Baines Publishes Essay in Collection
Posted: September 29, 2021
Robert Baines, associate professor of English, has an essay in the new collection "Modernism, Theory, and Responsible Reading," edited by Stephen Ross and published by Bloomsbury. Baines' essay is titled "The Positive of the Negative: Joycean Post-Structuralism as Felskian Critique."
Tiffany Griffith Publishes Book, “An Introduction to College Writing”
Posted: September 13, 2021
Tiffany Griffith has put together a primer for collegiate writing. “An Introduction to College Writing” (Kendall Hunt Publishing) is forthcoming and described as such: “[It] is designed to address the essential foundations for college writing, including reading and writing critically, the writing process, paragraph development, essay structure, and modes of exposition, to provide an approachable, comprehensive introduction to the basics of writing for college. The chapters are excerpted from Linda Dawn Lukas’s College Composition and Reading: Information and Strategies and also include a chapter on the major modes of exposition from George Searles’ College English: The Basics.”
Griffith Publishes Textbook
Posted: July 29, 2021
Tiffany Griffith, Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing and Director of Composition, has edited a composition textbook that will be available this fall from Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. The book, An Introduction to College Writing, covers writing basics such as reading and writing critically, the writing process, paragraph development, and essay structure.
Congratulations to English Honor Society Inductees
Posted: May 3, 2021
The University of Evansville chapter of the International English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta held an Induction Ceremony on April 30th to welcome 9 new members. Congratulations to Isaac Bates, Blake Froedge, Rebecca Harwood, Hollie Hoffman, Lindsey Phillips, Delaney Rasche, Chris Straeffer, Jane Tafolla, and Charlie Watts on their academic excellence in the field of literary studies!
Student Awards Announced at English Department Literary Conference
Posted: April 29, 2021
On Saturday, April 17, the English Department's 9th Annual Chutney Literary Conference showcased award-winning student essays and contributions to the study of literature. Awards were granted in three categories:
Virginia Lowell Writing Awards
3rd place: Cecilia Thon, "How does Shakespeare Examine Gender Roles in Othello?"
2nd place: Charlie Watts, "The Voiceless Lovers Left Behind: The Silent Perspectives of Calypso and Penelope"
1st place: Sam Wallisch, "Who is the Hero of Coriolanus?"
George Klinger Memorial Prize for Excellence in Writing Academic Essays:
Victoria Martin, "The Stories We Tell: Developing the Craft of Narrative"
Larry Caldwell Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Department of English:
Congratulations to the award winners and to all presenters at the conference!
English Dept. Literary Conference is TONIGHT!
Posted: April 16, 2021
The English Department presents its ninth annual Student Literary Conference this weekend. It begins with the Hemminger-Brown Lecture at the Melvin M. Peterson Literary Forum tonight at 7, and continues with student panels tomorrow morning. Tonight's lecture will be delivered by scholar Michael Kim Roos: "Written in My Soul: The Anatomy of Bob Dylan's 'Tangled Up in Blue.'"
Cirino interviews Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout for Podcast
Posted: April 15, 2021
Dr. Mark Cirino interviewed Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout for his Hemingway Society-sponsored podcast, One True Podcast. During the interview, Strout discusses her writing process, the theme of loneliness, and analyzes Hemingway's short story, "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place." Strout is the author of -- among other works -- Olive Kitteridge and My Name Is Lucy Barton.
The podcast is available here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/347030/8326634
Cirino Interviews Ken Burns and Lynn Novick for Hemingway Podcast
Posted: April 9, 2021
Mark Cirino interviewed legendary documentarians Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on the most recent episode of One True Podcast, the podcast sponsored by the Hemingway Society. Burns and Novick discussed their new three-part Hemingway documentary and their challenge to separate the artist from the myth that burdened him. Dr. Cirino is Professor and Chair of English and holds the Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in English.
The Burns/Novick interview is available at: https://www.hemingwaysociety.org/node/923
Dr. Sara Petrosillo Named Exemplary Teacher of the Year
Posted: March 9, 2021
Congratulations to Dr. Sara Petrosillo! She was recently presented the Exemplary Teacher Award, which is awarded annually to a UE faculty member.
Sara Petrosillo received her BA in English and Italian Literature from Colby College, and her PhD in English from the University of California, Davis. Her scholarship focuses on medieval literature and feminism and she has published articles on medieval poetry and drama in the Journal for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Exemplaria: Medieval, Early Modern, Theory, Medieval Feminist Forum, and in a 2018 essay collection, Animal Languages in the Middle Ages: Representations of Interspecies Communication (Palgrave-Macmillan). She is currently working on a book about the cultural influence of falconry on medieval reading practices, Hawking Women: Falconry, Gender, and the Poetics of Control in Medieval Literary Culture. She teaches the first half of the British literature survey, first year seminars, world classics, and early English literature.
