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§ Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 5:00pm - President's Dining Room, Lowenstein 12th Floor (Lincoln Center)
The Literary Studies May Colloquium: Film and the Humanities.

Speakers: P. Adams Sitney (Princeton University), Dan Streible (NYU) and Lynne Tillman (Writer-in-Residence, the University of Albany). Respondent: Mark Street (Fordham University).

P. Adams Sitney, "Virgilian Cinema"
I will talk about the Tavianis' Padre padrone (1977) as a didactic spectacle. I will attempt to situate the film in its historical context and to show how the filmmakers embedded the narrative of Sardinian shepherds' self-education in a larger context of European literary culture. In so doing, I would hope to suggest how such cultural history plays a role in the teaching of cinema.
Suggested readings:
- Padre padrone, DVD, directed by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani (1977). New York: Fox Lorber, 1998.

- Millicent
Marcus. "The Tavianis' Padre padrone: The Critical Acquisition of Codes." Filmmaking by the Book: Italian Cinema and Literary Adaptation. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1993. 156-78.

Dan Streible,
"Archival Moving Image Revival and the History of Everything"
The orphan film phenomenon has been one part of an archival revival apparent in the film world in the last decade. The orphan film project to identify, save, and exhibit neglected works overlaps with newer research interests among historians of film and of everything filmed. Nontheatrical genres represent an object of study not yet integrated into broad histories of the medium. To vivify the transformative potential of such material, we will view a five-minute outtake from a newsreel story NYC Street Scenes and Noises (Fox Movietone News, 1929).

Suggested readings:
- Dan Streible. “The State of Orphan Films,” editor’s introduction, The Moving Image 9.1 (Spring 2009): 1-13.
- Dan Streible. “The Role of Orphan Films in the 21st Century Archive,” Cinema Journal 46.3 (Spring 2007): 124-28.
- The Orphan Film Symposium website, Click through to read descriptions of films and presentation.
- Information also at

Lynne Tillman, "Untitled"

Suggested reading:
-Lynne Tillman, "Other Movies"

[This event is co-sponsored by Literary Studies, Women's Studies at LC, and the Fordham College Lincoln Center Dean's Women's Studies Challenge Grant.]

§ Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 5:30pm - Modern Languages and Literatures Conference Room, Faber Hall 5th Floor (Rose Hill)
The 2009-2010 Comparative Literature Senior Project Roundtable

Students presenting: Jared Magee, "Homo Narrans: Creative Force and Fabled Life" - Nina Skorupski, "The Seduction of Sensationalism: Sarah Baartman and the Hottentot Venus" - Elizabeth Walle, "The Problem with Qualities: Questions of Truth and Self from Musil to Facebook".

§ Monday, April 26, 2010 - 4:00pm - South Lounge, Lowenstein (Lincoln Center)
"The Life We Were Given: Operation Babylift, International Adoption, and the Children of War in Vietnam"
A talk by Dana Sachs

Dana Sachs is the author of The House on Dream Street: Memoir of an American Woman in Vietnam (Algonquin, 2000), the novel If You Lived Here (William Morrow, 2007), and The Life We Were Given: Operation Babylift, International Adoption, and the Children of War in Vietnam (Beacon Press, 2010). With Nguyen Nguyet Cam, Sachs compiled Two Cakes Fit for a King: Folktales from Vietnam (University of Hawaii Press, 2003). With Bac Hoai Tran, she translated The Stars, the Earth, the River: Short Fiction by Le Minh Khue (Curbstone, 1996). Her essays, articles and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic, The International Herald Tribune, and The Huffington Post. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the MFA program at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, she is the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation and the Bread Loaf Writers Conference. She teaches at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

[This event is co-sponsored by the Programs in Literary Studies, Women's Studies at LC and American Studies, the History Department, and the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA).]

§ Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 4:00-7:00pm - Lowenstein Room 309 (Lincoln Center)
Presentation of Italian Poetry Review (IPR) and bilingual poetry reading (in English and Italian)

Download the event program here.

[This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, the Literary Studies Program and the Arts & Sciences Faculty at Fordham University, and the Department of Italian and the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University. In collaboration with Poets Out Loud (Fordham University).]

