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Celebration of Poetry -- Wednesday, April 18

Readings --- Speakings --- Poeticizings 
from students and faculty

Featured Speaker:  Dr. Gil Gigliotti

Marcus White Living Room
Refreshments at 7:15 p.m.
Festivities at 7:30 p.m.

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URCAD 2018 

This year, we will have three graduate students representing English at the University Research and Creative Achievement Day (URCAD). The event will take place on April 9th in the Student Center at CCSU. Opening Remarks begin at 12:45 PM.
Below is information about our three English representatives. Times and locations are provided for each student:

As the recipient of the Graduate Research Award, Jennifer Lavoie (advised by Dr. Aimee Pozorski) will speak about her thesis project, “The Evolution of AIDS Narratives: Borrowed Time, Body Counts, and The Nearness of Others” which examines how and why the style of AIDS memoirs evolved with the advancement of medicine. Looking at three distinct memoirs from the beginning of the AIDS crisis to the present day, Lavoie has found that, while medicine may have advanced, there is also a cultural and political shift that harms the HIV positive community even as medicine heals it. Through close readings of Borrowed Time by Paul Monette, Body Counts by Sean Strub, and The Nearness of Others by David Caron, Lavoie illuminates how the genre’s style changes and what significance this has for the literary community. (1:20 p.m. in the Bellin Galleries)

MJ Martinez (advised by Dr. Stuart Barnett) will present her thesis project, "Under the Veil: The Genealogy of Traditional Marital Norms in the Romance Narrative." Her thesis project examines the presence of traditional marriage practices in contemporary novels. By examining three primary texts: Pamela (1740), Pride and Prejudice (1813), and Twilight (2005), Martinez finds that despite the time period or location, there are particular mores professed. However, these ideals may not be obvious to the reader as they are "veiled" and disguised in order to adapt to cultural shifts. (4:00 p.m. in the Camp Room)

Cecilia Gigliotti will present a research project on the relationship between the songs of Bob Dylan and the work of "beat" generation writers like Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. Developed from a paper written for Dr. David Cappella, this project explores the effect of texts such as On the Road and Howl on a large body of Dylan's early work, particularly the seminal albums Bringing It All Back Home (1965), Highway 61 Revisited (1965), and Blonde on Blonde (1966), and the relevance all these sources bear to contemporary times, readers, and listeners. (4:00 p.m. in the Camp Room)



Cecilia Gigliotti Presents at National Association of African-American Studies 2018 Convention

CeceliaGigliottiCongratulations to CCSU English MA candidate, Cecilia Gigliotti, who presented her paper "'We Get the Job Done': Immigrants, Intolerance, and Hamilton" at the National Association of African-American Studies 2018 Convention. She will present a shortened version of the same paper at NeMLA in Pittsburgh in April. She is also currently working with Dr. David Cappella to expand her work entitled, "'Seems Like a Freeze Out': Bob Dylan as Honorary Beat" for publication after presenting the paper locally this spring.



"Beyond the Ivory Tower: Collegiality and Collaboration in Academia."

egsaroundtableOn Monday, February 12, the EGSA hosted a roundtable entitled, "Beyond the Ivory Tower: Collegiality and Collaboration in Academia." 

Seated, L-R
Heidi Eilenberger, Chris Moore, Susan Gilmore 
Back row, L-R
MJ Martinez, Aimee Pozorski

The English Department congratulates MJ Martinez, recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Graduate Scholar Award and Jennifer Lavoie, recipient of the 2018 URCAD Graduate Award.



Past Events

In the fall of 2017, the EGSA hosted Dr. Steven Ostrowski, presenting on the writer's process.

"From Intellectual Interest to Career:  Finding your Professional Niche Within English" by Dr. Elizabeth Brewer