Rice University

Department of English

Past Department Events

2006-07 Visiting Scholars
Lecture Series
PostHumanities Lecture Series
Spring 2007

Judith Roof, Professor of English, Michigan State University
"Panda Porn, Children, Google, and Other Fantasies"
March 12, 2007

Camden Lecture Series
Spring 2007

Linda Charnes, Associate Professor of English, Indiana University-Bloomington.
Thursday through Saturday, April 19-21, 2007.

Distinguished Professor Lecture Series
Fall 2006

Thomas Pfau, Eads Family Professor of English & Professor of German and Germanic Languages & Literature, from Duke University as part of the Cagle Lecture Series will present "Coleridge's Catastrophic Modernity" Friday, November 10th,
4:00 pm, Rayzor Hall 123.

Prof. Pfau will also meet with graduate students in the department lounge, from
1:30-3:00 p.m. Friday, November 10th.

A native of Germany, Thomas Pfau began his academic career in 1980 as a student of History and Literature at the University of Constance. In 1982, he came to the U.S. where, at UC-Irvine, he joined the Graduate Program in Comparative Literature and Theory. In 1985, he continued his studies in the Comparative Literature Program at SUNY-Buffalo where he received his Ph.D. in 1989 with a dissertation on self-consciousness in Romantic poetry and theory (Wordsworth, Shelley, et al.). Since then, his main interests have broadened to include a large array of Romantic writers -philosophical, literary, historical- in England and Germany. His published work has explored such questions as paranoia as an mediation of historically induced anxiety (in Blake, Godwin and the 1794 Treason Trials); moral speech as performance (in Hegel and J. L. Austin); problems of historicism in contemporary Romantic Studies and the work of Walter Benjamin; the Romantic conception of textual interpretation (in Schleiermacher). Besides translating and editing two volumes of theoretical writings by Hölderlin and Schelling, he also edited two essay collections on English Romanticism . Following his 1997 book, Wordsworth's Profession (Stanford UP), his most recent study of English and German Romanticism, entitled Romantic Moods: Paranoia, Trauma, and Melancholy, 1794-1840 is forthcoming from Johns Hopkins University Press.

FALL 2005

Eric Sundquist “From Afro-Zionism to Anti-Zionism: Blacks and Jews in the 1960’s” on Friday, November 18, 4:00-6:00 pm in Herring Hall, Room 100.

Eric J. Sundquist is UCLA Foundation Professor of Literature and a member of the Department of English. He received his B.A. from the University of Kansas (1974) and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University (1978). Professor Sundquist is the author or editor of eight books in the area of American literature and culture, including To Wake the Nations: Race in the Making of American Literature (1993), which received the James Russell Lowell Prize from the Modern Language Association for best book published during the year, the Christian Gauss Award from Phi Beta Kappa for the best book in the humanities, and the Choice Outstanding Academic Book Award. His other works include Home as Found: Authority and Genealogy in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (1978), Faulkner: The House Divided (1983), The Hammers of Creation: Folk Culture in Modern African-American Fiction (1992), the co-authored Volume 2 of the Cambridge History of American Literature (1995), and essay collections or anthologies on American Realism, Frederick Douglass, Mark Twain, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Ralph Ellison. Strangers in the Land: Blacks, Jews, Post-Holocaust America is forthcoming from Harvard University Press in Fall 2005.

Werner Sollars “Foreign Affair: Notes toward a Cultural History of the American Occupation of Germany after World War II” on Friday, December 2, 2005, from 4:00-6:00 pm in the Humanities Bldg, Room 117.

Werner Sollors earned the Dr. Phil. degree at the Freie Universität Berlin in 1975 and taught at Berlin, at Columbia University, and at the Universita` degli Studi di Venezia. He now holds the Henry B. and Anne M. Cabot Chair as Professor of English and Professor of African-American Studies at Harvard University. In 2000 he was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, in 2005 Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. His publications include Beyond Ethnicity: Consent and Descent in American Literature and Culture (1986), Neither Black Nor White Yet Both: Thematic Explorations of Interracial Literature (1997), and a book-length contribution on “Ethnic Modernism” to volume 6 of Sacvan Bercovitch’s Cambridge History of American Literature (2003). Electronic publications: “Americans All!” http://www.nyupress.org/americansall , “From ‘English-Only’ to ‘English-Plus’ in American Studies” http://www.georgetown.edu/crossroads/interroads/sollors1.html , and “Good-bye Germany” http://repositories.cdlib.org/ucbgerman/transit/vol1/iss1/art50902/


Apollo Amoko, Friday, March 4th, 2005
Professor Amoko will be giving his talk on "The Aesthetics of Crisis: Postcolonial Atrophy, School Culture and Radical Politics." He talk is co-sponsored by the Department of English and the Center for the Study of Cultures, 4 pm, Humanities Bldg, Room 117, with a reception to follow.

Apollo Amoko, a former Rice Ph.D. student, is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Florida.

Ania Loomba, Camden Guest Lecturer, February 18th, 2005
"Re-Orienting the Renaissance: The View From Agra."
The lecutre will be at 4 pm in Rayzor Hall, room 123.

Ania Loomba is the Cathering Bryson Professor of English at University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Gender, Race, Renaissance Drama (1989), Colonialism/Postcolonialism (1998), and Shakespeare, Race and Colonialism (2002), as well as co-editor of Postcolonial Shakespeare (1998) and Postcolonial Studies and Beyond (forthcoming from Duke University Press).