArmsThe Old Man and the Sea, and “Big Two-Hearted River” as well as lesser-known works including Islands in the Stream and “Because I Think Deeper” — an entirely different Hemingway hero emerges: intelligent, introspective, and ruminative.

“Cirino … collapses the distinction between thought and action that has traditionally typecast Hemingway as an anti-intellectual dolt — the ‘he-man’ of American literature,” said Kirk Curnutt, author of Coffee with Hemingway.

Cirino is the coeditor of Ernest Hemingway: Geography of Memory and the general editor of Kent State University Press’s “Reading Hemingway” series. He is also the author of two novels, Name the Baby and Arizona Blues.

Ernest Hemingway: Thought in Action is available from the University of Wisconsin Press

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