The Literature Program


The Literature Program

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  Thursday, October 24, 2013
Poetry Reading: Omar Berrada and Sarah Riggs
The John Ashbery Poetry Series Presents: Omar Berrada and Sarah Riggs reading from their work, including bilingual translations from the Arabic and French
Campus Center, Weis Cinema  5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Sarah Riggs is the author of Autobiography of Envelopes (Burning Deck, 2012), 60 Textos (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010), Waterwork (Chax Press, 2007), and Chain of Minuscule Decisions in the Form of a Feeling (Reality Street Editions, 2007). Currently she is completing a series of cinepoems called Six Lives, which include “Hudson,” “Brest,” “Brooklyn,” and “Skye.” Her book of essays, Word Sightings: Poetry and Visual Media in Stevens, Bishop, and O’Hara, was published by Routledge in 2002. She has translated or co-translated from the French the poets Isabelle Garron, Marie Borel, Etel Adnan, Ryoko Sekiguchi, and, most recently, Oscarine Bosquet. A member of the bilingual poetry collective Double Change and founder of the interart non-profit Tamaas, she lives in Paris, where she is a professor at NYU-in-France. Her new book, Pomme & Granite, is forthcoming with 1913 press.Writer and translator Omar Berrada grew up in Casablanca and lives between France and Morocco, where he directs the library and translation center at Dar al-Ma’mûn in Marrakech. He is a member of the bilingual poetry collective Double Change and of the intercultural arts non-profit Tamaas. He has translated, alone or in company, usually into French, sometimes into English, texts by Jennifer Moxley, Rod Mengham, Lisa Jarnot, Kathleen Fraser, Stanley Cavell, Robert Glück, Kristin Prevallet, Avital Ronell, Forrest Gander, Marie Borel, Jalal Toufic, and others. He recently edited, with Erik Bullot, Expanded Translation—A Treason Treatise (2011), a book of joyful verbal and visual betrayals; and, with Yto Barrada, Album—Cinémathèque de Tanger (2012), a multilingual book about film in Tangier and Tangier on film.
Contact: Chelsea Camp  845-758-7887
  Monday, September 9, 2013
Writing Consulting at the Learning Commons
Learning Commons  4:00 pm
Writing Consultant hours at the Learning Commons begin Monday, September 9th. Hours are Sunday to Thursday, 4-6 pm and 8-10 pm, Friday and Saturday 4-6 pm. All students are welcome!

Sponsored by: Learning Commons
Contact: Sean Newcott  845-758-7812
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Saul Bellow at Bard
Campus Center, Red Room 202  1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Saul Bellow's son Gregory will discuss his new memoir, Saul Bellow's Heart, with particular attention to the time Saul Bellow (1915–2005) taught at Bard (1953–1954). Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, the Pulitzer Prize, and the National Book Award (three times), Bellow lived in Tivoli and wrote two of his best-known books there: Henderson the Rain King and Herzog

Quoted in Time magazine, Bellow declared: "One year at Bard seemed like ten. No one knows the demands a progressive school makes upon a teacher."

Accompanied by his two brothers, Adam and Dan, Greg will lead a literary/historical discussion of Saul Bellow's years at and around Bard.

Sponsored by: Libraries at Bard College
Contact: Helene Tieger  845-758-7396
  Thursday, May 2, 2013
Wrestling With Two Angels
Communism and Christianity in the Work of Ignazio Silone
RKC 103  5:00 pm

Stanislao Pugliese

Silone (1900-1978) was a founding member of the Italian Communist Party and a major figure in the international movement until his expulsion in 1931. Ironically, his participation in radical politics was inspired by his deep affinity with a radical, peasant Christianity. The tragedy of his life and work was that he could find redemption in neither orthodox Marxism nor the Catholic Church. Join us for an informal discussion based on "Bitter Spring: A Life of Ignazio Silone", nominated for a National Book Award and awarded the Marraro Prize by the American Historical Association and the Premio Flaiano in Italy.
Stanislao Pugliese is Professor of History and the Queensboro Unico Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies at Hofstra University. He is the author, editor or translator of a dozen books and is currently working on project tentatively titled "Dancing On a Volcano: A Cultural History of Naples"  

Please join us and invite your students!
Sponsored by: Italian Studies Program
Contact: Joe Luzzi  845-758-7150
  Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Chechnya and Dagestan: Beyond the Headlines
A panel discussion from Smolny College/Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, St. Petersburg State University

Live panel via videoconference followed by commentary and Q & A

Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium  9:00 am – 10:00 am
Gumer Isaev
Associate Professor of History and Islamic StudiesDimitry Dubrovsky
Associate Professor of Human RightsAlexander Kubyshkin
Professor of International Affairs 

Dimitry Pavlov
Associate Professor of International Affairs and Islamic Studies
Sponsored by: Center for Civic Engagement; Global and International Studies Program; Russian/Eurasian Studies Program
Contact: Jonathan Becker  845-758-7378
Friday, April 12, 2013
Thinking the City: Literature, Theory, Visual Arts
A Cross-Disciplinary Workshop for Students and Faculty
Olin, Room 102  10:00 am – 3:00 pm
This day-long workshop brings together Bard faculty and students to explore a range of questions on teaching and learning about cities in an academic context.

