Fordham Teaching Fellow Releases Book

Congratulations to Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow and English PhD alum Caroline Hagood, whose book Ways of Looking at a Woman will be released March 1st by Hanging Loose Press, the same publishing house that launched such notable authors as Maggie Nelson and Sherman Alexie.

In Ways of Looking at a Woman, a book-length essay that interweaves memoir with film and literary history, Hagood assumes the role of detective to ask, what is a “woman,” “mother,” and “writer”? By turns smart, funny, and poignant, Ways of Looking at a Woman is a profound meditation on the many mysterious layers that make up both a book and a person.

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Here’s what people are saying:

“A profoundly unique and honest piece of work, somehow executed with an astonishing lack of ego. She will break your heart with her naked sincerity; a masterful, singular writer who sheds light with every page.”

—Mary-Louise Parker

“This book is for the poetry lovers whose brains have gone fractured after childbirth, fractured by love and focus and television and books, every influence jostling for precious space. Is this a poem? Is it a memoir? Is it a book on art and motherhood and love? Yes. I’ll shelve it next to Maggie Nelson, on the shelf marked Necessary.”

—Emma Straub

“A riveting portrait of a mind at work. Referencing high and low culture, family, academic syllabi, and most importantly, her body, Hagood has made something entirely new and all her own.”

—Elisa Albert

Congratulations to Dr. Hagood on this fantastic accomplishment. For more information on her book, click here: http://hangingloosepress.com/newtitles.html

Professor Keller's New Book

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Fordham Professor Eve Keller and University of Maryland Professor Kimberly Anne Coles have co-edited The Routledge Companion to Women, Sex, and Gender in the Early British Colonial World.

All of the essays in this volume capture the body in a particular attitude: in distress, vulnerability, pain, pleasure, labor, health, reproduction, or preparation for death. They attend to how the body’s transformations affect the social and political arrangements that surround it. And they show how apprehension of the body – in social and political terms – gives it shape.

Professor Keller is the author of Generating Bodies and Gendered Selves: The Rhetoric of Reproduction in Early-Modern England (University of Washington Press, 2007) and co-author of Two Rings (PublicAffairs, 2012), which has been published in seven languages. Past president of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, she is currently President of the Fordham University Faculty Senate and Director of the Honors Program at Fordham College at Rose Hill.

Congratulations to Professor Keller. For more information on Women, Sex, and Gender in the Early British Colonial World, click here: Women, Sex, and Gender in Early British Colonial World.

Professor Bly's Book Named Best of 2018

Congratulations to Mary Bly (pen name Eloisa James), whose novel Too Wilde to Wed has been named one of the ten best books of 2018 by Apple Books.


From Apple: “In 2018, Apple Books launched as a brand new app, making it effortless for iPhone and iPad users to discover and enjoy books and audiobooks. This year Apple Books celebrates works from a diverse group of authors,” including There There by Tommy Orange and American Marriage by Tayari Jones.

Too Wilde to Wed, a novel Booklist says marries “potent sensuality with a deliciously dry sense of humor,” also debuted at #7 on the New York Times best seller list and was picked as one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Month.

Congrats again to Professor Bly on this fabulous accomplishment.

Professor McEleney Wins MLA Prize

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Congratulations to Professor Corey McEleney, whose book Futile Pleasures: Early Modern Literature and the Limits of Utility received Honorable Mention for the 2018 MLA Prize for a First Book.

The MLA committee’s citation for Professor McEleney’s book reads:

“Futile Pleasures: Early Modern Literature and the Limits of Utility argues that the tensions inherent in Renaissance concepts of poetic value characterize the current crisis in the humanities and, indeed, have also shaped the terms in which that crisis can be addressed. Whereas the queer, the effete, the useless, and the idle have long been associated with pleasure, the robust, the masculine, the useful, and the active have been associated with literary utility and social and political relevance, and Corey McEleney shows that it is to this second side of the equation that defenses of literature invariably tend. Futile Pleasures is a subtle and eloquent investigation into the early modern roots of discussions about the most pressing academic debate of our time—the relevance of literary studies.”

For more about Professor McEleney’s marvelous book, click here: https://www.fordhampress.com/9780823272662/futile-pleasures/


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.

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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