Cirino and Vandagriff Announce Forthcoming Book
Posted: November 18, 2020
Mark Cirino and alumna Susan Vandagriff have co-edited a book—Reading Hemingway’s Winner Take Nothing— that will be published by Kent State University Press in 2021. Cirino is the Chair of the English department and Melvin M. Peterson Endowed Chair in English. He has written or edited six previous books about Ernest Hemingway. Vandagriff (English and Creative Writing ’15) is Assistant Professor and Scholarly Communications Librarian at University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She has published previously in The Hemingway Review.
Cirino and Vandagriff’s book is a collection of annotations and interpretations devoted to Hemingway’s third collection of short stories, Winner Take Nothing, which was originally published in 1933.
Tiffany Griffith Presents at Conference
Posted: March 10, 2020
Dr. Tiffany Griffith presented a paper on role-playing in first-year seminar and writing programs at the 51st Annual Northeast Modern Language Association Convention in Boston.
Baines attends Modernism conference
Posted: October 23, 2019
Robert Baines, assistant professor of English, attended the 2019 Modernist Studies Association conference in Toronto. The conference took place between October 17th and October 20th. Baines gave a paper titled "'A handcaughtscheaf of synthetic shammyrag’: Balkelly, Paddrock, and the Synthesis of Finnegans Wake.” He also participated in the "Modernism and Theory" seminar, for which he wrote a paper titled, "'Theory' and Textual Scholarship in Joyce Studies and Beyond."
October 2 Andiron Lecture by Sara Petrosillo - Weaponizing Mary: How Sexism Met Racism in a Pre-modern World
Posted: September 3, 2019
Sara Petrosillo is an assistant professor of English at the University of Evansville. She holds a PhD in medieval literature from the University of California, Davis and a BA in English and Italian literature from Colby College. Her research and teaching interests include: medieval and early modern literature, feminist theories, medieval manuscript studies, poetics, and critical animal studies. She is currently working on a book, Hawking Women: Falconry, Gender, and the Poetics of Control in Medieval Literary Culture, and she has published essays in medieval, early modern, and theory journals and in a book on animals in medieval literature. Her Andiron lecture on medieval antisemitism and the literary genre, “Miracles of the Virgin,” derives from her interest in examining racial and gender biases in discourses from premodern to modern culture.
The most iconic woman in the Middle Ages graced love poems, the stage, stained glass windows, and even personal wax seals. Medieval depictions of the Virgin Mary offer an extraordinary picture of female power. Women from every social class viewed Mary as an exceptional saint but also—and crucially— as someone who shared something with all of them: she was a woman. Yet, at the height of her popularity in devotional literature, Mary became a violent tool in the hands of authors and audience: the persecutor of non-Christians in the literary genre “The Miracles of the Virgin.” How did a figure of motherhood and female power become such a dangerously powerful weapon? This widely popular genre demonstrates how sexism met racism in a premodern world. Tracing the racist weaponization of a female icon sheds light on our own society’s trouble with detecting the roots of oppression, especially when those roots are entangled in popular culture.
The lecture begins at 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Eykamp Hall (Room 252), Ridgway University Center
A social gathering with beverages begins at 3:45 p.m.
For further information, call Annette Parks at 812-488-1070
or the William L. Ridgway College of Arts and Sciences at 812-488-2589
Faculty Honored at Celebration of Teaching Excellence
Posted: May 8, 2019
The First Annual Celebration of Teaching Excellence was held on Monday, May 6, and honored faculty teaching accomplishments and activities in pedagogical development during the academic year. This was the first year that the Eykamp Center for Teaching Excellence offered two certificates for faculty members who met requirements of engagement and participation in ECTE sponsored events.
Faculty members earning the 2018-2019 New Faculty Engagement Certificate were:
Alison Jones, Lecturer/Transition to Teaching Coordinator, School of Education
Julie Merkle, Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biology
Sara Petrosillo, Assistant Professor of English, Department of English
Faculty members earning the 2018-2019 Teaching Development Certificate were:
Heather Fenton, Assistant Professor of Management, Schroeder School of Business Administration
Lisa Marie Hale, Assistant Professor of Education, School of Education
Jessie Lofton, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Mechanical and Civil Engineering
Mary Lombardo-Graves, Assistant Professor of Special Education, School of Education
Diana Rodríguez Quevedo, Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Foreign Languages and Cultures
Finally, the inaugural Leadership in Teaching Excellence Award was presented to Diana Rodríguez Quevedo, Associate Professor of Spanish, for her commitment to her personal teaching development, supporting the growth of others, and strengthening teaching excellence across the campus community.