We will ask: How do the reading of texts, the building of cultural monuments, and the creation of artistic works transform our understandings of the city? Is it possible to read the city as a text or view it as a cultural monument? Are there cities better preserved in cultural memory than physical space? How are identities and ideas of cities formed through literature, film, and other media? In what ways can these different strategies of representation transform the urban experience and the city itself?

Students will present their work on cities at a panel, to be followed by a roundtable for faculty on teaching methodologies, theoretical frameworks, and principles of canon formation to consider when discussing cities and urban space in the classroom.

Sponsored by: Division of Languages and Literature; Experimental Humanities Program
Contact: Olga Voronina
  Thursday, April 11, 2013
Medieval Vernacular Literary Theory
The Ethics of Form
Olin, Room 205  5:00 pm
Eleanor Johnson
Assistant Professor of English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University“Medieval Vernacular Literary Theory: the Ethics of Form” explores the impact of Boethius' “prosimetric practice,” and his theory of how it works on his readers ethically, as a test case for thinking through what it would mean to study a literary theory-in-practice that emerges in late medieval English literature. This talk will analyze how and why Boethius writes his Consolation of Philosophy in prosimetrum, and will then examine the consequences of that choice in some of the experimental poetry of the late fourteenth century, including that of Geoffrey Chaucer.Eleanor Johnson specializes in late medieval English prose and poetry, medieval poetics and philosophy, law and literature in the Middle Ages, early autobiography, and vernacular theology.  Her first book, Practicing Literary Theory in the Late Middle Ages: The Ethics of Form in Chaucer, Gower, Usk, and Hoccleve, is forthcoming in the spring of 2013 from University of Chicago Press.  She is currently working on a new book about the aesthetics of contemplation in late Middle English mysticism and drama. Her recent essay publications include an article on time and affect in The Cloud of Unknowing  (the Journal for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 2011), "The Poetics of Waste" (PMLA, 2012), an essay on trespass and contract law in Troilus and Criseyde in the New Chaucer Handbook (Oxford UP, 2013), and a new edition and facing-page translation of the fourteenth-century poem Wynnere and Wastoure (Broadview Press, 2012). Two collections of her poetry, The Dwell (Scrambler Books) and Her Many Feathered Bones (Achiote Press) were published in 2009 and 2010. 
Sponsored by: Medieval Studies Program
Contact: Marisa Libbon  845-758-4615
  Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Life on Mars: A Reading by Pulitzer Prize–Winning Poet Tracy Smith
MAT Faculty and Friends Reading Series
Olin, Room 205  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Tracy Smith reads from her book Life on Mars.
Sponsored by: Master of Arts in Teaching Program
Contact: BardMAT Program  845-758-7145
  Monday, April 1, 2013
Semana Latina / Latin Week
¿Hablalo?   Hear'em Out

Olin Hall  7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Enjoy the reading of poetry in Spanish and English by students at Bard, right after Junot Diaz reading.
Sponsored by: Division of Languages and Literature; Spanish Studies
Contact: Julieth A Nunez  845-758-7018
  Monday, March 18, 2013
In a Queer Voice: Journeys of Resilience from Adolescence to Adulthood
MAT Faculty and Friends Reading Series: Professor Michael Sadowski
Olin, Room 102  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Researcher and MAT Professor Michael Sadowski reads from his recently published book, In a Queer Voice: Journeys of Resilience from Adolescence to Adulthood.
Sponsored by: Master of Arts in Teaching Program
Contact: BardMAT Program  845-758-7145
  Thursday, March 14, 2013
Ashbery Poetry Reading: Jerome Rothenberg and Michael Ives
László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building  5:00 pm
The Ashbery Poetry Series Presents Jerome RothenbergandMichael Ives introduced by Robert Kelly Thursday, March 145:00 p.m.László Z. Bitó ’60 Conservatory Building
Open to the Public and Free of Charge
JEROME ROTHENBERG has been a dominant presence in American poetry and poetics for half a century. His poetry has always sought in the deepest realms of human experience to bring a clear word. His poems are marvels of colloquial immediacy and prophetic intensity. His explorations of ethnopoetics resulted in such game-changing anthologies as Technicians of the Sacred, Shaking the Pumpkin, and America: A Prophecy, as well as studies and translations of Native American poetries. His commitment to exploring the world of Jewish experience produced his remarkable Holocaust-minded poems in the books Poland 1931 and Khurbn and other Poems, as well as A Big Jewish Book and Exiled in the Word; and he was the first translator of Paul Celan. Besides continuing his own work, he has edited (with Pierre Joris ’69) the first volumes of that immense anthology of modern poetics, Poems for the Millennium. MICHAEL IVES is the author of The External Combustion Engine (Futurepoem Books) and Wavetable (forthcoming from Station Hill Press). His work will be included in the forthcoming Infiltration: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Innovative Poetics. His poetry and prose have appeared in numerous periodicals, including Conjunctions, Sulfur, Fence, and New American Writing. The language/performance trio F’loom, which he co-founded, was featured on National Public Radio and the CBC, on radio programs throughout South America and Europe, and in several international anthologies of sound poetry. He has taught in the Written Arts Program at Bard College since 2003. 