§ Thursday, April 15, 2010 - A Different Book Presents: James McBride, The Color of Water
12:00-1:30pm, Cafeteria Atrium (Lincoln Center) -
Student address and Q&A
5:00pm, Flom Auditorium, Walsh Library (Rose Hill) -
Reading & Book Signing

James McBride is a writer and composer. His memoir, The Color of Water (Riverhead/Putnam), is an American literary classic. It was on The New York Times bestseller list for more than two years, and is read in colleges across America. He is also the author of Miracle at St. Anna (Riverhead 2003), a novel. He is a former staff writer for The Wilmington (Del.) News Journal, The Boston Globe, People Magazine, and The Washington Post (Style Section). His work has appeared in The New York Times and Rolling Stone. He holds several honorary doctorates and has lectured at various venues across America.

[This event is made possible through the generosity of Kenneth and Frances K. Reid and the sponsorship of the English and African & African American Studies Departments, and the Creative Writing, American Studies and Literary Studies Programs at Fordham.]

§ Monday, March 22, 2010 - 1:00pm - Keating Hall 116 (Rose Hill)
"The Unspeakable Past": Sex in American Literature Before Wilde
A lecture by Peter Coviello (Bowdoin College)

Peter Coviello is Associate Professorof English and Chair of the English Department at Bowdoin College. He is the author of Intimacy in America: Dreams of Affiliation in Antebellum Literature (University of Minnesota Press, 2005) and editor of Walt Whitman's Memoranda During the War (Oxford University Press, 2004).

[This event is co-sponsored by the American Studies Program, the English Department, and the Literary Studies Program.]

§ Thursday, March 4, 2010 - 5:30pm - Dealy Hall 201 (Rose Hill)
"Repackaging the Banlieues: Malik Chibane's Urban Trilogy"
A lecture by Vinay Swamy (Vassar College)

Vinay Swamy's research focuses on French and Francophone literary traditions and their intersection with political and cultural histories, as well as the construction of social identities in contemporary France. His articles on literature and cinema have appeared in Contemporary French and Francophone Studies, Yale French Studies, Comparative Literature Studies, and Studies in French Cinema.

[This event is organized by Literary Studies, and co-sponsored by the Middle East Studies Program and the Modern Languages & Literatures Department,in conjunction with the French course "Francophone Voices from North Africa" taught by Dr. Lise Schreier at Rose Hill.]

§ Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 5:00pm - 12th Fl. Lounge, Lowenstein (Lincoln Center)
"Dante and Boccaccio: Mythographers of Modernity"
A lecture by Pier Massimo Forni (Johns Hopkins University)

Pier Massimo Forni is professor of Italian at JohnsHopkins. He has edited and written extensively on the works of Giovanni Boccaccio, Dante, Petrarch, and on modern Italian poetry. He was a co-founder and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Civility project and continues to publish on the topic of civility. His major contributions in this area include Choosing Civility: The 25 Rules of Considerate Conduct (St. Martin's Press, 2002) and The Civility Solution: What to Do When People Are Rude (St. Martin's Griffin, 2009).

[This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Medieval Studies, the Literary Studies Program, and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. Funds generously provided by the Dean of Arts & Sciences Faculty.]

§ Friday, February 12, 2010 -4:00pm- 12th Fl. Lounge, Lowenstein (Lincoln Center)
"Sex is Deadly Boring"
A conversation with Simon Critchley (New School)

This presentation is part of the Graduate English Association (GEA) conference on Sex, Death, and Boredom.

§ Wednesday, February 3, 2010 - 3:00pm - Lowenstein Room 502 (Lincoln Center)
"The Talented Miss Highsmith"

A book talk with Patricia Highsmith biographer, Joan Schenkar

"Desire, duplicity, guilt - Schenkar plots her innovative biography around the obsessions that mark Highsmith's life and work. This event is a must for fans and writers of crime fiction and biography alike" (from the event poster).

[This event is co-sponsored by the programs in Literary Studies and American Studies, and the English Department.]

§ Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - 3:00pm - University Commons, Duane (Rose Hill)
Panel Discussion: "On Krzysztof Kieslowski's Decalogue"
with Moshe Gold and Joseph Kickasola. Moderated by Eva Badowska.

Moshe Gold
is Associate Professor of English and the Director of the Writing Program at Fordham University (Rose Hill). He is the co-editor of Joyce Studies Annual and has published in Representation, Joyce Studies Annual, James Joyce Quarterly, Symploke, ELT, and Criticism.

Joseph Kickasola is Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Baylor University and the Director of the Baylor Communication in New York program in New York City. He is the author of The Films of Krzysztof Kieslowski: The Liminal Image (Continuum, 2004). His articles have appeared in Quarterly Review of Film and Video and The Journal of Moving Image Studies.

