Every year, Imagine Fund faculty awards support innovative research in arts, humanities, and design at the University of Minnesota; this year 150 awards were given, for up to $5,000 each, including grants to English professors Timothy Brennan, Lois Cucullu, Maria Damon, Genevieve Escure, Maria Fitzgerald, Nabil Matar, Paula Rabinowitz, Jani Scandura, and Katherine Scheil. In addition, Professor Damon received a 2012 Imagine Fund Special Events Award to enable a visit from sound poet Jaap Blonk.
Charles Baxter won the 2011 Rea Award for the Short Story, given annually to a living American or Canadian writer whose published work has made a "significant contribution in the discipline of the short story as an art form." Baxter receives $30,000 and joins a list of acclaimed honorees including Alice Munro, Donald Barthelme, Grace Paley, and John Updike. Baxter's latest book, the 2011 Gryphon: New & Selected Stories, was noted in the jurors' citation, which reads in part: "Charles Baxter is a writer of elegant sentences, an expert in the mechanics of dramatic narration, and a master of psychological exile, which is the unexotic but special terrain of the short story." Baxter's review of Don DeLillo's book of stories, The Angel Esmeralda, appeared in The New York Review of Books, as well as his review of John Irving's In One Person. He was profiled in UMNews. His essay, "What Happens in Hell" was published in the fall 2012 issue of Ploughshares. His edition of the collected stories of Sherwood Anderson was published in November by the Library of America.
Michael Dennis Browne, Professor Emeritus, wrote the libretto for composer Stephen Paulus' new church opera, The Shoemaker. Browne developed the libretto from the original story by Leo Tolstoy. The Shoemaker had its world premier on September 29 and 30 at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis. Browne and Paulus have collaborated for 40 years, most notably on the oratorio To Be Certain of the Dawn.
Peter Campion published poems in Cortland Review, Columbia, Free Verse, Ocean State Review, Slate, At Length, Provincetown Arts and Congeries. He was featured on Poetry Daily and his poem "Airwaves, for Gary Eichten" was read on "Midday" on Minnesota Public Radio by University President Eric Kaler. His reviews and essays appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Believer, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Poetry, and diode. His interview with poet David St. John was printed in Literary Imagination. He was awarded a residency fellowship at the Montalvo Arts Center. This past summer, he held the President's Chair at the Castle Hill Center for the Arts in Truro, MA.
Tom Clayton published "Soundings in King Lear" in Critical Insights: King Lear edited by Jay L. Halio (Salem's Critical Insights Series, 2011). He also published "'And my poor fool is hanged' (King Lear 5.3.311)" in Ben Jonson Journal 19.1 (2012). He attended the 35th International Shakespeare Conference: Working with Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon, England, August 5-10, 2012.
Siobhan Craig received a sabbatical supplement grant and is on sabbatical 2012-13. She published "Translation and Treachery: Historiography and the Betrayal of Meaning In Anna Banti's Artemisia" in Italica, 87.4.
Lois Cucullu co-organized, with the workgroup Generation Modernism, the conference "Generation Modernism: Resetting Modernist Time" held May 10-12, 2012 at the University Amsterdam. Scholars representing some ten different countries presented at the three-day conference. Her article "Wilde and Wilder Salomés: Modernizing the Nubile Princess from Sarah Bernhardt to Norma Desmond" was the lead essay in the fall 2011 issue of Modernism/modernity, the journal of record in Modernist Studies.