Contact: Chelsea Camp  845-758-7887
  Monday, March 4, 2013
A Reading by Bard Fiction Prize Recipient Brian Conn
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium  7:00 pm
Bard Fiction Prize recipient Brian Conn will read from recent work.

This event is free and open to the public.

Brian Conn received the Bard Fiction Prize for his debut novel, The Fixed Stars (Fiction Collective 2, 2010). Centered on the John’s Day celebration of a small community, Conn’s experimental science fiction novel is set in a world that has retreated from urbanism into the pastoral, where citizens afflicted by a mysterious plague are routinely quarantined and reintegrated into society in rituals marked by a haunting brutality. His work has appeared in both genre and literary magazines, and The Fixed Stars was one of’s ten best science fiction and fantasy books of 2010. He is a graduate of Yale University, with an M.F.A. from Brown University, where he began writing The Fixed Stars and cofounded Birkensnake, a fiction annual, with Joanna Ruocco. He lives in California.

Contact: Irene Zedlacher
Monday, March 4, 2013
On Mystery and Noir: Otto Penzler in Conversation with Bradford Morrow
Campus Center, Weis Cinema  2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
The Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series presents a discussion with Otto Penzler, founder of The Mysterious Press, proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop, and editor of The Best American Mystery Stories, The Best American Crime Writing, and The Best American Noir of the Century. Moderated by Bradford Morrow, the event will be followed by a Q&A and is open to the public; no tickets required.
Sponsored by: Written Arts Program
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054
  Thursday, February 14, 2013
Candidate for the Position in Classics
Patrick Glauthier
Olin 205  5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Lucan and the Limits of Didactic Poetry: The Case of the Libyan Snakes

This talk will explore the representation of scientific knowledge and didactic poetry in book 9 of Lucan's Civil War.  During an excruciating trek across the Libyan desert, Cato's Roman army arrives at a spring that teams with poisonous snakes. Here, Lucan adopts the role of a didactic poet and teaches the reader about the exotic African serpents, drawing heavily on a tradition of scientific poems on poisonous animals. The troops, however, fail to perceive the nature of the situation, and the snakes soon decimate Cato's army. Natural historical and medical knowledge fail to assist the snakes' victims as well, and the reader is left with the impression that both science and scientific poetry have no meaningful or practical role to play in Lucan's universe. In a world unhinged by civil war and on the verge of total breakdown, the elegant refinement and bookish learning of didactic poetry look like exercises of purely academic interest, entirely divorced from the world they purport to explain.

40 minute talk, followed by Q&A.
Sponsored by: Dean of the College
Contact: Jamie Romm  845-758-7282
  Monday, February 11, 2013
Candidate for the Position in Classics
Carrie Mowbray
Olin 202  5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Problems with Prophecy in Senecan Drama

Examining prophecy via the role of the /vates/ (prophet/poet/bard), I focus on the failures of prophecy in Senecan drama. Prophets who are traditionally (that is, in pre-Senecan Greek and Latin literature) successful at being able to forecast the future—Cassandra, Tiresias, Calchas—are unable to give accurate representations of what will come to pass in Seneca's plays. Where prophecy per se is a flawed enterprise, I argue that we find in the other resonance of /vates/ (poet) characters who are more successful and autonomous at conveying privileged knowledge. With this in mind, I look at Seneca's non-prophet 'usurpers' and make a case for what this can tell us about the status of human-divine relations, and about poetics, in Seneca and in early imperial literature more generally.

Sponsored by: Dean of the College
Contact: Jamie Romm  845-758-7282
  Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Candidate for the Position in Classics
Lauren Curtis
Olin 204  6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Nymphs in the Night
Performance, Myth and the Transformation of Tradition in Virgil, Aeneid 10

Roman poetry of the Augustan period is full of evocations of Greek song culture. How does such poetry create imagined worlds of performance? How do responses to tradition generate new literary experiences? I address these questions by focusing on a pivotal but underappreciated narrative moment in Virgil’s Aeneid when Aeneas encounters a group of sea nymphs who urge him on to war. The scene recalls and reconfigures a particular constellation of Greek mythic and performance traditions related to choral song and dance. It does so, moreover, while dramatizing the invention of Roman ritual practice. I propose, then, that in Virgil’s narrative, epic gains foundational power from its appropriation of Greek performance culture.

Sponsored by: Dean of the College
Contact: Jamie Romm  845-758-7282