[This event is organized by the Literary Studies Program in conjunction with the capstone seminar in Comparative Literature, COLI 4125-Kieslowski in Theory and History, taught by Dr. Eva Badowska at Rose Hill.]

§ Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 3:30pm - University Commons, Duane (Rose Hill)

If you are thinking of going to graduate school, join us for the Graduate School Workshop and meet faculty members from Yale, U Conn and Fordham, and Fordham alumni. They will give you expert advice and answer various questions on the application process. Panelists include Maria Farland (English, Fordham University), Pericles Lewis (English and Comparative Literature, Yale University), Daniel Soyer (History, Fordham University), Theodore Van Alst (Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, University of Connecticut-Storrs) and Tom Callahan (FCRH '07, M.A. Candidate in Russian and Slavic Studies, NYU).

[This event is organized by the Literary Studies Program. Funding generously provided by the Dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill.]

§ Wednesday, November 4, 2009 - 3:00pm - Flom Auditorium, Walsh Library (Rose Hill)
Film Screening: "My Father My Lord," directed by David Volach (2007) - 72 min., in Hebrew with English subtitles.

Introductory remarks by Moshe Gold, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Writing Program at Rose Hill.

[This event is organized by the Literary Studies Program in conjunction with the seminar in Comparative Literature on Krzysztof Kieslowski's Decalogue

§ Friday, October 30, 2009 - 10:00am - University Commons, Duane (Rose Hill)
"Global Latin America: Writers in Conversation" with Mayra Santos-Febres, Fernando Iwasaki and Cristina Rivera Garza.

Selected readings will be circulated beforehand. Please email for PDF copies. Event in Spanish.

[This event is co-sponsored by the programs in Latin American & Latino Studies and Literary Studies, and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures with support from the Dean of Arts and Sciences Faculty and theFordham College Rose Hill Dean's Office.]

§ Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 1:00pm - Faculty Lounge, McGinley Center (Rose Hill)
"White Gypsies: Racing for Modernity in Spanish Popular Musical Film"
A lecture by Eva Woods Peiró (Vassar College)

Eva Woods Peiró is assistant professor of Hispanic Studies at Vassar. Her research focuses on race, identity and cultural representations of ethnicity in 20th-century Spain.

[This event is s
ponsored by the programs in Literary Studies and Latin American & Latino Studies, and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.]

§ Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 5:00pm - O'Hare Special Collections, Walsh Library (Rose Hill)
"Battling the 'Cambodian Syndrome': Cambodian/American Memory, Politics, and Youth Activism"
A lecture by Cathy Schlund-Vials (University of Connecticut, Storrs)

Cathy Schlund-Vials is assistant professor of English and Asian American Studies at the University of Connecticut. Her research and teaching interests include immigrant and refugee narratives, Asian and ethnic American literature, 19th century American literature, Asian American/ethnic/cultural studies, American realism, and modern and contemporary American literature and drama.

[This event is sponsored by the programs in American Studies and Literary Studies, and the Departments of African and African American Studies, English and History.]

§ Monday, October 5, 2009 - 6:00pm - Plaza View Room, Lowenstein 12th Floor (Lincoln Center)
"On Making Literary History: The Case of Lafayette's Impossible Princess"
A lecture by Nicholas Paige (University of California, Berkeley)

Nicholas Paige is associate professor of French at Berkeley. He teaches courses ranging from Classical comedy and early modern conceptions of selfhood to detective fiction and films of the New Wave. His publications include: "Permanent Re-Enchantements: On Some Literary Uses of the Supernatural from Early Empiricism to Modern Aesthetics" (in The Re-Enchantment of the World: Secular Magic in a Rational Age, Stanford 2009); “Proto-Aesthetics and the Theatrical Image,” Papers on Seventeenth-Century French Literature 69 (2008); “Rousseau’s Readers Revisited: The Aesthetics of La Nouvelle Héloise,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 42.1 (2008); Lafayette’s Zayde: A Spanish Romance, (trans., University of Chicago Press, 2006); Being Interior: Autobiography and the Contradictions of Modernity in Seventeenth-Century France (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001).

[This event is co-sponsored by the Literary Studies Program and the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.]

§ Friday, September 18, 2009 - 2:00-4:00pm - Faculty Lounge, McGinley Center (Rose Hill)
Creative Writing Orientation and Ice Cream Social

This event is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program of the English Department and BRICOLAGE, the student journal of the Literary Studies Program.

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