Congratulations and thank you to all of our faculty colleagues for their commitment to teaching excellence at the University of Evansville!
The Celebration of Teaching Excellence was hosted by the Eykamp Center for Teaching Excellence and made possible with the generous support of Rita and Richard Eykamp.
Baines gives paper at Dublin Joyce Conference
Posted: April 15, 2019
Robert Baines, University of Evansville assistant professor of English, gave a paper at the "Finnegans Wake at 80" conference at Trinity College Dublin on April 11. The conference marked the anniversary of the publication of James Joyce's final novel. Baines' paper was titled "A Portrait of the Ondt as a Young Man."
Kurt Vonnegut and Hoosier Quality of Place to be topic of UE Lecture
Posted: March 19, 2019
The University of Evansville’s annual Chutney Literary Conference is set for April 5-6 on UE’s campus. UE students will be presenting critical papers, and will have the opportunity to win awards for their efforts.
The conference starts with the Melvin M. Peterson Literary Forum’s Hemminger-Brown Lecture on Friday, April 5. The lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Room 162 (Harkness Hall), Schroeder School of Business Building. The guest speaker will be Edward P. Comentale, professor of English, associate vice provost for arts and humanities, and director of the Arts and Humanities Council at Indiana University Bloomington. His topic will be “Kurt Vonnegut and Hoosier ‘Quality of Place.’”
Comentale is the author of Modernism, Cultural Production, and the British Avant-Garde and Sweet Air: Modernism, Regionalism, and American Popular Song. He co-edits a scholarly book series on fan cultures for Indiana University Press, through which he has published The Year’s Work in Lebowski Studies and The Year’s Work at the Zombie Research Center.
The conference ends on Saturday, April 6, with student panels planned for 9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., and noon in Rooms 271 and 272 in the Schroeder School of Business Building. The Grabill and Klinger Writing Prizes will also be awarded at this time.
For more information on UE’s annual Chutney Literary Conference, call 812-488-2963.
Posted: February 4, 2019
On February 14, professors Annette Parks, Sara Petrosillo, and Tiffany Griffith will present “Medieval Valentines,” a discussion of the medieval origins of Valentine’s Day, an Old Norse take on love, and the female eagle’s choice of suitor. The presentations will be from 4:00-6:00 p.m. in Room 250 in the Schroeder School of Business Building and from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in Room 203 in the library.
Petrosillo presents paper at MLA convention in Chicago
Posted: January 16, 2019
Sara Petrosillo, University of Evansville assistant professor of English, presented her research on medieval poetry and animals titled, "Species, Gender, and Falconry: Sexual Dimorphism as Poetic Form" at a science and literature session at the Modern Language Association convention in Chicago on January 3.
Petrosillo's presentation included original manuscript research conducted at the Vatican and University of Bologna, as well as observations from teaching literature about hawks and falconry in her fall 2018 FYS.
Petrosillo publishes journal article
Posted: October 16, 2018
Sara Petrosillo, University of Evansville assistant professor of English, recently published the article, "Flying, Hunting, Reading: Rethinking Falcon-Woman Comparisons" in a special issue on "Species and Gender" in the peer-reviewed journal Medieval Feminist Forum, vol. 54, no. 1, 2018, pp. 9-33.
Petrosillo gives paper at Medieval Studies conference
Posted: October 11, 2018
Sara Petrosillo, University of Evansville assistant professor of English, presented research on manuscripts at the 2018 Medieval Association of the Midwest Conference "Exploring Space in the Middle Ages."
The conference took place from October 4-6 Purdue University. Petrosillo's paper was titled, "Manuscript Space: Narrative Diminishment in Yonec and the Harley 978 Hawking Treatise."
Baines gives lecture in New Harmony
Posted: August 10, 2018
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
Posted: June 20, 2018
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
Posted: April 26, 2018
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
Posted: March 26, 2018
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
Posted: February 19, 2018
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
Posted: December 12, 2017
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
Posted: August 3, 2017
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
Posted: June 27, 2017
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
Posted: June 6, 2017
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
Posted: May 18, 2017
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
Posted: April 27, 2017
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
Posted: April 20, 2017
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
Posted: April 18, 2017
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
Posted: February 3, 2017
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
Posted: February 1, 2017
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
Posted: December 14, 2016
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
Posted: September 14, 2016
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
Posted: April 13, 2016
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
Posted: April 7, 2016
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
Posted: March 21, 2016
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.
Cirino co-authors book about Hemingway's childhood
Posted: March 17, 2016
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
Posted: March 1, 2016
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.
UE English Professor Publishes New Book on Ernest Hemingway
Posted: June 20, 2012
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 Arms, The 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.