English Major is a Fiction Contest Finalist


Congratulations to English major Julia Gagliardi, FCRH’19, who has been named a finalist in the Southhampton Stony Brook Short Fiction Contest for her story “The Chapel of Love” and was recently among those selected as a Creative Writing Concentrator. 

Storytelling of all sorts is close to Julia’s heart––she writes powerfully and persuasively in creative writing classes about her Irish aunts and is a story-telling mentor and founding member of “Our Story,” an event featuring student storytellers who create and share their personal stories with a live audience.

The third “Our Story” event was held Monday, November 12 at Rose Hill, during which Julia told the audience, “This is a chance for students to share uninterrupted stories, share authentically, and share truthful stories from their life.”

For more on Julia, click here:


Professor Phil Sicker Pens Book on James Joyce

Cambridge University Press recently published Professor Sicker’s book Ulysses, Film and Visual Culture. This highly original analysis of Ulysses took Professor Sicker over a decade to complete, and several of the chapters emerged from his experience teaching Ulysses in Fordham graduate classes and from his co-editorship of Joyce Studies Annual. 

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The book's cover image comes from a mutoscope flip-book––a hand-cranked, proto-cinematic device that Joyce mentions in the salacious "Nausciaa" episode. The title of this particular "men's only" arcade feature is "Kicking Willie's Hat," and Professor Sticker was fortunate that the Museum of Modern Art had a copy. Within this scenario, the women are kicking at a man's top hat and, in the process, rewarding the voyeuristic viewer with a flashes of their legs and undergarments.

Cambridge University Press summarizes that “Philip Sicker explores the phenomenon of sight from a wide-ranging set of perspectives: eighteenth-century epistemology (Locke and Berkeley), theories of the flaneur (Baudelaire and Benjamin), Italian Futurist art (Marinetti and Boccioni), photography (Barthes and Sontag), and the silent films Joyce watched in Dublin and Trieste. The concept of 'spectacle' as a mechanically-constructed visual experience informs Sicker's examination of mediated perception and emerges as a hallmark of modernist culture itself. This study is an important contribution to the growing interest in how deeply the philosophy and science of visual perception influenced modernism.”

Congratulations to Professor Sicker on this significant achievement.

Fordham PhD Alum Inspiring Undergrads Through Collaboration

Recent PhD graduate Kate Nash inspires students every day in Boston University’s General Studies Program. Collaborating with computer engineering and psychology undergraduate students on her various projects, Dr. Nash is leading the next generation of thinkers and researchers, while also gleaning new perspectives from students of a wide variety of disciplines.

Nash is currently working on a critical analysis of Muriel Spark’s 1963 novel, The Girls of Slender Means, and she’s employed the help of Psychology/English major Coleen Ilano, to collect research materials for the project.

Kate Nash with Coleen Ilano.

Kate Nash with Coleen Ilano.

Ilano says she loves her classes with Nash—so the project was a perfect fit: “I am able to learn more about the subjects I love while also being able to assist a professor who I greatly admire and respect.” Ilano says that working on this project has taught her “the ways that women in fiction can exercise agency and maintain autonomy over their bodies” even when those acts might also conform to “restrictive social standards.”

Nash is also collaborating with her students on a book she’s writing “on how twentieth-century writers—among them Virginia Woolf, Betty Miller, and Muriel Spark—incorporated wartime food ephemera into their fiction. During the austere years of World War I and World War II, governments aimed to manage food consumption through mass-media campaigns. Nash looks at how women writers incorporate these propaganda materials—from posters to infant feeding manuals to domestic pamphlets—into their writing as they confront how the state regulates femininity and the female body in service of the nation. In the books that Nash studies, young women use chocolate as a form of currency during the hungry years of wartime London, and a restaurant meal becomes a symbol of racial discrimination.”

For more information on Kate Nash and her current projects go here:


12/7: Golden Gloves Literary Competition & Fair

Join us on Friday, December 7th, as we celebrate student writing at the annual Golden Gloves Literary Competition and Fair.

In this year’s competition, student writers from every creative writing class will present a piece they have worked on over the course of the semester. Writers will have the opportunity to win one of three prizes: Ram d'Or, Best Experiment, and Audience Favorite.

The Literary Fair will feature publications from both Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses, including The Ampersand, Bricolage, and The Comma. Meet the editors of these esteemed publications and learn about student contributor opportunities.

The event will take place from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the 12th Floor Lounge at the Lincoln Center campus.

Look forward to an evening of creativity and literary excellence!

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Doctoral Student Field Report: From the School of Criticism and Theory

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This past summer, Josh Rome, a fourth-year English PhD student, attended the School of Criticism and Theory (SCT) at Cornell University. Josh participated in a six-week seminar on “Adorno’s Aesthetic Theory.” His time at SCT afforded him the chance to expand and refine his inquiry into Adorno’s aesthetic thought, which has proven particularly useful to Josh as he works on his dissertation, “Discursive Interventions: Ordinary Language Engagements in Postwar and Contemporary American Poetry.”

The SCT provides an unparalleled opportunity for students interested in intensive study in critical theory. Fordham GSAS sponsors one graduate student each summer, covering the SCT tuition and offering a cost-of-living stipend. The SCT holds four seminars each summer, each of which meets twice a week –– past seminars have focused on topics such as “Reading the Social World: Observation, Description, Interpretation,” “Intersubjective Acts: Psychoanalysis and Politics,” and “Genealogies of Memory and Perception: Literature and Photography.” In addition, the SCT hosts mini-seminars and guest lecturers throughout the session. Recent guest lectures include Homi Bhabha on “Statelessness and Death,” and Amanda Anderson on “Political Psychology: Theory and Doxa.”

In Josh’s experience, however, the intellectual life of the SCT extends far beyond the classroom or lecture hall. Students from various disciplines converge from around the world for the summer session, providing an invaluable opportunity for lively conversations among an array of fields and methodologies. Josh describes the experience as “more than just networking. It’s an ongoing conversation for six weeks about a field in which you’re deeply invested –– and this happens not just at the seminar table, but at picnics and social gatherings. It’s an experience you don’t get often.”

For more information about the STC’s upcoming 2019 session, including a list of seminars, mini-seminars, guest lecturers, and application requirements, please visit:


And click here for more information about Fordham’s Graduate English programs.

By John Miele

String Quartet to Perform Music by Prof. Lawrence Kramer

You are invited to an evening of new music for string quartet by four present-day composers: Valerie Coleman, Jeff Myers, Matthew Welch, and Lawrence Kramer, Distinguished Professor of English and Music at Fordham.

The music covers a broad spectrum of expressive possibilities, from Coleman's groove-based propulsion to Myers musical portrait of trading on Wall Street, Welch's transformation of a bagpipe melody, and Kramer's evocation of the night sky. 

Friday, November 16th at 7:30pm. Fordham Lincoln Center, 12th Floor Lounge. Admission is free.

For more information, see below.

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For more information about Professor Kramer’s music, click here: http://musicbylawrencekramer.com/19101.html

Symposium: Waiting for Godot

You’re invited to join us for a symposium on one of the great works of world literature, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, a work that is as fresh and resonant today as it was when it debuted in Paris in 1953. 

The Iconic Druid Theater Company is in town to perform Beckett’s irreverent masterpiece, and they’ll be on hand to join in the discussion with several leading Beckett scholars. Details below.

We hope to see you there!  

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