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Archive for December, 2009

“Burgeoning Explorations in Literary and Textual Analysis”

Posted by bgsuenglish on December 9, 2009

Graduate students in Dr. Erin Labbie‘s ENG 6010 will be hosting a mini-conference that will take place over two days (Thursday, December 10 and Wednesday, December 16). The conference is a culmination of the student’s work this semester, and it is a chance to practice their performance locally before giving papers at National Conferences in the spring.

Burgeoning Explorations in Literary and Textual Analysis

Part 1 – Thursday, December 10, 2:30pm – 6:00 pm; East Hall, Room 306

2:30-300: Dr. Erin Labbie, “Literary and Cultural Studies Research Methods Course Review: English, Textual Power, Ideological Structures, and the University in a Global Economy”
3:00-3:30: Elizabeth Sherwood, “Faces of Evil and Fear in True Blood”
3:30-4:00: Ashlie Dabbs, “The Worst of Both Worlds”

4:00-4:30: Break (Class Evaluations)

4:30-5:00: Matt Dauphin, “Pushing Daisies Away: Community Through Isolation”
5:00-5:30: Shuqing Guo, “Power and Performance in Farewell my Concubine
5:30-6:00: Scott Sundvall, “Cyberculture and Schizoanalysis”

Informal Reception at Reverend’s, 6:15ish-7:ish

Part 2 – Wednesday, December 16, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm; East Hall, Lounge

10:00-10:30: Tiffany Le Roi, “Conventions of Late-18th – Early 19th- Century Society: Transgressions and their Consequences in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility and Emma
10:30-11:00: Peter Schank, “Philip, Pip, Handel, and Pip: Changing Names and Establishing Identity in Great Expectations
11:00-11:30: Sophie Kottmayer, “Living Nostalgia: Brian Friel’s Translations”

11:30-12:15: Break (Lunch)

12:15-12:45: Xiadong Liu, “Two-way Traffic—A Study of the Collaboration of Cultural Hegemony from the Perspective of the Recipients”
12:45-1:15: Albert Bereznay, “Heresy, Canonicity, and Medieval Ideology within Contemporary Literary Studies, A Work in Progress”
1:15-1:45: Laurel Adams, “Can You Feel Me? The Transmission of Affect in Contemporary Poetry”

All faculty and students, friends and family are welcome to attend.


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Fiction writer Mike Czyzniejewski named 2010 NEA grant recipient

Posted by bgsuenglish on December 9, 2009

We are very pleased to announce that fiction writer Michael Czyzniejewski, Instructor in Creative Writing and General Studies Writing and one of two Editors-in-Chief of the Mid-American Review, has been awarded one of just 42 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowships for 2010. The grant represents a significant and prestigious honor, both for Mike personally and the Department as a whole.

Congratulations Mike, from all your friends in East Hall!

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Creative Writing program in the news

Posted by bgsuenglish on December 2, 2009

Wendell Mayo, Director of the Creative Writing program, passes along several pieces of good news:

Mark Berman, an alumnus of both the BA English and MFA Creative Writing programs (MFA 1976), has received a letter from the President’s Office informing him that he has been named one of the 100 most prominent BGSU alumni, as part of BGSU’s Centennial. Besides being a talented poet, Mark has gone on to distinguish himself in the fields of law and finance. Mark will be on campus on April 2010 to be recognized.

Mark Berman is founder and CEO of CompliGlobe Ltd, a firm that advises and conducts training programs for hedge funds, investment managers, issuers, regulators and multi-national banks and brokers in Europe and Asia on SEC practice outside the United States. Mark is author of An Introduction to Hedge Funds (Risk Books, 2007), A Practitioner’s Guide to SEC Regulation Outside the United States (City and Financial Publishing, 1998) and has edited and contributed to SEC Regulation Outside the United States (6th ed. Risk Books, 2007) and Hedge Funds & Prime Brokers (2nd ed. Risk Books, 2010). Mark graduated from Bowling Green University with his B.A. in English and M.F.A. in Creative Writing (1976). He is also a member of the British Softball Foundation Hall of Fame.

It is interesting to note that a few years back, February 2004 issue, the Harvard Business Review listed “The MFA is the new MBA” as one of its breakthrough ideas for the year.

In other news, the following writers and works submitted have been nominated for the 2010 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Intro Awards:


Courtney Jade Ramsey, “The Rain Taps the Concrete Like Piano Keys”
Rachael Sample, two poems, “Remember” and “Temperance”


Anne Valente, “Minivan”


Courtney Ramsey, “Things Not Seen”

Let’s keep our digits crossed for them–winners will be contacted in the spring of 2010. Each will receive an award letter, publication in a participating journal, and a $100 cash honorarium. Winning works will appear in the fall or winter issues of Hayden’s Ferry Review, Mid-American Review, Colorado Review, Puerto del Sol, Controlled Burn, Quarterly West, Tampa Review, and Artful Dodge.

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