Maria Damon received a $3000 grant from the Fund for Poetry "in recognition of her contributions to contemporary literature." She was awarded a Millay Colony for the Arts residency for July 2012. Damon published the poetry volume Door Marked X, with Jukka-Pekka Kervinen (cPress, 2012), and her chapbook Meshwards (Dusie Kollektiv, 2011) received a second printing. She contributed the entries "Beat Poetry," "Ethnopoetics," and "Micropoetries" to The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, edited by Roland Greene (Princeton University Press, 2012). She published "Flutter: the Page as Cage or Field" and "Open Up and Bleed: for James Osterberg" (cross-stitch visual poem) in The Last Vispo Anthology: 1998-2008, edited by Crag Hill and Nico Vassilakis (Fantagraphics, 2012). She also published the following: "Asemic Stooges," Truck online literary magazine; "Text/Tile, for Alan Read," Lex-Icon blog; "ABC: for Ann Blonstein" (cross-stitch visual poem), Altered Scale; "AH^3" (poem), with Christopher Funkhouser and Brian Ang, Rampike 21:1 (spring 2012); "Re: ..." (broadside), with Jukka-Pekka Kervinen (Altered Scale, 2012). The cross-stitch visual poem "Cobza, Maya, Yayli Tanbur" was used as the cover art for an album, Cauldron, by Alan Sondheim (Fire Museum, 2011). In addition, she gave the following presentations: MLA Offsite Poetry Reading, Town Hall Cultural Center, Seattle, WA, January 8, 2012; "Meshwards," Interrupt II Studio, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts, Brown University, Providence, RI, February 11; Dusie Kollektiv Poetry Reading, Red Rover Series, Outer Space Gallery, Chicago, IL, March 2; Altered Scale Poetry Reading, Southdale Public Library, Edina, MN, March 11; PoemTalk, Kelly Writers House, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, April 12; "Poetic Isolation and Collective Clumsiness: An Antonymic Exploration (N.B. There is no antonym for 'poetry')," keynote panelist, Poetry Communities and the Individual Talent Conference, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, April 13-14; "Dusie Panel," Prague MicroFestival, Prague, CZ, May 12-16; "Micropoetries as Po(e)tential Kindling for Greater Revolution," Poetry and Revolution conference at University of London-Birkbeck, London, UK, May 26; "Dusie Reading," Lex-ICON: traiter l'image comme un texte / traiter le texte comme une image, Université de Haute-Alsace, Mulhouse, FR, June 10; "Cicatrix: Pain, Sex, and Dying in E-Literature" panel and "Alternative Avenues in Digital Poetics and Post-Literary Studies" panel, Electronic Literature Organization Conference, Morgantown, WV, June; "Poetry as a Material Practice" reading/conversation, New Mexico School of Poetics, Santa Fe, NM, August 7-9; Boston Poetry Marathon participant, Cambridge, MA, August 17-19.
Ray Gonzalez will publish his 12th book of poetry, Beautiful Wall, in 2014 with BOA Editions, publisher of five of his earlier volumes. Several poems from the book are forthcoming in a special feature of American Poetry Review. His poem, "My Earliest Memory," was featured as part of the Writer's Almanac on December 25, Christmas Day, 2011. "The War Museum" was featured on 99 Poems for the 99 Per Cent, a blog curated by poet Dean Rader at the University of San Francisco. His poems and essays also appeared in Zone 3, Midway Journal, 1110, Vinyl Poetry 5, Puerto del Sol, Conduit, anti, diode, and The Planet Formerly Known as Earth. He has poems forthcoming in Barrow Street, Great River Review, Bitter Oleander, Caliban, Fifth Wednesday Journal, and The Malpais Review.
Patricia Hampl was guest-editor for the fall 2012 issue of Ploughshares. An all-essay issue, it includes a graphic essay by L. K. Hanson and an essay by Charlie Baxter. She published an essay in the international edition of Newsweek (and on-line at The Daily Beast): "Patricia Hampl on Prague." Her essay on F. Scott Fitzgerald's "Crack Up" essays is included in the anthology Understanding the Essay, just out from Broadview Press. She was featured in an article about the Scribe for Human Rights Fellowship in the spring CLA Reach magazine. She is the recipient of the Denise Levertov Award from Image magazine. She gave a lecture on Vaclav Havel as a poet and politician at the Prague Summer Program (July 2012), and taught nonfiction at the Breadloaf Writers Conference (August). This fall she gave readings and talks at Emerson College (Boston), Washington University (St. Louis), and Northwest College (Powell, Wyoming). And she has just joined the Board of Directors of the Jerome Foundation. She will teach a "master class" in nonfiction at Columbia University (New York) in April 2013.
Michael Hancher presented "'But oh that deep romantic chasm': Longinus *** Swift *** Carroll" at the annual conference for the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP), Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, July 26, 2012. He will serve 2012-13 as vice chair of the University of Minnesota Faculty Consultative Committee, of the Faculty Senate, which serves as the consulting body to President Eric Kaler and as the executive committee of the Faculty Senate. The Institute for Advanced Study renewed its support for the collaborative Digital Humanities 2.0, which Hancher co-convenes, into 2012-13. He is past president, member of the executive board, and member of the publications committee of the Dictionary Society of North America. He also serves as secretary of the Lexicography discussion group, Modern Language Association.
