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Archive for October, 2009

David Spiering and Anne Valente Read at Prout

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 29, 2009

MFA Candidates David Spiering and Anne Valente will read at Prout Chapel tonight (Thursday, October 29) as part of the Creative Writing Reading Series. The reading begins at 7:30 p.m.


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“The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover”

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 28, 2009

Literature professor and Renaissance scholar Dr. Stephannie Gearhart, who is teaching a unit on early modern Revenge Tragedies in this semester’s ENG 4060 English Renaissance Drama course has organized, along with a few of her students, a viewing of Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover (1989). She writes:

If you don’t know it, The Cook… is a Revenge Tragedy-inspired film. So, if you’re familiar with Titus Andronicus, The Revenger’s Tragedy, The Spanish Tragedy, or even plays like The Duchess of Malfi or The White Devil, you’ll have a sense of what you’re getting yourself into here. The movie stars Helen Mirren and Michael Gambon and is a fierce indictment of, among other things, the Thatcher years in Britain. It’s full of violence, excess, greed, sex, and more violence and is certainly not a movie for the weak-hearted. It’s absolutely beautiful and absolutely horrifying at the same time. (How’s that for appealing?)

The film viewing is on Friday October 30th 6:00-8:00 p.m. (approximate running time) in East Hall 114 and Stephannie extends an open invitation to anyone who’d like to attend. Because of limited space in East Hall 114, Stephannie requests that you please send her an email if you plan on attending. She can be reached at <>.

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Calling All Readers . . .

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 27, 2009

Please come to the Fourth Annual Halloween Reading hosted by Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, BGSU chapter. Questions? Contact Dr. Erin Labbie, <>, or Amanda Taylor, <>.


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B!G on Respect Writing Contest!

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 26, 2009

The BGSU Human Relations Commission Is pleased to announce the First Annual B!G on Respect Writing Contest! Submissions are being accepted through to December 19, 2009. Winners will be announced at the start of Spring semester. Any BGSU student, staff or faculty member can participate.

Essays, poems, short stories, raps—all genres are accepted. Writing must address the topic of respect. You can begin your submission with: “This I believe about respect . . .” There are no length requirements.

Submissions will be judged on the basis of relevance and strength of statement, creativity, and appeal to a BGSU audience. Submissions can be made online. You can also email submissions to Barbara Toth at in a Word document with your name and contact information. Of course, submissions must meet standards of academic honesty.

Prizes of $300, $200, and $100 BGSU Bookstore Certificates will be awarded.

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Ray Browne, 1922-2009

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 23, 2009


Dr. Raymond B. Browne, who was instrumental in establishing the first full-fledged department of popular culture in the United States at BGSU in 1973, died Oct. 22 at home in Bowling Green. He was 87.

Internationally recognized as a publisher and expert in popular culture, Browne is often credited with coining the term and as being among the first to propose its serious study.

Please click on the link for the complete obituary.

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Ohio Medieval Colloquium

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 21, 2009

medieval~bridalThis Saturday (October 24), BGSU will host the Ohio Medieval Colloquium which is sponsored by the Departments of English and History. Literature professor and medievalist Dr. Erin Labbie, one of the organizers of the colloqium, writes:

I hope you are able to come to one of the panels, even if you are not able to attend the full day. Many of our undergraduates and graduate students will be present, and we will hear papers from scholars around the state and the region. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students and faculty to gain a sense of the concerns that other scholars from the state of Ohio and its adjacencies are engaging.

Attendance at the colloquium is free and open to the public. All papers will be held in Room 315 of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Labbie, at

You can download the program (a Word file) here: The Ohio Medieval Colloquium

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Poet Rachel Zucker reads at Prout

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 21, 2009

authorPoet Rachel Zucker will read at Prout Chapel tomorrow night (Thursday, October 22) as part of the Creative Writing Reading Series. She is the author of The Bad Wife Handbook, The Last Clear Narrative, and Eating in the Underworld. Zucker is the winner of the Salt Hill Poetry Award and the Barrow Street Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including 3rd Bed, American Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Epoch, Fence, Iowa Review, Pleiades, and Prairie Schooner as well as in the Best American Poetry 2001 anthology.

Zucker has taught at Yale, NYU and Makor. From 2005-2007 she was the poet-in-residence at Fordham University. She is currently working on her fourth collection of poems, Museum of Accidents, which will be published by Wave Books in 2009.

The reading begins at 7:30 p.m.

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Blog for the National Day of Writing

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 20, 2009

map-promoThe BGSU Writing Center, COBL, and International Writing Centers Association have put together a blog (a series of blogs really—one for each time zone) to celebrate the National Day of Writing.

Check out the blogs: National/International. Add your words to the blog! Login for US map (username: dayonwriting/password: writing2009). Login for International map (username: intdayonwriting/password: writing2009).

For more information, check out the International Writing Centers Association website. Join in the blogging!

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Culture Club Presents “White Zombie” (1932)

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 19, 2009

“Tuesdays at the Gish,” a film series sponsored by The Culture Club, in association with the Department of Theatre and Film, continues tomorrow (Tuesday October 20, 2009) with a screening of Victor Halperin’s White Zombie (1932).

Long before 28 Days Later and Night of the Living Dead, Victor Halperin introduced the walking dead to the silver screen with White Zombie. Featuring Bela Lugosi as the evil-eyed Murder Legendre, a sinister plantation owner and voodoo sorcerer, the film weaves a diabolic web of infatuation, jealousy, and murder set in the rural cane fields of Haiti. Filmed on sets “borrowed” from the recently completed Dracula (1931) and Frankenstein (1931), Halperin’s inaugural entry into zombie cinema offers a haunting portrait of the racial anxieties that plagued the United States’ ill-fated occupation of Haiti from 1915 to 1934.

The screening begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Gish Film Theater in Hanna Hall.

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Interested in a Career in Law?

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 19, 2009

A degree in English is a popular choice for applicants to the nation’s law schools. If you are interested in a legal career, be sure to check out the Law School Fair in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union on Monday October 26. Representatives from many law schools — including Toledo, OSU, Cincinnati, and others from across the region and the country — will be there.

This is a great chance to get one-on-one time with law school reps, ask questions, get information, and figure out which school might be right for you. No matter where you are in the law school process, this is an event you don’t want to miss!

The Law School Fair runs from 1pm to 4pm, Monday, Oct. 26, in 202B BTSU (half of the ballroom). No RSVP or registration is needed.

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