Rebecca Krug published "Planting a Garden in the Middle Ages" in A Cultural History of Gardens (v. 2), edited by Michael Leslie and John Dixon Hunt (Berg, 2012). She also published "Jesus' Voice: Dialogue and Late-Medieval Readers" in Form and Reform: Reading across the Fifteenth Century (Interventions: New Studies Medieval Cult), edited by Kathleen Tonry and Shannon Gayk (Ohio University Press, 2011).
Josephine Lee published Asian American Plays for a New Generation, co-edited with R.A. Shiomi and Don Eitel (Temple University Press, 2011).
Nabil Matar was awarded the Association of Muslim Social Scientists (UK) Building Bridges Award for 2012 on March 28 at the University of Cambridge in recognition of his pioneering scholarship on the relationship between Islamic civilization and early modern Europe, as well as raising awareness of the historical roots of Western perceptions of Islam. He publishes two books in fall 2012: Through the Eyes of the Beholder: The Holy Land, 1517-1713 (Brill), co-edited with Judy Hayden, and Henry Stubbe's The Rise and Progress of Mahometanism (Records of Western Civilization Series, with Columbia University Press), which he edited, introduced and annotated. He also published "Christ and the Abrahamic Legacy in Children of the Alley" in Approaches to Teaching the Works of Naguib Mahfouz, edited by Wail S. Hassan and Susan Muaddi Darraj (MLA, 2012). His invited lectures included "The Arabs and the World" at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Ohio State University, March 2, 2012, and "Europe through Arab Eyes: Encounters in the Early Modern Period" at the Center for Global Humanities, University of New England, April 30. He presented "Early modern British captives in North Africa" at the Department of Maltese in the Faculty of Arts, University of Malta, June 12, and "Tarīkh al-Nāsira of As'ad Mansur: Writing Back, 1924" at the Nazareth: Archeology, History and Cultural Heritage Conference, Nazareth, July 4.
Dan Philippon, as part of his spring 2012 Fulbright, taught a course on "Discourses of the Sustainable Food Movement" at the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo, Italy. He also lectured at the University of Turin, University of Milan, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, and Lumière University Lyon 2. He published an article, "Sustainability and the Humanities: An Extensive Pleasure," in American Literary History 24.1 (spring 2012).
Paula Rabinowitz published Exchanging Clothes : Habits of Being II, edited with Cristina Giorcelli (University of Minnesota Press).
Andrew Scheil published the essay "Space and Place" in A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies, edited by Jacqueline Stodnick and Renee R. Trilling (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).
Katherine Scheil published She Hath Been Reading: Women and Shakespeare Clubs in America (Cornell University Press).
Julie Schumacher published The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls (Delacorte). She has nearly completed a collection of short stories. She published an essay, "Canyon," in the summer issue of Brain, Child, which has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Geoff Sirc published "Resisting Entropy," an invited article for College Composition and Communication 63.5, February 2012.
Madelon Sprengnether published the essay "Psychoanalysis and Literature" in The Textbook of Psychoanalysis, edited by Glen O. Gabbard MD, Bonnie Litowitz PhD, and Henry F. Smith MD (American Psychiatric Publishing, 2011). She also delivered a paper titled "Freud as Memoirist: A Reading of 'Screen Memories'" to the History of Psychoanalysis Discussion Group, at the annual meeting of the American Psychoanalytic Association in New York on January 12, 2012. Her book-in-progress titled Freud Modern and Postmodern will be published by Fordham University Press in their series "Psychoanalytic Interventions."
John Watkins, as co-convener for the collaborative Mediterranean Exchange, received renewed support from the Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13.
George T. Wright, Professor Emeritus, published Poetic Craft and Authorial Design in Shakespeare, Keats, T. S. Eliot, and Henry James, with Two Essays on the Pygmalion Legend (Edwin Mellen Press, 2011). He contributed to the Forum discussion of "An Auden Variant," in PMLA 125:2 (March 2010). He was a keynote speaker at the American Shakespeare Theatre Conference, Staunton, VA, October 2011, addressing "The Ladder" (on dramatic rises and falls in pitch in Shakespeare's middle and late plays).